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Wind Cave National Park

 

Wind Cave became the 7th National Park in 1903 and the first whose focus was on a cave.  In 1934, to preserve the vanishing prairie and wildlife it was expanded to include the Wind Cave Game Preserve where today a herd of two hundred bison graze. 

Wind Cave was discovered in 1890 when two brothers felt a strong wind coming out of the caves natural entrance.  By 1903 about eight miles of the cave was explored.  The cave is mostly a dry cave.  It contains 95% of the world's boxwork formation. It is also very compact with the 100 miles of discovered passages all contain in a one square mile area.

Shown here is a photo of the boxwork formation and a group of signatures from August 17, 1882.