CCC - Changing Lives
Fred Rothenberger, NP-1 alumnus
Superintendent Edward D. Freeland (1931-1939) witnessed the transformation of the park and the lives of local men during the hard depression years. The Corps improved many suffering South Dakota communities. New camps boosted local economies and young men from rural areas learned trades and became disciplined, educated citizens.
The Civilian Conservation Corps changed the lives of the enrollees, their families, and surrounding communities. Park visitors from across the nation have benefited from their work
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.