• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Historic District - Elevator Building - 1938

Elevator Building 1938
Elevator Building
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

Located 225 yards (206m) south of the visitor center accessible on a footpath. The elevator building was completed in 1938. Like the visitor center, it is built of sandstone blocks taken from the nearby quarry, yellow-tan stucco, and adzed timbers. The elevator shaft itself was completed in June, 1934, and the first elevator installed a year later. The original building housing the elevator was made of galvanized iron.

A second elevator was installed in 1959 and the original elevator was modernized at the same time. In 1998-1999, these two elevators were completely replaced with new equipment. However, the overall appearance of the building, both inside and out, has been changed very little since the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

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.