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    Wind Cave

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Wind Cave Room Names - O

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Obleo Passage

11/02/1987

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler This large passage was very sharp and pointed because of all the boxwork. Obleo is the boy in a TV program who lived in the Land of Point and was not pointed.
Obnoxious Fissure

06/11/1994

Paul Burger, Doug Kent, Mark McVey, Sean Durrum A narrow ascending fissure with ceiling heights that vary from 6'-20'.
Octopus Garden

01/19/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison

Bob named this strange looking area with a strange name taken from a Beatles song.
Octopus, The

07/17/2002

Jason Walz, Heather Veerkamp, Sarah Petite, Chris Amidon A room with multiple leads, like arms of an octopus.
Odd Fellows Hall

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookin, Willie Crookin, George Lee In the ceiling of this room on the east side is a feature that resembles the "all seeing eye" and three solution pockets that look like the three interlocking links of the I.O.O.F (International Order of Odd Fellows). Early guides also pointed out two rocks that resembled goats and the "canopy over the Noble Grand" in this room. Now known as the Model Room. Early tours often stopped to take pictures in this room. On 05/10/2001, while working on a restoration project, Bonnie Curnock found a cache of nine glass flash powder bottles stashed under a breakdown block on the west side of this room.
OF Pit

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A deep pit located on the OF (Oh F_ _k) survey that was named after the discovers comment after looking down the deep pit.
Off Ramp

12/06/1980

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A long, upward sloping passage off of the Silent Expressway. In keeping the highway theme of the area.
Office Min

<03/1891

Chris Amidon, Don Frankfort, Meredith Dreyer A small room named after the surveyors lost a ruler and then a rubber band. The name is a pun on the popular office supply store named Office Max.
OH Flow Freeway 07/31/1988 Jim Nepstad, Bill Rodgers, Darren Ressler, Joelle Selk A wall with three-foot long soda staws, lots of flowstone and stalagmites, and a five-foot tall column on the OH survey. Jim Nepstad was the only one not wearing a yellow helmet (he had orange), they named the survey the Orange Helmet (OH) survey.
OH Hole

07/31/1988

Jim Nepstad, Bill Rodgers, Darren Ressler, Joelle Selk A room on the OH survey. Jim Nepstad was the only one not wearing a yellow helmet (he had orange), they named the survey the Orange Helmet (OH) survey.
OK Coral

10/12/1992

Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison, Paul Burger An area with lots of nice colonial coral fossils.
Old Frost Chambers

<01/13/1891

Old Maids Grotto

<1898

A narrow passage accessed from the Rookery that was said would, "please any maid old or young".
Omaha Avenue

01/19/1987

Joe Austin, Mike Bailey, Chris Gerow, Karen Rosga Newspapers from Omaha, Nebraska were found in this area of the cave.
Omaha Bee Office

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee Named by one of the staff of the Omaha Bee journal.
Omnibus Hall

07/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn

A room that had everything in it (stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, frostwork, domes, paleofill, etc.). This was the first large room found by Herb Conn after the Spillway opened up on the western edge of the then known cave.
One False Step

10/22/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza An area with 20-foot deep pits below false floors where one false step could lead to an accident.
One Mans Room

08/14/1993

Vi Schweiker, Evan Anderson, Sean Lermore A small room just large enough for one person.
Onion Ring, The

09/07/2004

Chris Amidon, Vickie Siegel, Karen Henker Named because of the "vegetarian" theme for the day and because the circular passage resembled an onion ring on the map.
Opera House

<1898

Also known as the Grand Opera.
Orange Bowl

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Named after the popular football bowl game played on January 1st, the day of this survey.
Orchard, The

<03/1891

Alvin McDonald
Orphanage

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose, Mike Paulick
Orpheus' Pipe Connection

08/27/1978

Tom Miller, Pam Burns, Chas Yonge
Ossuary, The

08/18/1992

Stacy Smyth, Brian Smith, Meg Lamm, Brad Menninga, Dianna Wiggam An area with lots of bones on the FU survey. An ossuary is a house of bones.
Other Side, The

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza Discovered by Bob after Jim and Stan finished lunch early and headed down the two good leads out of the room, leaving Bob with the small hole, which actually led to the large room. It was the first big room after 500 feet, thus it was the "Other Side."
Otis Room

10/08/2005

Tim Moreland, Jim Wilson, Howard Bartlett
Ott Pit

04/13/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Mark McVey
Otter Slide

<11/8/1984

Oven, The Alvin McDonald The east/west trending passage at the bottom of the spiral stairs near the natural entrance. Alvin called all of the small passages that connected the larger NW/SE trending passages "ovens". Alvin spent five weeks in March of 1892 expanding this route for tourists.
Over the Top

02/21/2002

Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Belinda Fox This unusual chimney was named because it rises 56 feet (as high as the Natural Entrance) and then heads back down the other side.
Overland Trail

08/05/1973

Phil Dodge, Bill Holmes, Jim Palmer, Les Talbot A passage that leaves the Cairn Room and travels overland to Monte Cristos Palace.
Oyster Coral, The

09/14/2002

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Jeff Goben Located parallel with the OK Coral, this area also has lots of fossil branchiopods, thus the name.
Oyster Trap

09/22/1986

Mary Laycock, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga The survey in this area consisted of many short shots. At lunch Karen Rosga had a can of oysters which she shared with Jim Pisarowicz. Mary Laycock was situated between Jim and Karen while surveying and complained about being trapped by the odor of oysters. She said she felt like a cat.

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