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Wind Cave Room Names - P

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

P & B's Palace

02/13/1999

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Emma Porter, Mike Clayton
P-U-Wazoo

12/06/1987

Darren Ressler, Shaun Larson, Karen Rosga A small room that had no place to sit, because everything was covered with popcorn. When Shaun first entered this area he exclaimed, "there is popcorn up the wazoo here!!" This became "P-U-Wazoo".
Padded Cell Room

07/12/1973

Andy Flurkey, Rick Banning
Pail of Fill
Painful Pass

05/04/1981

Llyn Peabody, Rich Oilman, Steve Matson, Alex Kazarinof A tight crawl at NN5-6.
Paint Pots

07/13/1973

Don Coons, Andy Flurkey, Alvin McLane An area where the walls and ceiling are very colorful due to mineral stains in the limestone.
Painted Ceiling

07/01/1971

John Scheltens, Nelson Kuniansky, Andy Flurkey
Palace Fireplace

<1901

Located in the Second Crossroads.
Palace of Plutus

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Paleo Dome

07/24/2000

Rod Horrocks, John Harty A 20-foot diameter dome, with a 13-foot high ceiling that is an outstanding and well known example of paleofill. Located on the west edge of Omnibus Hall. Discovered by Herb and Jan Conn and Dave Schnute on July 1964, it was surveyed and named by Rod and John on 07/24/2000.
Paleo Falls

08/07/2007

Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Scott Babinowich, Kristen Schulte While climbing a dome to set a survey point, Abby knocked a piece of chert which caused a cascade of paleofill, thus the name.
Paleo Loop

11/12/1990

Ted Lappin, Mike Behn, Ed La Rock
Paleofill Palace

06/13/1992

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward A 20-foot diameter room with lots of paleofill in it.
Palette Room

07/01/1972

Don Coons A large slab of breakdown in this room has a 3-foot diameter hole in it, making the entire slab resemble an artist's palette.
Palisades

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Palmer Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pancake Estates

11/10/1990

Garry Petrie, Norm Thompson, Pat Seiser A 20'x40' foot room with a one foot ceiling height.
Pancake Room

11/25/1988

David Gerboth, Matt Kramar, Mark Wickham A low-ceilinged room located near Mud Crack Flats.
Panken Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pant Peeler

10/08/1994

Randy Brown, Rene Singer, Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton A tight crawl that "peeled" Randy's pants and underwear off as he crawled through.
Paper Mill

05/08/2004

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Andy Poczobutt Named after some white, leathery-like flexible boxwork found in this passage.
Paradise Regained

07/12/1891

A.C. McBride, Alvin McDonald
Parlor

06/22/1891

M.E. Crookam, Alvin McDonald
Parnells Gems

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Partition, The

03/17/1891

Alvin McDonald
Pass D’ Keppler

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pasta Pulverizer

03/15/1980

John Scheltens, Ken Alliger, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles A miserable series of crawls from the Magic Hole to the Spaghetti Bowl.
Pattys Folly

08/01/1970

John Scheltens, Patty Cowin A small dead end passage near Base Camp 1, that was checked when Patty's Dad boosted her up into the lead.
Pattys Junction

05/29/1974

A junction of two calcite jungle passages.
Paul Bunyon

06/?/1973?

Mark Stock, Lester Lewis, David Springhetti On the PB or Paul Bunyon survey.
Paulas Virgin Pit

05/04/1981

Steve Matson, Peter Shaipsota, John Sparks, Judson Ramelolyn
Pauls Place

06/12/1999

Jim Wilson, Greg Glazner, Eric Dutton, Dennis Laird A lower level passage named for a Colorado Grotto caver Paul O'Brian who had recently died (not in Wind Cave).
Paulson Dome

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pavillion Circle

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Peace Chamber

05/11/1991

Doug Kent, Ken Hedrick, Chris Wooley
Peacemakers, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Peanut Gallery

<1901

Pearl Harbor

12/07/2004

Rod Horrocks, Steve Baldwin, Alexis Brooks, Vickie Siegel The surveyors discovered this new room on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The room was also coavered with thick deposits of "pearly white" moonmilk.
Pearly Gates

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride Large white popcorn crystals in this area resemble pearls and are located on rocks on either side of the entry into the room beyond. Also reported that it was named because Oscar Merwin thought that that is what the Pearly Gates into Heaven would look like.
Pearly Gates Annex

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride A series of passages that run northwest of the Pearly Gates area.
Pearly Gates Bypass

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride A passage that parallels the Tabernacle and leads to the Pearly Gates.
Pearly Gates Junction

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride The junction of the candlelight "developed" trail with the candlelight "undeveloped" trail.
Pearly Gates Route

<1901

Also known as the Candlelight Tour.
Pebble, The

1882

Alvin McDonald This is a very, very large chunk of breakdown located at the base of the stairs leading to the Coliseum. Also called the Fallen Giant.
Pecks Pit

07/13/1973

John Scheltens, Rick Banning, Dave Springhetti A small pit located near the Pearly Gates. Name was on a 1963 map by Daniel Fredman.
Pecks Retreat

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Pee Bottle Hall

07/31/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Carl Pagano, Rich Wolfert
Pee Heights

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson While following his survey crew and sketching, Rod vocalized that bridging on large boxwork at the top of a five-foot wide overhung pit, that was 30+ feet deep, was "pee picking scary", thus the name.
Pee Run

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson A passage named after the rest of the group was amazed when skinny little teenager, Derek, filled a pee bottle he borrowed from Jonathan. He had already filled his quart pee bottle and another one he had borrowed from Rod.
Pee Wees Playhouse

08/27/1987

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Fun, easy to survey passage. The night before the group had all had watched the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
Peek-In Pit

07/?/1972

Ed Pekin A play on Ed's last name?
Pelvis Room

11/11/2000

Jim Wilson, Barbara Smith, Skip Withrow, Greg Glazner Named because the room connects several passages, much like the pelvis connects several bones in the body. In keeping with the bone theme of the area, which started at the Elbow Room.
Pendant Room

03/07/2000

Rod Horrocks, Marc Ohms A 35-foot diameter room, known since the 1890's, that has a 10-foot high ceiling and a prominent popcorn-covered pendant protruding from the center of the ceiling. Named during Rod and Marc's resurvey of the room.
Penelopes Peek-Hole Pool

12/15/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Small pool or lake at the end of a small fissure. One can peek into the water through a small hole.
Pennington Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Perilous Pit

07/02/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Permanent Chocolate Junction

08/09/1989

Darren Ressler, Mary Laycock, Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, Michelle Youngquist, Brad Stephenson Junction to the Bubble that has a dark manganese ceiling with scratches in it. Named because of its resemblance to chocolate and because of Mary's fetish with chocolate.
Pernells Jems

<1901

Pervert Alley

09/12/1992

Harry Burgess, Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dave Springhetti A 10-foot wide, 8-9 inch high and 70-foot long "snaggy" crawl first traversed by Harry.
Peteys Puddle

03/16/1965

Dave Schnute, Judy Petersen, Dennis Davenport The name derives when Judy, who went by the nickname Petey, found a small, almost dried up lake. In reference to Senator Peter Norbeck who pushed for a dam in Wind Cave National Park to be built north of the visitor's center so that the wildlife would have a source of water. However, the reservoir was built over porous rock and it never held water. Resurveyed by Don Coons, Andy Flurkey, and Alvin McLane on 07/13/1973.
Petrified Alligator

<1901

Petrified Clouds

<1901

Petrified Road Runner

09/11/1993

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Kirk Haley
Petrified Swan Room

<03/1891

Alvin McDonald The "swan" was broken and removed form the cave in March of 1891, which really angered Alvin McDonald as the swan was the only noteworthy feature in this room.
Petty Hole, The

01/09/1993

Sandy Kraemer, Pat Jablonsky, Bill Yett
 

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Phantom Flying Dutchman

01/09/1993

Rene Rogers, Marc Ohms, Paul Burger A 250-foot long, 10-foot wide lake rediscovered by Rene Rogers. After finding this lake the team discovered a single set of foot prints on the far side of the lake. It has been speculated that these foot prints were from Alvin McDonald. Alvin reported discovering a river, which many people had discounted.
Phantom Lake

01/23/1999

Rene Rogers, Marc Ohms, Paul Burger A 250-foot long, 10-foot wide lake rediscovered by Rene Rogers. After finding this lake the team discovered a single set of foot prints on the far side of the lake. It has been speculated that these foot prints were from Alvin McDonald. Alvin reported discovering a river, which many people had discounted.
Phase III

<12/1973

Colorado Grotto
Philistine Palace

08/11/1892

Alvin McDonald, Sydia J.
Phish Bowl

07/11/1992

Dena Venezky A round room with red clay and bright white aragonite crystals that looked like a fish bowl. Vena, who was a groupie of the rock band Phish and who dated the drummer, suggested the play on the spelling of fish.
Phone Home

07/11/1992

Jim Wilson, Bill Yett, Aaron Birenboim, Dina Venezdy
Photographic Gallery

<06/30/1891

Alvin McDonald?
Phototropic Passage

09/24/1987

A classic middle level boxwork passage between the Fairgrounds and the Attic.
Piano

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee A large rock at the entrance to Browns Canyon that resembles a piano.
Pickle, The

07/05/1978

Tom Miller, Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, Janie Leroy A 15-foot high dome near Silent Lake.
Pickled Herring Atrium

12/20/1990

Paul Burger, Stan Allison The surveyors were in a silly mood at the time, so they picked a silly name for the silly room.
Picnic Grounds

06/19/1892

Alvin McDonald, J. Coldvion, A.J. Vagg, H.D. Worat
Pie in the Sky

06/18/1992

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza A small hole in the ceiling that Bob hoped led to an upper level. He finally pushed some breakdown below it on a work trip and discovered an upper level room that was 70-feet in diameter with a 40-foot ceiling.
Pile Up

10/08/1980

Ken Allgier, Tom Miller, John Scheltens, Pete Shiflett A large pile of breakdown.
Pilgrims Lunch Room

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pilgrims Progress

03/20/1892

Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, J.D. McDonald, George Stabler
Pine Trees

07/31/1972

William Frith, Mark Stock? 3 1/2" high.
Pink Plumage

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pink Slug

05/25/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Curt Broeker, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga As Karen Rosga crawled through this passage she remarked that she felt like a "pink slug" (she was wearing pink tights under her coveralls).
Pinkys Passage

<04/11/1993

Pins & Needles Factory

02/02/1985

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Andy Flurkey, Alan Williams A room with multitudes of small selenite needles.
Pipers Pig

<1898

Pit B

1974

NPS Rangers A 70-foot deep narrow slot with sandy walls that was a "pain in the Butt", thus Pit B.
Pit Room

11/24/1988

David Gerboth A room near the Pancake Room that has a 43-foot pit in it down to the MK survey.
Pits, The

08/07/1987

Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga Area with many deep holes, passages going down 30-40 feet and more.
Pittease, The

05/11/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer A 26-foot deep pit that gets too tight.
Pizza Hut

12/05/1998

Marc Ohms, Myk Coughlin, Rene Rogers, Mike Wiles A 100-foot long, 60-foot wide room. The room was named because all the explorers could talk about was going to Pizza Hut for dinner after the trip.
Pizza Potluck Pool

05/18/1988

Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson A small pool of water.
PK Room
PKS Room

02/13/1993

Sandy Kraemer, Kathy Petty, Pat Jablonsky A 20-foot diameter and 7-foot high room named after the first letter of each survey participant.
Platts Cove

06/12/1996

Abigail Wines, Gairet Goodrich, Rachel Bosch A flowstone area with lots of dripping water.
Playground, The

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger An area with several hands and knees leads that seemed like a playground for some future survey team. This name was one of several in the area that had a school theme (Cafeteria was also named by the group).
Pleasant Surprise

04/19/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth, Chris Dale An extensive walking passage found pas a squeeze that Larry commented on the way out of the cave that, "that was a pleasnt surprise."
Plummers Pit

1959

Bill Buckingham, William Plummer An 80-foot high dead-end chimney which extends out of the Madison limestone and into the Minnelusa beds above the cave. It may be an excavated (1935) paleofilled vertical shaft like the Two Cent Stope? Originally climbed by Bill Buckingham and William Plummer as part of the 1959 NSS Wind Cave Expedition. Later surveyed by Lester Lewis, Dave Springhetti and Mark Stock
Pocket Knife Pit

08/31/2000

Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers, Ed Schnek A blowing pit off of Wall Street where an old pocketknife was found at the top of a pit that had been hammered into. This pit led to the discovery of the Hades area.
Pocket Turns Room

02/26/2007

Jason Walz, Ron Rossknecht, Trevor Rossknecht The room in this area has quick turns that take one back to where they started similar to pocket turns in barrel racing.
Poka Dot Mall

09/12/1992

Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley There are balls of aragonite/moonmilk on the floor of this passage.
Polar Bear On the Pearly Gates Route.
Polar Ice Cap 11/13/1982 Andy Flurkey, Ed LaRock, Eric Liebes, John Scheltens Named for its abundance of frostwork clusters.
Polishing Works

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pompei

05/17/1991

Bob Kobza, Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Mike Paulick
Pool of Siloam

09/04/1892

Alvin McDonald, Alfred Gere
Pop Corn Alley

<1901

Pop Corn Pit

12/12/1982

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A popcorn encrusted pit.
Pop Secret

11/10/1990

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Paul Burger, Stan Allison A passage with very large popcorn. The name comes from a commercial brand name for popcorn.
Popcorn Chamber

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Popcorn Extension

12/09/2006

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, Duff McCafferty A passage that is heavily covered with popcorn on all surfaces. This fissure passage extends to the SE from the Temple. The fissure continuation of this passage on the other side of the Temp to the NW is also covered with some fantastic popcorn displays.
Popcorn Forest Room

11/29/1986

Dave Gerboth, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga This room is covered with popcorn that looks like trees in a miniature forest.
Popcorn Machine, The

3/17/2001

Matt Reece, Dan Durben A dome that has lots of popcorn.
Popcorn Ranch

03/01/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer A room that is totally covered with a heavy duty calcified popcorn.
Popcorn Room

1963

?

Large amounts of popcorn are found in this room. Another room surveyed by the Windy City Surveyed on December 2.,1971 by a team including John Scheltens.
Porcelain Passage

12/09/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson This passage is coated with white frostwork, gypsum luster, and moonmilk. It is entered via a small hole which is also completely white and very difficult to get into without destroying the beautiful crystals and minerals.
Porcupette Passion

12/06/1987

Shaun Larson, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga Porcupettes are baby porcupines and the cave popcorn in this area was very bristly. It was in honor of December's "Animal of the Month".
Porcupine Lips

04/23/1981

Tod Cedarholm, Keith Gorges, Mike Pebriere, Beth Bellman, Corrin Crawford An area of mega stalactites named by a NOLS survey party.
Post Office

06/05/1884

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe Named for its abundance of boxwork, which resembles post office boxes. This room was probably known even earlier than 1884, but this date is the first written reference to this room. First reference with this name, June 5, 1884.
Potluck Pool

12/06/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson There was to be a potluck that night for the park staff, thus the name. It is a small pool of water.
Potters Shop

02/11/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore Named because of the shape of the sediment crust. "In this room a person can get stone in almost any shape they want it some of the vessels being large enough for watering troughs".
Pottery Passage

12/15/1979

John Sheltens, Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace
Powderpuff Room

11/16/2004

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Peggy Renwick A small room covered with powdery moonmilk that was a few inches deep.
Power House

04/12/1991

Stan Allison, Jim Nepstad, Dina Venezky A 30-foot diameter room with an eight foot ceiling that has electrical equipment in it.
Prairie Dog Town and Mound

<02/1891

Two drip cups located on a mud mound. One of the guides placed a rock that resembled a prairie dog near these holes. A woman from Chicago stole the prairie dog, but returned it when contacted by mail.
Presidents Grotto

<1893

Alvin McDonald Near the Grand View?
Press Room
Prime Avenue

01/18/2005

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Ari Juhala, Amy Juhala A walking-size canyon that parallels Snowdrift Avenue and goes from Marbled Hall all the way to the north edge of the cave. It used to be the E' (E prime) survey before it was resurveyed and subsequently named Prime Avenue.
Professor Harris’ Sanctum

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Professor Romaine

<1901

Promenade, The

10/12/2002

Rod Horrocks, Seth Spoelman, Jay Kennedy A room that skirts the bottom of the Amphitheater, as a Promenade skirts a theater.
Pterodactyl Hall

11/19/1991

Doug Pflugh, Tom Shelby, Kreg Hanburger, Rebecca Bear
Pub

04/20/1981

Liz Chapman, Cory Crawford, Steve Matson, Kathy Raymond
Pumpkin Patch

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Puppy Tooth Walk

10/30/1985

Jim Pisarowicz, Heidi Grengg, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck Small dog-tooth spar (which looked like puppy-teeth to Lars) in the passage.
Purple People Eater

12/08/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson Some "flowstone-like" stuff on the floor and walls in this crawlway have a purplish tint to them. This is probably the result of manganese compounds.
Puzzlement Room

12/13/2003

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Barb Smith A 60-foot diameter room where the surveyors found a single survey station at the entrance to the room, but the room itself hadn't been surveyed.
Pyramid Room

08/22/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn The Conn's built a large cairn in this room so they would recognize the room on the way out, thus the name.
Pyritetude

08/26/2007

Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Alison Carlyle, Robert Fishe After finding some unusal minerals that showed an opalescence and other crystals that looked like pyrite, the surveyors thought that the pyrite looked like it had an "attitude", thus the name.

Did You Know?

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