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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Room Names - T

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

T-Bears Den

09/18/1985

Jim Pisarowicz, Tom Farrell Named after Tom Farrell, who's nickname is T-Bear.
T.P.A. Headquarters

Tabernacle

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, O.F. McBride Large room on the Candlelight Tour that leads to the Pearly Gates. Alvin knew this room as the second largest in the cave.
Taco Hole

08/19/1973

Dave Springhetti, Carol Laskot, Mark Stock, L. Lewis A hole checked out to its bitter end by all four Pahasapa Grotto members on the same trip.
Tadpoles Delight

11/04/1991

Harry Burgess, R. A. Brame, Joe Austin, Graham Wadds, Kelly Morrison, Scott Bentley, Josh Kantawite, Doug Giffin An awkward squeeze that is 2' x 1' that has a a breeze blowing through it.
Talon Room

05/14/2005

Tim Moreland, Rich Speaert, Mary Klacs A small formation at this junction reminded the surveyors of an eagle's talon.
Tangent, The

Stan Allison, Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles 700 feet of mostly walking cave that dead ended.
Taskmaster Room, The

05/11/1902

Paul Fowler, Jason Walz, Time Moreland, Marjoir Johnson This 45' x 50' foot diameter room, with a pillar in the middle, that was named in honor of the very demanding trip leader on the trip. This new room was found on the north edge of the cave.
Taxman

10/17/1985

Chris Gerow A tight squeeze between Wall Street and the Way Back Room. Named because of the "squeeze" it puts on Wall Street.
Taylor Shop

02/24/2000

Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Matt Truitt, Belinda Fox A room where everything is covered with subaqueous coatings and everything grabs at clothes. Rod and Nick ripped their clothes during the trip and needed to go to the "tailor's shop". The spelling of "Taylor" was after Jimmy Taylor, the Superintendent that retired a few days before the trip.
Telescope Room

Named for a conulite in a false floor with a hole clear through it.
Temple of Doom

03/08/2003

Jim Wilson, Seth Spoelman, Howard Bartlett, Stuart Marlatt A 22-foot diameter room named to keep the Egyptian naming theme of the area.
Temple, The

11/26/1890

Alvin McDonald, Robert B. Moss The original name of this room was Sceneries of Wicklow and later the Masonic Temple.
Tennis Court

02/10/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore The boxwork in the ceiling and walls of this room resemble the netting of a tennis net.
Terra-Cotta Trail

3/15/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz A 370-foot long straight tube that has hard brownish-orange floors. This passage was discovered from the Arcane Rift and is 50-feet above the Natural Entrance Tour Route, stretching from Lenas Arbor to Miltons Study.
Terris Poke Pit

09/26/1985

Jim Pisarowicz, Mike Laycock, Terri Marceron When Terri Marceron climbed down into this room, pulling the survey tape to set up a point, she got poked in the rear by a rock sticking out of the floor.
Texas Rock

<5/15/1984

A large breakdown block located below the Fairy Palace fissure.
The Foul Spark Plug

02/14/2004

Derek Wolfe, Dan Mottinger, Donna Swigert
The Road to Nowhere

04/09/2005

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, Skip Withrow, Dan Bryce A passage that ended in a 20-foot diameter room, with no leads.
Thieving Bastard Canyon

05/25/2001

Evan Anderson, Stephen Lester, Paul Burger A canyon named after the Paul lost his set of instruments and then a pencil, spending a lot of time looking for each one, before the instruments were found around Evans neck and the pencil in Stephens pocket. Paul in expiration exclaimed, "thieving bastards".
Thighbone Room

10/14/2000

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Barbara Smith, Greg Glazner Located in the extensive discoveries off the Elbow Room that filled up a large blank area on the map.
Thighmaster

03/28/1992

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Harry Burgess A tight awkward squeeze around a corner.
Thingamabob

07/11/1992

Paul Burger, Skip Withrow, Stan Allison
Thousand Foot Maze

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson Rod experienced his first 1,000-foot survey day in Wind Cave in this virgin maze.
Three Battery Pit

03/15/1988

Darren Ressler, Jim Nepstad, Coleen Walter, Erik Major
Three D Crawls

03/14/1987

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Kevin Frasier A series of low crawls that led to the Dreamland area. Also known as Darrens Democratic Discovery.
Three Fingers Room

04/1979

There are three small passages from this room to the Star Café, thus the name. Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Three Way Stairs

1933

Three sets of stairs leave from this point in the cave along the tour trail. Name derived from CCC records dating to 1933. Also known as the Bridge of Sighs.
Three-Pocket Hole

05/25/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Curt Broeker, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga When Curt Broeker crawled through this tight hole he ripped 3 pockets off his coveralls.
Throne, The

04/19/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti
Thumbs Away

09/22/1986

Mary Laycock, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga The first station in this room used Karen Rosga's thumb for the survey target.
Thunder Dome

04/20/1991

Verne Carlson, Steve Smith, Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips
Thunder Dome, Beyond

04/20/1991

Verne Carlson, Steve Smith, Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips A small dome beyond Thunder Dome.
Ticket Office

03/20/1892

Alvin, Elmer, J.D. McDonald, George Stabler
Tiller Room

02/09/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Duff McCafferty A pendant in this room reminded the surveyors of a part of a rudder of a boat named a tiller.
Timber Wolfe

<1901

Time Warp Alley

05/08/1993

Jim Clark, Stefan Scherer, Veronica Stahl
Times Square

Tin Can Room

01/13/2007

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu A room with a 1890's baking powder can sitting on a rock. This room is part of the Walking Stick Maze.
Titantic Room

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres Long hall located just beyond the Iceberg.
Toboggan Slide

02/03/1891

Alvin McDonald A steeply sloping passage.
Toilet Bowl

1973

Mark Stock, Lester Lewis
Toilet, The

05/09/1992

Don Denton, Christian George, Aaron Zumpf
Toll Gate

10/23/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles The small hole which led to the discovery of the Silent Expressway.
Toll Plaza

10/23/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles Located just beyond the Toll Gate.
Tom Paine

<12/1973

An awkward tight spot located on the pink and black trail to the Colorado Grotto section.
Tomb of Isis

03/08/2003

Jim Wilson, Seth Spoelman, Howard Bartlett, Stuart Marlatt A 22-foot diameter room named to keep the Egyptian naming theme of the area.
Tombstone

04/17/1980

Kathy Bogan, John Ethridge, Randy Olson, NeNe Wolfe A flat piece of chert lying on the floor in this area resembles a tombstone to these NOLS surveyors.
Tonsil, The

11/15/1997

Ed LaRock, Andy Flurkey, Mike Behn
Toon Town

05/02/1992

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Mike Goughlin, Mike Wiles An extremely mazy section.
Tornado

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Tosty Overlook

04/13/2002

Rod Horrocks, Dennis Laird, Stacy Tostrup, Darren Wells This room, which overlooks the Loose Screw Room, was named after Stacy's family nickname, "Tosty".
Tough Decisions

11/18/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza A junction room near the Bagel Bowl where it was difficult to decide which direction to go as all the leads looked good.
Tower Chambers

09/11/2002

Jason Walz, Ajax Dalman, Chris Amidon A ten foot-high dome with flowstone and stalactites. The surveyors found "E. L. McDonald A. F. McDonald discovered the tower Chambers of the Stalactite Route: Dec. 15, 1890" (sic) scratched in the corrosion residue.
Toxic Waste Dump

02/17/1989

Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere A very difficult boxwork-covered, 100-foot fissure climb on the TW survey, Toxic Waste. The surveyors had been discussing toxic waste earlier in the trip.
Tractor Seat

<10/18/1993

Transgressors Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Transition Lake

08/01/1970

Chris Hill Located between Calcite Lake and Windy City Lake.
Tri 40 Room

08/03/1972

Don Coons, Dave Jones, Bob Reinstatler Three different surveys enter this room, each on the 40th survey station.
Tri Column Sandway

12/26/1983

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti Named for 3 columns at station KY549.
Tribble Hole

10/12/1991

Donna Lehman, Bonnie Ann Burdett A six-foot long crawl that is 12" x 16" at CSE10. From the cuddly furballs named "Tribbles" on the popular Star Trek TV series.
Tricky Dicks Cabinet

05/13/2007

Bonny Armstrong, Chris Amidon, Andy Armstrong, Erin Niedringhaus The surveyors of this room felt rather surprised and shady for stumbling into such a nice unsurveyed passage in the Historic Section, like Richard Nixon's cabinet during his impeachment.
Trilby Foot

06/21/1901

Preident of the S.D.F.W.C. 1901 At this spot, located in the eastern arm of the Fairgrounds, the president of the South Dakota Federation of Women's Clubs put down her foot on allowing anyone to take relics from Wind Cave.
Triple Digit Room

04/29/1986

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz The spot where the WQ survey went into triple digits.
Tubular Passage

11/10/1990

Garry Petrie, Pat Seiser, Norm Thompson
Tummy Crawl

04/14/1982

Kathy Harrison, Carl Grundstorm, Steve Matson
Turtle Pass

<1898

A rock located between Model Room and the Crossroads that was 5 x 3 feet and resembled a turtle. It was said to be red, white, and blue in color. It was apparently destroyed during trail construction?
Turtle Room

02/18/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore
TV Set

07/01/1964

A hole in the wall in this area below the Boxwork Chimney resembles the screen of a TV set.
Twelve Feet Short

08/09/1987

Jim Nepstad, Mary Laycock, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler It was in this passage that the total length of Wind Cave came up 12 feet short of 50 miles. This set the stage for the Fifty Mile Celebration 15-16 August 1987.
Twilight Zone

09/18/2003

Rod Horrocks, Chris Amidon The named seemed appropriate to the explorers of this new passage, especially since they were using the "TZ" survey designation.
Twin Chamber

04/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, Joseph Duhmiel, Oscar Huff, E.L. McDonald
Twine Room

10/19/2004

Rod Horrocks, Larry Shaffer A roome with heavy 1890's twine strung through it.
Twisted Tape Pass

05/01/1988

Darren Ressler, Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson A 90-foot long walking passage where the survey tape got so twisted up, Darren and Bob had to perform surgery on it.
Two Cent Stope

3/14/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz A small corkscrewing, paleofilled dome that was completely excavated out in 1935. In the small room at the top, a "Montegomery Ward Refund Check" for 2 cents was found tacked to the wall. The names "Virgil H. Ray Nucla, Co" and "Kelly Mitchell May 24, 1938" were written in pencil on the back of the check.

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