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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Room Names - W

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

W.C.T.U. Hall

08/1892

W.C.T.U. Women's Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) Hall which held a meeting in this room, dedicated it in 1892. Located on the Garden of Eden tour route near Silent Lake.
Waiting Room

05/05/1893

Alvin McDonald, John Stabler People rested in this room while the rest of their group finished climbing up the Alpine Way on their way to the Fairgrounds.
Wakantanka

05/17/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza A large room, 200-feet long, 20-40 feet wide and 10-20 feet high discovered over the Club Room. Wakantanka means "Great Mystery" in Lakota. It was a mystery why no one had found this large virgin room before.
Walk-In Entrance The walking-sized entrance created near the Natural Entrance that is the start of the Natural Entrance Tour Route.
Walking Room, The

03/13/1995

James Wilson, Kevin Reynolds, Randy Brown, Eric Dutton
Walking Stick Maze

01/13/2007

Rpd Horrocks, Ken Geu A five-foot long walking stick was found at station NS156 in this very mazey area. The stick had probably been drug into this area from the Juice Room and down the E survey in the 1890's.
Wall of Frost

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Wall Street

1981

Mike Scholl, Dan Swenson, NeNe Wolfe Passage in the NY (New York) survey.
Wall, The

04/23/1985

Walt Kaminski, Jim Nepstad, Marv Zaske A 30-foot high vertical wall in a large breakdown covered room.
Walmart Room

02/10/2007

Tim Moreland, Jim Wilson, Greg Glazner, Howard Bartlett The other surveyors named this room and dedicated it to Howard in jest because he does not like the Walmart stores.
Wanderers Goal

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Wart Room

<5/18/1984

Room with loose stacked calcite blocks and a feature that resembles a wart.
Wash Boiler

<1901

Washington Boulevard

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Washingtons Arbor

<1901

Water Hole #1

07/01/1972

Windy City Grotto The closest water to Base Camp 2 is this small puddle.
Watermelon Way

05/12/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga Karen Rosga was the first person through this passage and had just put a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy in her mouth before going into the lead.
Way Back Room

04/20/1981

Liz Chapman, Cory Crawford, Steve Matson, Kathy Raymond A room "way back" into the cave.
Web, The

<1974

An area with a lot of gypsum hair/needles.
Wedged

09/12/1998

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Sarah Wedge A very tight vertical slot that Sarah got "wedged" in for 15 minutes.
Weird Room

05/18/1988

Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson A 30-foot diameter room with a weird combination of features, including a small pool, dried flowstone, and a ceiling of translucent crystal boxwork.
Well of Souls

05/21/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz A pit at the end of a crawl off the "Map Room" which was named to keep the Raiders of the Lost Arc movie theme going.
Western Fringe

<04/1993

A large room on the western "fringe" of the known cave.
Wet Dreams

08/14/1993

Dan Hansen, Steve Smith, Rob Phillis A very actively dripping formation area with bacon, soda straws, stalagmites (2.5'), & helictites.
Whale Belly, The

11/17/1991

Tim Lindholm, Becca Bear, Tom Shelby, Ally Christie, Kreg Hamburger, Doug Pflugh
What the Hell Lake

1996

Stan Allison This was the expression from the cavers who initially came upon this small lake in 1996. It is located in a previously dry passage that had been known for over 20 years. This lake rose to the point that it sumped the route to the main Lakes area and the deep point in the cave in July of 1999.
What! Yeah!

05/16/2006

Jason Walz, Jessie Mann, Chris Dale These are Lil' Jon lyrics that came to mind when the group looked down into the 30' deep x 20' wide x 25' long chasm.
Wheezer, The

<11/21/1997

Stan Allison, Myk Coughlin A crawl with strong airflow.
Whine Cellar, The

07/11/1992

Jim Wilson, Bill Yett, Aaron Birenboim, Dina Venezky A large, low ceilinged passage discovered at the end of the survey trip that reminded Dina of her fathers Wine Cellar. The taller members of the group complained about having to survey it at the end of the day, thus the spelling.
Whine Room

06/12/1993

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Murray Vogel, Steve Huck, Vern Carison A large, low-ceilinged room that the surveyors were complaining about the low ceiling.
Whinning Stair

01/11/1992

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Murray Vogel, Steve Huck, Vern Carison
Whiskey Bottle Room

10/01/1979

Jack Throssell This room was named for an old whiskey bottle which was found in it.
White Chocolate Mousse

10/09/1993

Steve Smith, Ben Gaiser, Joe Vantook A white formation area near Wet Dreams.
White Coral Room

08/17/1980

Phil Dodge, Gordon Messling, Rod O'Sullivan, Chuck Bertsch A room/hall that has white walls.
White Denial

01/08/2000

Carl Bern, Jeff Goben, Amy Johnson, Christa Schnieder A too tight lead that is covered with white frostwork.
White Elephant

01/02/1891

A.F. McDonald, Alfred Matt
White Gates

<1893

Alvin McDonald
White Guano Climb

10/22/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza An up-climb with white colored sand on its ledges that looked like white guano.
White Hall

06/05/1884

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe Also called the Animal Cracker Room or the Rookery.
White Rock Room

04/11/1992

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Bryan Smith, Bob Stucklen A 42-foot diameter, 4-6 foot ceilinged room with a white rock sitting in the middle of it.
White Rose Chamber

07/11/1891

Alvin McDonald, C.S. McDonald, C.F. McBride
White Room

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
White Socks Only

White Rose Chamber

07/11/1891

Alvin McDonald, C.S. McDonald, C.F. McBride Located below the Garden of Eden.
White Whale, The

06/06/2007

Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Alison Caryle This passage had beautiful white formations and airflow that suddenly slammed shut, preventing the surveyors from continuing, like Ahab's chase of Moby Dick.
White Zinfindel

12/10/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Daryl Stisser, Cheryl Stisser Everything is white and beautiful in this lower-level fissure passage, like the fine white wine known as White Zinfindel.
Whitney Avenue

01/08/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.D. McDonald, Josie Moss, Robert B. Moss A narrow "oven" type of passage that connects Browns Canyon with Monte Cristos Palace.
Widows Rock

11/28/1991

Gene Kremer, Mark Wickham, Scott Lagaard, Dave Trumm, Craig Miller, Gene Kremer A large breakdown rock that shifted sometime during 1991. Located below the gypsum spiders.
Wiggle Hole

02/15/1981

John Scheltens, Ken Allgier, Louise Hose 80 feet of tight passage beyond SE262.
Wild Berry Pit

03/14/1992

Verne Carlson, Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Becky Ward A hazardous 39-foot pit.
Wiley Coyote Canyon

03/09/2002

Rod Horrocks, Doug Werner, Mark Rabin, Kevin Nimmo This lower level vertical maze had several pedestals and slot canyons, reminding Doug of the scenery in the Wiley Coyote cartoon.
Wind Cave Chimes

Wind Gate

12/01/1979

John Scheltens, Miles Hecker A strong breeze can often be felt in this passage.
Wind River Circle

<02/1891

Alvin McDonald The route that connects the Specimen Route, Wind River Chamber, and Guides Discovery.
Wind River Chamber

02/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore This room was originally called the Wind River Circle but is now known as Room Draculum.
Wind River Circle

<1891

This room was later called the Wind River Chamber but is now known as Room Draculum.
Wind Tunnel

04/14/1982

Carl Grundstroh, Kathy Harrison, Ray Lahti, Steve Matson This passage, on the way to Disappointment Chamber, often has very strong breezes moving through it.
Winding Stairs

12/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn This exposed climb leads from the Calcite Jungle up to the Club Room on the Club Room Loop. It twists around on its way up. Resurveyed by John Scheltens 08/01/70.
Winding Way

07/17/1891

Alvin McDonald, Robert Norcutt, William Ranger
Windsor Gallery

07/17/1891

Alvin McDonald, Robert Norcutt, William Ranger
Windy City Lake

08/01/1970

Chris Hill Named after the Windy City Grotto, who discovered this lake. The largest body of water yet discovered in Wind Cave. In 1999, the water table rose to the point that this lake merged with Calcite Lake.
Windy Dungeon

01/1987

Chris D. Gerow, Rich A. Brame, Joe D. Austin Lower level cave off of Monument Hall.
Wine Cellar

03/13/1993

Jim Wilson, Eric Dutton, Randy Brown, Kevin Reynolds A large room discovered by the survey crew.
Wisker Hollow

07/14/1984

John Scheltens, Rick Burk, Dave Springhettil
Witches Enchantment

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Wood Pile

<1974

Woodman Hall

1897

The M.W.A. dedicated this room along the candlelight tour route.
Woop-Dee-Do Crawl

09/02/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jim Lawton A 20-foot long, awkward, vertical slot crawl that connects Spar Heights with Loose Cannon Run. Named by the very skinny 16 year old, Derek, after he saw the other members of the trip struggle through the slot.
Workman Hall

05/1900

Dedicated by the Grand Lodge of South Dakota (A.O.U.W.). "Workman" references the (Association of United Workingmen). Originally known as the Marble Quarry. Now known as the Bachelor Quarters.
Worlds Fair Administration Building

<1901

Worm Ranch

05/25/1981

John Scheltens, Marc Lamphere, Mike Fancik
WOW Passage

06/12/1985

Jim Nepstad, Larry Johnson, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler When Darren Ressler first crawled into this passage he let out a loud "Wow!" Everyone agreed as the passage had 60-foot high ceilings.
Wretched Hole

05/21/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton, Andi O'Conor This is a very, very tight belly crawl with lots of boxwork to catch one's cloths. A truly wretched route!
Wrong Way Room

04/14/2001

Jeff Goben, Carl Bern, Greg Springer A short passage off of Mule Creek Junction that was not the main way on.
WTF Hall

02/17/1989

Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere A large passage looked down into by Bob, who was sure they had discovered a new room. However, Darren was sure it was an earlier passage the survey party had been in. Bob climbed around and confirmed that it was the earlier discovery. Another "Twilight Zone" experience.

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