Birth of a National Park - A National Park is Created
The land was withdrawn from settlement January 18, 1900. On September 12, 1902 Captain Seth Bullock, became the supervisor of Wind Cave and established rules that George Stabler and wife, Elmer McDonald and Peter Paulson had to follow as guides. A hotel concession also was granted to George Stabler and wife.
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It Is Wind Cave National Park
December 12, 1902, the Hot Springs Star headlines read: It Is Wind Cave National Park: Congressman Martin wired E.T. Peirce Saturday saying “Wind Cave National Park bill passed the House today. It has already passed the Senate and will soon be a law.” Thus the good things keep coming for Hot Springs.
President Theodore Roosevelt signed legislation making Wind Cave a National Park on January 3, 1903. It would be more than 13 years before the National Park Service was established.
Wind Cave is the seventh oldest national park in the system and the first to protect a cave.