CCC - The Work and Play of Camp Wind Cave

CCC crew sloping park roads
CCC crew sloping park roads

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NP-1 Projects
The Park provided excellent training opportunities for the enrollees. Inside the cave they installed concrete steps and an indirect lighting system, repaired the tour trails, helped sink a 208 foot elevator shaft, and began a cave survey. On the surface they sloped road banks, built a fence around the park to contain wildlife, built fire trails, planted hundreds of trees, built concrete reservoirs, remodeled park buildings, landscaped the headquarters area, and occasionally fought forest fires.

 
Wind Cave Baseball Team
Wind Cave Baseball Team

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Other CCC Opportunities
The Corps was not all work. The Wind Cave baseball team won the South Dakota State Championships in 1935 and 1936. Mrs. E. Dixon Freeland, music instructor and park superintendent’s wife, organized the Wind Cave Quartet. The music group became well known throughout the Black Hills. Several different academic and vocational evening classes were offered. Many enrollees earned their high school diplomas and gained valuable work skills.

 
Carrying cables into the cave for the lighting system
Carrying cables into the cave for the lighting system

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The CCC crew also carried in the cables for the first major lighting system in the cave.
 
Hauling concrete into the cave in inner tubes
Hauling concrete into the cave in inner tubes

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The CCC crew carried concrete into the cave to create the steps along the trail. They used inner tubes to carry the wet concrete. The 70 to 80 pounds in each tube generally had enough concrete to make about 1/3 to 1/4 of an average step.
 
Landscaping near the Walk-in Entrance to the cave
Landscaping near the Walk-in Entrance to the cave

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Studying Hard
Studying Hard - Many different classes were offered to the young men of the CCC

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

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(605) 745-4600
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