Esther Brazell

Historic black and white photographic portrait of Esther L Brazell
Esther L Brazell was presenting tours of Wind Cave in 1917

NPS Photo

On August 1, 1914, Thomas M. Brazell became superintendent of Wind Cave National Park. He brought with him his daughter, Esther, and his son, Roy. Thomas Brazell was to remain in charge of the park for nearly five years after which (in March of 1919) his son Roy W. Brazell became superintendent. Letters to and from the National Park Service Director in 1917 indicate that Esther Brazell had been working at Wind Cave as a park ranger, making her the first woman to hold the title of ranger in the National Park Service. Esther stopped giving tours in August of 1917 for health reasons.

Last updated: March 7, 2018

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