Wind Cave Room Names

The names of rooms and places in Wind Cave were given by the cave explorers who discovered these places. Often the names are descriptive, refer to people involved with Wind Cave, or tell a story about what was happening when that place was discovered. Click on a letter below for a list of room names and information about each room. Some of the room name links also have pictures or references other historic information. Photos are in a gallery linked to below, and all room names are organized alphabetically.

The circumstances surrounding the settlement and development of the Black Hills region results in an unusual course of events. Although situated in the midst of a "civilized" country, it was among the last geographical frontiers on the American continent outside of Alaska. This was wild country in those years, but there was the spirit of growth characteristic of any frontier. This growth, however, expressed itself in a most unusual channel. Not only was the region attracting miners and other commercial interest, but it was also luring tourists, visitors who would partake of its beauty and adventure. Few frontiers have ever experienced this trend toward tourism coincident with their growth.

It was in this fertile environment that Wind Cave was "born". It could not have occurred at a more opportune time, for it was destined to become an integral part of the mainstream of this unique phase of growth.

Wind Cave became a cosmopolitan thing. There were few caves known at that time; even fewer developed for tours. But the few that were represented the ultimate in romance, mystery, beauty and adventure. Most famous was Mammoth Cave, Ky., and Wind Cave took pride in being able to offer substantial competition. No better is this expressed than in the names given to places and things in the cave. Everything was named, and little effort was spared toward variety and imagination. These names represent visitors from all walks of life (e.g., Old Fellows Hall, Tabernacle, Bishop Fowler's Retreat, Dante's Inferno, Milton's Study, Chopin's Nocturne) from the four corners of the Earth (e.g., Scenes of Wicklow, World's Fairground, New York Elevated Railroad, Union College) as well as the realism and humor the difficult places generated (e.g., Cliff Climber's Delight, Fat Woman's Misery, Ghost of She, Hard Scramble, Bridge of Sighs). This is a distinct contrast with the old names in Carlsbad Caverns, NM, which with few exceptions are local, based on American Indian mythology.

Through lack of use, the location and origin of many of these names have been forgotten. This period produced a variety of literature that reveals a number of reliable clues for identification of these places. Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, Luella Agnes Owen, 1898 and Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, Edward C. Horn, 1901 each contain sections on the cave written in guide book form. The present tour routes were used then, and it is possible to start at the entrance and follow each guide step by step through the cave.

Although somewhat more vague in terms of locations, The Private Account of A.F. McDonald, is probably the standard work on the subject, at least historically. At present it is the only information available on areas not covered by Horn and Owen. A number of old photographs have been uncovered, and thanks to the technology of stereo photography a number of positive identifications have been made.

No scholarly research has been expended in this project. The technique involved in simply following the guides through the cave. The descriptions are often adequately obvious to pinpoint the location. Often no such feature is evident (many changes were made during trail construction) and one must rely on the sequence indicated by the guide. If a place lies between two known places, or immediately after a known place, the location can be inferred. This latter was employed in many cases, and although possible unreliable in some instances, is based on the only information available. Until more information is discovered, this is where it must remain. Locations are in terms of survey stations or numbered light fixtures.

LINCOLN'S FIREPLACE
LOCATION: 1-28
SOURCE OF NAME: "We next enter a small chamber of the cabin type where we are shown Lincoln's Fireplace. The kindling is placed in position ready for a fire to warm the Rail-splitter when he comes in from the forest. The pine knot is placed to give proper light for his nocturnal study, pre-paring him for the presidency." (1) An intuitive assumption can be drawn on the general location, for if Passing the fireplace, we notice a Prairie Dog and Mound..." (2) A low, arched alcove is located on the west side of the trail, on the entrance side of the Prairie Dog Mound. At present, it is filled with rock, obviously the result of trail construction.
(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 10.
(2) Ibid

PRAIRIE DOG AND MOUND
LOCATION: 1-31 (opposite side)
SOURCE OF NAME: "Passing the fireplace, we notice a Prairie Dog and Mound. The little chirper stands ready to dive from our view, but moves not an inch, for his petrified state long ago produced locomotor ataxia." (1) The mound is a group of two small mud-drip holes. The dog was a rock, which someone evidently had brought from another part of the cave, and in the pre-federal period, visitors were continually attempting to take it. A woman from Chicago succeeded in making off with it, but returned it when contacted by mail. (2) A visitor in 1963 affirmed that it was there in 1925, but the mound now lies completely abandoned.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 10.
(2) Bohi, History of Wind Cave, p. 405.


PETRIFIED CLOUDS
LOCATION: 1-32
SOURCE OF NAME: "Our attention is next called to a freak of nature not seen except in Wind Cave. Burning a ribbon of magnesium the guide directs our attention to the phenomenon, and umbrellas are wished for as we behold the unexpected Petrified Clouds. It is needless to state that the unexpected may always be expected while touring in a region of perpetual surprise." (1) Irregular solution on ceiling is descriptive.
(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 10.

SNOW BALL ROOM
LOCATION: 1-35 or 1-37
SOURCE OF NAME: "Looking overhead, we notice a myriad of Snow Balls, each adhering to the frescoed rock as if lately driven to their rest by the recently liberated school boy. This appearance produces a chilling sensation, but the normal temperature returns when the deceived visitor learns that the nearest snow is not less than two hundred miles away to the northward, and that what we see above us and around us are carbonate of lime formations only. They appear so much like well-formed snow balls, however, that the very elect are deceived." (1) Calcite and aragonite deposition is descriptive.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 10.

ROE'S MISERY
LOCATION: 2-12 to 2-14
SOURCE OF NAME: "Leaving this medley of letters and cards (Post Office) we pass into Roe's Misery. Here an early guide named Roe got stuck and had to be pulled out by means of a rope." (1) The narrow passageway south out of the Post Office shows evidence of much enlargement, and evidently was this notorious crawlway. It must have been a tight squeeze. Bob McAdam states, that as a boy, weighing 108 pounds, he had to lie on his side to get through (2) and from scattered comments in "The Private Account", the McDonalds spent a great deal of time enlarging it.

Another amusing insight comes from what the guides were apparently telling visitors in 1921. "A little farther on is a large crevice into which, as the story goes, a man named Roe unfortunately fell. It proved necessary to let down a mule by means of a block and tackle, thus to extract him from his predicament. Hence the name "Roe's Misery" was applied to this particular place." (3)

RED HALL
LOCATION: 2-17
OTHER NAMES: Beauty Parlor
SOURCE OF NAME: "The next chamber is called Red Hall, the prevailing color being red. Here the visitor is shown Liberty Bell, which is cracked just like the original at Philadelphia. What formed it? is the usual question. No living man knows, but it is supposed to be the work of a geyser spurting up from the floor. Not far from Liberty Bell is a Wash Boiler, which especially interests the ladies who are so fortunate as to see it." (1)
Owen, quoting Elmer McDonald further identifies the place - "Red Hall is the room next in order, and has on either side a red bank of sandy micaceous clay" (2)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 11.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

HARD SCRAMBLE AVENUE
LOCATION: 2-21 to 3-5; White Room area at 2-21
SOURCE OF NAME: "From the White Room the visitor enters the Opera House via Hard Scramble Ave." (1) Normal sequence and evidence of extensive trail construction, filling and grading suggest the name.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 11.

DEVIL'S LOOKOUT
LOCATION: 3-8
SOURCE CF NAME: "The next point of interest is the Devil's Lookout standing 65 feet high. Here in silence are two pigs, one having an ear of corn in his mouth as if ready to run for a more congenial spot. A New York lady discovered the two pigs, and remarked, ‘Isn’t it perfectly wonderful that I should be the first one to discover the pigs?’ The guide replied, ‘It is easy for people who have been in the habit of seeing such animals to find their likeness here in the Cave.’ He was saved from her wrath by being the only one who knew the route." (1)

Up until 1890 this point marked the end of the cave. Passageways beyond apparently were too tight to permit passage until Alvin McDonald and Bob McAdam enlarged a hole* with a chisel. (2)

*: 3-9 to 3-10

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 12.
(2) Bohi, History of Wind Cave

SOUNDING ROCK
LOCATION: 3-9 (large rock formation to right of 3-9when facing light)
SOURCE OF NAME: From the Devil's Lookout "We next pass Sounding Rock or His Satanic Majesty's Call and enter Milton's Study…" (1) There is a flake attached to the upon which the location light is mounted, which rings very resonantly when struck with the fist.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 12.

SAMPSON'S PALACE
LOCATION: 3-16
SOURCE OF NAME: "The next room is named Sampson's Palace. It has a very high dome with a boxwork edges and stalagmitic floor. In this place is a formation known as the Queen of Sheba's Head Dress. The drapery was a premonition of modern Parisian styles." (1)

Comments by Elmer McDonald follow much the same idea. "Sampson’s palace is the next room in order; here we see some stalagmitic water formation on the left wall and the ceiling is one of the most beautiful yet seen on the trip." (2)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 12.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

SWISS SCENERY
LOCATION: 3-19 & 3-18
SOURCE OF NAME: In consecutive order, "We pass along to Swiss Scenery (from Sampson's Palace) a very prettily decorated room fifty feet in length by fifteen feet in height. The box work is very pretty, shading from yellow to dark brown. The general appearance of the room would suggest its name, it being rougher than any other in the immediate vicinity." (1) This final statement suggested its possible location and an old stereo photograph confirmed it. (2)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Photo, Swiss Scenery, W.R. Cross, Stereo Photos In Wind Cave

QUEEN'S DRAWING ROOM
LOCATION: 4-1 to 4-2
SOURCE OF NAME: "Following our guide, we enter the Queen's Drawing Room, a chamber fearfully and wonderfully made. Here tapestries, draperies box-work greet one on all sides." (1)

"Passing under an arch (from Swiss Scenery) we enter the Queen's Drawing Room. Here the boxwork has been developed beyond any on our pathway thus far. From the ceiling it hangs like draperies and on the left wall is about twenty four inches in depth. On the whole this room is elegant enough for the most exacting queen." (2)

Consecutive order and the description locate the room.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 13.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

NEW YORK ELEVATED R.R.
LOCATION: 4-2 to 4-5
SOURCE OF NAME: "Advancing a short distance (from the Queen's Drawing Room) we look above and behold the New York Elevated R.R. The cars are not running owing to a strike." (1) Consecutive order seems to locate this, but exactly what feature represents this is uncertain. A series of horizontal 'tubes' parallel the main passage at a level 10 feet above the floor, extending from the Queen’s Drawing Room to 4-5. This may have been it.

Could be boxwork in ceiling which has appearance of tracks above 4-5. Tube is immediately in front and down the trail from 4-5.

E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 13.

M.E. CHURCH
LOCATION: 4-4
SOURCE OF NAME: The guide proceeds from the Queen’s Drawing Room, and "We step from this room into the ME Church. Rev. Mr. Hancher, president of the Black Hills Methodist College, was I believe the first to hold song and prayer service in this room; the pulpit is on the left as you pass through. The guides always ask if any wish to sing or worship, as any one has a perfect right in a dedicated chapel." (1) Old photograph also confirms location. (2)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901
(2) Cross, Stereo Views in Wind Cave, Methodist Church, (2 each)

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
LOCATION: 4-9 to 4-11, Flat topped rocks also at 4-5
SOURCE OF NAME: From M.E. Church, "The Giant's Causeway is only a few steps beyond. This bit of scenery has some resemblance to the famed basalt attraction on the coast of Ireland". (1) Horn indicates the same location and describes it as the "most rugged chamber..." (2) Leaving the place, "We then make a graceful prolonged bow and file under the Arch of Politeness (likely the low duck-under just before 4-11) into Lena's Arbor (4-l2)." (3)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 13.
(3) Ibid

CAPITOL HALL
LOCATION: 4-15 to 4-16
OTHER NAMES: Bishop Fowler's Retreat, Cathedral
SOURCE OF NAME: Proceeding from the Giant's Causeway, through Lena’s Arbor "We enter Capitol Hall at the side, about midway between the ends. It is the largest room yet visited being some two hundred feet from end to end, with a very high ceiling. Here we notice the wall and ceiling are bare of box and other formation and are clean and white. The decorative appearance exceeds any room yet visited. After getting into line again we go down a flight of stairs to Odd Fellows' Hall..." (1) This name is apparently the original, for it first appears in "The Private Account". In the company of Mr. Horn "We then make a graceful prolonged bow and file under the Arch of Politeness into Lena's Arbor, then on into Bishop Fowler's Retreat, where our attention is called to the beautiful grotto named Lover's Retreat. Here, a youthful couple, having lingered behind and being lost from the party were found by the guide with clasped hands and in the meshes of cupid. The midnight darkness of that subterranean world has no terrors for Cupid."

"Advancing ... we enter Odd Fellow's Hall". (2) 4-21 to 4-22

Bishop Charles Henry Fowler was a prominent figure in the Methodist Church. He was Bishop in l884, and at one time, President of Northwestern University. In 1898 he founded Nebraska Wesleyan University, and likely was instrumental in the establishment of Black Hills College in Hot Springs. (3)

The same Dr. Hancher who gave the name to the M.E. Church room was president of the college at this time. It was probably through his efforts that the memory of Bishop Fowler was to be perpetuated in this place.

The name was later refined to Bishop Fowler's Cathedral, and later changed to Cathedral. (4)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 13.
(3) Personal Communication with Mary Miners, Hot Springs, l964
(4) Bohi, Interview with Bob & Fanny McAdam, l957

POP CORN ALLEY
LOCATION: 4-17 to 4-19
SOURCE OF NAME: "Advancing through Pop Corn Alley we enter Odd Fellow's Hall." (1)

The left hand wall of this stretch of trail is heavily encrusted with 'popcorn'.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 14.

ODD FELLOW'S HALL
LOCATION: 4-21 to 4-22
OTHER NAMES: Model Room
SOURCE OF NAME: "After getting into line again, we go down a flight of stairs to Odd Fellows' Hall, a chamber that on examination suggests its name. In the ceiling is situated the 'All seeing eye', one of the emblems of that august body, and at little distance the 'Three Links'; (solution pockets in ceiling) also in the ceiling, and just under the latter is situated a rock very much resembling a goat". (1) This later animal apparently suffered annihilation during trail construction, as even with the aid of an old photograph, it cannot be located. (2) "On entering the hall, the wreck of the Spanish warship Colon attracts attention. This specimen of Wind Cave novelty was named by Dr. Lentz of Brookings, S.D. This wreck is 350 feet below the entrance, nearly two miles from the starting point and in the sixth tier of chambers." (3) The breakdown block between 4-20 & 4-21 is probably this feature. An excellent Syringopore coral (could not be located) may be found on the ceiling of the dead end passage leading right from the top of the stairs 'out', approximately 6 feet from the trail.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) W.R. Cross, #30, Goat, Odd Fellows Hall, Stereo Views in Wind Cave
(3) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 14.

TURTLE PASS
LOCATION: 4-23 to 4-26
SOURCE OF NAME: "Nature, thousands of years ago, anticipated our choice of colors for the national ensign and indelibly frescoed the avenue leading from Odd Fellow's Hall with red, white, and blue. This avenue is called Turtle Pass because it shelters a large turtle about five feet in length by three in width. This formation evidently was completed weary years before Columbus dreamed of a land to the westward". (1) Likely this was an obstacle to modern concepts of trail construction, as it no longer exists. None of the colors are evident, either. However, it would take only a thin layer of dust to obliterate them, and dust is abundant.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 14.

FALLEN FLATS
LOCATION: 5-4 to 5-7
OTHER NAMES: G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Hall, Assembly Room
SOURCE OF NAME: The original name is descriptive of the breakdown slabs covering the floor, and with reference to this room, Bob McAdam states "we christened it the Fallen Flats." (1)

Later on, however, "This hall was dedicated (G.A.R.) in June, 1899, during the soldiers' reunion at Hot Springs, ninety-six old soldiers being present at the dedicatory services. A monument was erected upon an eminence within the hall to the memory of the heroic dead who wore the blue, but are now sleeping the sleep of the departed patriots. The committee requested that every old soldier visiting the Cave leave his name, company, and regimental designation at the foot of the monument.

"The G.A.R. Hall is well named. About it are natural fortifications more durable than were constructed upon many a battlefield. Overhead are calcite formations representing breastworks, stockades, etc., the handiwork of nature’s creation." (2) The monument occupied the corner of the room now marked by 5-5. (3)

(1) Bohi, Interview with Bob & Fanny McAdam, 1957
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 15, 1901
(3) Photograph, G.A.R. Hall, McAdam Collection

GARDEN WALL - GIANT'S COFFIN
LOCATION: 5-15 to 5-13 (Giant’s Coffin between 5-14 and light stands)
SOURCE OF NAME: A little uncertainty is evident in exactly what objects are referred to, but the location between the Crossroads and present Assembly Room is positive. Elmer McDonald states "The next open country is protected from public trespass by the Garden Wall, which appears to have been well built in the long ago by masons properly trained in their craft, and extends at a uniform height to the Fallen Flats…" (1) A wall-like configuration extends from 5-15 to 5-13, on that side of the trail, but not to 'Fallen Flats', although trail construction could have destroyed this part of it. But Horn, in his guide book notes another feature: "Here the visitor is shown the Garden Wall, upon which rests the Giant's Coffin. Strange sensations creep over one as he studies his surroundings, fearful lest he be intruding upon the subterranean retreat or mausoleum of some giant race. The coffin lid can be raised and those sufficiently lion-hearted may look within observing the Ghost of a Lost Opportunity." (2) No such feature apparently graces the wall, but a prominent coffin-shaped rock rests at the base of 5-14, on the other side of the trail.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 15.

CONFEDERATE CROSSROADS
LOCATION: 6-1
SOURCE OF NAME: "…just beyond (Turtle Pass) is the Confederate Cross Roads, where the fissure is crossed by another forming a cross with perfect right angles. The right hand passage is used for specimens only; straight ahead leads to the Garden of Eden, the end of our shortest route. We take the left hand path and journey through Summer Avenue…" (1) Horn indicates a number of additional features in connection with the place. "Turtle Pass leads to the Cross Roads, where the route divides. Here is Nasby's Dome (5-19) beyond which is the Breckenridge Gallery and Burleigh Heights (Probably the high ceiling passage beyond, 5-19 thru 5-16) the latter having a dome ninety feet in height.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 14.

SUMMER AVENUE
LOCATION: 6-1 to 6-9
SOURCE OF NAME: "From here Summer Avenue leads off a distance of 300 feet to the Masonic Temple." (1) "We now descend another flight of stairs into Turtle Pass, where a large turtle rests beside the path, and just beyond is the Confederate Crossroads, where the fissure is crossed by another forming a cross with prefect right angles. The right hand passage is used for specimens only; straight ahead leads to the Garden of Eden, the end of our shortest route. We take the left hand path and journey through Summer Avenue, some seventy feet in length, and reach the Scenes of Wicklow..." (2)

The difference in spelling is apparently a misprinting of Horn's. The origin of the name is somewhat puzzling, at least in terms of the discovery date. "On the 26th day of November 1890 the route, Summer Avenue, Irish misery and Sceneries of Wicklow were discovered by R.B. Moss and A.F. McDonald. (3)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901 p. 18
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(3) The Private Account of A. F. McDonald, Discoveries and Dates

MASONIC TEMPLE
LOCATION: 6-12 and/or passage leading south of 7-21
SOURCE OF NAME: "From here Sumner (sic) Avenue leads off a distance of 300 feet to the Masonic Temple." (1) But in 1898, "On the right (in the Assembly Room, 7-24) is a passage leading to the Masonic Temple, a room that any body of Masons would be proud of could they hold lodge meetings in it. The passage on the left is the terminus of the Pearly Gates Route, the longest developed route in the cave. After moving along... we come into the Tennis Court". (2) The subsequent change in location was likely somewhat political, desire on the part of the group involved that their hall was not reached by the regular tours.

(1) E. C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 18
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

SCENERIES OF WICLOW
LOCATION: 6-15
OTHER NAMES: Scenes of Widow, Elk's Resort, Elk's Room
SOURCE OF NAME: The name appears frequently in The Private Account, as the beginning of the Castle Garden Route. The archaic form was apparently dropped rather quickly, as there was no doubt emphasis on refinement and public image, for in 1898, Owen describes the place as "a large and high room, beautifully decorated with boxwork and popcorn. The ceiling and the left wall from floor to ceiling are fine box work. On the right you see a dark space, as a very large portion of this room is unused, but we pass the Piper’s Pig. (*) List! The guide is pounding on the Salvation Army Drum, a large projecting rock that on being struck with the closed hand gives a sound very much like a bass drum." (1)

A faunal change took place by the time Horn visited the cave, for "From the Masonic Temple we pass to the Elk's Resort, where an elk’s head greets the pilgrim. Close by is Salvation Army Drum made in nature’s shop, and just overhead is a square of Irish Point Lace formed by boxwork twenty feet on each side." (2) The communal identity of the drum establishes the identity of both references, although the feature has not actually been located. The boxwork and elk head are obvious. Lamp 12-1 shines toward a feature known as the Blarney Stone. (3)

(*) Could this be the Elk Head?

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 18
(3) Photo #2, W.R. Cross, Stereo Views in Wind Cave

KIMBALL'S MUSIC HALL
LOCATION: 7-1 to 7-2
OTHER NAMES: McKinley Memorial Hall
SOURCE OF NAME: "After walking across a short plank (from Scenes of Wicklow) we enter Kimball’s Music Hall, a very beautiful room settled between two crevices and lined with box work. Viewing the ceiling from the fissure on the right it is seen to be smooth and fringed with popcorn. In some places the boxes are closed, resembling finished honeycomb. Over head box work can be seen as high as the light penetrates. On the whole I think this is the finest crevice in the explored cave." (1) Later on, however, the name was changed, for in 1901, Horn writes that "A passageway to McKinley Memorial Hall has the Wind Cave Chimes." (2) The chimes were probably the boxwork. Could this be what Alvin called the Chamber of Bells? It was on this route. The dual identity of the place can be established since both references lead to the same place.

"Going from McKinley Memorial Hall we enter Whitney Avenue..." (3)

"Looking straight ahead you wonder how the party can travel over such a road as presents itself to view, but the guide turns into an arch in the right hand wall and enters Whitney Avenue." (4)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 19.
(3) Ibid
(4) Owen, Ibid

NAPOLEON’S TOMB
LOCATION: 7-3
SOURCE OF NAME: "Here (McKinley Memorial Hall) the second paralleling crevice appears, in which is seen Napoleon's Tomb, said to be an exact counterpart of the original." (1) The block with lamp 7-3 is descriptive.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 19.

WHITNEY AVENUE
LOCATION: 7-4 to 7-8
SOURCE OF NAME: "Locking straight ahead you wonder how the party can travel over such a road as presents itself to view, but the guide turns into an arch in the right hand wall and enters Whitney Avenue. After walking across the bridge over shadowy depths..." (1) "Going from McKinley Memorial Hall we enter Whitney Avenue, which spans the shadowy depths. The question, How deep are these depths? How long is eternity?" (2) The hole down, illuminated by 7-4 is probably the reference. The use of "shadowy depths" in both writings seems more than just coincidence, although no specific reference as to name is made.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 20-21.

MONTE CRISTO PALACE
LOCATION: 7-11
SOURCE OF NAME: "After walking across the bridge over shadowy depths, our pathway lies for some fifty feet in one of the most interesting ovens in the cave, at the end of which we enter Monte Cristo's Palace, by going down a flight of stairs. This room has the greatest depth beneath the surface of any of the Fair Ground's Route, which is four hundred and fifty feet. In this room is noticed a decided change in the box work which is much heavier than any seen, or that will be seen on this route, and the color is light blue." (1) "This avenue (Whitney Avenue) leads to Monte Cristo Place, which is in the seventh tier of chambers and on the 450 foot level, and 750 feet below the surface, for here the survey shows that a towering hill stands above, holding Monte Cristo Palace firmly in its palace as if in a Zeus-made vice. Here beautiful clusters of dazzling silica crystals appear, flashing under the power of magnesium light like the most brilliant of diamonds. In this place a triphammer blow is dealt to geology, which asserts that quartz and calcite formations never appear on the same level. Here the unexpected appears with quartz and calcite formations side by side as if they were breaking no law." (2) The location is evident, but most of the vugs mentioned are apparently gone. While silica and calcite "side by side" are common in the cave, the writer was unable to fine any trace of silicious rocks in the area.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 20.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS
LOCATION: 7-19
OTHER NAMES: Three-way Stair
SOURCE OF NAME: "Those who desire to see the Blue Grotto on the Fair Grounds Route may do so by passing under the Bridge of Sighs, traveling... If you do not care to make the Blue Grotto, you cross over instead of under the Bridge of Sighs and pass Bottomless Pit." The latter feature evidently has been altered by trail construction, but is probably the hole protected by a railing between the Three-way Stair and the Second Crossroads. It must have been somewhat more impressive than it is now, for Horn continues "It is called Bottomless Pit because the bottom cannot be discerned, but if your Sunday school teacher should ask you, just tell her the tapeline stops singing at the ninety-foot mark

E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 20.

GRECIAN BEND
LOCATION: 7-22 to 7-23
SOURCE OF NAME: "Beyond the Bottomless Pit we enter Grecian Bend, and bow very low whether we like it or not till we reach the Assembly Room." (1) Examination of this little area reveals that the passage has been excavated at least four feet. Bending may be an understatement; they may have crawled.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 20.

ASSEMBLY POOM
LOCATION: 7-24
OTHER NAMES: Crown Chamber, Second Crossroads
SOURCE OF NAME: "From this Avenue (Milliner's Avenue) we step into the Assembly Room. The Passage to the left is the terminus of the Pearly Gates Route. After moving along some distance we see the Bad Lands and then come into the Tennis Court." (1) The latter is from a section written by Elmer McDonald. Making the trip herself, and returning from the Pearly Gates, Miss Owen observes, "Next is the Assembly Room or Crown Chamber, as it is called on account of a handsome crown conspicuously placed. This room also contains a Moose so perfectly carved that the skeptic who searches diligently for imperfections finally clamors for the whole company to celebrate his discovery of the artist's noble skill." (2) These latter features apparently were victims of trail construction or the mobs that followed.

Further comment by Horn is interesting. "Beyond the Bottomless Pit we enter Grecian Bend, and bow very low whether we like it or not till we reach the Assembly Room. Six routes assemble here; one leads to Pearly Gates, one to Fair Grounds, the others being uncomfortable for the tourist who is less surefooted than the mountain goat."

"The Palace Fireplace was found here by Mrs. Markham of Sioux Falls. The Cliff House of the Pacific Coast is an object of interest; the one in the Cave, being far removed from the vandal's hand, is undisturbed by the relic hunter."

"An avenue seventy-five feet in length leads from the Assembly Room to the Mound Builders' Rest." (3)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Ibid
(3) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 20-21.

COUNCIL CHAMBER
LOCATION: 8-6 to 8-9
OTHER NAMES: Dragon Room
SOURCE OF NAME: The old photograph shows a view of the room from the trail familiar to any guide. (1) Owen observes, "Which besides other attractions is to some extent also a Statuary Hall." (2)

(1) W.R. Cross, Stereo Photos in Wind Cave, No. 19, Council Chamber
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

ST. DOMINIC CHAMBER
LOCATION: 8-12
SOURCE OF NAME: "Passing through the Chicago Portrait Room and Stabler's Pass, we reach St. Domanic (sic) Chamber, the home of the Hornets' Nest, and the sight (sic) of several geodes." (1) The location can be inferred from the smoked inscription on the ceiling, and there is a hornets' nest as well.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 29.

ALPINE WAY
LOCATION: Joins levels between Council Chamber (8-9) and Waiting Room (10-3)
SOURCE OF NAME: Owen describes it, possibly not completely accurate: "From the Council Chamber the Alpine Way leads up to the Fair Grounds directly above. This alpine way is sort of a cork screw twisting through the rocks, not unlike a badly walled well, assisted at the lowest portion by a short and nearly perpendicular ladder." (1) Actually it does not lead directly into the Fair Grounds, for in the chapter written by Elmer McDonald we read an interesting sidelight that associates it with the Waiting Room, two flights below the Fairgrounds. "Down one short flight of stairs and we are in the Waiting Room so called on account of persons waiting here while the rest of their party finished the trip by climbing up the Alpine Way. This difficult climb was made until the route was developed via the Marble Quarry." (2)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Ibid

UNION COLLEGE
LOCATION: 9-3 to 9-4
SOURCE OF NAME: The Fan Rock identifies this location. (1) Horn elaborates "…Union College where the bell is always ready, but never rings. Here stands Fan Rock, eight feet high, six feet wide, with a base one foot square, always open for the use of the tired college girl. Here also is the Letter Box, a very useful accessory to college equipment. The box lid is sealed open by nature, permitting all students to receive or send mail uncensored. " (2)

(1) Butcher & Son, No.1621, Union College, Fan Rock (#17h, Stanley Collection)
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, p. 28, 1901

CASTLE GARDEN
LOCATION: 9-23 to 9-26
SOURCE OF NAME: "Leaving the Fair Grounds Route at the Assembly Room, we pass under the Bridge of Sighs and find ourselves in Castle Garden. This is a large room of blue formation, in which may be seen Sawyer's Sea Serpent." (1)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

WAITING ROOM
LOCATION: 10-3
OTHER NAMES: Bachelor's Parlor
SOURCE OF NAME: Down one flight of stairs (from Johnstone's Campground) and we are in the Waiting Room, so called on account of persons waiting here while the rest of their party finished the trip by climbing up the Alpine Way. This difficult climb was made until the route was developed via the Marble Quarry." (1) Passing Johnstone's Campground we are ushered into a room remarkable for its appearance, named Bachelor's Parlor, so called because it is so rocky. It must have been named by some imaginative lady who rescued some man from the woes of bachlordome, and knew whereof she spoke." (2) Probably the difficulties of Alpine Way were forgotten by the time the name was changed.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 23.

SHEEP
LOCATION: Between 10-9 & 10-10
OTHER NAMES: Degree of Honor Hall
SOURCE OF NAME: Passing from 10-9 toward 10-10, looking back above the archway, one may observe features identical with the old photograph. (1) Comments from the literature are worthwhile too, however. "A winding path is followed until attention is called to the Sheep's Head above an arch over the passage, and the ceiling here is of flint, the ledge of which is four inches thick." (2) In an era of small-time political influence: "Passing Workman Hall we enter the Degree of Honor Hall where the sheep is on duty instead of the goat. This formation is the most perfect of all representing animals found in the Cave." (3)

(1) H. Cross, Stereo Views in Wind Cave, No. 25, SHEEP IN WIND CAVE
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(3) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 22.

MARBLE QUARRY
LOCATION: 10-10 to 10-18
OTHER NAMES: A.O.U.W. Hall, Bachelor's Quarters
SOURCE OF NAME: "Here (Tennis Court) we take a rest preparatory to climbing up to the Marble Quarry, a task of two flights of stairs. This is a very large room and has the most uneven floor, ceiling and walls of any that our visitors see, and is barren of specimens excepting in the first part over the stairs where there is some box work of very pretty structure and color." (1)

"Our next point of interest is the A.0.U.W. (Association of United Workingmen) Hall, dedicated in May, 1900 by the Grand Lodge of South Dakota." (2)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 22.

DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL
LOCATION: 10-12
SOURCE OF NAME: "Some distance up the path (Marble Quarry) we see…on the other side the Devil's Punch Bowl, a large rock with a basin-shaped hole about thirty-six inches across and sixteen inches deep, but lo! The bottom has been broken out; which is very appropriate as South Dakota is at present a prohibition state." (1) Lamp 10-12 shines through the bottom.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills (Quoting Elmer McDonald), 1898

JOHNSTONE'S CAMPGROUND
LOCATION: 10-4 to 10-9
SOURCE OF NAME: "The next point of interest is Johnstone's Camp Ground, it being the room in which Paul Alexander Johnstone, the famed mind-reader and his party slept the third night while on a hunt for a pin head hid in the Cave by Judge Boomer and W.U. Germond of Hot Springs. Mr. Johnstone made a wager of $1,000 that he could find a pin head if hid anywhere in Wind Cave, and he would make the trip from Hot Springs to the Cave and to the pin head blindfolded. The wager was accepted. The two responsible men mentioned were to hide the pin. It was done. When the men returned to Hot Springs, Johnstone grasped each man by the arm, led them to a conveyance in waiting, drove to Wind Cave in forty-two minutes, entered the cave and after seventy three hours and twenty minutes returned with the identical pin head.

Less time would have been consumed in finding the pin head had those who hid it not forgotten the route they took in hiding it. All were lost at times. When lost the mind reader is said to have writhed upon the floor like a molested serpent. He cried and moaned as if in the grates mental agony, saying his reputation was at stake in the matter, not caring for the money. Thoroughly blindfolded, Mr. Johnstone finally led the party into the room known as Standing Rock Chamber and placed the point of his knife upon the pin head. A light was flashed and a negative taken of the scene just as the point of the knife blade reached the pin head. Mr. Johnstone performed other almost equally extraordinary feats of mind reading at other places, which provided data for a chapter in the New Psychology." (1) The remarkable thing about this episode is the manner in which the different reports agree. "Passing under the (Sheep's) arch we enter Johnstone's Camp Ground, so named because Paul Alexander Johnstone camped in this room while accomplishing the third of his greatest mind reading feats, during which he remained in the cave seventy-two hours. He was locked in his room at the Evans hotel while a committee secreted the head of a gold pin in the cave.

On their return, after being blindfolded, he led them to the livery stable, and securing a team drove to the cave and found the pin in the Standing Rock Chamber, beyond the Pearly Gates, and then drove back to the city still blindfolded." (2) (See also Bohi, Seventy-five years and Wind Cave, p. 406) Any number of things could have transpired during this three day odyssey underground, from the extrasensory to the fraudulent, but nevertheless it created no small sensation.

The locations are self evident. Near 10-7 is an oval-shaped depression in the floor, obviously unnatural. Could this have been dug for a bed?

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p, 22.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

GHOST OF SHE
LOCATION: Across trail from 10-12
SOURCE OF NAME: "this hall (A.O.U.W.) has the Ghost of She, and it so excited a colored visitor once that he endeavored to go straight up in order to avoid meeting this mysterious apparition formed of solid rock and draped in white." (1) Exactly what this is, is somewhat of an enigma, hut Elmer McDonald states that "some distance up the path (in the Marble Quarry) we see on one side the Ghost of 'She' and on the other the Devil's Punch Bowl..." (2), locating it rather conclusively. A number of irregular pieces of breakdown, as well as a 'canopy' on the ceiling could each fit the description.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 22.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

TENNIS COURT
LOCATION: 10-21
SOURCE OF NAME: "After moving along some distance…then come into the Tennis Court. This room has the net in the ceiling and I suppose the party can furnish the raquet (racket). On the right hand side of this room there is tier upon tier of box work; looking to the left you shudder at the almost bottomless pit just beside the pathway." (1) This is mentioned in "The Private Account", so evidently the name originated with Alvin McDonald.

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

TICKET OFFICE
LOCATION: 11-30
SOURCE OF NAME: "From the Bachelor's Parlor the way leads through the Ticket Office into the Fair Grounds." (1) From the Waiting Room (same place different name) "A steep pathway and one flight of stairs now brings us to the Ticket Office, and another short stairway leads into the room above, which is the Fair Grounds." (2) The progression indicated by the descriptions and a count of flights of stairs probably sets the location.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 23.
(2) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898

TABERNACLE
LOCATION: 13-18
SOURCE OF NAME: "…we reach the Tabernacle, the 1argest chamber on the Pearly Gates Route. At the end of the Tabernacle is…The Pearly Gates." (1) Examination of the area makes this identification self-explanatory.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 30.

STANDING ROCK CHAMBER
LOCATION: 13-30
SOURCE OF NAME: "Next beyond is the chamber containing the Standing Rock behind which Mr. Johnstone made his famous discovery of the concealed pin-head. It is an immense great fallen rock on whose dark surface are scattered transparent flake like crystals of stain spar, resembling the congealed drops of a summer shower. The mind reader entered the chamber by way we shall leave it." (1) This may not be the place. However, the location does have a large breakdown boulder encrusted with 'Non-euhedral' crystalline gypsum, very common in the cave. The progression is rather logical, too. There are also a number of solutional forms that could be what Horn describes as "the Eagle, the Polar Bear, and the Chimes together with the rock twenty-five feet high, which gives it its name." (2)

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 29.

MERMAID'S RESORT
LOCATION: 13-33
SOURCE OF NAME: "A Greyhound stands in the passage way leading to Mermaid's Resort, a nook that seems to make one grow young in spite of time's advance. This bower is roofed with crystals, lace like, encrusted with white frosting resembling swan's-down. Imagine a canopy studded with miniature cedar trees, their tops downward hanging, spreading, and meeting each other, the roots in the ceiling and all snow white, with an orange shade in the background, and you have a slight conception of nature's extravagance at almost the farthest point on the longest traveled route in Wind Cave." (1)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 29.

W.C.T.U. HALL
LOCATION: 14-1, 14-4
SOURCE OF NAME: "Near the Eastern Star Room is the W.C.T.U. Hall, dedicated in August, 1892. Here the flag and white ribbon keep each other company in perpetual night, the darkness being broken only by the candle and magnesium light, the sunlight having never penetrated that abysmal depth. Fittingly connected with this hall is Silent Lake." (14-39) (1) This close association with the pool fairly reliably establishes this place as the present middle elevator landing.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 16.

FIVE POINTS
LOCATION: 14-12 to 14-13
OTHER NAMES: Eastern Star Room
SOURCE OF NAME: "Arrived at the top limits of the stairs (Cliff Climbers' Delight) the ascent is by no means finished but continues through three large chambers known as Five Points…" (1) Things were different by the time of Horn's writing, for from Cliff Climbers' Delight "Our path leads to the Eastern Star Room, where chocolate caramels tempt the eye and taste. A different route branches off from each of the five points of the star." (2) This latter characteristic probably suggested the original name, which, incidentally, appears in "The Private Account."

(1) Luella Agnes Owen, Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills, 1898
(2) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 16.

DANTE'S INFERNO
LOCATION: 14-15
SOURCE OF NAME: "The last point on the Garden of Eden Route is Dante's Inferno. It is dark, black, deep, and a decidedly weird abode for the tormented, and without excuse for its existence when compared with the Garden of Eden." (1) Following Horn's consecutive sequence, this location is the last room of any significant size before returning to the 'exit', Five Points, and Cliff Climbers' Delight.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 17.

CORK SCREW PATH
LOCATION: 11-16 to 14-19
SOURCE OF NAME: "Leaving the Garden of Eden, but not forgetting it, we visit Beacon Heights (14-l9) and Cork Screw Path. Half way down Cork Screw Path the Glacier. (Travertine at 14-17) Passing the Glacier, we reach the Sportsman's Delight, where a Goose hangs suspended from the ceiling. (In line between 14-16 and 14-18) How many years have passed with the Goose unfed, uncared for, untouched, no man knows, but she is there nevertheless, ready for flight should the Glacier overtake her." (1)

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 17.

GARDEN OF EDEN
SOURCE OF NAME: "We next pass under the Cathedral Dome (Could this be the high dome over 14-33?) through Kelly's Slide (possibly the dip formed by the trail and stair at 14-31) to the climax of the route - The Garden of Eden. The most beautiful frost-work and box-work fringed with frost-work observed on the entire route is seen here in limitless profusion. The candles are extinguished and magnesium light is substituted. The tourists from Maine to California are fairly bewildered, amazed, and stand speechless as they become entranced, intoxicated by the unexpected profusion of elysian beauties. Here adjectives are useless, vocabularies fail; the word painter is confronted with a scene which defies description. The camera is outwitted; nature triumphs. The many domes are doubtless of geyser formation; and the depression named Jacob's Well (pit at 14-29) represents the remains of an extinct geyser as he struggled for existence. The Garden of Eden covers half an acre; the floor is uneven and rugged; the ceiling is a constantly changing panorama of beauty.

On one side is the LINNAEUS GROTTO, named by Professor Udden in honor of the renowned Swedish botanist; (location unknown, but possible corner occupied by 14-21) for on the other side is another grotto containing stalagmites and stalactites in the process of formation. (duck under leading from trail at 14-20) A Gypsum Mummy (unknown) and Rhinoceros Jaws are also attractions here." (1) A jaw like formation hangs from the ceiling at 14-28.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 16-17

FAT WOMAN'S MISERY
LOCATION: 15-2 to 15-3
SOURCE OF NAME: "Another avenue from the G.A.R. Hall leads to the Cliff Climbers' Delight (15-13 to top at 15-5), sixty feet high, via Fat Woman's Misery." (1) The passageways at the bottom of the present Garden of Eden Escape Route show extensive enlargement; likely these were 'difficult' crawlways.

(1) E.C. Horn, Mazes and Marvels of Wind Cave, 1901, p. 15.

 
 

Room Name

Date

Named By

Explanation

A.F. McDonald Room

189?

Mark Stock, Lester Lester A room with a A.F. McDonald signature that was surveyed by Mark Stock in 1971?
A.O.U.W. Hall

<1898

Association of United Workingmen Hall. Also known as the Marble Quarry or Bachelor's Quarters.
Abbey Ruins

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Academy, The

07/05/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, C.F. McBride
Adams Well

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
AFM Room

07/31/1973

Les Talbot, Phil Dodge, Jim Palmer The surveyors found "AFM" written on a rock at the entrance to the room.
Aguileras Attic

02/24/2001

Matt Reece, Marc Ohms An upper level passage named after Christina Aguilera, a very popular teen rock star at the time. In keeping with the theme of the area and using the same starting letter for each word "A A".
Air Tube, The

03/03/2000

Rod Horrocks, Joe Oliphant, John Citta, Marc Pedersen A very cool and windy upper level tube off the WX survey. This passage is apparently one of the major routes that air moves from eastern to western part of the cave.
Alberta Connection

08/02/2001

Rod Horrocks, Graham Hogg, Rainer Engler, Dave Fairfield A fissure passage that connects the Terra-Cotta Trail with the Natural Entrance Tour near Miltons Study. It was discovered by the Alberta, Canada component of this survey party.
Alex's Alley

06/05/1987

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Named in honor of Assistant Chief Naturalist Kay Rohde's one month old son. There was a baby shower for Alex on the day of this trip (May 6, 1987). Surveyed by Jim Nepstad and Jim Pisarowicz.
All Seeing Eye

<1901

Alligator Bait

08/25/1990

Steve Baldwin, Bob Kobza, Cristine Found
Alligator Formation

12/28/2002

Evan Anderson, Stephanie Juth, Derek Wolfe, Matt Juth A rock on the ceiling at the entrance to a crawl looked astonishingly like a profile of an alligator, with the eyeball and upper and lower jaws. It was made speleogen in a spongework area.
Alonegation Alley

07/??/1972

John Scheltens?
Alpine Way

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee This fissure passage was discovered on July 3, 1891 by M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee, and Alvin McDonald. This route was used to climb to the Fairgounds before the Marble Quarry route was developed. Also known as the Crevice or the Merry-go-Round. Surveyed by Rod Horrocks and John Scheltens on 3/13/2002.
Altaffers Water Course

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Alvins Specimen Table

<10/1983

Greg Wright, Jerry Rupert, Jane Harvey, Jim Cummings A rock covered with specimens that most likely dates to the time Alvin McDonald was collecting specimens in the area.
Amelia Earhart Hanger

09/14/1991

Vi Allured, Pat Seiser, Louise Hose
Amphitheater

1962

Alan Howard This large room was surveyed by Alan Howard in 1962. Alvin McDonald also called another room the "Amphitheater" in 1891.
Anchor Room

04/20/1981

Liz Chapman, Cory Crawford, Steve Matson, Kathy Raymond This room derives its name from the arrow that is smoked on the ceiling that has the appearance of an anchor. At the bottom of Misplaced Pit. Also known as the Archer Room. Surveyed on April 20, 1981 by Liz Chapman, Cory Crawford, Steve Matson and Kathy Raymond.
Andy's Ice Box

12/15/1979

Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace, John Scheltens Named after Andy Flurkey, this room contains fantastic displays of aragonite frostwork. It has the appearance of being in a giant ice box. Discovered December 15, 1979 by Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace, and John Scheltens.
Angel Wings

03/28/1981

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles Discovered March 28, 1981 by Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, and Mike Wiles. So named because of the "angel wings" seen on many stalactites in this large flowstone area.
Angle Tangle

09/14/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed This is the first squeeze encountered after the Silent Struggle in route to Southern Comfort. It involves two consecutive 9- degree angle turns that are difficult to get your body around.
Animal Cracker Room

06/05/1884

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe The ceiling in this room looks like a box of broken animal crackers. Also known as the Rookery or White Hall.
Animal Farm

<11/2/1985

Anklebone Room

11/10/2001

Jim Wilson, Ryan Cutler, Derek Wolfe Named to stay with the Knee Bone Room theme.
Ant Hills

08/17/1971

Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres Named for the many small mounds found on the floor of this area. Discovered August 18, 1971 by Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom and John Scharres.
Antarctica 11/18/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza This room has large (4 inch) clumps of frostwork and was discovered on the same day as Antarctica was discovered in 1820.
Ante Room

1953

Anticipation Room 11/21/1985 John Gookin, Jim Pisarowicz, Matt Soete, Geoff Williams Discovered by survey crew. Named in anticipation of the larger rooms the party hoped to find off this junction area.
Antiohm Chamber

04/19/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth, Chris Dale On his last survey trip before reporting to a job in New York, Jason and his group found an extensive area they named Pleasant Surprise. The Antiohm Chamber is a small room that led to this discovery that the surveyors did not want Marc Ohms to scoop them on while Jason was gone. Marc is not allowed in this room and thus the area beyond (all in jest).
Appian Way

1999

Rod Horrocks A passage located between the Muddle Room and Rome. The road that leads to Rome was known as Appian Way.
Applehead

09/11/1999

Carl Bern, Tom Dotter, Evan Anderson, Amy Johnson
Aragonite Forest

01/01/1980

Norm Pace, John Scheltens, Alan Williams Found on March 1, 1980 by Norm Pace, John Scheltens and Alan Williams. A room off the KQ route with an abundance of aragonite ("frostwork").
Aragonite Hall

07/02/1974

Cindy Brome, Janine LeRoy, Les Talbot, Chuck Ward A room with much aragonite ("frostwork") situated just above the Basement. Surveyed on July 2, 1974 by Cindy Brome, Janine LeRoy, Les Talbot and Chuck Ward.
Aragonite Supreme

12/15/1979

Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace, John Scheltens

Discovered December 15, 1979 by Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace and John Scheltens. An area with really spectacular aragonite frostwork.

Arbby's Squeeze

11/10/1990

Garie Petrie, Norm Thompson, Pat Seiser

Tight, fissure passage climb into STP Speedway.

Arcane Rift

3/15/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz A steeply sloping "rift" passage that was accessed through a dome known only to a few individuals, thus the name.
Arch of Politeness

<1893

Alvin McDonald? A low spot on the Historic Tour Route between the Giants Causeway and Lenas Arbor.
Archelon, The

07/29/2007

Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Abby Tobin, Kristen Schulte A speleogen in this passage reminded the survey crew of a large turtle. Archelon is the genus of the largest fossilized sea turtle to have ever lived.
Archer Room

04/20/1981

Liz Chapman, Cory Crawford, Steve Matson, Kathy Raymond This room derives its name from the arrow that is smoked on the ceiling that has the appearance of an anchor. Located at the bottom of Misplaced Pit. Also known as the Anchor Room.
Archimedes Pool

04/19/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti Discovered on April 19, 1980 by John Scheltens and Dave Springhetti. This area is so named because it is in one of the highest portions of the cave. There is a small pool of water here.
Arena

07/23/1892

Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, Erwin Barbour, H.H. Everett Discovered July 23, 1892 by Erwin Barbour, H.H. Everett and Alvin and Elmer McDonald.
Arm Pit

07/14/1976

Phil Dodge, Don Frankfort, Bob Huber, Jim Palmer A small room just south of the Elbow Room.
Arrow Passage

08/18/1979

Phil Dodge, Bob Galligar, Gordon Messling, Jim Minnick Surveyed on August 18, 1979 Phil Dodge, Bob Galligar, Gordon Messling and Jim Minnick. So named for an abundance of arrows scratched onto the soft limestone walls of this passage.
Arroyo, The

12/11/2004

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth An area with dried mud cracks.
Art Gallery

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Artifact Room

08/17/1980

Chuck Bertsch, Phil Dodge, Gordon Messling Several historical artifacts, including newspaper, cigar boxes, and catalogs can be found in this 65-foot wide room, which was mined by the McDonald family for popcorn and frostwork before Wind Cave was established as a national park.
Artist Ideal

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, Geo. W. Lee
AS Climb

07/1972

Mark Stock, Art Stone Discovered in July of 1972 by Mark Stock and Art Stone. Often referred to as the "aw shit" climb. There have been more incidents at this location than any other place in the cave. The climb is up loose fill and is overhung at the top.
Ashul Temple

1926

E. H. Abrams, Pitt Larvie, Y.B. Strickland, Alvin Underhill A room where the discovers names are written on the walls with a date of 1926. Surveyed by Tom Bean and Jim Palmer on 08/11/1972.
Assembly Room 01/12/1981 Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, Melvin Moore Discovered by Alvin and Elmer McDonald and Melvin Moore on January 12, 1891. Meetings held in this room during the early history of the cave gave this room its name. Also known as Fallen Flats because of the large, flat breakdown on the floor and GAR Hall.
Asylum

11/14/1992

Myk Coughlin, Stan Allison, Mike Wiles The area beyond the Strait Jacket.
Atlantis

03/01/1986

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A beautiful, delicate, wet, popcorn-covered room.
Atlas Underground Hempworks

01/24/1970

Ed Crawford, Jens Munthe, John Pollack Also called the Spar Tooth Chamber because of vugs with large quantities of dog tooth spar.
Attic

01/22/1893

Alvin McDonald, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington, Saura Smith First entered on January 22, 1893 by Fred Darlington, Alvin and Mary McDonald and Saura Smith. An area of the cave above the current candlelight tour route. Surveyed by John Scheltens, Alvin McLane, and Dave Springhetti on 07/14/1973.
Autograph Room

<1962

Avalanche Chamber

07/1972

John Scheltens, Bob Reinstatler Named for a large breakdown slope in the room. Discovered in July of 1972 by John Scheltens and Bob Reinstatler.
Avenue D’Webster

1893

Alvin McDonald
Avenue of Flowers

01/22/1893

A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Baba Fats

11/09/1991

R.A. Brame, Jon Hartman, Josh Kanthrowitz, Kelly Morrison, Graham Wadds
Baby Elephant

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Bachelors Quarters

1892

Alvin McDonald Named for the thin coating of dust or dirt that covers all the breakdown in this room. "As dirty as a bachelor's room". Also known as the Marble Quarry or Workman Hall (A.O.U.W.) (Association of United Workingmen).
Back Door, The

<1953

Back In Minnesota Passage

11/23/1990

Matt Kramar, Randy Waslien?, Rich Ness
Back Room

1962

Alan Howard A large Upper Middle Level Room.
Back Room

1962

Alan Howard Moonmilk has the consistency of cottage cheese in this area. The Windy City Grotto cavers made <8" high "snowmen" out of this moonmilk with matchsticks for arms. They were "cleaned" up by a NOLS group.
Back Stabber

03/31/1987

Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler A very tight lead with a breeze and back stabbing popcorn.
Backstreet, The

02/24/2001

Matt Reece, Marc Ohms A passage named after the Backstreet Boys, a very popular teen rock group of the time. The passage was a "backstreet" off the NN survey .
Bad Boy Dome

02/10/2007

Jeff Goben, Barb Smith, David Lambert, Marty Klaus
Bad Breath Pit

06/20/1993

Jim Nepstad, Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza An 8-foot deep pit that blew air back in the surveyors face.
Bad Lands

<1891

Alvin McDonald?
Bagel Ballroom 11/02/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler Two rooms discovered by Nepstad where everyone ate bagel sandwiches (these tough pieces of bread are well suited to the harshness of being carried all day in a caving pack).
Bagel Bowl

11/02/1987

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler Walking passage off the bottom of the Bagel Hole.
Bagel Hole 11/02/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler This hole is in the floor of the Bagel Ballroom.
Bagel, The

<04/10/1993

Baker Street

11/1982

Mike Scholl, Dan Swenson, NeNe Wolfe The southern continuation of Wall Street/
Balcony Room

Ball Room

<1953

Ballot Box

11/11/2000

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Shawn Kramer Named while the 2000 presidential election tie-up was going on in Florida. This area had a bunch of corners and alcoves to check out.
Banana Hole

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres
Bandana Pit

09/14/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland
Bandshell

08/18/1990

Steve Baldwin, Stan Allison, Mary Laycock An upper level passage that has a rounded shape that reminded the explorers of a band shell.
Bandshell Bypass, The

12/14/2002

Rod Horrocks, Mike Hanson, Jay Kennedy, Dan Wray A easy bypass that provides a way around the difficult climb into the Bandshell.
Barking Spider Room

04/14/2001

Mike Hanson, Rod Horrocks A reference to the common caver joke of explaining the sounds emitted by a caver who has gas. This was a problem with one member of the group on this trip.
Barnacle Straights

05/09/1992

Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison An amazingly straight lower level passage near the Canyon that has a 3"-4" calcite coating similar to that found in Jewel Cave.
Barren Chambers

03/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.D. Davis
Base Camp 1

07/1964

John Scheltens Served as a base camp for the 1970 Windy City Grotto Expedition.
Base Camp 2

08/1971

Chris Hill Site of the 1972 Windy City Grotto expedition base camp. Located near the Master Room and Half Mile Hall, which were discovered the year before.
Basement

<1974

Basement

07/02/1974

Cindy Brome, Janine LeRoy, Less Talbot, Chuck Ward Located at the bottom of a 25-foot pit.
Basket Room

01/24/1970

Ed Crawford, Jens Munthe, John Pollack Large lead on the way to Atlas Underground Hemp Works.
Basketball Room

08/?/1971

Don Coons, Les Lewis, Rish Breisch
Bat Alley

04/24/1981

Todd Cedarholm, Keith Mader, Steve Matson, NeNe Wolfe The crawlway is near the natural entrance and bats have been seen flying down this passage.
Bat Scratch Fever

11/02/1990

Jim Nepstad, Mary Laycock, Stan Allison Upper level cave with lots of bat scratches in the ceiling.
Battle of the Bulge

11/11/2000

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Shawn Kramer
Bayberry Candle Room

1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn In this room Dave burned a bayberry scented candle for light during lunch. Resurveyed by Andy Flurkey, Dave Larson, Bill Mixon, Bill Wiener on 12/1971.
BB Room

04/12/1991

Stan Allison, Jim Nepstad, Dina Venezky BB stands for Bob's Birthday.
BBC Alcove 05/06/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Big Beautiful Crystals (BBC) in this small room.
BD Chimney 12/12/1987 Steve Dunn, Ed LaRock, Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens A 40-foot chimney on the BD survey.
Be Careful Passage

05/09/1992

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza A fragile area with boxwork that had to be crawled through.
Beacon Heights

07/02/1891

Alvin McDonald
Beacon Light

<06/01/1893

Beacon Street

11/16/1981

Ach Harrison, Eric Hosek, Nancy Taylor, Greg Wright A mazy area.
Beanery, The 06/03/1984 Mitchel Frey, Warren Netherton, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Warren Netherton and Jim Pisarowicz were living in the Bunkhouse in the park and they always brought a pot of beans to the potlucks.
Beauty Parlor

06/05/1884

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe An area with a red, sandy, micaceous clay bank associated with paleofill. In the 1890's this clay was sold to women who used it as ruse. Probably named by the McDonalds. Also known as Red Hall.
Bed of Nails

07/27/1993

Stacy Smyth, Greg Sweitzer, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Greg Finnof Small pocket containing icicle-like quartz deposits.
Bed Room

06/23/1892

Alvin McDonald, J. Coldvion, A.J. Vagg, H.D. Worst
Bed, The

10/09/1993

Steve Lester, Alex Fong, Evan Anderson A large breakdown block that resembles a bed near AIV6.
Bedroom 06/12/1985 Larry Johnson, Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler. On one wall of this room the bedding planes were very distinct.
Bedroom

<02/1891

Beehive

<02/1891

Alvin McDonald
Belgian Waffle

1983

A dead-end low flat area located below Columbian Hall. Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Beil Tunnel

02/11/2006

Jason Walz, Amy Bern, Sara Booth Named for a town in Switzerland in honor of Holloch Cave, since Wind Cave was passing it in length.
Belfry, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Belltower, The

01/19/1987

Joe Austin, Mike Bailey, Chris Gerow, Karen Rosga A 40-foot climb into the top of a dome.
Belly Acher

09/25/1988

Steve Baldwin, Jim Nepstad
Belly Crawl Falls 11/30/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bill Rodgers A 30-foot pit entered from a belly crawl.
Benjamin Greenstein Memorial Squeeze

04/16/1980

Steve Matson, Dan Sonis, Clark Wallis, Jan Gelfand, Ben Greenstein, Jodi Johnson A tight crawl first negotiated by National Outdoor Leadership School (N.O.L.S.) student Ben Greenstein.
Bens Squeeze

04/16/1980

Dan Sonis, Clark Wallis, Jan Gelfand, Ben Greenstein, Jodi Johnson A tight squeeze named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
BePaDoBeDe Room

08/14/1972

Tom Bean, Jim Palmer, Phil Dodge, Behur, Joe Decker Named after the first two letter in the last names of every one on the trip.
Berlin Crawl

02/21/2006

Bonny Armstrong, Eric Grunwald, Jason Walz This crawlway was named in honor of Andre Baumeister, a German researcher who refused to go through the crawl on an earlier exploration trip. After the crew surveyed through the crawl, the name came up because of its similarity to 'Berlin Wall'.
Berlye Heights

07/09/1891

Alvin McDonald
Berma Shave

12/22/1999

Hazel Barton, Dan Lins
Bermuda Dreieck

03/02/2006

Dorte Wolfkuhler, Andre Baumeister, Jason Walz Room named by Dorte for the area of Bochum, Germany that she currently lives in. It translates to 'Bermuda Triangle'.
Bern Tunnel

02/11/2006

Jason Walz, Amy Bern, Sara Booth Named for a town in Switzerland in honor of Holloch Cave, since Wind Cave was passing it in length that day.
Betternpokneye Crawl

12/09/2000

Rod Horrocks, Chris Ingebretsen This series of upper middle level bellycrawls was deemed to be slightly "better than a poke in the eye" by the surveyors, thus the name.
Beyond Nasty 05/06/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz A particularly painful climb.
Beyond the City

08/11/1992

Stacy Smyth, Randy Brown, Mary Laycock, Linda Gentile, Lisa Engleman 1894 Chicago Tribune newspaper was found all around this area.
Big Buddha Room

06/18/2000

Marc Ohms, Renee Rogers, Sammi Langendorf Named after a 6-foot high, 10-foot diameter sediment cone undernearth a dome.
Big Butt Canyon

06/29/1991

Paul Burger, Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison

A narrow canyon near Mystic Lake where Paul had trouble getting his butt through.
Big Butt Crawl

12/18/1987

Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens, Mary Laycock, Dennis Shreves A narrow crawl where you would not want to have a big butt. Jim had recentely listened to a rap song called the "Big Butt".
Big Cheese, The

04/13/1996

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, Mark McVey A pit that is actually a vent.
Big Dark

05/08/1993

Steven Smith, Bill Hawn, Doug Kent, Evan Anderson
Big Fish

04/09/2005

Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, Duff McCafferty, Eric Kurth A room that spans four parallel fissures that was named because cavers are like fisherman in that they always want to tell about the big one they found. In this case, the big room that a more detailed search proved was already partially surveyed (but unnamed).
Big Harrys Place

08/1971

Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres A large pit first descended in August, 1971.
Big Mac Canyon

10/02/2001

Rod Horrocks, Jeff Dwyer, Melissa Adle, Dixie Hemingway A narrow fissure named after a geode (at UN52) that resembled a McDonald's "Big Mac" sandwich .
Big Sky 02/17/1989 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamhere A 40 x 60 foot room with a 25-foot ceiling at the top of the Toxic Waste Dump climb. Named after Darren's dream from the week before where he dreamed he had discovered a new entrance that came out in Montana, Big Sky country.
Big Sky Room

02/17/1989

Darren Ressler, Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere A 30-foot diameter room with a 30-foot ceiling.
Bile Duct, The

02/10/2001

Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Billies Room

11/06/1965

Bill Pressley Sr., Billy Pressley, Philip Lynch, Tom Keller, John Murphy A 30' x 40' room with thousands of active soda straws discovered during a Colorado Grotto survey trip.
Bills T 11/30/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bill Rodgers A T junction with leads heading in both directions. Named after the point man, Bill.
Billys Room

04/23/1981

Beth Bellman, Todd Cedarholm, Corrin Crawford, Keith Gorges A 12-foot high room at ND8.
Binkies Loft

05/17/1991

Mike Paulick, Stan Allison, Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza Named because Binkie (Mike) found this high overlook into the Club Room.
Binkies Room

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose Named after Mike was asked to name the room and he came up with Binkie. This became his nic-name ever after.
Bird Cage

09/22/1996

Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga, Darren Ressler, Mary Laycock
Birthday Bubble Room

04/12/1991

Stan Allison, Jim Nepstad, Dina Venezky
Birthday Cake

01/05/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mark Stock A flowstone formation. John Scheltens' birthday is 5 January and Dave Springhetti's is 7 January.
Bishop Fowler Loop

1891

Alvin McDonald The name "Bishop Fowler" is written into the soft limestone above the passage that goes into this route through the cave. Bishop Fowler was a prominent figure in the Methodist Church. He helped establish the Black Hills College in Hot Springs.
Bishop Fowlers Retreat

<1901

Named for Bishop Charles Henry Fowler, a prominent figure in the Methodist Church. It is a large room opposite the Cathederal on the Historic Tour route. The name was later changed to "Bishop Fowlers Cathederal" and later shortened to "the Cathedral". The northern half of the room was once known as Capitol Hall.
Bishops Gaze

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Bismarcks Bake Oven

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Bison Bone Borehole

Coyote Cave
Bite, The

04/05/1991

Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser A slim crack going down from GBC5.
Bittersweet

07/19/1994

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza A large room (250' x 30' x 50') scooped by Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, and Bob Kobza after the discoverers of Necessary Evil reported walking through some moonmilk in Blizzard Boulevard. This turned out to be a bypass around the extremely fragile Blizzard
Bittersweet Canyon

<05/13/1995

A canyon to the north of Bittersweet.
Black Arrow Room

09/05/2006

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Eric Dodd A carbide or soot arrow was found in the ceiling of this room, which is along the Bishop Fowler Loop.
Black Beauty

08/18/1970

Chris Hill, John Scheltens A black helictite.
Black Hills Diamonds

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Black Lung Room, The

02/10/2001

Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Blackmers Slide

03/07/1905

Alvin McDonald This name was written on the ceiling of this 15-foot long sloping tube. The name is mentioned in Alvin McDonald's diary as being on the Castle Garden Route.
Blacksmith Shop

12/29/1890

Alvin McDonald, Professor Nike
Blanca Navidad

<07/04/1999

Blarney Stone

Bleeding Heart

12/1971

John Scheltens, Chris Hill, Andy Flurkey A flowstone deposit which has been stained red by iron minerals. A pool is associated with it.
Bleeding Liver

07/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn An area with red-colored flowstone off of Omnibus Hall. Named, but not surveyed by the Conn's in 1964. Surveyed by Rod Horrocks, Graham Hogg, Rainer Engler, and Dave Fairfield on 8/3/01.
Blind Faith

11/23/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Jim Erickson One of the largest rooms in the cave (100' x 200' x 60-foot ceiling). It may be the largest when volume is considered. It has massive flowstone deposits. First entered by Paul, who jumped 15 feet down into the room by the Unclimbable Pit doing the "Leap of Blind Faith". Paul was rescued hours later.
Blind Pit

11/25/1988

David Gerboth, Matt Kramar, Mark Wickham
Blizzard Boulevard

07/19/1994

Evan Anderson, Bruce Albright, Hazel Barton, Paul Burger A delicate passage with lots of white moonmilk.
Bloody Fingers 12/02/1986 Bob Kobza, Jim Pisarowicz Some red streaks on the wall resemble streaks left by bloody fingers.
Bloody Hell

07/28/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz At this point Jim Nepstad got a bloody nose while mapping this passage.
Bloody Nose, The

12/10/1994

Evan Anderson, Doug Kent, Paul Burger
Blowhole Entrance

07/1972

Rich Breisch, John Piccininni, Steve Smith Once explored as a separate cave (Blowhole Cave), this entrance to Wind Cave was connected to the main cave on October 27, 1984. It breathes in the fashion of the historic entrance, but about 40% as strong. Also known as the Snake Pit Entrance.
Blue Bayou Avenue

07/14/1981

Phil Dodge, Judy Hazen, Pickut W. Kittelson The boxwork in this low, wide room has a blue color to it-similar to the Blue Grotto. Also lots of small, bluish crystals in the ceiling.
Blue Diamonds

05/05/1893

Alvin McDonald, John Stabler
Blue Grotto

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee. On the Candlelight Tour Route, it was named for the bluish, manganese stained boxwork on the walls and ceiling.
Blue Grotto Loop

A developed trail that extends from the Three-Way Stairs to the Second Crossroads, via Pearly Gates Junction, on the Candlelight Tour Route.
Blue Moon Bakery

01/18/1992

Darren Ressler, Michelle Youngquist Named after a bagel bakery in Silverthorne, CO, where caving bagels were born. The room in bagel shaped and has some blue boxwork.
Blue Nose Room

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres
Blue Silk Bowers

05/23/1997

Abby Wines, Jim Pisarowicz, Sarah Billig, Kelly Mathis
Bluehose

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres
Bobs First Dump

05/01/1988

Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza Named because Bob had to create a "buritto bag" for his first time in a cave at that spot (a buritto bag is a couple of "ziplock" type of bags used to store solid human waste and tolit paper).
Bobs Toilet Pit

07/01/1972

Nelson Kuniansky A 90-foot deep pit discovered in July, 1972. On the TP (Tolit Paper) survey.
Bochum Station

10/30/2002

Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman, Barry Oost, Jessica Weinman Keeping with the German naming theme in the area, they named this junction after a German researcher's school.
Body Grabber

12/30/1971

Chris Hill, Dave Springhetti, Lee Tierney A really tight passage with boxwork that grabs one's clothing as you try to get through.
Body Grabber Bypass

04/09/2005

Jason Walz, Peggy Renwick, Sean Foster, Dan Foster A crawlway that bypasses a tight squeeze named the Body Grabber.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Cactus Patch 12/09/1987 Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson, Jim Pisarowicz This passage is coated with aragonite frostwork. The sharp needles of the frostwork made the cavers think that they were traveling through a "cactus patch."
Cafeteria, The

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison A room past the Northwest Territories where the survey part stopped to eat lunch after 500 feet of survey. The name was chosen as part of a school theme (They also named the Playground in that area).
Cairn Crawls 4/22/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz A series of belly crawls marked by small rock cairns.
Cairn Room

1962

Alan Howard Named for a stone cairn in the center of the room.
Cake Hole

11/13/2004

Amy Bern, Christa Schneider, Joanna Poczobutt, Matt Higgins A small tight hole with fluffy coroded rock that would sink and crumble when touched, reminding them of a Betty Crocker Cake.
Cakewalk 03/21/1987 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler A easy, large, 200-foot long, walking passage with no rock-rubble.
Calcite Bowl

<05/8/1987

Calcite Jungle

08/30/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Originally the name of an area below Boxwork Chimney found by Schnute and the Conn's, this name is now loosely applied to all lower level passages. The name refers to the thick calcite coatings common to the lower level two dimensional mazes in Wind Cave. Resurveyed by Don Coons and Andy Flurkey on 07/14/1973.
Calcite Lake

12/18/1968

?

This lake, discovered by Herb Conn and Dave Schnute, was originally simply called the "Lake" by them. It is known for its abundance of calcite rafts ("calcite ice") which precipitate on its surface. This was the first large lake discovered in the cave.
Camel

08/25/1979

John Scheltens, Mike Wiles A rock in the floor of this passage has the appearance of the head of a camel.
Camels Back

<01/1891

Alvin McDonald blasted through this feature when creating the trail.
Campaign Trail, The

11/11/2000

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Shawn Kramer Named while the 2000 presidential election tie-up was going on in Florida. This walking passage wasn't expected to go far, but it did.
Campfire Room

<01/25/1989

Can't Touch This

07/28/1990

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Brad Stephenson A crawl with loose and precarious blocks of chert hanging from the ceiling. Named by Stan.
Canal Zone

1978

Janice Hodgkinson, Sue Mooney, Mike Pautiati, Jack Throssell. A series of crawlways laid out like the canals of Venice.
Candle Platform

<10/7/1984

Located between the Cataract Room and Boot Heel.
Candlelight Tour

The route where Candlelight Tours are currently given between the Badlands and the Three Way Stairs. Also known as the Pearly Gates Route.
Candy Causeway

07/??/1972

Windy City Grotto
Candy Store Window

01/09/1993

Aaron Macan, Randy Macan, David Coles, Becky Ward A dig and small window, through with one can see into a going passage.
Can't Touch This

07/28/1990

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Brad Stephenson A crawl with loose and precarious blocks of chert hanging from the ceiling. Named by Stan.
Canyon Lands

07/01/1981

Phil Dodge, Tom Sheehan, Mike Laycock, Mary Laycock
Canyon, The

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza A large 25-foot high canyon.
Capitol Dome

01/05/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mark Stock A dome shaped flowstone formation, 2 feet high by 3 feet wide.
Capitol Hall <1901 Large room on the Historic Tour route that includes what is now called Bishop Fowler's Retreat and the Cathedral.
Capitol, The

05/17/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Mike Babbitt, Warren Netherton This upper level dome looks like the capitol dome.
Carbonate City

02/20/2007

Jason Walz, Nick Smith, Tom Diemer Named after a ghost town near Spearfish.
Carpel Tunnel, The

02/10/2001

Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Carriers Roost 03/29/1892 Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Carrot Crawl

11/14/1992

Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley
Castle Garden 01/12/1891 Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, Melvin Moore A large room with bluish coloration.
Castle Garden Crevice

<1902

The fissure passage between Castle Garden and the Blue Grotto.
Castle Paleostone

11/17/1990

Ted Lappin, Ed LaRock, Mike Behn A play on the kids action figurines Masters of the Universe that lived in Castle Greystone.
Catacombs

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, C.F. McBride, Charles Holmes An extensive but dreary area on the Candlelight Tour Route.
Cataract Room

<1889

A pile of breakdown in this room resembles a cataract. Early explorers theorized that the great "Wind River" once flowed through this room, forming a great Cataract. Surveyed by Kathy Bogan, John Easby, Jim Lesh, & Steve Lonis on 05/01/1980.
Cataract Route

<01/1891

Alvin McDonald The route that leads from the Post Office to the Cataract Room.
Cathedral

07/04/1891

Dr. Hancher This large room with abundant boxwork has been said to look like a "cathedral" or a "church". It is the southern half of what used to be known as Capitol Hall.
Cathedral Dome

<1901

A dome on the Garden of Eden Tour.
Catholic Church

01/22/1893

A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington
Cats Whiskers

Catwalk

03/12/2005

Jason Walz, Peggy Renwick, Chris Amidon A 120-foot long fissure passage separated from a lower passage by a thin false floor. It was a catwalk for the surveyors to traverse along the edge of the upper passage without breaking the floor.
Caught Crotch Climb 11/20/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga On trying to climb down this pit Karen Rosga got her coveralls caught on a small protuberance. When she tried to turn around she discovered that she could go neither up nor down. Everyone on the trip (save Karen) had decided to call the pit Caught Crotch.
Cave City

04/22/1986

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Following a series of tight, sharp crawls, Jim Pisarowicz popped into this large upper level room with many leads going all over the place.
Cave Coral Crawl

07/13/1991

Kevin Smith, Kirk Haley, Ken Hendrick
Celebration Room

04/18/1981

John Scheltens, Mark Stock, Andy Flurkey, Ron Frost
Centennial Gallery

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee A high fissure passage on the Candlelight Tour Route with large bluish boxwork.
Center Dome

1893

Alvin McDonald
Centurion Gardens

08/08/1972

Alvin McLane, Scott Brougham, Ted Self
Ceptic Tank 09/18/2002 Jason Walz, Bastian Schulte, Chris Amidon A low, dead end passage entered from a very tight hole off of the Chamber Pot Room.
Cereal Bowl

<04/30/1983

Greg Wright, Jerry Rupert, Jane Harvey, Jim Cummings Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Chamber D' Moore

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Chamber D' Quint

<1893

Alvin McDonald

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

D.A.R.

Da-Ooh-Ahhh Room

08/02/1972

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, William Frith A 40-foot high passage.
Dago Misery

03/29/1892

Alvin McDonald, Ernest Knight, William Ranger
Daisys Grotto

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Dangaroos Crossing

12/20/1997

Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison A loose, exposed climb requiring a hand-line to traverse. Named because of a tourist question about the "Bison are Dangerous" sign along Highway 385.
Dannys Crawl

04/20/1981

Liz Chapman, Cory Crowford, Steve Matson, Kathy Raymond A long tube crawl originally done by a NOLS student by the name of Danny.
Dantes Inferno

07/29/1891

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride A dark-colored room with a pit in the floor.
Dark Room

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Dark Wing Duck Area

11/11/1992

Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley
Darrens Democratic Discovery 03/18/1987 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler This tight lead was found by Darren Ressler while waiting for Jim Nepstad to return from doing a climb. There was a breeze blowing through the hole and when Jim returned he said to Darren, "I vote you to do it!" From this "group decision" the name evolved.
Daves Room

12/27/1980

John Scheltens, Mike Wiles, Dave Springhetti
Dead Bones Drop

12/04/2007

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Andrew Pavek, Nick Swanson The surveyors found an 8-foot climbdown into a 18-foot diameter room on the northern edge of the cave that had bat bones on the floor, thus the name.
Dead End

12/13/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles A dead end side lead in the Silent Expressway area.
Dead Sea Stroll

07/10/1993

Evan Anderson, Bill Hawn, Steve Smith, Thane Moyes There were many fossils: brachiopods, crinoids stems, gastropods, and tube worms. This was a play on words "Dead Sea Scrolls".
Deans Dressing Room

02/24/2001

Marc Ohms, Matt Reece
Death Valley

05/22/1990

Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga At the time of this trip (their honeymoon) Jim and Karen were working at Death Valley in California.
Deep Confusion

12/15/1979

Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace, John Scheltens A term coined by Norm Pace for this part of the cave because it is so far into the cave that there is "deep confusion" about how to get back out.
Deep Dish

04/03/1999

Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers, Mike Wiles A 20-foot deep pit off of Pizza Hut.
Deep Pit

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Deep Sea Transvestite

01/14/2001

Evan Anderson, Stephen Lester, Pat Robertson, Stephanie Haterlie
Deep Throat

07/14/1987

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz A vertical pit that looked as if you are looking down someone's throat.
Degree of Honor Hall

<1898

An area with a chert ceiling that has a rock that resembles the head of a sheep. Also known as the Sheeps Head.
Delicate Arch Passage

09/05/2006

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Eric Dodd This passage was named after a pendant that looks like the "Delicate Arch" in Arches National Park.
Delsarte Temple

<1901

Delta, The

01/19/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison A flat area near the Headwaters, where a stream once pounded.
Delusions of Grandeur

12/07/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed A small area accessed by a passage from Gypsy Road.
Depths of Ignorance

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Der Biergarten

02/07/2006

Jason Walz, Eric Grunward, Andre Baumeister Named by Andre after his native tongue, German.
Destiny Climb

02/09/1991

Pat Seiser, Vi Schweiker, Jim Clark, Bob Stuckland
Devenports Den

07/12/1973

Andy Flurkey, Rick Banning
Devils Key Hole

<1901

Devils Lookout

06/05/1884

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe A 35-foot high fissure. Before electric lights one could not see into the ceiling of this chamber. It was often said that the Devil was watching people from the top of this passage. This was the extent of exploration in the cave until 1890 when Alvin Mc Donald began his explorations.
Devils Pot Hole

02/04/1891

Alvin McDonald
Devils Pot Hook

02/04/1891

Alvin McDonald
Devils Punch Bowl <1898 A large rock with a depression and a hole in it. This was deemed appropriate for a SD punchbowl, since SD was a probation state. Located at the top of the stairs in the Bachelors Quarters.
Deweys Place

Diamond Field of S. Africa

<1901

Diamond Mine

07/05/1891

Alvin McDonald, M. E. Crookam, Fred McBride
Die Passage

<12/12/1992

The DIE survey with stands for "Damn it Ends".
Dinning Room

<03/1891

Alvin McDonald?
Dinosaur Bone

05/26/1991

Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Dina Venezky, Bob Younger The surveyors found a chert nodule that resembled a dinosaur bone to them.
Dinosaur Delight

03/09/1996

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Emma Rainforth, Bob Stucklin
Dinosaur Room

Disappointment Chamber

03/01/1983

Todd Collet, Andy Harley, Merl Ness, Ted Stouks Exploration along Expectation Trail towards the Snake Pit Entrance (Blowhole) was halted in this area by deadends. degenerated into a dog pound full of dogs with lots of "tail wagging" and
Disappointment Pit

Divide, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Diving Board

04/10/1993

Max Mazur, John Coyne III, Mike Mazur A wall pendant that sticks out over a pit.
Do-Drop-In Pit

08/10/1991

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Ken Hendrick, Josh Williams
Dock, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Dog Pound 06/03/1984 Jim Pisarowicz, Mitchel Frey, Warren Netherton, Karen Rosga Before this trip, Warren Netherton made the comment that everyone was as excited to go surveying as a pack of wolves with lots of "tail wagging".
Dogtooth Room

1971?

John Scheletens, Mark Stock?, Kurt Johnson
DOH Room

12/12/1992

Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Myk Coughlin "Doh" is an expletive used by Homer Simpson in the animated TV show the Simpsons.
Dome Nogo

010/12/2002

Jason Walz, Mike Wiles, Noah Daniels A small dome that didn't go.
Domey Way 7/20/1985 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Glen Raleigh A passage with many ceiling domes.
Donkey, The

12/28/2002

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Stephanie Juth, Matt Juth Stephanie thought that a rock at this station looked like a donkey.
Dons Disappointment Pit

1971

Don Coons, ? A series of dead end pits are located in this area discovered in 1971. Don Coons, the survey team leader, was disappointed that none of them led to new discoveries.
Dookular Waste Site

03/24/2007

Jason Walz, Daryl Stisser, Cheryl Mayer Human waste was found in this room near Base Camp 2. It is a small pile with paper that is covered by rocks and mold.
Door #3 Pit 07/16/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Fifty-foot pit requiring a rope to descend. Who ever knows what's behind door #1, door #2, or door #3?
Doorway to Delights

05/03/2005

Chris Amidon, Ajax B. Dalman A passage that led to some very tight passages beyond.
Double Crisp Passage

11/27/1999

Rod Horrocks, Brad Oen, Marc Ohms Discovered by the survey party on 11/27/1999. It is a beautiful gypsum passage named after they found two silver dollar sized loose gypsum snowflakes in the middle of the passage.
Double D Pit

05/08/1999

Rod Horrocks, Kyle Voylis, Heidi Melville, Erik Freeman Two D size flashlight batteries were found at the bottom of this 30-foot deep, 5 foot diameter pit, giving the surveyors this idea for a name.
Doughnut Hole

04/10/1993

Bryan Smith, Steve Posey A tight squeeze at CQA12.
Doughnut Room

<07/27/1984

Also Known as the Chinese Mushroom.
Doughnut Shop

Draculum, Room

02/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore The words "Room Draculum" are smoked in the ceiling of this room. The room was originally called Wind River Circle but this was changed to Wind River Chamber.
Dragon Eyes Scramble

04/05/1991

Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser
Dragon Room

1962

Alan Howard, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Surveyed by Herb and Jan Conn.
Dragons Lair

04/11/1992

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Bryan Smith, Bob Stucklen
Dreamland

02/21/1987

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler The night before this trip both Jim Nepstad and Darren Ressler dreamed that they were going to discover a large new area of the cave, and they did.
Dreams Dressing Room

02/24/2001

Matt Reece, Marc Ohms Named after the all-girl teen rock band Dream, Keeping with the teen pop-star theme of the area.
Dreamsicle Room

03/04/2000

Rod Horrocks, Joe Oliphant, John Citta, Marc Pedersen A small room discovered by the survey party that has dozens of 1 1/2 foot long, creamy white, stalactites and soda straws.
Drip Drop Chamber

07/06/1974

Tom Miller, Mike Brinkmeyer, Cindy Brome, Janine LeRoy A room with flowstone and dripping water.
Drip Drop Room

12/11/1981

J. Hazzen, Mary Laycock, Mike Laycock A very wet and drippy room.
Dripping Springs, The

08/03/1974

Bill Holmes, Les Talbot, Phil Dodge, ?
Dripstone Delight

05/13/2000

John Scheltens, Ed LaRock, Mike Behn A four-foot high upper-level passage with beautiful 3 to 4-feet long stalactites. Also columns, sodastraws and stalagmites.
Drool Room

02/11/1984

John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey, Ed LaRock, Eric Liebes A wet drippy room.
Dry Oasis

11/22/1991

Doug Pflugh, Kreg Hamburge, Tom Shelby A small breakdown chamber with a few dry desicated soda straws and flowstone.
DTD Room

04/20/1981

Jeff Kleaveland, Mike Poutiantine, Brad Throssell
Duncan Room

01/05/1991

Steve Baldwin, Devin Hachmeiste, Sarge Preston In 1989, during the search for a lost N.O.L.S. caver in Wind Cave, the park received a call from a psychic saying that the lost person would be found in a room named Duncan. In fact, when the lost person was located she was found in an area of the cave that hadn't been named. Steve then named the room Duncan Room, "thus confirming the psychic prediction".
Dungeon, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Dusty Bottoms

01/18/2005

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Ari Juhala, Amny Juhala The point person got a "dusty bottom" when checking out the upper portion of this room, which was located in the upper middle level and covered with paleofill.
Dusty Trail

10/08/1980

Tom Miller, John Scheltens, Pete Shiflett, Mike Wiles Named for the deep, powdery dust on the floor in this area.
Dutch Misery

03/29/1892

Alvin McDonald, Ernest A. Knight, William Ranger
Dutch Oven

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Dynamite Stope

02/09/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Duff McCafferty This 19'+ high chimney was entirely excavated out of paleofill in the early 1930's, possibly during a search to locate a place to put an elevator in the cave. Two sticks of dynamite were found abondoned on a ledge near the bottom of this stope. It is located in the same general area as Plummers Pit, Dynamite Stope, and Two Cent Stope, all of which were also excavated by the same group.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

E.F.C.A. Temple

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Eagle

On the Pearly Gates Route.
Ear Canal, The

03/09/2002

James Wilson, Marjori Johnson, Howard Bartlett The discovers of this small pit felt like they were dropping into an ear canal, based on its shape. Located in the Knee Bone Room area.
Early Bird Room

Earwax Corridor

12/28/2002

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Stephanie Juth, Matt Juth As the cavers crawled through this crawl, corrosion residue rained down on them. The name was coined when Matt started complaining about a piece of dirt rattling around in his eardrum.
East Branch

04/08/1892

Evan McDonald, Mary McDonald, George Stabler, Minnie Stabler
Easter Basket

4/16/1993

Robert Phillips, Steve Smith, Steve Lester This was an area with lots of frostwork and white wall coatings that was found on a Easter Weekend.
Easter Frost

4/14/2001

Jeff Goben, Carl Bern, Greg Springer A passage with a whole lot of frostwork that was found the day before Easter.
Eastern Star Room

06/13/1891

Alvin McDonald Named for the Eastern Star group who held a meeting in the cave in this area. Originally called Five Points by Alvin McDonald because of the five leads heading off of the room.
Ebonite Passage

05/12/1991

Dave Lester, Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Vern Carlson, An area with little black crystals ranging from very small up to 1/2" long. Exits on the HN survey on the Lakes Route.
Echo Falls

11/28/2001

Rod Horrocks, Chris Ingebretsen An echoing room that has a 7-foot high flowstone-covered ledge (the falls).
Editors Sanctum

<1893

Alvin McDonald Discovered in 1893 by Alvin McDonald and surveyed by Rod Horrocks, Ed Schenk, Belinda Fox, and Todd Brink on 07/07/2000. The words "Editors Sanctum NT" were found written in 19th century script in pencil in the ceiling of this small room.
Eds Alley

04/13/1985

Andy Flurkey, John Scheltens, Ed LaRock, Rich Sloan An eight-foot high passage found by Ed LaRock.
Eds Bad Lunch Room

02/06/1982

John Scheltens, Ed LaRock, Eric Liebes An eight-foot high passage found by Ed LaRock.
Eds Big Room

02/11/1984

Ed LaRock, John Scheltens, Eric Liebes, Andy Flurkey A low-ceilinged room.
Egg Hatchery

1973

Lester Lewis, Dave Springhetti, Mark Stock Named for the geodes found in the walls and ceiling of this area. These geodes look like eggs stuck in the walls of the cave.
Egg Shell Room

1974

NPS Rangers Named after some egg shell fragments left by earlier explorers of this room.
Eiberts Dome

12/22/2007

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris The surveyors of this 19-foot high dome room found a signature from an Eibert near this dome.
El Discusto Crawl

09/01/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A miserable crawl. Named after Mark Stock's habit of smoking some nasty smelling cigars that John and Dave called, "El Discustos".
El Poop-O 11/03/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza This tight hole had a strong wind blowing through it and even though Jim Pisarowicz had removed his clothes he could still not get through. The name represents the frustration of the explorers.
Elbow Room

07/14/1976

Phil Dodge, Don Frankfort, Bob Huber, Jim Palmer Just past the Armpit.
Elbow, The

05/02/1890

E.L. McDonald
Elephant Hall

Alvin McDonald? A large feature that resembles an elephant led to this name. This lower level cave is reached from the Grand Canyon.
Elephant Stream 07/17/1989 Darren Ressler, Stacy Smyth, Brad Stephenson, Michelle Youngquist A passage with sediment formed into swirling patterns by running water. There were 5-inch gypsum starbursts too.
Elephant Stuff

07/17/1989

Darren Ressler, Stacy Smyth, Brad Stephenson, Michelle Youngquist A 25-foot tall fissure passage underneath the Elephant Trunk. The ES survey.
Elephant Trunk

John Scheltens, Mike Wiles A huge trunk passage 40-feet wide, 30-feet high and over 800-feet long. Named for its size, it is one of the largest lower level passages known in the cave.
Elks Resort

Elks Room

06/06/1976

Carla Knapp, Janine LeRoy, Sandy Simon, Chuck Ward A projection coming up from the floor of this room resembles an elk's head. A slab of rock that was 3 1/2 feet high, 4" thick, and 2 feet wide was struck with the palm of the hand in on early tours. This was known as the "Elks Empty Barrel". Room also known as "Elks Hall."
Elronds Hall

07/01/1981

Phil Dodge, Tom Sheehan, Mary Laycock, Mike Laycock A 24-foot high passage. The ceiling looks like calcite jungle area.
Emperor Maximus I

08/01/1970

Chris Hill This HUGE helictite bush has been described as "the ruler of all helictite bushes". The total height of the bush is six feet, however, the whole thing can't be viewed at once.
EMT Hall

11/17/1990

Ed LaRock, Mike Behn, Ted Lappin A large room in the STP Speedway area. The discovers thought if you had a speedway, you would need an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) for the wrecks. EMT is also the first letter of each of the discovers names.
ENT Forest, The

11/18/1989

Ed LaRock, Alan Williams, Larry Richards, Mike Behn A group of stalagmites consisting of densely intergrown black helictites.
Epiglottus, The

07/11/1992

Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward, Linda Gentile
Epworth League Pavilion

<1923

ES Stream

07/17/1989

Darren Ressler, Michelle Youngquist, Stacy Smyth, Brad Stephenson Evidence in sediment of a former stream. Just off of the Elephant Trunk, thus named Elephant Stuff Stream.
Escape Route

1934

A service trail between the Eastern Star Room and the lower elevator landing. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in 1934.
Escape Stairs A fissure with a steep set of stairs that led from the Assembly Room up to the Garden of Eden Route. These stairs are used when the Elevator is not working. Originally known as "Cliff Climbers Delight" by Alvin McDonald.
Eughx!

10/24/1992

Stan Allison, Harry Burgess, Mike Wiles, Myk Coughlin Tight crawl leading to Cosmos.
Evans Little Lake

01/14/1994

Steve Lester, Doug Kent, Evan Anderson, Lee Blazek
Evans Plunge 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Small lake just beyond Lake Land and named after the explorers favorite haunt after a long caving trip (especially the hot tubs). Evans Plunge resort was giving the explorers free admittance at the time and an article was put in the local newspaper about the discovery.
Ever Ending Room

4/14/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz Every lead checked off this room ended or connected with known survey, thus the name.
Evil Breakdown Choke

07/13/2002

Paul Fowler, Jason Walz, Tim Moreland, Marjori Johnson This passage, located on the north edge of the cave ended in an unstable breakdown wall that choked upwards in paleofill.
Evil Twin

05/13/1995

Paul Burger, Steve Lester, Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright A very exposed traverse across a pit to a rope.
Expectation Trail

03/01/1983

Tod Collet, Andy Harley, Ted Stlouks, Don Susfolk When first explored, this section of cave was headed straight towards the Blowhole by the park's horse corrals. There was much expectation that a connection could be made with the Blowhole. The connection did not materialize on this trip.
Exposition Hall

07/21/2000

Rod Horrocks, Ed Schenk, Belinda Fox, Todd Brink A 30 x 50' room just north of the benches in the Fairgrounds. Named because "Exposition Halls" are often associated with State Fairgrounds.
Eye of the Needle

03/11/1992

Max Manzur, Becky Ward, Wes Allen, David Coles

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

FA Room

11/06/1980

Todd Cedarholm, Kim Ellison, Steve Matson, Craig Wagner
Fabulous Path

10/12/2002

Jason Walz, Mike Wiles, Noah Daniels A passage that leads to a nice room (Ultraville) on the edge of the cave.
Facial, The

<5/20/1985

A short bellycrawl that forces one face into the floor.
Fair Maids Pathway

<01/04/1891

Alvin McDonald
Fairgrounds, The

03/20/1892

George A. Stabler, Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, J.D. McDonald This room was the largest discovered in Wind Cave until the Club Room was found in 1964. It was called the Fairgrounds by George Stabler because every feature of the cave could be found there.
Fairy Palace

05/01/1982

Jim Chisholm, Hal Johnson, Heide McClire This area exhibits a nice display of flowstone, stalactites and stalagmites.
Fairy Palace Loop

<1962

Fairy Wonderland

<1974

Faith, Hope & Charity

12/26/1983

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti These are the names of the 3 columns which give rise to the name Tri-Column Sandway.
Fallen Flats <1899 Alvin McDonald, F.L. McAdam, Bob McAdam This name derived from the large, flat breakdown on the floor of this room. Later called G.A.R. Hall (Grand Army of the Republic Hall). Now known as the Assembly Room. Discovered by Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, and Melvin Moore on 01/12/1891.
Fallen Giant

06/07/1976

Leroy Simon, ? Knapp, ? Ward This is a very, very large chunk of breakdown located at the base of the stairs leading to the Coliseum. Alvin McDonald referred to it as the Pebble.
Fallen Leaf Room

03/04/1979

John Scheltens, Carole Loskot, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles In this room there is an abundance of calcite rafts on the walls and floors which look like fallen leaves.
Fallopian Tube, The

12/13/2003

Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Shawn Kramer
False Alarm Freeway

08/?/1972

Mark Stock, Nelson Kuniansky
False Floor City

12/15/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton There is a series of broken false floors in this area of the cave. Some of then drop down 30 feet or more.
Fan Rock

<1893

Alvin McDonald A huge piece of fallen boxwork that resembles a lady's fan half opened. On the Candlelight Tour in Union College.
Faries Palace

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Faries Snow Balls

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Farleys Freeway

01/10/1998

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin A big, beautiful passage found right after comedian Chris Farley passed away.
Farleys Pharmacy

02/14/1998

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin An alliteration based on comedian Chris Farleys then recent death from a massive overdose of drugs, causing heart failure.
Farmers Dome

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Fat Womans Misery 06/1891 Alvin McDonald A crawl or squeeze where the Rescue Stairs are located on the Garden of Eden Tour.
Feather Bed Crawl 06/12/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler Crawlway which is covered with very soft and powdery soil.
Feminine Side, The

09/17/1998

Jim Nepstad, Rene Rogers A room along the east edge of the cave that is accessed through a tight hole that was named the Wedge, and which, only Rene could fit through.
Ferret Loop

07/08/2000

Tom Dotter, Karl Mayne, Karla Whittenburg, Kim McVey A small, 200-foot long loop.
Fetal Pit

06/12/1993

Sandy Kramer, Kathy Petty, Clarence Williams
Figure Eight Room

08/01/1971

Andy Flurkey, Chris Hill, Bob Reinstatler The outline of this major intersection in Half-Mile Hall resembles a large "8", giving the room its name. This is the second largest known room in the cave.
Figured Statue, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Fill-In-The Blank Room

05/08/2004

Rod Horrocks, Chris Amidon, Leno Lippold This room was located in a blank area of the map that Rod had been trying for some time to penetrate.
Fireball Hall 04/22/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz A passage named after the fireball candy that Jim Nepstad had just put into his mouth moments before the team crawled into this room.
Firemans Curse, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Fish Eggs

12/26/1981

John Scheltens, Mike Wiles, Dave Springhetti
Fish Room

12/11/1993

James Wilson, Mike Zawada, Steve Kumpf
Fisher Traverse

Ken Carpenter
Fishermans Rest

02/09/1893

Alvin McDonald
Fissure Kingdom

02/09/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Duff McCafferty This middle level room has numerous fissures radiating off of it with many other nearby fissures connecting down to the Candlelight Tour area and up to the WB survey.
Fissure Passage

1973

Mark Stock, Lester Lewis
Five Finger Fall 11/29/1986 Dave Gerboth, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga While surveying over this 25-foot pit, Karen Rosga dropped one of her gloves. The pit was deep enough and overhung such that the party could not retrieve the glove. A later trip did descend the pit and mapped about a quarter of a mile of cave at the bottom of this pit.
Five Points 06/13/1891 Alvin McDonald Five passages radiate from this room. Now known as the Eastern Star Room.
Flailing Feet Crawl

05/26/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dina Venezky, Bob Younger A fifty-foot long crawl in which the explorers feet were seen flailing around.
Flaming Match Room

04/14/2007

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Ken Geu, Duff McCafferty A wooden match was found by the surveyors in this virgin dirt-floored room. Apparently, it had been thrown into the room through the tight entrance passage in the 1890's.
Flaming Pink Tights Pit 05/25/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Curt Broeker, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga A pit where the ledges along the sides of the passage are all sloping steeply down and there is a thin layer of mud on the ledges and footholds.
Flapjack Room

01/11/1992

Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl, Kirk Haley, Jerry Hassemer A large room by only 2-feet high.
Flat Top Chamber

07/09/1891

Alvin McDonald
Flatiron

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin A large flat-toped breakdown block.
Flatiron Hall

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin Shawn thought the rocks in this passage resembled the Flatiron Mountains near his Boulder, Colorado home, heavily tilted and jetting upwards into the air.
Flatlands

10/03/2006

Rod Horrocks, Vickie Siegel, William Stone A nearly flat room and adjoining hall.
Fliesstein Paradise

03/06/2007

Jason Walz, Marcell Gelligen, Johannes Nitsche, Ole-Kristian Heyer A flowstone and dripstone area that was named for the German word "Fliesstein", which means "flowing stone".
Flood Plains

01/01/1999

Marc Ohms, Paul Burger, Renee Rogers Low-ceilinged area (1-3'), lots of mud and flood debris (pine needles…). Led to Phantom Lake.
Floorduh

07/14/1990

Stan Allison, Paul Burger False floors are found in this room. Mislabeled Floordum on the map.
Florist Grotto

<1893

Alvin McDonald Located near the Coliseum.
Flounder Hall

12/08/1990

Ted Lappin, Steve Reames, Bethany Jablonsky, Stan Allison
Flounder Hole

01/08/2000

Evan Anderson, Pat Roberson, Shawn Kramer, Micxah Ball
Flour Tube

12/11/1993

Rod Horrocks, Clair Call, Kevin Pippen, Joel Despain, Doug Kent An upper-level passage off the Rainbow Rooms with corrosion residue walls that resembles flour. It has lots of bat scratches. First entered by the survey crew by climbing on Clair's back.
Flower Garden

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride.
Flower Shop

06/30/1976

Phil Dodge, Bob Hirschy, Bob Huber, Jim Palmer Named for the large number of gypsum flowers.
Flowers of the Night 04/22/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Small crawlway with nice anthrodites (literally stone flowers in Greek).
Flowfinger Falls 11/21/1985 Jim Pisarowicz, John Gookin, Matt Soete, Geoff Williams An area with flowstone and soda straws which look like fingers hanging down from the ceiling.
Flowstone Dome, The

09/03/1991

Jim Clark, Kirk Haley, Veronica Stahl A 20-foot high dome with lots of sodastraws, stalactites, draperies, flowstone and stalagmites.
Flowstone Fantasy Freeway

05/13/2000

John Scheltens, Ed LaRock, Mike Behn A three-foot high upper-level phreatic tube with a flowstone floor.
Flying Zambino, The 06/12/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler A 20-foot climb where the walls are very crumbly and threatened to turn the explorers into impromptu acrobats. The name "Zambino" came from the pencil that the explorers were using to take notes. On that pencil was the name "Ann Zambino".
Foggy Mountain

<1973

Fools Hollow

01/11/1997

Jim Wilson, Bruce Albright, Randy Williams, Dan Wray
Forbidden Fruit

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Forty Mile Hall 06/11/1984 Warren Netherton, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga In this room the total surveyed length of Wind Cave reached and exceeded 40 miles.
Fossil Chamber

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Fossil Reef

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Foul Spark Plug, The

02/14/2004

Derek Wolfe, Dan Mottinger, Donna Swigert This canyon and room were named because the surveyors were only able to find a survey designation and not the actual survey station, which forced them to resurvey it.
Foul Temptress, The

08/03/2004

Chris Amidon, Meredith Dreyer, Valoree Varick A very tempting hole that was too small for the surveyors to fit into.
Four Skinner, The

5/12/2001

Evan Anderson, Jim Olsen, Hazel Barton, Suzette Kane
Fragile Land

08/08/1972

Alvin McLane, Scott Brougham, Ted Self
Free Mason Hall

<1923

A room that has four breakdown blocks along each side of the trail that reassemble chairs.
Freedom Bowl

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Named after the football bowl game. The surveyors were caving on January 1, the day when most Americans were watching the bowl games.
French Coach Horse

<1901

French Pastry Parlor

02/02/1985

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Andy Flurkey, Alan Williams John had recently had some French pastries at the Epcott Center in Florida and the triple false floors with piles of rafts reminded him of those. It is a difficult room to get to.
Freshman Fairgrounds

07/29/1977

Sue Fenner, Bob Huber, Jim Lindley, ? Simon
Freshman Frostline

07/29/1977

Sue Fenner, Bob Huber, Jim Lindley and ? Simon A large quantity of aragonite ("frostwork") in found in this area that looks like a smaller version of the Frostline.
Frost Hall

09/03/2000

Carl Bern, Jeff Goben, Derek Wolfe, Chris Schneider A short fissure passage with frostwork-covered walls.
Frostbite Hole

09/03/2000

Carl Bern, Jeff Goben, Derek Wolfe, Chris Schneider A frostwork lined hole that led to Frost Hall.
Frosted Cereal Bowl

08/03/2004

Rod Horrocks, Grahm Hogg, Randy Oliver, Brad Hill A bowl-shaped room that was covered with moonmilk.
Frosted Cobwebs

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Frosted Flake Room

05/09/2000

Rod Horrocks, Sam Russell, Erik Freeman, Sandy Myers A bowl-shaped room that was covered with moonmilk.
Frostline Overpass

05/11/1991

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Jerry Hassmer A short upper-level passage that passes over the Frostline. Loose rock and a fissure in the floor that ties into the Frostline, prevent this route from being used.
Frostline, The

08/22/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Spectacular examples of frostwork can be seen in this area. All the frostwork seems to have developed below a line which can clearly be seen in the rooms at either end, hence the name. The Conn's were hoping this frostwork would lead to a lot more cave.
Frostwork Ledge

Frozen Waterfall

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Funk, The

02/07/2006

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Derek Marohn When Derek commented that the room they were in was funky, the other two looked at each other and simultaneously said, "The Funk", referring to his comments and the state of mind that Alexis was in earlier while trying to draw the area.
Fun Passage

11/09/1996

Mike Wiles, Marc Ohms, Noah Daniels
Fungus Humongous

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza A walking passage off of Gypsy Road that has a huge inverted mushroom made of chert similar to the smaller one found just past Hobsons Choice on the Red and White trail.
Funnel Chimney

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A funnel-shapped dome.
Funnel Fissure

<1974

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

G String, The 11/18/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza Darren Ressler was checking a lead off this junction and returned to say that "it Goes, and Goes, and Goes" (?).
Gallery

05/05/1893

Alvin McDonald, John Stabler
Garden Gate

10/19/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A climb that requires the caver to climb up one side and then immediately to climb down the other side. Named because it was the approach to the helictite bushes.
Garden of Eden 07/07/1891 Alvin McDonald An area of the cave with much frostwork and cave popcorn.
Garden of Eden Landing

<07/13/1995

The middle elevator landing where the Garden of Eden Tour begins.
Garden of Gods

03/20/1892

Alvin McDonald, G.A. Stabler J.D. McDonald, E.L. McDonald A beautiful area with rounded arched roofs.
Garden Wall - Giants Coffin <1898 A wall-like feature and breakdown block probably destroyed by trail construction activities.
Garganells Castle 05/27/1984 Jim Pisarowicz, Mike Babbitt, Warren Netherton Garganell is the villain in the Smurf cartoons. The Smurf Path leads to Garganel's Castle.
Garganells Dungeon

06/08/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton, Karen Rosga Garganell is the bad guy in the Smurf TV show. This room is under Garganell's Castle. Reached by way of Smurf Path.
Gargoyle, The

<5/3/1984

Gas Chamber, The

02/11/2006

Carl Bern, Larry Shaffer, Derek Wolfe A large room named because everyone on the survey team that discovered the room had gas that day.
Gastropod Gallery

08/25/1990

Jim Nepstad, David Anderson, Lottie Hufford An area with many fossil gastropods in the ceiling, walls, and floor.
Gastropod in Boxwork

08/18/1971

Nelson (Rebel)Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres A gastropod (snail) is perfectly bisected by a piece of boxwork in this area. Located in the ceiling near BB26.
Gateway Hall

10/19/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A large chamber that is the "gateway" to the lakes route. A fault has been located in this room which seems to separate the lakes passage from the other parts of Wind Cave.
Gawd-Awful Crawl

12/02/2000

Jim Wilson, Eric Dutton, Tim Moreland A tight and nasty crawl.
Gendarme Room

<1974

Geode Hall

11/29/1890

Alvin McDonald, J.D. McDonald On Alvin McDonalds third exploration trip after breaking through the Devils Lookout barrier, he explored from the Hospital to Geode Hall.
Geodes Away

12/15/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A passage with many geodes sticking out of the walls.
Georges Junction

05/29/1974

A junction of two calcite jungle passages.
Gerbil Jam

12/28/2002

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Matt Juth, Stephanie Juth A tight spot in the passage.
Geres Dome

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Ghost Lake

10/13/1979

John Scheltens, Ken Allgier, Mike Wiles An area which looks like it was at one time a small lake but is now dried up.
Ghost of a Lost Opportunity

Ghost of She <1898 A white pendant (?) on the ceiling of the Bachelor's Quarters and across from the Devils Punchbowl that resembled a ghost.
Ghost Riders Gulch

12/26/1981

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles Being a cowboy, John wanted a western theme name.
Giants Causeway 08/06/1890 Alvin McDonald Just past the Methodist Church on the Historic Route. It resembles the basalt attraction on the coast of Ireland.
Giants Causeway

08/06/1890

Alvin McDonald Just past the Methodist Church on the Historic Route. It resembles the basalt attraction on the coast of Ireland.
Giants Net

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Giants Stone Quarry

<1892

Alvin McDonald Large breakdown blocks on the floor in this room look like they have been quarried. Early tours use to stop and sit on these blocks. The "Giants" part of the name was added by the CCC.
Gilla Bite Cutoff

Gilla Head

11/18/1991

Tom Shelby, Spore Meuwissen, Kreg Hamburger, Picter Wycoff, Michael Longo, Doug Pflugh A pendant that resembles the head of a gilla monster. Is station BFL16.
Ginsu, The

12/13/2003

Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Shawn Kramer Named because of the sharp fins of boxwork hanging down from the ceiling of a crawlway, that shreds cavers as they try to pass, like a Ginsu Knife.
Ginsu Alley

12/21/2004

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Don Anderson A narrow lower level fissure with sharp projections that slowed the survey team.
Glacier, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald Flowstone flow located on the Cork Screw Path stairs on the Garden of Eden Tour.
Gladstone Monument

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Gladstone Rigamorole

06/19/2007

Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Alison Carlyle, Erin Niedringhaus The resurveyors found a Sunday Chicago Herald dated October 28, 1894 in this room that had an article that discussed Gladstone, a British Prime Minister and his foreign affairs.
Globe Theatre

01/18/2005

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Ari Juhala, Amy Juhala A round room that is as high as it is wide that has an upper balcony that reminded the surveyors of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Gnarly Route, The

12/08/2007

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris The floors of this 27-foot diameter room are covered with boxwork cemented to the floor that rips and tears at anybody who tries to travel over it.
Gobi Desert 10/27/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, John Scheltens The floor of this passage looks like sand ripples in the desert.
Golden Rope Room

04/18/2002

Rod Horrocks, John Scheltens, Steve Baldwin, Jason Walz A 50-foot diameter room named for the 16" gypsum rope coiled on a ledge along the north wall of the room and because of a 1890's newspaper heading with the words, "Golden Days" found in the center of the room.
Golden Way

09/26/2000

Rod Horrocks, Brad Oen Rod Horrocks lost his wedding band in this passage while resurveying it. The explorers also hoped that this passage would lead to whole new areas in a nearby blank area of the map (a vain hope).
Gollums Den

07/01/1981

Phil Dodge, Tom Sheehan, Mary Laycock, Mike Laycock A small room named after the character "Gollum" from J.R.R. Tolkin's book The Hobbitt.
Gonadular Cave 05/25/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga, Curt Budeker Some of the features in this part of the cave looked like gonads.
Gong, The

02/07/1987

Good Karma Room

03/14/1992

Verne Carlson, Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Becky Ward A 40-foot high room with good leads heading in two directions.
Gordon Falls

<2/6/1987

Gordons Worm Hole

07/27/1979

Phil Dodge, Bill Holmes, Jim Lindley A small 8"-high squeeze.
Gore Hole

11/11/2000

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Shawn Kramer Named while the 2000 presidential election tie-up between Gore and Bush was going on in Florida. The passage is a large slanting alcove off the NH/RN survey.
Gorilla Box

02/08/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer Hazel found a passage with lots of corrosion residue (gorilla snot) on the walls, usually an indicator of airflow and more passage. It didn't go, thus the "box" name.
Gotham City

09/12/1992

Stan Allison, Dave Springhetti, Harry Burgess, Paul Burger An area near Cosmos with lower-middle level passages with strange, contorted shapes that reminded the surveyors of Batman's Gotham City.
Grade D Crawl

06/15/2004

Chris Amidon, Sarah Petite, Ajax Dalman, Vickie Siegel A miserable crawl that is as bad for humans as grade D meat is.
Grafitti Room

<10/7/1984

Grand Army of the Republic Hall

06/1899

Soldiers Reunion Originally named "Fallen Flats", it was renamed during the Soldiers Reunion in Hot Springs. The dedication was attended by 96 veterans. For awhile, G.A.R. Hall had a monument where veterans left their name, company, and regimental designation. It was thought that "breastworks and stockades" could be seen in the ceiling of this room. When the room was renamed the Assembly Room, the monument was removed.
Grand Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Grand Canyon Alvin McDonald The rope drop past the Devils Lookout that leads into the only lower level cave in this area.
Grand Central Station

<9/14/1991

Grand Opera

<1898

Also known as the Opera House.
Grand View

07/12/1891

Grandmother’s Goose

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Granite Boulder Room

09/24/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton A room past the Wretched Hole.
Graveyard

1978

Janice Hodgkinson, Sue Mooney, Mike Pautiati, Jack Throssell A series of deadend crawls.
Grease

11/23/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Jim Erickson A large area with a thin mud coating.
Great False Alarm 10/27/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, John Scheltens This area of the cave has many false floors. As Bob was mapping this passage the floor broke away under his feet. Luckily the drop was only 2 feet. In other areas nearby the drop would have been 30 feet or more.
Great Green Ball Pit

12/23/1984

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti
Great North Passage 10/27/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, John Scheltens A north trending fissure passage.
Great Relief Hall

03/21/2006

Jason Walz, Peggy Renwick, Ben Currens A room that was large enough for one member of the group to use their pee bottle.
Grecian Bend <1901 A low ceilinged area before the Second Crossroads. This has been enlarged for the tour route.
Green Door

06/07/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens The passage out of the Green Room.
Green Door, Beyond the

06/07/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens A passage beyond a real tight squeeze after the Green Door.
Green Room

06/07/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens The ceiling in this room has a flat chert bed that is green.
Greyhound

Groaning Passage

12/11/1993

Pat Jablonsky, Sandy Kraemer
Groove, The

1968

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn A slot down the center of this tight passage gives it its names.
Grove House

02/09/1991

Ed LaRock, Berry Berg, Mike Behn Mike named this room with numerous side leads after a house he lived in in Illinois that had lots of doors in it.
Grunt & Groan

10/30/1985

Heidi Grengg, Jim Pisarowicz, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck What one has to do to get through this passage.
Grunt Hole

11/26/1981

J. Hazzen, Mike Laycock, Mary Laycock A small hole on the BI survey.
Guides Discovery

02/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore An area of the cave discovered by Alvin McDonald, the "first" cave guide of Wind Cave.
Gyp-n-Crack Floor

Gypsum Alley

07/01/1981

Phil Dodge, Tom Sheehan, Mary Laycock, Mike Laycock A crawl with lots of gypsum.
Gypsum Flower Cul de Sac

06/13/1992

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward A crawl with gypsum flowers that ends in a breakdown choke with a slight wind going through it.
Gypsum Flower Paradise

02/09/1991

Skip Withrow, Doug Kent, Jim Wilson, Mike Frazier A dead end passage with lots of gypsum flowers.
Gypsum Flower Pot

07/12/1973

John Scheltens, Don Coons, Alvin McLane A small room off the main survey with many gypsum flowers.
Gypsum Mummy

<1901

An unknown feature in the Garden of Eden Room.
Gypsum Palace

07/14/1981

Phil Dodge, Judy Hazen, Pickut W. Kittelson Large quantities of gypsum needles and flowers can be seen in this room.
Gypsy Road

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison A large but windy passage with unbelievable amounts of gypsum crusts, flowers, and crystals everywhere. Also named because Bob is Bohemian (Gypsy).
Gypsum Javelin

05/09/1992

Randy Macan, John Williams, Becky Ward, Max Mazur Max named this six-inch long gypsum needle protruding out of the wall at eye level. It had the diameter of an angle hair pasta.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Habeus Corpus

11/11/2006

James Wilson, Tim Moreland, Howard Bartlett, Srdjan Pasic'
Haggis Hall

02/10/2001

Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Hairball Crawl

05/11/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer A crawl that had big balls of gypsum hair on the floor that prevented continued exploration of the crawl.
Hairy Hooter Room

05/11/1996

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, Shawn Kramer A double mound of calcified silt covered with gypsum hair.
Half-Mile Hall

08/01/1971

Andy Flurkey, Chris Hill, Bob Reinstatler Originally known as "Half-Mile Haul", this 2800 foot long passage's name was changed because the project director didn't feel that "Haul" was appropriate.
Hallelujah Trail

10/27/1984

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Ken Allgier, Ed LaRock, Marvin Zaske The passage that connected the Snake Pit Entrance to Wind Cave.
Hallucinogenic Hall

05/26/1991

Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Dina Venezky, Bob Younger
Handle Hold Pit

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A pit which, fortunately, has a handle shaped hold right at its top.
Handle Hole

<1974

Hanging Rock Chamber

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald?
Happy Hollow 04/29/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Greg Nepstad, Jim Nepstad A large upper level room. Everyone on the trip was happy to discover such a large "hollow."
Happy Route 05/13/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz This was the route from Happy Hollow across the "fault" to the western side of Wind Cave. It was only the second in-cave east to west route discovered after the Spillway (20 years earlier).
Hard Hat Area 11/30/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bill Rodgers A crawl where Darren knocked a very large section of wall crust squarely onto Jim's helmet. The hard hat saved him.
Hard Scrabble Avenue <1901 A passage located between the Rookery and the Opera House. Apparently named because of the extensive trail construction, filling, and grading that had to be completed in this area.
Harmon Den

06/19/2007

Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Alison Carlyle, Erin Niedringhaus A small town in North Carolina that Erin had never been too. She felt that she had finally been there after visiting this small passage.
Harmony Chimes

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Hauling-A-Passage

08/01/1970

Chris Hill A straight passage where long survey shots were taken.
Have Your Cake 07/29/2007 Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Abby Tobin, Kristen Schulte The point that the survey crew stopped to celebrate Kristen's birthday with some cheescake and a recording of Wagner's "Flight of the Walkyrie's".
Hawk, The 03/15/1988 Darren Ressler, Jim Nepstad, Coleen Walte, Erik Major
Hay Day Room 02/17/1989 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere A large room named after Bob had exclaimed that they were having a "hay day" in the cave.
Haystack Hollow

07/18/1973

John Scheltens, Don Coons, Alvin McLane Mounds, looking like "haystacks", can be found in this area.
Headquarters of the TK

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Headwaters

01/19/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison A 30-foot diameter room where evidence indicated that a stream one entered.
Heartbeat Hall

09/11/1993

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Kirk Haley A tight bellycrawl where the surveyors heard their heart beating in the confined quarters.
Heathers Fissure Room

03/?/1983

Shawn O'Day, Marie Buzzard, Scott Buck, Heather Pullen A low ceilinged room.
Heidis Raft Room 10/30/1985 Heidi Grengg, Jim Pisarowicz, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck A room first entered by Heidi Grengg with calcite rafts all over the walls and rocks of the room. It was Heidi's first survey trip.
Height of Fame

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, Willie and M.E. Crookam, George Lee
Helictite Forest

07/12/1973

Rick Banning, Andy Flurkey A small room with an abundance of helictites.
Helictro, The 10/31/1985 Heidi Grengg, Jim Pisarowicz, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck Named for all the small helictite bushes along one wall of this passage.
Hemingway Room

04/?/1981

Todd Cederholm, Rich Riski, Loure Wolfe, Birgitta Meade, Kathy Raymond
Hen Peck Pit

08/08/1992

Bryan Smith, Linda Gentile, Randy Brow, Stacy Smyth
Herbert Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Hi Hopes

05/04/1994

Dave Lester, Jamie Sherer, Margie Robinson, Steve Petruniak A 20-foot climb into an upper level lead in a fissure.
Hidden Chamber

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Hideout, The

05/02/1992

Michael Longo, Cassa Hadley, Jenny Kuhlman, Jason Soll, Tatt Mauszewski, Ken Andrews A room named by a NOLS survey party.
Hieroglyphic Dome

10/03/2006

Rod Horrocks, Vickie Siegel, William Stone A series of moonmilk runners following cracks on the walls of this upper level dome resemble Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
High Hopes

02/22/2003

Rod Horrocks, John Scheltens, Steve Baldwin A dome that corkscrews 54 feet above the Attic. The surveyors had "high hopes" for the area. They found a signature by Alvin McDonald dated 03/30/1892 at the top.
High Route

06/1891

Alvin McDonald A route located at the top of the "Cliff Climbers Delight" and starting at the Five Points Room.
Highland Pass Route

09/04/1966

Route from Cairn Room to the Chert Room.
Hills Cut-a-cross

1971?

Andy Flurkey, Mark Stock The HC survey, Hills Cut-a-cross.
Hip Hugger Hole

10/09/1993

Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong A tight squeeze near AIV19.
Hippo Hole

<5/3/1984

Near the Boot Heel Room.
His Satanic Majestys Call

<1901

A large rock flake that rings when it is struck. Also known as the Sounding Rock.
Hit Parade

01/19/1987

Joe Austin, Mike Bailey, Chris Gerow, Karen Rosga The survey team was carrying a small cassette tape player to play tunes while they surveyed in this area. It is not far off the tour route.
Hmm Hole 11/16/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bill Rodgers An exposed pit that causes explores to give a concerned "hmm.." when first looking down it. It opens into a shattered room below.
Hobsons Bypass

05/29/2000

Rod Horrocks, Steve Langendorf, Sammi Langendorf An upper-level tube with no side passages that completed a route from the Pyramid Room to the Multipurpose Room, bypassing the Frostline and Hobson's Choice.
Hobsons Choice

1963

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A flat out belly crawl where there is no choice about the way to continue. Named after a man in England named Hobson that offered commercial horse rides and who chose the horse each customer rode. "Hobsons Choice" meant no choice at all.
Hobsons Overpass

05/11/1991

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Jerry Hassemer A fissure passage overlying Hobsons Choice that connects to the Road Block.
Holding Tank

03/01/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer A lower level canyon and associated fissues that held the cavers, preventing them from continuing exploration at that level. They were attempting to find a connection to Monument Hall, located at the same elevation just to the south.
Hole In the Ace Room

05/11/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer
Hole In The Wall

Located near the Shadowy Depths on the Fairgrounds Tour Route.
Hole Thing, The

05/30/1992

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Myk Coughlin A 40-foot pit in a borehole on Route 66 that requires a handline to climb. Bob Kobza described the pit as a "hole thing".
Hollow Dome

01/27/1893

Alvin McDonald, J.D. McDonald, John Stabler, George Stabler
Holy Cross Room

07/09/1994

Dale Lankford, Kathy Lankford, Dennis Worthington, Rich Wolfert
Holy Lands

<1893

Alvin McDonald
House of the Fallen Snurd
Home of the Mountain Rat

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Homo Erectus

07/28/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Homo erectus translates from Latin as "Standing Man". This was the first place the explorers could stand after 3 ½ hours of surveying.
Honeymoon Hollow

05/22/1990

Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Jim and Karen surveyed this passage on their honeymoon after being married at Mystery Cave on May 19, 1990.
Honeymoon Run

08/23/2000

Rod Horrocks, Matt Harris, Jennifer Harris Named after Matt and Jennifer, who were on their honeymoon at the time of the survey.
Hoo-Pnew

01/08/2000

Evan Anderson, Pat Robertson, Shawn Kramer, Micah Ball This was a play on the words, "Who Knew?" as the explorers were surprised to discover this large room.
Hook Room

<5/18/1984

Located near the Natural Entrance.
Horn Hall

07/?/1972

Windy City Grotto Located near the Natural Entrance.
Hornets Nest

08/23/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A geode with a hole in it. Found in the ceiling above the Boxwork Chimney, it strongly resembled a hornet's nest. Another Hornets nest was named during the 1890's in St. Dominic Chamber on the Candlelight tour in the Historic Section.
Horse Head Room

05/07/1981

Lyn Peabody, Rich Oilman, Steve Matson, Alex Kazarinof A speleogen protruding from the wall resembles a horse head.
Hortas Lair

07/13/1991

Paul Burger, Gary Petrie, Louise Hose
Hospitable Pit

09/09/2006

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, Shawn Thomas, Nick Smith An easily climbed 40-foot deep fissure passage that was very inviting, sporty, and fun to climb for the surveyors.
Hospital

11/29/1890

Alvin McDonald, R.A. McAdam, T.L McAdam On Alvin McDonalds third exploration trip after breaking through the Devils Lookout barrier, he explored from the Hospital to Geode Hall.
Hospital Ward

10/09/2004

Rock Horrocks, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth This moderate-sized room, which only has a small entrance and exit, was named because all three surveyors were not feeling well.
Hotel Fairburn

04/04/2006

Jason Walz, Bonny Armstrong, Eric Grunwald A room named after an abondened in hotel found in the town of Fairburn.
Hotel Johnson

05/16/2006

Jason Walz, Jessie Mann, Chris Dale A building in Custer, SD.
Hotel South Dakota

01/18/1997

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Mike Wiles A nice upper level room 100-feet long, 25-feet wide and 12-feet high.
House of the Fallen Snurd

11/13/1982

Andy Flurkey, Ed LaRock, Eric Liebes, John Scheltens A fallen logomite ("snurd") can be found in this room.
Howards Pit

08/15/1972

Tom Bean, Jim Palmer, Joe Decker Named after Alan Howard?
Hump the Hoe Hall

01/19/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison
Hunting Ground

1907

W.A. Rankin An area opened up by a Park Service crew in 1907.
Hydro Piles

09/16/1990

Lottie Hufford, Mike Hanson, Dave Anderson

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Ice Cream Shop, The

3/24/2001

Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, Matt Reece A beautifully decorated area with white stalagmites, stalactites, soda straws, and draperies that resembled vanilla ice cream. It was named after Matt and Renee waited for 30 minutes while Marc scooped ahead. When he finally returned, they asked him, "Do you want one or two scoops?", chiding him for being gone so long.
Ice Flow

11/10/1990

Garrie Petrie, Norm Thompson, Pat Seiser Aragonite blister-floored passage.
Ice Gorge

03/12/1892

Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, J.D. McDonald, George Stabler
Ice Palace

01/22/1893

A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington
Ice Rink

06/12/2004

Chris Amidon, Sarah Petite, Ajax Dalman A dome filled with wet formations dripping into a flowstone pool that reminded one of the cavers of an ice rink.
Ice Room

<10/6/1984

Located before the low belly crawl to the Lower Columbian Hall.
Ice Storm

12/29/1979

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti The huge quartz geode has finger-like projections with manganese interiors. Beautiful crystals resemble jewels. Also known as the Crown Jewels.
Ice Stream Room

06/09/1984

Warren Netherton, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga There is a small pure white flowstone deposit like a small stream flowing across this room.
Iceberg

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres The name of a HUGE breakdown block, possibly the largest known in Wind Cave.
Icy Carrot Room, The

12/14/2002

Carl Bern, Mike Wiles, Jeff Goben A room with dense white soda straws and stalactites that resemble carrots.
Idas Washbasin

<1893

Alvin McDonald Ida's Washbasin was written on the walls in this area. Surveyed by Abby Wines, Dave Saifsky, & Stacy Smyth
Igloo Room

12/11/1993

James Wilson, Mike Zawada, Steve Kumpf
Igloo, SD

02/21/2006

Jason Walz, Bonny Armstrong, Eric Grunwald Named for a ghost town in South Dakota. The NF and WJ survey areas are collectively known as Ghost Town.
Imagination Room 08/27/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Large, domed room where the frostwork and popcorn was really spectacular. You could use your imagination to see just about anything in the room.
Imperial Dome

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. and Willie Crookam, George Lee
Ims Room
Independence Hall

12/01/71

John Scheltens Originally entered by Ken Carpenter and other members of the Colorado Grotto on the 4th of July, 1969.
Independence Spectres, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Indistinct Avenue

11/10/1990

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger
Inner Outlet

11/23/1990

Matt Kramar, Randy Waslien?, Rich Ness
Inner Sea 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza 10/22/19 A small lake off the Mammoth's Backbone.
Insane on the Membrane Squeeze

12/14/1996

Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Skip Withrow An 8 1/2" squeeze.
Installation 35

01/25/2006

Rod Horrocks, Derek Marohn An inscription was found on the wall that read, "Radiators installed 8-18-35", which referred to the coolant system installed in the nearby Isolation Room to cool hot water from the Power House, which generated electricity for the elevator.
Instant Guilt Trip

07/04/2006

Larry Shaffer, Lee-Gray Boze, Tonia Foster Named because the surveyors had a difficult time moving around this moonmilk-covered room.
Intimate Rock

04/05/1991

Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser A rock that has to be climbed over in a crawl near station GBC9.
Inverted Bath Tubs

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Inverted Wash Bowl

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Iowa Falls

09/04/1892

Alvin McDonald, Alfred Gere
Irish Misery

11/26/1890

Alvin McDonald, Robert B. Moss
Irish Point Lace

A 20-foot section of boxwork in the ceiling of the Elks Room.
Isolation Room

08/18/1935

CCC This room was where the radiators were installed on 8/18/35 to cool the power plant that generated electricity for the new elevator. This coolant system was composed of 2,300 feet of 2" pipe that hot water was circulated through and cooled before being returned to the Power House (currently the VIP Center).
It's Still Early 05/06/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz It was still early in the trip when this small room was discovered.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Jack Frost Gallery

03/07/1905

Alvin McDonald
Jacobs Slide

3/08/1997

Jacobs Well

<1901

The pit located next to the Garden of Eden Room.
Jamies Deadend Passage

03/12/1994

Sandy Kraemer, Kathy Petty, Jamie Sherer A passage that Jamie thought deadened, but after a constriction it split into four leads.
Janines Pitfall

<08/05/1976

Phil Dodge, Bob Huber, ? Simon Seasonal Ranger Janine Leroy fell while down-climbing this slope and was pinned by a large boulder. She luckily fell into a small depression, escaping serious injury.
Jans Revenge

04/17/1980

Steve Matson, Dan Sonis, Clark Wallis, Jan Gelfand, Ben Greenstein, Jodi Johnson A tight squeeze near NX14.
Japanese Mushroom

09/14/2002

Jim Wilson, Chris Schneider, Barb Smith A mushroom-shaped ceiling pendent that was a play on the "Chinese Mushroom" found on the AA Route in the Club Room Section.
Jarbridge Pool

07/19/1973

Don Coons, Mark Stock A 25-foot long section of lake.
Jawbone Room

10/19/2002

Jim Wilson, Rene Ohms, Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman Named to continue the "Kneebone Room" theme in the area.
Jeez Pit

11/10/1990

Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger A very deep pit with a loose rock at the top.
Jenga Tower

04/09/2004

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, Skip Withrow, Dan Bryce A passage that spiraled up and up. Named after the game called "Jenga" where blocks are stacked up as high as possible.
Jenny Lane

<05/26/1991

Jeopardy Pit

03/14/1992

Verne Carlson, Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Becky Ward
Jigsaw Puzzle

07/28/1990

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Brad Stephenson A room with numerous breakdown blocks strewn around like a jigsaw puzzle.
Jigsaw Room

07/28/1990

Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Brad Stephenson A room near the Chimera Room that has numerous slabs of breakdown that had fallen from the ceiling into a pattern that resembled jigsaw pieces strewn about the floor.
Jim-Bobs Plunge 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Named after Jim Pisarowicz and Bob Kobza who discovered this new area of lakes. To get down to this body of water one has to chimney down an exposed area over the lake. They were sure someone was going to take the plunge one of these days.
Jims Balk & Bonk Pit 05/06/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Jim Pisarowicz first ascended this tricky climb and then called down for the survey tape after finding that it led to a large room. Jim Nepstad attempted to throw the tape up to him several times (Pisarowicz was over 30 feet above Nepstad). Once when the tape was being tossed up it dropped down and hit Nepstad on his helmet.
John Boys Christmas Loft

John Scheltens?, Andy Flurkey?, Mike Hanson A series of upper level crawls found around Christmas time that were heavily decorated.
John Wayne Room

John Scheltens Large room named by John Scheltens after the movie star.
Johnnys Anthill

07/01/1972

John Scheltens, A. ?, R. L
Johnstones Campground <1898 Paul Alexander Johnstone The room where the famed mind reader, Paul Alexander Johnstone, slept during the third night in the cave while hunting for the secreted gold pin, which had been hidden by Judge Boomer and W. U. Germond. Mr. Johnstone had wagered $1,000 that he could find it.
Johnstones Seat <06/01/1898 Alvin McDonald
Jollys Room

1981

Tom Pantelioni, Ach Harrison, Nancy Taylor, Eric Hoser, Greg Wright Small passage named by a NOLS survey party.
Josephs Well

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Judsons Bride

04/20/1981

Jeff Kleaveland, Mike Poutiantine, Brad Throssell
Juice Room

10/01/1979

Jack Throssell
July 17th Passage

09/22/2007

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, William Harris Graffiti in corrosion residue in this passage indicated that it was found by Alvin McDonald, William Ranger, & R.N. Norcutt on July 17th, 1891. This trip is found in Alvin's diary, where he indicated that he found several good rooms off of the Marble Quarry on the Summer Avenue Branch of the Sampson Palace Route.
Jump Off Pit

04/14/1982

Roy Lahti, Kathy Harrison, Carl Grundstrom, Steve Matson A small pit where this survey jumped off (i.e. began).
Jungle Gym, The

08/16/2003

Rod Horrocks, Kali Pace The surveyors found crossing this breakdown covered room much like playing on a jungle gym.
Just Deserts

04/16/1993

Bill Hawn, Steve Lester, Robert Phillips, Steve Smith A nice formation area located just above the Birthday Cake. Named to keep with the "desert" theme.
Just Say No To Crack

05/03/2005

Chris Amidon, Ajax B. Dalman A tight fissure (crack) that was named as a spoof on the drug prevention program that encourages kids to "just say no" to drugs. Crack is a term for a particular type of cocaine.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

K.M.S. Room

1962

Alan Howard The letters K.M.S. are written on a wall of this room. The letters probably stand for Katie Stabler who explored the cave in the early 1890's.
K.P. Hall

Kah Pit

10/30/2002

Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman, Barry Oost, Jessica Weinman Jason's friends cat, named Kah, makes depression in their yard which they call Kah pits. Since this room reminded Jason of these pits, he named it after the cat.
Kamakazi

11/11/2000

Evan Anderson, Derek Wolfe, Shawn Kramer Derek did a nose dive and crash when he was crawling over a false floor and it broke, dumping him eight feet, hitting his face on the floor and hurting his wrist.
Karelian Crawl

03/04/2000

Rod Horrocks, Joe Oliphant, John Citta, Marc Pedersen A chert-ceilinged crawl discovered by the survey party. It was named for Joe's dog after a chert concretion was found that strongly resembled a dogs femur. Karelian is also a province between Finland and Russia.
Kaske Avenue

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Kaske Grotto

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Keelhaul

06/2000

Jim Wilson, Greg Glazner, Leo Thompson, Eric Dutton A miserable crawl that feels like you have been keelhauled after you travel through it. Named after the ancient sailing practice of tying someone to a rope and dragging them spread eagle under the hull of a ship.
Kellys Dome

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Kellys Slide

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Kens Room

12/27/1980

Mike Wiles, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti
Kentucky Chimney, The

12/13/2003

Chris Amidon, Ben Tobin, Yancy Moore, Jeremy Tallent This 40-foot chimney was named by a group of Green River Grotto cavers visiting from Kentucky.
Kentucky Hearth

12/13/2003

Chris Amidon, Ben Tobin, Yancy Moore, Jeremy Tallent A room found at the bottom of the Kentucky Chimney, which was named by a group of Green River Grotto cavers visiting from Kentucky.
Key Room

08/02/1972

William Frith, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti This large room is one of the first along the KY survey and was a key discovery that led to a lot of additional survey.
Keyhole

07/16/1973

Don Coons, Andy Flurkey, Bob Reinstatler A squeeze at KU15 on the way to the Sugar Shack.
Kilroys Bridge

04/27/1980

Kathy Bogan, Jenny Lee, John Easby, Steve Lonis, Jim Lesh, Eric Hegastead A narrow path or bridge between two pits.
Kimballs Music Hall <1892
King Fissure 11/03/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A large fissure where the explorers had to bridge/chimney in the upper sections as they explored.
King Solomons Mines

07/05/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, C.F. McBride
Kiptide

08/18/1990

Stan Allison, Steve Baldwin, Mary Laycock
Klingon Crawl

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose
Knee Bone Room, The

06/10/2000

Jim Wilson, Eric Dutton, Leo Thompson, Greg Glazner Named because of its proximity to the Elbow Room.
Knights Assembly

03/20/1892

Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, J.D. McDonald, George Stabler
Knights of Pithias

Knights Well

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Knobby Gates, The 12/06/1987 Shaun Larson, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga The passage is a 15-foot high fissure with "knobby" popcorn protruding from the walls at intervals, flowstone, and false floors. This reminded one of the explorers of going through a series of turnstiles.
Knuckle Bone Room, Upper and Lower

12/08/2001

Jim Wilson, Barbara Smith, Ryan Butler, Ryan Butler The passage is a 15-foot high fissure with "knobby" popcorn protruding from the walls at intervals, flowstone, and false floors. This reminded one of the explorers of going through a series of turnstiles.
Kobzapectate

12/15/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza This passage is a terrible crawl and hammer dig that Bob Kobza tried to get through but he just plugged up the passage. After breaking through the first dig (three hours) they found another dig and gave up.
Krakotoa

04/09/1989

Ben Hicks, Dave Gibson, Rich Diforis, Paul Cronin, Amy Anderson Crack between Bishop Fowlers and the lower level.
Kraut Squeeze

10/30/2002

Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman, Barry Oost, Jessica Weinman Named after the German researcher/intern at Wind Cave that summer, Bastian Schulte, after he got stuck in this squeeze.
Kurts Crawl

07/?/1972

Windy City Grotto A belly crawl.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

LA Freeway

08/01/1970

Chris Hill Located on the LA survey, this passage bypasses several small crawls on the JF route to the lakes.
La Mesa Hundida

07/17/1965

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A single breakdown block that resemebled a mesa. This phrase means "the sunken table" in Spanish. This series of small rooms is located along the "Spanish Trail" (ST) survey. Resurveyed by Don Coons and Bob Reinstatler on 07/17/1973
La Scala 05/26/2007 Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Don Anderson A stairstepping tube off of a dome that reminded the surveyors of some stairs. It is a Verdi Opera translated roughly as "stairs".
Lacework Canyon

07/05/1980

Chuck Bertsch, Phil Dodge, Rod O'Sullivan, Gordon Messling An area with very delicate boxwork
Lacework Eyes

04/05/1991

Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser Two pits near GBC6 that resemble eyes
Lachugala Room 05/11/1991 Louise Hose, Vi Allured, Ted Lappin, Mike Frazier
Lackagluten Chamber

07/14/1976

Phil Dodge, Don Frankfort, Bob Huber, Jim Palmer The ceiling in this room is very crumbly, with nothing apparently holding it together, hence, "lack of gluten"
Ladder of Death

12/10/1991

Stan Allison, Darryl Maleike
Ladys Easter Bonnet

<1901

Lake Land 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A water filled passage that was measured at 9.8 feet deep
Lake-side Scenery

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, George Lee, M. E. Crookam, Willie Crookam
Lakes Route

<05/15/1991

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn The flagged route that goes from Buffalo Gap, Boxwork Chimney, Base Camp 1, Garden Gate, City Hall and back
Lamprey Mouth

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A geode that looks like the mouth of a lamprey
Lamprey Room

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A high passage near the Lamprey Mouth
Land Bridge, The

02/28/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer Room named after a pendent that connects the floor and the ceiling
Land of 10,000 Lakes

12/01/1970

John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey Named for the areas abundance of small pools
Land of a Million Leads

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres
Land of Broken Light Bulbs

06/09/1997

Abby Wines, Joanne Vokum, Sarah Shreeves, Stacy Smyth Area near the Coliseum on the Fairgrounds Tour Route where several broken light bulbs reside.
Land of OZ

08/08/1972

Scott Brougham, Alvin McLane, Ted Self A series of passages along the OZ survey.
Lander Room

04/13/2002

Rod Horrocks, Dennis Laird, Stacy Tostrup, Darren Wells This name was chosen because this trip was requested by two N.O.L.S. (National Outdoor Leadership Instructors) instructors from Lander, WYO.
Lands End

01/22/1893

A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington
Lars Run 10/30/1985 Jim Pisarowicz, Heidi Grengg, Fred Roberts, Lars Virbeck Named for Lars Virbeck, the first person to get into this passage.
Laugh Track 04/29/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz When Greg Nepstad first crawled into this room Jim Pisarowicz and Jim Nepstad were still in an incredibly tight passage. Up ahead of them they could hear Greg carrying on with a string of #$!#!'s which started them laughing.
Laura Cavern

<1895

Lazy S

<03/23/1989

Le Tempting Crack

02/08/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer A tight vertical crack on the east edge of Navidad that no one dared to squeeze into.
Leach Pit

07/?/1972

John Scheltens, A. ?, Robert Lenz?
Leaders Monument

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Leaping Lizard Room

07/14/1973

Don Coons, Andy Flurkey This survey was called "Leaping Lizard" because it was the LL survey.
Left Branch

11/28/1890

Alvin McDonald, J.D. McDonald
Lemon Twist Room

11/11/2006

Karla Whittenburg, Tom Dotter, Carry Hunter, Ken Headrick Named after some yellow flowstone and 50 yellow stalactites. The twist originated because the survey wrapped down underneath this room.
Lenas Arbor

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Leonardo Lizardo

05/01/1988

Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler,Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson A 25-foot wide by 15-feet high room. Named after the nick names for lizards on a recent Mexico caving trip.
Leopard Skin Crawl

10/27/1984

Dave Springhetti, Ed LaRock, Ken Allgier Dave thought the walls in this crawl resemble leopard's skin. The is the passage that connected Blowhole Cave (Snake Pit Entrance) with Wind Cave.
Les Miserables

09/28/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison, Paul Burger A sharp squeeze.
Letter Box

Liberty Bell

1893

Alvin McDonald A rock on the floor that is cracked just like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. In the Rookery.
Lifeboat

08/01/1971

Chris Hill, Nelson Kuniansky, Steve Nordstrom, John Scharres An area near the Iceberg and Titanic Room.
Light House, The

09/08/2007

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, Duff McCafferty A lighted room above the Temple on the Fairgrounds Tour Route. When seen from below, this upper room in lighted but there is no obvious way to climb up to it (access is from the top of the 89 Stairs).
Light & Fluffy Passage

02/10/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Paul Burger
Lil' Bubble

1975

NPS Rangers This small, bubble shaped room looks like a smaller version of The Bubble.
Lincoln Falls

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lincolns Fireplace 1901 A small room with a low arched alcove that resembled a fireplace.
Lindas Stopper

07/01/1992

Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Kevin Smith, Linda Gentile, Becky Ward
Linnaeus Grotto

<1901

Professor Udden Named after a renowned Swedish botanist. Located in one corner of the Garden of Eden Room.
Lint Trap, The

11/10/2001

Carl Bern, Christa Schneider, Doug Pflugh The surveyors found what looked like a wad of lint hanging from the ceiling in this virgin area.
Lintpickers Stable

05/09/2007

Jason Walz, Janet Serino, David Lambert This room had a large rock in the shape of a horse and all of the surveyors had participated in the Wind Cave Restoration Camp, thus the name.
Little Lech

11/08/2003

Amy Bern, Jeff Goben, Skip Withrow, Barbara Smith A tall fissure passage covered with frostwork that reminded the surveyors of some passages in the North Rift area of Lechuguilla Cave.
Little Mermaid Room

05/13/2000

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Amy Johnson, Jeff Goben
Little Muddies

<1983

Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Living Room

04/08/2000

Jamie Sherer, Ron Sherer, Steve Turner, Deb Slinkard A comfortable joint-controlled passage with a soft sandy floor.
LJH Room

1979

A dead-end room named after a soot inscription on the walls that reads "LJH". Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Loading Dock, The

10/05/2004

Rod Horrocks, Jason Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Jeremy Anderson During the resurvey of this room, which has been known since the 1890's and surveyed a couple of times in the past (the last time in 1962), the surveyors named this previously unnamed room after three wall pendants that look like loading docks.
Loaf of Rye Bread

<1901

Lone Pine Point

09/25/1988

Steve Baldwin, Jim Nepstad Small room with a 8" logomite that nearly resembles a perfect Christmas tree.
Lone Tree

12/12/1982

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A single logomite is found in one corner of this room.
Lonely Palace

02/02/1895

Roy McDonald, Peter Paulson, John Stabler The words "Lonely Palace" were smoked on the ceiling of this long lost room rediscovered by Shaun Larson, Jim Nepstad, and Darren Ressler in December of 1987. Originally found on February 2, 1895 by Roy McDonald, Peter Paulson and John Stabler. One of the
Lonesome Road

08/30/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Jan Conn started singing the song, "Lonesome Road" after she looked up and down in this fissure passage. The words of the song were, "Look down, look down that Lonesome Road before you travel on".
Long Loop John Scheltens?
Loo, The

09/13/2003

Karla Whittenburg, Theresa Nowak, Christa Schneider A junction where some human excrement was found, possibly dating from a 1940's trip.
Looking Glass Fissure

04/09/2005

Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, Duff McCafferty, Eric Kurth A narrow fissure that was entered through a hole in the wall that looked like a looking glass.
Looney Tubes

09/14/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed The discovery group chased the wind beyond Silent Struggle through this area.
Loose Cannon Pit

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson Located 30 feet from Loose Cannon Run, 17-year old Derek (fearless teenager) wanted to climb down this vertical 30-foot deep pit.
Loose Cannon Run

09/02/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jim Lawton A virgin passage that Derek bolted down while the rest of the group was struggling through Woop-Dee-Do Crawl. Derek didn't return for 20 minutes, thus the name.
Loose Screw Room

10/31/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A large room named when a screw came loose on Herb's Brunton Compass and was lost in the breakdown. Later, Jan was kidding that they must have a screw loose to be doing this exploration. The explorers first looked into the room from a balcony off the Sound Barrier on 08/29/64, but didn't find a way into the room until 10/31/64.
Lorons Highway

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride
Loss and Found

11/07/1992

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza
Lost & Found Room

11/14/1992

Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley A 30-foot diameter room that was __?
Lost Arrow Crawl

12/09/2007

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Daryl Stisser, Cheryl Stisser A 1.5' high by 10" wide crawl that the surveyors found a carbide arrow pointing out of.
Lost Carbide Fissure

10/12/2002

Rod Horrocks, Seth Spoelman, Jason Walz Seth found a 1980's carbide lamp sitting on a ledge part way down a 26-foot deep pit in this fissure passage.
Lost Compass Crack

05/17/1979

John Scheltens, Carole Loskot, Dave Springhetti John lost a Brunton compass down this narrow crack.
Lost Continent of Atlantis 10/27/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, John Scheltens An area with many leads going off in all directions. Beyond the new lakes area.
Lost Crystals Cavern

08/08/1992

Bill Hawn, Rogert Phillips, Steve Huck, Murray Vogel Room with several types of quartz crystals.
Lost Knife Room

08/?/1972

Mark Stock, Nelson Kuniansky
Lost Paradise

1962

Alan Howard After a long series of crawls the explorers reached "lost paradise".
Lost Snurds

11/11/1982

Andy Flurkey, John Scheltens, Ed Larock A group of "snurds" (aragonite christmas trees) located away from the main group in a lower room.
Lost Zebra Maze

12/30/2002

Rod Horrocks, Dave Fairfield, Dennis Weeks, Aaron Munson An extensive mazy area that has numerous outstanding examples of Zebra Rock.
Lots-O-Mud Passage

10/09/1993

Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong A muddy passage.
Lotties Pride

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lovely Little Lake 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Small lake with clear greenish-blue water in the new lakes area that looks like it has a sumped lead.
Lovers Leap Pit

<02/14/1998

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer
Lovers Retreat

<01/1891

Lower Palestine

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Lower Road D

12/15/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton This fissure passage has both an upper and lower component. The passage is named after Assistant Chief Naturalist (and Cave Specialist) Kay Rohde (pronounced Upper "Row-D").
Lucky Strike Room

08/15/2001

Rod Horrocks, Heather Veerkamp, Ben Tobin, Jonny Gobel A historic package of Lucky Strike cigarettes was found in this room. The surveyors also considered the 40 by 70-foot room a lucky strike to rediscover during this evening survey trip.
Lunar Rock 10/27/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, John Scheltens A very weathered rock near the Mammoths Backbone.
Lunar Tubes

<07/13/1991

A series of low crawls.
Lunatic Fringe

Paul Burger, Evan Anderson Paul wanted to keep with the "Western Fringe" theme. He thought it was crazy that they actually needed a rope to enter an area in Wind Cave.
Lunch Room

12/05/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton The explorers ate their lunch in this room on the day of the rooms discovery. There are films of manganese on the walls.
Luray Cavern

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Luray Dome

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Lycos Hall

01/12/2000

Rod Horrocks, Steve Baldwin, Steve Langendorf, Sammi Langendorf A 60-foot long walking passage located below two upper-level rooms named Yahoo. They were both named after the Internet search engines Yahoo and Lycos.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

M.E. Church <1892 A room where Rev. Hancher, president of the Black Hills Methodist College, held a song and prayer service. A rock on the east side resembles a pulpit. With the larger groups, early guides would often stop in this room to sing hymns.
M.W.A. Hall

<1898

Magic Hole

03/15/1980

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles The so called "magic hole" which led to the Spaghetti Bowl and eventually the Silent Expressway. This blowing hole was discovered in a dome on the edge of the known cave at that time.
Magical Kingdom, The

05/04/1981

Llyn Peabody, Rich Oilman, Steve Matson, Alex Kazarinof
Main Passage

03/04/1905

O.K. Rounds Discovered by O.K. Rounds.
Make Out Room

05/03/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth A 25-foot diameter room with a sandy floor that was all scuffed up, causing the surveyors to theorize that someone had rolled around the soft-floored room while "making out".
Mamies Alcove

<1893

Alvin McDonald Named after Mayme Sprague? (one of the first people to have entered Wind Cave).
Mamies Pool

09/29/1893

Named after Mayme Sprague, one of the first people to have entered Wind Cave.
Mammoth Canyon

08/31/1969

Ken Carpenter, Richard Knox A high fissure passage.
Mammoth Dome

07/29/1891

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Mammoth Falls

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride
Mammoth Gallery

07/09/1891

Alvin McDonald An area of wide, high fissure passages where Alvin left a name and date in the corrosion residue.
Mammoths Backbone 10/22/1986 Bob Kobza, Jim Pisarowicz This large trunk passage has a ridge of smooth redissolved breakdown down its center somewhat like a backbone.
Manganese Stop, The

04/06/2004

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Vickie Siegel The 1/2" manganese deposits in this area were the most significant that Rod had seen in Wind Cave. The "stop" referred to the fact that not only did the passage quickly stop, but it was a great place to stop and see manganese.
Manhole, The

07/12/1977

Bob Galligar, Rod O'Sullivan, Jeri Kizer, Jim Palmer, P. Kittleson This pit is the main route down to City Sewer, hence the name.
Manure Maze

10/30/2002

Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman, Chris Amidon Named because the surveyors thought that the tie-in surveys In the area were all a bunch of "crap".
Map Room

05/29/2001

Rod Horrocks, Dave Shurtz, Ryan Shurtz, Jordan Shurtz The flat chert ceiling in this room is covered by large and outstanding dendrites (4-6 feet in diameter). One of these resembles a line plot of Wind Cave. They decided to name the room the Map Room because of this resemblance and as a play on the "Map Room" from the movie Raiders of the Lost Arc.
Marble Palace

06/22/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam See Marble Quarry.
Marble Quarry <06/1891 Alvin McDonald A large room with lots of rocks and dust that was known as the Workman Hall (A.O.U.W.) (Association of United Workingmen). Now known as the Bachelor Quarters.
Marbled Hall

10/19/2004

Rod Horrocks, Larry Shaffer An 80-foot long passage with banded red and white walls and ceilings, with the white being gypsum.
Marsland Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Martels Madhouse

02/02/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti Named after Windy City Grotto caver Ron Martel. He was the first to enter the area, which is a confusing maze of interconnecting passages that end in a large room.
Martha Washington Memorial University

<1901

Masonic Temple 11/26/1890 Alvin McDonald, Robert B. Moss The original name of this room was Sceneries of Wicklow and more recently, shortened to the Temple.
Master Budda

05/13/2000

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Amy Johnson, Jeff Goben A large sediment cone (buddha) located below a dome.
Master Room

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A very large room.
Matteson Garde

09/22/2007

Jason Walz, Seth Spoelman, Eric Zimmer Named after a garden in Matteson Illinois.
Mausoleum

04/27/1893

Alvin McDonald, John Stabler
Max Headroom

04/21/1987

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler A really tight lead, so tight you cannot get your head into it.
Mayan Mound Room

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose
McBrides Tumble

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride Named after C.F. McBride who took a fall at this location.
McCode Room

10/02/2007

Rod Horrocks, Henry Bruns, Claire Allum The coded names of Elmer and Alvin McDonald were found in the ceiling of this room (YXJ & ZUQ), along with the signature of J.D. McDonald and George Stalber.
McKinley Memorial Hall

<1901

A high fissure passage lined with boxwork. Originally called Chamber of Bells and then Kimballs Music Hall.
McRoom 03/07/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Erik Major A 30-foot wide by 5-foot high room originally discovered by Alvin and Elmer McDonald and C.F. McBride on July 10, 1891. There names were found in the corrosion residue in the ceiling.
Meat Grinder Crawlway

08/1970

John Scheltens A very low and tight bellycrawl over calcified floors.
Meatus, The

5/12/2001

Evan Anderson, Jim Olsen, Hazel Barton, Suzette Kane A tight crawl that led to the Circumspect.
Mens Room, The

1978

Surveyed during a N.O.L.S. expedition.
Mercedes Pit

08/03/1999

Rod Horrocks, Graham Hogg, John-Paul Sicotte, Rainer Engler A 22-foot deep domepit in the Roman Catacombs area with passages going off at the top, middle, and bottom of the pit. The cross section of the pit resembles the Mercedes emblem.
Mermaids Resort <06/01/1893 Alvin McDonald A small alcove with ripple marks and tree-like popcorn hanging from the ceiling. Located right after the Standing Rock Chamber on the Candlelight Tour.
Mermaids Rest

Merry-go-Round

07/03/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee A fissure passage. This route was used to climb to the Fairgounds before the Marble Quarry (Bachelor Quarters) route was developed. Also known as the Alpine Way or the Crevice.
Merwin Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Mesopotamia

04/19/1987

Chris Gerow, Pete Smerud An area where there is lots of evidence of flooding. Named because it is the "flood plains of the birth of new cave".
Metacarpel Room

02/10/2001

Dennis Laird, Bruce Albright, Greg Glazner, Stuart Marlat
Methodist Church

1934

Named for some of the boxwork in this room that is in the shape of a cross. Named in 1934 by members of the CCC. A Bishop Fowler from New York supposedly dedicated this room. Several marriages were reported to have been preformed here. It was thought that a breakdown block in this room resembled a pulpit and a tall dome in the center of the room a steeple. See Bishop Fowlers Loop.
Methuselahs Beard

03/13/2004

Tracy Copp, Larla Whittenburg, Kim McVey An area off of the Candlelight Tour Route that has gypsum splatters, hair, needles, and cotton.
Mezzanine

1983

Named during a N.O.L.S. expedition.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

N'Sync, The

02/24/2001

Matt Reece, Marc Ohms A small pit or "sink" that connects Aguileras Attic with Britneys Boudoir. Named after the popular teen band, N'Sync. In keeping with the teen rock group theme of the area.
Napoleons Tomb <1901 A large breakdown block that resembles Napoleon's tomb. Located in the start of Browns Canyon.
Nasal Passage

11/01/1979

Jack Trossell A tight crawlway that you almost have to scrape your nose off to get through.
Nasbys Dome

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Natural Bridge Room

Natural Dump

01/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Frank and Walter Stirling
Natural Entrance

1881

Tom Bingham, Jesse Bingham Refers to the entrance found in 1881 by Tom and Jesse Bingham.
Nature In Bloom

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Nave Junction

12/09/2000

Rod Horrocks, Chris Ingebretsen Passages radiate off this low room like "spokes from the hub of a wheel", thus the name.
Navi-Gate

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navi-Hole

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navi-Poo

07/05/1998

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Noah Daniels
Navi-Road

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navi-Way

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navidad

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navidead

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navideadendy

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navidud

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Navi-Gate

06/14/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Myk Coughlin
Near Ice

04/13/1993

Jim Nepstad, Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Steve Lester, Steve Smith A puddle of water.
Nebraska Dome

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Necessary Evil

07/09/1994

Evan Anderson, Bruce Albright, Hazel Barton, Paul Burger This is one of the few drops in Wind Cave that actually require a rope. It is a 45-foot rope drop into the Lunatic Fringe.
Needle Nook 03/19/1987 Jim Nepstad, Kevin Frasier, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler A series of low rooms with false floors and millions of gypsum needles.
Needles Highway

03/11/1992

Max Manzur, Becky Ward, Wes Allen, David Coles The NH (Needles Highway) survey.
Never Again Climb

04/10/1993

Max Mazur, Mike Mazur, John Coyne A difficult climb on the BHA survey.
Never Goes 11/30/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bill Rodgers A crawl that started underneath a false floor near the end of the Elephant Trunk and led to 700+ feet of cave. Jim had commented before they entered the crawl that false floors never go anywhere.
New Beginnings Room

06/11/1999

Rod Horrocks, Quincy Bahr, Rosie Bahr As the new cave specialist, Rod took on this area as his first project in Wind Cave, thus the name. The room had candle stubs and string probably dating from the Alvin McDonald era. Alan Howard began the survey into this room in 1962, but didn't finish it.
New Orleans Passage

08/18/1970

John Scheltens, Chris Hill The NO or New Orleans survey.
New Proportions

09/17/2005

Rod Horrocks, Karen Henker, Billie Myers Karen was the only person on the survey team that was able to fit through the sub 8" squeeze leading into this room. She stated that she was only able to fit because of a recent diet she had been on, thus the "new proportions". The "new" keeps with the them of the area (the New Beginnings and New Throne Rooms).
New Realities

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza After passing several large virgin leads on their survey, Jim declared that Wind Cave now had a "new reality", with big going passages in multiple directions.
New Throne Room

06/25/1999

Rod Horrocks, Derek Nelson, Bina Vanmali Named after Rod found a nice flat rock to sit down and sketch. This room was found off of the New Beginnings Room. Named to keep the "new" theme going. Rob Richardson first discovered the room on August 11, 1957 and left his name on the ceiling in the soft corrosion residue.
New York Elevated Railroad <1901
Newkys Plunge

06/20/2006

Jason Walz, Stephanie Graham, Adam Newkirk Named after the nickname of one of the surveyors (Adam) that slipped and fell 14 feet at this site.
Newspaper Room

1890's

Andy Flurkey, Chris Hill Old newspaper, left behind by the McDonalds or Stablers in the 1890s, is scattered around this room. Rediscovered in December of 1971.
Nice Hummers

Named because the huge boxwork fins hum when someone yelled.
Nice Ice

04/16/1993

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Steve Lester, Steve Smith, Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza A crystal encrusted pool.
Ninas Cavern

03/20/1890

Alvin McDonald, Elmer McDonald, J.D. McDonald, George Stabler
No Forgivness Pit

09/14/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland A 20-foot pit.
No Forgiveness Pit

09/14/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland A 20-foot pit.
No Kidding Hall

01/08/2005

Jason Walz, Sara Booth, Ben Hutchins A survey shot in this passage was 77 feet long with no side passages, "no kidding".
No Thru Streets

12/13/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles So named because its passages do not lead to anywhere.
No Way Crawl 11/25/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Shaun Larson A tight crawl with an elusive breeze but there is no way that a person could continue on in this passage. Discovered at the end of a very frustrating day of exploring.
No! Don’t! Stop!

Noahs Beard

1893

Alvin McDonald This large display of gypsum resembles an old man's beard. Surveyed by Alan Howard in 1963.
Nobel Prize, The 05/06/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz Large room off of the Super Conductor (the discovers thought that they will surely be given a Nobel Prize for this discovery).
Nokay Coral

09/14/2002

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Jeff Goben Located parallel with the OK Coral, this was not "OK", thus "nokay". It also had lots of brachiopods fossils.
Nook Room

02/23/1991

Bob Kobza, Jim Nepstad, Warren Netherton, Mike Paulick
North Dressing Room

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
North Room

06/05/1885

L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe The northern most room on the tour trails. This area was probably first entered before 1884, but this date is the earliest written record for the room. This room has also been called the Bridal Chamber because of a wedding held in this room.
Northwest Area

<1962

Northwest Territory

10/26/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Doug Kent Large room (100' x 100' x 40' high) and passage area just northwest of Southern Comfort.
Not Real Room

08/17/2004

Chris Amidon, Valoree Varick, Tom Jarvela A passage named because the surveyors found lots of evidence of an unused N.O.L.S. survey (NR) and lots of yellow flagging and because there was lots of room in this passage.
NSS Loop

1988

Jim Nepstad, John Scheltens During the 1988 NSS Convention held in nearby Hot Springs, the Club Room Recreation Route was expanded so it made a loop through the Winding Stair and Boxwork Chimney. The route was then renamed the NSS Loop. That recreation route was returned to the original route in the 2007 Cave and Karst Resource Management Plan.
Nuclear Winter Room

<1987

A small room with a pit in the floor and calcite-covered floors.
Nudist Colony

08/30/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Dave thought that this room with its multiple leads was more fun than a mosquito in a nudist colony.
Nursery Exhibit

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Nursery

<1966

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn They decided that the number of geodes in this area meant it was the area where Soilcreeps hatch (mythical cave creatures known as Hodags in other parts of the country). These creatures (calcite coated projections) are said to constantly grab at you, ripping your clothes or drop rocks on your head.
Nursery Exhibit

03/07/1905

Alvin McDonald
Nuthouse

07/12/1973

Rick Banning, Andy Flurkey
Nutcracker, The

<5/3/1984

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Obleo Passage 11/02/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler This large passage was very sharp and pointed because of all the boxwork. Obleo is the boy in a TV program who lived in the Land of Point and was not pointed.
Obnoxious Fissure

06/11/1994

Paul Burger, Doug Kent, Mark McVey, Sean Durrum A narrow ascending fissure with ceiling heights that vary from 6'-20'.
Octopus Garden

01/19/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison

Bob named this strange looking area with a strange name taken from a Beatles song.
Octopus, The

07/17/2002

Jason Walz, Heather Veerkamp, Sarah Petite, Chris Amidon A room with multiple leads, like arms of an octopus.
Odd Fellows Hall 07/03/1891 Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookin, Willie Crookin, George Lee In the ceiling of this room on the east side is a feature that resembles the "all seeing eye" and three solution pockets that look like the three interlocking links of the I.O.O.F (International Order of Odd Fellows). Early guides also pointed out two rocks that resembled goats and the "canopy over the Noble Grand" in this room. Now known as the Model Room. Early tours often stopped to take pictures in this room. On 05/10/2001, while working on a restoration project, Bonnie Curnock found a cache of nine glass flash powder bottles stashed under a breakdown block on the west side of this room.
OF Pit

08/01/1971

Chris Hill A deep pit located on the OF (Oh F_ _k) survey that was named after the discovers comment after looking down the deep pit.
Off Ramp

12/06/1980

Ken Allgier, John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A long, upward sloping passage off of the Silent Expressway. In keeping the highway theme of the area.
Office Min

<03/1891

Chris Amidon, Don Frankfort, Meredith Dreyer A small room named after the surveyors lost a ruler and then a rubber band. The name is a pun on the popular office supply store named Office Max.
OH Flow Freeway 07/31/1988 Jim Nepstad, Bill Rodgers, Darren Ressler, Joelle Selk A wall with three-foot long soda staws, lots of flowstone and stalagmites, and a five-foot tall column on the OH survey. Jim Nepstad was the only one not wearing a yellow helmet (he had orange), they named the survey the Orange Helmet (OH) survey.
OH Hole 07/31/1988 Jim Nepstad, Bill Rodgers, Darren Ressler, Joelle Selk A room on the OH survey. Jim Nepstad was the only one not wearing a yellow helmet (he had orange), they named the survey the Orange Helmet (OH) survey.
OK Coral

10/12/1992

Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison, Paul Burger An area with lots of nice colonial coral fossils.
Old Frost Chambers

<01/13/1891

Old Maids Grotto

<1898

A narrow passage accessed from the Rookery that was said would, "please any maid old or young".
Omaha Avenue

01/19/1987

Joe Austin, Mike Bailey, Chris Gerow, Karen Rosga Newspapers from Omaha, Nebraska were found in this area of the cave.
Omaha Bee Office

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee Named by one of the staff of the Omaha Bee journal.
Omnibus Hall

07/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn

A room that had everything in it (stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, frostwork, domes, paleofill, etc.). This was the first large room found by Herb Conn after the Spillway opened up on the western edge of the then known cave.
One False Step 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza An area with 20-foot deep pits below false floors where one false step could lead to an accident.
One Mans Room

08/14/1993

Vi Schweiker, Evan Anderson, Sean Lermore A small room just large enough for one person.
Onion Ring, The

09/07/2004

Chris Amidon, Vickie Siegel, Karen Henker Named because of the "vegetarian" theme for the day and because the circular passage resembled an onion ring on the map.
Opera House

<1898

Also known as the Grand Opera.
Orange Bowl

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Named after the popular football bowl game played on January 1st, the day of this survey.
Orchard, The

<03/1891

Alvin McDonald
Orphanage

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose, Mike Paulick
Orpheus' Pipe Connection

08/27/1978

Tom Miller, Pam Burns, Chas Yonge
Ossuary, The

08/18/1992

Stacy Smyth, Brian Smith, Meg Lamm, Brad Menninga, Dianna Wiggam An area with lots of bones on the FU survey. An ossuary is a house of bones.
Other Side, The

11/16/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Bob Kobza Discovered by Bob after Jim and Stan finished lunch early and headed down the two good leads out of the room, leaving Bob with the small hole, which actually led to the large room. It was the first big room after 500 feet, thus it was the "Other Side."
Otis Room

10/08/2005

Tim Moreland, Jim Wilson, Howard Bartlett
Ott Pit

04/13/1996

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Mark McVey
Otter Slide

<11/8/1984

Oven, The Alvin McDonald The east/west trending passage at the bottom of the spiral stairs near the natural entrance. Alvin called all of the small passages that connected the larger NW/SE trending passages "ovens". Alvin spent five weeks in March of 1892 expanding this route for tourists.
Over the Top

02/21/2002

Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Belinda Fox This unusual chimney was named because it rises 56 feet (as high as the Natural Entrance) and then heads back down the other side.
Overland Trail

08/05/1973

Phil Dodge, Bill Holmes, Jim Palmer, Les Talbot A passage that leaves the Cairn Room and travels overland to Monte Cristos Palace.
Oyster Coral, The

09/14/2002

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Jeff Goben Located parallel with the OK Coral, this area also has lots of fossil branchiopods, thus the name.
Oyster Trap

09/22/1986

Mary Laycock, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga The survey in this area consisted of many short shots. At lunch Karen Rosga had a can of oysters which she shared with Jim Pisarowicz. Mary Laycock was situated between Jim and Karen while surveying and complained about being trapped by the odor of oysters. She said she felt like a cat.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

P & B's Palace

02/13/1999

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Emma Porter, Mike Clayton
P-U-Wazoo 12/06/1987 Darren Ressler, Shaun Larson, Karen Rosga A small room that had no place to sit, because everything was covered with popcorn. When Shaun first entered this area he exclaimed, "there is popcorn up the wazoo here!!" This became "P-U-Wazoo".
Padded Cell Room

07/12/1973

Andy Flurkey, Rick Banning
Pail of Fill
Painful Pass

05/04/1981

Llyn Peabody, Rich Oilman, Steve Matson, Alex Kazarinof A tight crawl at NN5-6.
Paint Pots

07/13/1973

Don Coons, Andy Flurkey, Alvin McLane An area where the walls and ceiling are very colorful due to mineral stains in the limestone.
Painted Ceiling

07/01/1971

John Scheltens, Nelson Kuniansky, Andy Flurkey
Palace Fireplace

<1901

Located in the Second Crossroads.
Palace of Plutus

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Paleo Dome

07/24/2000

Rod Horrocks, John Harty A 20-foot diameter dome, with a 13-foot high ceiling that is an outstanding and well known example of paleofill. Located on the west edge of Omnibus Hall. Discovered by Herb and Jan Conn and Dave Schnute on July 1964, it was surveyed and named by Rod and John on 07/24/2000.
Paleo Falls 08/07/2007 Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Scott Babinowich, Kristen Schulte While climbing a dome to set a survey point, Abby knocked a piece of chert which caused a cascade of paleofill, thus the name.
Paleo Loop

11/12/1990

Ted Lappin, Mike Behn, Ed La Rock
Paleofill Palace

06/13/1992

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward A 20-foot diameter room with lots of paleofill in it.
Palette Room

07/01/1972

Don Coons A large slab of breakdown in this room has a 3-foot diameter hole in it, making the entire slab resemble an artist's palette.
Palisades

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Palmer Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pancake Estates

11/10/1990

Garry Petrie, Norm Thompson, Pat Seiser A 20'x40' foot room with a one foot ceiling height.
Pancake Room

11/25/1988

David Gerboth, Matt Kramar, Mark Wickham A low-ceilinged room located near Mud Crack Flats.
Panken Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pant Peeler

10/08/1994

Randy Brown, Rene Singer, Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton A tight crawl that "peeled" Randy's pants and underwear off as he crawled through.
Paper Mill

05/08/2004

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Andy Poczobutt Named after some white, leathery-like flexible boxwork found in this passage.
Paradise Regained

07/12/1891

A.C. McBride, Alvin McDonald
Parlor

06/22/1891

M.E. Crookam, Alvin McDonald
Parnells Gems

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Partition, The

03/17/1891

Alvin McDonald
Pass D’ Keppler

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pasta Pulverizer

03/15/1980

John Scheltens, Ken Alliger, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles A miserable series of crawls from the Magic Hole to the Spaghetti Bowl.
Pattys Folly

08/01/1970

John Scheltens, Patty Cowin A small dead end passage near Base Camp 1, that was checked when Patty's Dad boosted her up into the lead.
Pattys Junction

05/29/1974

A junction of two calcite jungle passages.
Paul Bunyon

06/?/1973?

Mark Stock, Lester Lewis, David Springhetti On the PB or Paul Bunyon survey.
Paulas Virgin Pit

05/04/1981

Steve Matson, Peter Shaipsota, John Sparks, Judson Ramelolyn
Pauls Place

06/12/1999

Jim Wilson, Greg Glazner, Eric Dutton, Dennis Laird A lower level passage named for a Colorado Grotto caver Paul O'Brian who had recently died (not in Wind Cave).
Paulson Dome

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Pavillion Circle

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald
Peace Chamber

05/11/1991

Doug Kent, Ken Hedrick, Chris Wooley
Peacemakers, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Peanut Gallery

<1901

Pearl Harbor

12/07/2004

Rod Horrocks, Steve Baldwin, Alexis Brooks, Vickie Siegel The surveyors discovered this new room on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The room was also coavered with thick deposits of "pearly white" moonmilk.
Pearly Gates

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride Large white popcorn crystals in this area resemble pearls and are located on rocks on either side of the entry into the room beyond. Also reported that it was named because Oscar Merwin thought that that is what the Pearly Gates into Heaven would look like.
Pearly Gates Annex

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride A series of passages that run northwest of the Pearly Gates area.
Pearly Gates Bypass

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride A passage that parallels the Tabernacle and leads to the Pearly Gates.
Pearly Gates Junction

07/23/1891

Alvin McDonald, Charles Holmes, C.F. McBride The junction of the candlelight "developed" trail with the candlelight "undeveloped" trail.
Pearly Gates Route

<1901

Also known as the Candlelight Tour.
Pebble, The

1882

Alvin McDonald This is a very, very large chunk of breakdown located at the base of the stairs leading to the Coliseum. Also called the Fallen Giant.
Pecks Pit

07/13/1973

John Scheltens, Rick Banning, Dave Springhetti A small pit located near the Pearly Gates. Name was on a 1963 map by Daniel Fredman.
Pecks Retreat

<1893

Alvin McDonald?
Pee Bottle Hall

07/31/1991

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Carl Pagano, Rich Wolfert
Pee Heights

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson While following his survey crew and sketching, Rod vocalized that bridging on large boxwork at the top of a five-foot wide overhung pit, that was 30+ feet deep, was "pee picking scary", thus the name.
Pee Run

10/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Derek Wolfe, Jonathan Brinson A passage named after the rest of the group was amazed when skinny little teenager, Derek, filled a pee bottle he borrowed from Jonathan. He had already filled his quart pee bottle and another one he had borrowed from Rod.
Pee Wees Playhouse 08/27/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Karen Rosga Fun, easy to survey passage. The night before the group had all had watched the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
Peek-In Pit

07/?/1972

Ed Pekin A play on Ed's last name?
Pelvis Room

11/11/2000

Jim Wilson, Barbara Smith, Skip Withrow, Greg Glazner Named because the room connects several passages, much like the pelvis connects several bones in the body. In keeping with the bone theme of the area, which started at the Elbow Room.
Pendant Room

03/07/2000

Rod Horrocks, Marc Ohms A 35-foot diameter room, known since the 1890's, that has a 10-foot high ceiling and a prominent popcorn-covered pendant protruding from the center of the ceiling. Named during Rod and Marc's resurvey of the room.
Penelopes Peek-Hole Pool

12/15/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Small pool or lake at the end of a small fissure. One can peek into the water through a small hole.
Pennington Avenue

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Perilous Pit

07/02/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Permanent Chocolate Junction

08/09/1989

Darren Ressler, Mary Laycock, Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, Michelle Youngquist, Brad Stephenson Junction to the Bubble that has a dark manganese ceiling with scratches in it. Named because of its resemblance to chocolate and because of Mary's fetish with chocolate.
Pernells Jems

<1901

Pervert Alley

09/12/1992

Harry Burgess, Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dave Springhetti A 10-foot wide, 8-9 inch high and 70-foot long "snaggy" crawl first traversed by Harry.
Peteys Puddle

03/16/1965

Dave Schnute, Judy Petersen, Dennis Davenport The name derives when Judy, who went by the nickname Petey, found a small, almost dried up lake. In reference to Senator Peter Norbeck who pushed for a dam in Wind Cave National Park to be built north of the visitor's center so that the wildlife would have a source of water. However, the reservoir was built over porous rock and it never held water. Resurveyed by Don Coons, Andy Flurkey, and Alvin McLane on 07/13/1973.
Petrified Alligator

<1901

Petrified Clouds <1901
Petrified Road Runner

09/11/1993

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Kirk Haley
Petrified Swan Room

<03/1891

Alvin McDonald The "swan" was broken and removed form the cave in March of 1891, which really angered Alvin McDonald as the swan was the only noteworthy feature in this room.
Petty Hole, The

01/09/1993

Sandy Kraemer, Pat Jablonsky, Bill Yett

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Quagmire Constriction

08/03/2004

Chris Amidon, Meredith Dreyer, Valoree Varick

A tight paleo fill constriction
Quasimottos Chamber

01/22/1987

Joe Austin, Chris Gerow, Rich Brame A 30-foot high dome that the explorers had to crawl to get to.
Queen of Shebas Head Dress

Named for the abundance of flatly bedded boxwork in this room that has the appearance of drawing tables.
Queens Drawing Room <1901 A room where boxwork is found on all the walls, which resembles tapestries and draperies, some as deep as two feet.
Quick Discovery 08/07/2007 Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Scott Babinowich, Kristen Schult The surveyors named this because this lead quickly opened into walking passage after only a couple shots.
Quicksand Causeway

08/03/2004

Chris Amidon, Meredith Dreyer, Valoree Varick A crawlway partially filled with crumbly paleofill.
Quicksilver Pit

08/21/2001

Rod Horrocks, Ajax Dalman, Alexis Kumfer, Michael Landrum A 20-foot deep pit in an area that has beads of water on the walls that have a silvery sheen to them. There are also filamental threads with rows of water drops on them, much like strings of beads.
Quiet City

08/03/2004

Chris Amidon, Meredith Dreyer, Valoree Varick Named after Aaron Copland's symphony called Quiet City and because the named seemed appropriate to the surveyors.
Quiet Desperation 08/07/2007 Chris Amidon, Abby Tobin, Scott Babinowich, Kristen Schulte It was only realized that this passage was way too small for two people after two people from the survey crew had squooze into this dead-end crawl. It took some tricky manuvering to get back out.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Race Track

<06/01/1893

Alvin McDonald Probably in reference to the topgraphic feature named by the Lakotas that rings the Black Hills and is formed by the easily eroded Spearfish Formation.
Raceway, The 03/15/1988 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Erik Major, Coleen Walter A large walking passage where Darren "raced" the tape as Coleen was reeling it in, thus the name.
Rachels Fissure

10/23/1989

A narrow fissure with a boxwork choke that led to the low room (Duncan Room) where N.O.L.S. student Rachel Cox was rescued.
Radio GaGa

07/11/1992

Skip Withrow, Paul Burger, Stan Allison Stan had been listening to the rock band Queen a lot at the time. He decided to name this room after one of their songs.
Raft Hall

<11/2/1990

A passage with lots of calcite cave rafts.
Ragtime Crawl

10/10/1992

Dave Lester, Steve Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley, Melissa Lester Crawl named after Randy's nickname, "Rags".
Railroad Junction

1970

John Scheltens Named for the many promising looking leads leading from this room. Unfortunately all the leads ended.
Rainbow Beehive 02/17/1989 Jim Nepstad, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza, Marc Lamphere An amazing section of wall where dogtooth impressions give the area a beehive or honeycomb appearance. The individual facets reflected the colors of the rainbow from their lights.
Rainbow Falls

1979

An area with much multi-colored flowstone. Mapped by N.O.L.S. instructors.
Rainbow Rooms

12/11/1993

Rod Horrocks, Clair Call, Kevin Pippen, Joel Despain, Doug Kent One large lower room and a smaller upper room with brightly colored, banded paleofill. Discovered at the extreme NW edge of the cave by the survey crew after doing a five-minute dig to brush some rocks to the side of a belly crawl.
Rambler Hall

<1953

Randys Doghouse

03/13/1993

James Wilson, Kevin Reynolds, Randy Brown, Eric Dutton Named after Randy, who was lead tape, led the group into a very tight bellycrawl and got himself into the "doghouse".
Raped Ape 03/21/1987 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Darren Ressler A 50-foot high fissure passage named in honor of Greg. Led to the Cakewalk discovery.
Rat Alley

<02/1891

Alvin McDonald
Rat Scat Room

08/30/1987

Steve Matson, R.J. Johnson, Juan Laden, Alan O'Brian
Raymers Room

<1893

John Stabler, Mr. Raymer Named after Mr. Raymer, an 81-year old visitor.
Rebel River

08/01/1970

Nelson Kuniansky, Chris Hill A three-inch wide, one-inch deep stream named after its discoverer, Nelson "Rebel" Kuniansky.
Reception Room

07/29/1891

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Recovered Paradise

07/13/1891

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Recovery Room

09/11/1993

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Kirk Haley A small 5-foot high room at the end of a long bellycrawl.
Red Chert Room

07/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A room below the Spillway that had a red chert ceiling. This was the first area that they discovered that hadn't been previously explored. The name later got perverted to the "Red Shirt Room" after a caver left a red shirt to mark the way.
Red Clay Room

1962

Alan Howard There is a large area of paleokarst in this room. Most paleokarsts in Wind Cave consist of a breccia with broken limestone and chert in a red clay matrix.
Red Comb Dome

3/17/2001

Matt Reece, Dan Durben A red comb was found in this small dome.
Red Crawl

12/?/1971

Nelson Kuniansky, Dave Larson, Andy Flurkey
Red Crystal Canyon

08/29/1969

Rich Breisch, Ed Crawford, Jens Munthe The crystals coating the walls of this lower level passage are distinctly red.
Red Hall 06/05/1884 L.C. Faris, Frank Halden, Charlie Roe A room that has a red, sandy, micaceous clay bank associated with paleofill. Also known as the Beauty Parlor.
Renes Plunge

Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers Rene slipped on this muddy climbed and fell into Phantom Lake over her head.
Rescue Pits #1 & #2

1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Pits which bypass the Boxwork Chimney down to the Calcite Jungle. They could be used in the event of a cave rescue to bypass the narrow Boxwork Chimney. Surveyed on 12/29/71 by Mike Francik, Carole Loskot, Mark Stock.
Rescue Route

11/23/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Jim Erickson The route that Bob and Stan found a few hours after Paul had jumped down the "Unclimable Pit" into Blind Faith.
Rescue Stairs

The steep stairs that led from the Assembly Room up to the Garden of Eden Route. This stairs are used when the Elevator is not working. Originally known as "Cliff-Climbers Delight".
Resister Crawl

11/27/1999

Rod Horrocks, Marc Ohms, Brad Oen The point man, Marc, really resisted surveying this one-foot high bellycrawl and only did so after much persuasion. Because "Ohms" means resistance in electronics, we decided to name the passage Resister Crawl after it opened into big passage (Mind Boggler) after 60 feet.
Resister, The

12/05/1998

Marc Ohms, Myk Coughlin, Rene Rogers, Mike Wiles Very tight restriction that led to Pizza Hut. It was named after the largest person to fit through the squeeze, Marc Ohms. "Ohms" means resistance in electronics.
Resonance Fissure

06/13/1992

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward A high and narrow fissure that voices resonated in.
Resonator, The

<1974

Rest Stop

12/08/1980

Tom Miller, John Scheltens, Pete Shiflett, Mike Wiles This area gets its name from the fact that it is located right off the Silent Expressway.
Resurectum, The

01/08/2000

Evan Anderson, Pat Roberson, Shawn Kramer, Micah Ball
Rhinoceros Jaws

<1901

A unknown feature in the Garden of Eden Room.
Ribbon Room

11/09/1996

Evan Anderson, Skip Withrow
Right-On Room 12/09/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson This 60-foot diameter room was first entered by Bob Kobza. Before he got into the room he and Shaun Larson were both checking separate leads both of which went. Shaun wanted the survey to go his way but Bob prevailed by saying that his way led to a really
Rio Colorado

11/09/2002

Mike Wiles, Carl Bern, Derek Wolfe, Doug Pflugh A passage where a small streamlet of water once flowed. Lots of flowstone and soda straws are found in the area. Located in a side passage off of Blind Faith.
Ripleys Chamber

09/14/1991

Vi Allured, Pat Seiser, Louise Hose
Ripple Marks

An area with a ripple mark floor located near the Muddle Room.
Rita Room

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Bob named this room after a line from a Beatle's song that goes, "lovely Rita, meter maid…"
Rizzos Demise

09/07/2004

Chris Amidon, Vickie Siegel, Karen Henker Named after a character from the Muppets named Rizzo and because of several unusual features found, including rat bones, iron pseudomorphs after pyrite, trail construction debris from somewhere overhead, and P.L. carved in the wall.
Road Block

1963

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn A large piece of breakdown blocks this hands and knees crawl and forces one to crawl on ones stomach over it.
Robins Nest Passage

07/29/1972

John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey, Robert Lenz The boxwork in this area looked like robins nest. The RN "Robins Nest" survey.
Rock N Road Path

04/14/2001

Jeff Goben, Carl Bern, Greg Springer There was a large rock nearly blocking this small passage.
Rock Room

02/08/1992

Dave Lester, Bob Stucklen, Rich Wolfert, Amy Johnson
Rock Lobster

07/04/2007

Chris Amidon, Alison Carlyle, Scott Babinowich
Rocky Road

10/23/1980

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti, Mike Wiles A knobby little crawl beyond Silent Expressway.
Roes Misery 1884? A narrow bellycrawl where an early guide named Charlie Roe got stuck and had to be pulled out with ropes. Reportedly, a mule was lowered into the cave with block and tackle for the rescue. The McDonalds spent a great deal of time enlarging this area.
Rolling Ballroom

05/17/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Mike Paulick A very wide room with a three-foot high ceiling. The cavers were having a silly discussion about how the room looked like a ballroom, except you had to roll instead of dance across it.
Roman Candle Room

09/09/1999

Rod Horrocks, Matt Tucker, Zach Guido Moderate sized room just off of Rome where the surveyors found a candle, candle wax drippings, and lots of string left behind by early explorers.
Roman Catacombs

08/03/1999

Rod Horrocks, Graham Hogg, John-Paul Sicotte, Rainer Engler An extensive breakdown maze located below Rome. Extends westward to fill in the area between the Muddle Room and Upper Rome.
Romance Chamber

<04/21/1988

A room next to the 1897 Room.
Rome

07/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn This room, although first discovered in 1891, was eventually to be the key to getting into the vast western parts of Wind Cave. It was from this area that Herb and Jan Conn and Dave Schnute noticed that all the passages that left this room eventually returned to it, thus "all roads lead to Rome". Discovered on 07/04/1891 by Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, & G.W. Lee.
Rookery

06/05/1884

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

09/16/1991

Bill Hawn, Murray Vogel, Steve Huck, Bob Phillips A room that was named because two of the surveyors were new to their positions and the other two were new to caving.
Room Draculum

02/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore This room is also called the Wind River Circle. Surveyed on 04/28/1980 by a NOLS survey crew (Jim Lesh, Jenny Lee, Eric Hegastead, Steve Lonis, Kathy Bogan).
Room of the Petrified Swan

01/02/1891

A.F. McDonald, Alfred Matt, Frank Lally
Room of the Rising Sun

01/17/1986

Chris D. Gerow, Rich A. Brame, Joe D. Austin A 25-foot high room off of Monument Hall.
Room With A View

02/09/1991

Jim Nepstad, Mike Paulick, Bob Kobza, Louise Hose
Root 89

03/14/2000

Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Belinda Fox, Caity Czaja Named for the roots found in the ceiling and the fact that the cave survey hit the 89 mile mark in this passage. It ends in a now plugged former entrance that is only eight feet below the trail by the natural entrance. An Elmer McDonald signature was found in this passage.
Root Cellar

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Only 18-feet below the surface, tree roots are seen in this small room.
Root Room, The

10/09/1993

Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong
Rose Bowl

01/01/1991

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison Named after a popular football bowl game often played on January 1st, and which, many Americans would have been watching while this group was surveying.
Rouse Rock Room 11/03/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza Named for the red-colored clay that had the appearance of "rouse".
Route 66

03/01/1992

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Harry Burgess Large passage, 30-feet high and 30-70 feet wide that continued for 600 feet, where the cave passed 66 miles in total surveyed length.
Royal Pilasters

07/04/1891

Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
RSV Trail

01/10/2004

Rod Horrocks, Jay Kennedy Rod and Jay were both experiencing "RSV like" coughing fits during the survey of this 170-foot long passage, which averages 20-feet wide and 3-feet high. RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus.
RTD Bus Hall

09/14/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed These three Colorado cavers named this room RTD Bus Hall after the Rural Transit Denver bus service and because the room reminded the cavers of a miniature Omnibus Hall. They had high hopes that this room would lead them to mega cave just like Omnibus Hall had led the Conn's to huge discoveries.
Ruby Peak

07/12/1891

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Rubble Stope

02/09/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Duff McCafferty This 28-foot high chimney was entirely excavated out of paleofill in the early 1930's, possibly during a search to locate a place to put an elevator in the cave. It is located in the same general area as Plummers Pit, Dynamite Stope, and Two Cent Stope, all of which were also excavated by the same group.
Ruhr Room

09/08/2001

Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride Named by Dr. Andreas Pflitch, who works at Ruhr University in Germany (the university is named after the Ruhr River). He and his students were on a survey training trip with Rod.
Ruins of Carthage

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Ruse Rock Room 11/03/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A series of small crawls into a small room with red clay. As Bob Kobza crawled into this room he accidentally smeared some of this red clay on his face.
Room Date Named By Explanation
S Hole, The 10/09/1993 Evan Anderson, Steve Lester, Alex Fong
S'Neat Room 07/14/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz A room with several leads going off of it. The room was considered so neat that the explorers called it the S'Neat Room.
Sabre Tooth Pit 07/17/1987 Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Tim Schantz Tooth-like stalactites and spar crystals are located above this crumbly pit.
Sacknussens End 10/22/1986 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza A dead end passage named from the book Journey to the Center of the Earth, where Arnie reached the center of the earth.
Sailors Delight 07/23/1891 Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
Saint Domnique Chamber 03/20/1892 Alvin McDonald, G.A. Stabler, J.D. McDonald, E.L. McDonald
Saint Georges Palace 07/31/1891 Alvin McDonald
Saint Peters Dome 07/03/1891 Alvin McDonald, George Lee, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam
Saints Rest 09/24/1892 Alvin McDonald, R.C. Herbert A moderate-sized room with a large breakdown rock with calcite and frostwork on it. Surveyed on 06/28/1981 by Phil Dodge, Brenda Messling, Paul Kittelson, Tom Sheehan, and Dennis McCutcheon
Salamander Room 07/21/1972 Rich Breisch, Lester Lewis, Brian Pease, Steve Smith A series of passages and rooms that go under Independence Hall.
Sally Ride Room, The 09/14/1991 Louise Hose, Vi Allured, Pat Seiser
Salt Mines 05/02/1987 John Scheltens, Ed LaRock, Andy Flurkey, Marc Lamphere An area that resembles a room and pillar salt mine because of all the pillars.
Salvation Army Drum <1898 A projecting rock that was hit with the hand that produced a sound like a Salvation Army drum. In the Scenes of Wicklow room.
Sampsons Palace 1884 A dome on the Historic Tour route with boxwork edges and a flowstone floor.
Sanctuary Loft 11/10/1990 Ed LaRock, Mike Behn, Barry Berg An isolated room that Barry thought would be a good place for a person to seek sanctuary.
Sand Bog, The 11/09/2002 Rod Horrocks, Jessica Weinman, Greg Graysay An area with deep sand and sand-filled pits that unnerved one member of the discovery party.
Sand Trap, The 02/09/2902 Rod Horrocks, Dustin Kindred, Rob Damuth The whole UE survey is down a passage with deep sand deposits everywhere. In some places it is moist. Passages that end in sand digs are everywhere.
Sandbox, The 03/22/2000 Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers A series of crawls below Silent Lake that have deep sand floors.
Sandcastle 09/11/2002 Jason Walz, Ajax Dalman, Chris Amidon A small passage partially filled with sand.
Sandy Beach <1893 Alvin McDonald
Santa Clause Fissure <05/3/1984
Santas Beard 09/05/1974 Tom Miller, C. Brame, Jim Palmer, M. Brinkmeyer A large gypsum cotton "beard" and needles.
Santas Frosted Forest 12/12/1982 John Scheltens, Ken Allgier, Dave Springhetti This room, which contains 25-30 logomites (hollow crystal growths caused by wind blowing out of holes in the floors) along it south wall, as well as some spectacular frostwork, was discovered near Christmas time.
Sarges Folly 11/03/1991 Dave Anderson, Sarge Preston, Rick Bogue
Sawmill Hopper <03/18/1892 Alvin McDonald?
Sawtooth Slither 11/13/2004 Karla Whittenburg, Tracy Copp, Kim McVey A belly crawl with sawtooth formations (mud sickles?) everywhere.
Sawyers Sea Serpent
Located in the Castle Garden.
Scary Climb 11/10/1990 Ted Lappin, Tim Moreland, Skip Withrow, Jim Wilson
Scary Ninja Turtle 05/17/1991 Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison, Mike Paulick
Sceneries of Wicklow 11/26/1890 Alvin McDonald, Robert B.Moss Wicklow is a county in Ireland. This room is now referred to as the Temple.
Scheltens Water Closet 03/24/2007 ason Walz, Daryl Stisser, Cheryl Mayer This room is part of the Base Camp 2, but was never surveyed. There is a dump site in this room that was burnt. Since this area seems like it was a waste disposal area, we named it for the organizer of the 1972 camp.
Schmale Kluft 03/11/2006 Christiane Grebe, Ben Tobin, Jason Walz Schmale Kluft is German for "tight fissure passage". Christiane Grebe was a visiting German scientist who thought this name described the passageway perfectly.
School Room 07/12/1891 Alvin McDonald, A.C. McBride
School Room of the South Dakota Teachers Association 08/1899 The first room in the Fairgrounds. Professor Brown, the president of the association, taught 52 teachers in this room.
School Room, The 02/13/1999 Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Mike Clayton, Emma Porter
Screaming Blob of Pain 08/03/2004 Chris Amidon, Meredith Dreyer, Valoree Varick A passage named after one of the surveyors hit her hand on a rock, causing her to scream in pain. She described her hand as a "blob of flesh" after the incident.
Screw Loose Room A survey (SL) off of the Loose Screw Room.
Sculptors Dream 07/03/1891 Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee
Sculpture Gardens 05/13/1995 Ed LaRock, Rene Singer, Andy Flurkey, Dan Hansen This room contains clean, thin-bedded limestone bedrock with interesting shapes.
Sea Serpent 08/09/1980 John Scheltens, Mike Wiles A 6-inch diameter rock formation which curls up from the floor for about 2 feet, resembling a snake.
Seal Rock Room 06/12/1891 Alvin McDonald, Albert Henault This room is most commonly called the Coliseum. The room acquired the name Seal Rock Room because one of the large rocks in the room is shaped like a seal.
Seal Rocks <1898
Seans Squeeze 08/14/1993 Vi Schweiker, Evan Anderson, Sean Lermore A squeeze less than one foot high that leads into One Mans Room.
Secluded Spot <1893 Alvin McDonald
Second Crossroads 1933 This is the second crossroads reached on the Fairgrounds tour. Name originated in 1933 by the CCC. Originally known as the Crown Chamber, because of a rock that looked like a "conspicuously placed crown".
Second Helpings 06/11/1994 Robert Phillips, Steve Smith, Evan Anderson, Renee Singer Nicely decorated flowstone and stalactite room located after the Birthday Cake and Just Deserts. Named to keep with the "desert" theme.
Seismic Hall 10/09/1999 Marc Ohms, Rene Rogers, Joann Vokoun Large room (70' x 40') where the surveyors heard an earthquake and thus the room's name.
Selenite Avenue 1972 John Scheltens, Mike Francik Named for the large number of gypsum needles (selenite) in this area.
Selenite Supreme 12/15/1979 John Scheltens, Andy Flurkey, Norm Pace A small side passage with spectacular displays of selenite needles
Septaria Ceiling <1893 Alvin McDonald
Serpent Hall 01/22/1893 A.F. McDonald, Saura V. Smith, Mary McDonald, Fred Darlington
Serpents Heads 08/03/1891 Alvin McDonald, Willie Crookam, M.C. Crookam
Seventh Heaven 04/22/1988 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Tom Griffity, Coleen Walter The explorers were in caver heaven when they first got into this 100-foot long walking passage. In this passage, Wind Cave officially became the seventh longest cave in the world, passing up 51.27 mile long Systeme de la Coumo d'Hyouernedo of France.
Shadowy Depths 01/08/1891 Alvin F. McDonald, Ed. S. Grantham, Chas. Ostrum, Isaac J. Williams, Robert B. Moss, Josie Moss, W.S. Bisbee, J.S. Downs, J.D. McDonald The pit entrance to Vandals Gallery in Whitney Avenue.
Shady Nook <1893 Alvin McDonald
Shake N Bake 11/10/2001 Carl Bern, Christa Schneider, Doug Pflugh This short hall, which is located in the Upper Middle Level, was a particularly gritty area, thus the name.
Shake Your Budda 05/13/2000 Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Amy Johnson, Jeff Goben A small steeply sloping passage located at the top of a dome above the "Master Budda".
Sharkfin Slide 04/05/1991 Martha Kubicek, Doiug Pflugh, Tom Shields, T?m Sulser
Sharks Nose <11/07/1983 N.O.L.S. students A pendant that resembles a sharks nose inspired this name.
Shattered Hall 03/16/1895 J.D. McDonald, John Stabler
Shattered Hall 11/18/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Shaun Larson This room, located near the top of Plummer's Pit has ceilings and walls of shattered sandstone. The original name of the room has been lost in history but was renamed Shattered Hall by Jim Pisarowicz. Surveyed by Jim on 12/20/1987.
Shattered Sky 12/21/1987 Jim Pisarowicz This room is above Shattered Hall in Plummer's Pit. It has the same characteristics as Shattered Hall but with more paleofill. Another room whose original name has been lost, it was renamed SHATTERED SKY by Jim Pisarowicz on 21 December 1987.
Shawnee Path 12/09/1987 Jim Pisarowicz, Bob Kobza, Shaun Larson This passage was discovered by Shaun after he had initially crawled into "Slide-Out".
Sheeps Head <1898 An area with a chert ceiling that has a rock that resembles the head of a sheep. Also known as the Degree of Honor Hall.
Shelobs Lair 07/21/1972 Don Coons, Andy Pilarski, Mark Stock This exceptionally beautiful example of gypsum hair resembles spider webs (Shelob was a giant, spider-like creature in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings).
Shinbone Room 10/14/2000 Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Greg Glazner, Barbara Smith Located in the extensive discoveries off the Elbow Room that filled up a large blank area on the map. Name chosen in keeping with the "kneebone" theme.
Short Cut 08/11/1972 Tom Bean, Jim Palmer A short cut across passage between two larger passages.
Shredder, The <04/19/1986
Sickbay, The 01/18/1987 Rich Brame
Side Roads 03/10/1986 Jim Nepstad, Mary Laycock, Mike Laycock, Greg Nepstad A section of the cave with passageways running side by side.
Side Track Room 02/13/1993 Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Cheryl Scifres, Kirk Haley A pit lead that opens into a lower room, which would have to be chiseled open.
Sidewinder Crawl 11/17/1990 Ted Lappin, Ed LaRock, Mike Behn
Silent Expressway 10/08/1980 Tom Miller, John Scheltens, Pete Shiflett, Mike Wiles A huge passage which carries a large amount of air (hence "silent" expressway).
Silent Lake 07/04/1891 Alvin McDonald, George Lee, M. E. Crookam, Willie Crookam Discovered by E. Crookham. When first found, this lake was hidden by a sheet of "cave ice". More recently, this lake was the site of a joke that cavers play on new cavers to Wind Cave. Because the water in this lake is so clear it is often difficult to see and new cavers invariably step in it.
Silent Struggle 09/14/1991 Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Dawn Reed Tight crawlway off the Silent Expressway first explored by Dawn Reed, Paul
Silo Pit A round 20-foot deep pit that is 12 feet in diameter that resembles a silo.
Sitting Room 06/22/1891 Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam
Skeleton Route
Skinner, The 09/13/1997 Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Kelly Mathis Tight passage first crawled into by Stan Allison. Lots of airflow in the crawlway, led to much cave beyond.

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.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Udder Room

04/10/1993

Max Mazur, John Coyne III, Mike Mazur
Ugly Crawl

07/28/1984

John Scheltens, Dave Springhetti A nasty 25-foot long crawl with air movement.
Ultraville

10/12/2002

Jason Walz, Mike Wiles, Noah Daniels A nice room beyond the "Fabulous Path" that has lots of frostwork and is on the western edge of the cave.
Unclimbable Pit

11/23/1991

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza, Jim Erickson A drop Paul jumped into a large virgin room he wanted to name Leap of Blind Faith (named Blind Faith). Bob and Stan rescued him via the Rescue Route after several hours of searching for another way around the pit.
Under Hill and Dale

05/30/1992

Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Myk Coughlin Bob had often heard the phrase, "Over Hill and Dale". This time he noted that they were "Under Hill and Dale".
Unicorn Crawl

08/14/2004

Chris Amidon, Eric Amidon A crawl with a pendent that resembled a unicorn head.
Union College 07/03/1891 Alvin McDonald, M.E. Crookam, Willie Crookam, George Lee A large room on the Candlelight Tour Route originally known as the "College" by Alvin McDonald.
United Commercial Travelors Chamber

<1901

United Nations Room

09/07/2001

Rod Horrocks, Peter Kayser, Tobby Hait, Bjoern Zindler The room was named because the survey was the UN survey and the United Nations had been in the news a lot lately.
University Heights

<1898

A high fissure passage on the Candlelight Tour Route.
Up Skinny Bop

Uporium, The 06/23/2007 Rod Horrocks, Ericka Merten, Emily Hiatt, Elizabeth Anderson This roughly circular room had a round dome in the ceiling that reminded Erika of the Uporium in San Francisco.
Upper Road D

12/15/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton This fissure passage has both an upper and lower component. The passage is named after Assistant Chief Naturalist (and Cave Specialist) Kay Rohde (pronounced Upper "Row-D").
Upper Rome

The western extension of Rome.
Upper Specimen Route

02/18/1891

Alvin McDonald, J.M. Moore In this part of the cave the McDonald and Stabler families mined frostwork and popcorn to sell to tourists.
Urinal Passage

07/24/1972

Mark Stock, Andy Pilarski, Mike Francik

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Vague Room

Van Goghs Gallery

07/01/1971

John Scheltens, Nelson Kuniansky, Andy Flurkey A passage with van gogh weathering (concentric swirls in the ceiling of the room made up of many colors) in the ceiling.
Vandalism Room

01/29/1986

Jim Pisarowicz, Dave Gerboth, Karen Rosga A really beautiful room just off the Fairgrounds which, unfortunately, has been heavily vandalized with names written and carved into its walls. Most of the vandalism dates from the 1930's.
Vandals Gallery

09/21/2000

Rod Horrocks, Steve Langendrof, Sammi Langendorf, Steve Baldwin A lower-middle level canyon that parallels Browns Canyon that has string and newspaper and lots of vandalism.
Vanilla Ice Room

01/11/1992

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Murray Vogel, Steve Huck, Vern Carison
Vanilla Swirl

12/14/1996

Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer, Skip Withrow
Vega

09/12/1992

Stan Allison, Harry Burgess, Paul Burger, Dave Springhetti Good sized room with nice calcite rafts at the end of Perverted Alley. This room is located under Highway 385.
Vega Lake
Velvet Border, The

<1893

Alvin McDonald
Velvet Underground

11/22/1991

Spore Meunissen, Judd Klienman, Ally Christie, Allison Wenz, Edde Daultrineri Lower level cave near the Breezway.
Very Careful Passage

12/05/1984

Jim Pisarowicz, Warren Netherton Because of the delicate 10-cm frostwork in this passage one has to travel through it very carefully.
Vesper Rock

01/12/1891

Alvin McDonald, Melvin A. Moore, E.L. McDonald
Vestibule, The

<03/20/1892

Alvin McDonald
Vise, The

1994

Volcanic Chimney

01/02/1891

A.F. McDonald, Alfred Matt, Frank Lally
Volcano Rock

07/20/1977

Bob Galligar, Rod O'Sullivan, Jeri Kizer, Jim Palmer, P. Kittleson
Vomitorium

02/08/1997

Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, Shawn Kramer A small room where Hazel got sick, the SIK (sick) survey.
Vundercorn Corner 12/06/1987 Shaun Larson, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga There is all sizes and shapes of cave popcorn at this corner. It was "vunderful"!

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.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Xerox Room

02/02/1971

Bill Yett, Ken Carpenter A chunk of boxwork on the floor of this room was at one time "Z" shaped, giving the room its original name, "Z-box Room". This has mutated over the years to "Zebox", "Zerox", and finally to its present form "Xerox". Surveyed on December 2, 1971 by the Windy City Grotto.
Xylophone, The

04/30/1983

Named during a National Outdoor Leadership School (N.O.L.S.) expedition.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Y.M.C.A. Hall

<1923

Located near the Candlelight Tour route, possibly at WE4?
YCC Passage

08/03/1988

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Dennis Shreves Discovered by a YCC crew doing restoration work off of Whitney Avenue.
Yellow Brick Road

05/08/1982

Heather Pullen, Christen Lichtenfels, Adir ?, Wendy ? This yellowish, sandy passage was once hoped to go to the Blowhole.
Yellow Submarine

05/26/1991

Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Dina Venezky, Bob Younger
Yosmite Falls

04/19/1891

Alvin McDonald, Joseph Duhmiel, Oscar Huff, E.L. McDonald
Yukon Trail

12/02/1964

Dave Schnute, Herb Conn, Jan Conn Named because the passage was heading north towards Alaska. Resurveyed on 12/28/1971 by Chris Hill, Dave Springhetti,and Lee Tierney.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

Z Box Room

07/20/1977

?Bob Galligar, Rod O'Sullivan, Jeri Kizer, Jim Palmer, P. Kittleson A chunk of boxwork on the floor shaped like a "Z" gave this room its name. Now known as the Xerox Room.
Z's Not Enough

01/12/2002

Rod Horrocks, Nick Myers, Chuck Iverson The surveyors finished their survey for the day just as they hit the designation EP2Z in this virgin area. Since they hit Z for the third time that day and there is still more to survey, they decided that "Z is not enough".
Zebra Chamber

02/07/1893

John Stabler, J.D. McDonald
Zebra Dome

11/14/1992

Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Myk Coughlin A dome that had lots of Zebra rock in it.
Zebra Rock Rock 11/18/1987 Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Bob Kobza There is a large amount of zebra rock at this location (Zebra rock is a weathered bands of brownish-red and black).
Zerba Room

02/7/2006

Larry Shaffer, Andy Armstrong, Bonny Armstrong, Sara Booth A room with lots of Zebra Rock in it. Intentionally misspelled after the typo found on the 1999 inventory sheet.

Room

Date

Named By

Explanation

11:11 Room

05/19/1986

Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz, Mike Bailey, Ted Myers This room was found at 11:11 according to their watches.
113 Floor

11/18/2004

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Peggy Renwick The point that the survey team had surveyed 150 feet for the night and when the Wind Cave survey arrived at 113 miles.
125 Mile Nook

07/29/2007

Chris Amidon, Erin Niedringhaus, Abby Tobin, Kristen Schulte The point the Wind Cave survey reached 125 miles.
1897 Room

<4/21/1984

Daniel Fredman A room with the date 1897 written on the wall next to a big rock. Between the Cairn Room and the Amphitheater. Name was on a 1963 map by Daniel Fredman.
2 Pit Room

11/25/1988

David Gerboth, Matt Kramar, Mark Wickham A 30-foof diameter room with two pits in it.
320 Line 01/08/2005 Jason Walz, Sara Booth, Ben Hutchins The azimuths in this passage were continually 320 degrees. The "line" refers to the straightness, like a railroad line.
4 x 4 Freeway

11/23/1991

Doug Pflugh, Kreg Hamburger, Tom Shelby A straight, four foot by four foot crawl.
5,4,3,2,1 Contact

12/13/2003

Chris Amidon, Ben Tobin, Yancy Moore, Jeremy Tallent A 25-foot diameter room with five large leads leading off of it, thus the name.
500-Foot Pit 04/22/1986 Jim Nepstad, Greg Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz At this 14-foot deep pit, the day's survey went over 500 feet in length.
54th Avenue

11/02/1990

Jim Nepstad, Mary Laycock, Stan Allison, Sue McDondald, Karen Hirschy, Jamie Wolfe The Wind Cave survey went over 54 miles in this passage.
57 Mile Hall

02/23/1991

Bob Kobza, Jim Nepstad, Warren Netherton, Mike Paulick The passage was where the survey hit the 57-mile mark.
5th Avenue

06/11/1994

Hazel Barton, Bruce Albright, John Ekeberg
80-Grit Passageway

09/09/2007

Jason Walz, Blake Caffee, Holly Scott, David Scott A bellycrawl that was covered with popcorn and sediment on the floor that felt like 80-grit sandpaper when the surveyors slid across it.
86-Mile Dome

11/27/1999

Rod Horrocks, Marc Ohms, Brad Oen A 22-foot high dome that was encountered just as the cave survey arrived at the 86-mile mark. Located in the Mind Boggler passage.

Last updated: February 16, 2019

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