A Struggling Park
The establishment of the National Game Preserve was the most important event in the first quarter century of Wind Cave National Park. The park was small, poorly funded, and in a remote part of South Dakota. In fact, in 1910, Richard Ballinger, Secretary of the Interior, wrote about Wind Cave National Park in his annual report:
Owing to its inaccessibility and the fact that its scenic attraction is not sufficient, in all probability, to inspire a greater number of visitors to the park…(it) can never in any sense of the word become a national park.