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(video caption) A short video about a possible bison jump in Wind Cave National Park and the archaeological research that occurs there.
On October 6, 2011 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service has acquired 5,555 acres of former ranchland, including a thousand-year-old buffalo jump and an historic homestead, that will become part of South Dakota's Wind Cave National Park. "The addition of this historic ranch to the park will help ensure that people for generations to come can come to know and love this treasured landscape and have the opportunity to learn about the indigenous peoples of South Dakota," said Secretary Salazar."
President Theodore Roosevelt set aside Wind Cave as the country's eighth national park in 1903. Considered a sacred place by the Lakota, Wind Cave is one of the world's longest and most complex caves, known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. It was the first cave ever designated as a national park.
The tract also features one of the oldest homesteads in Custer County, South Dakota. The homestead of Carl Sanson's father and later Sanson himself is testament to the tenacity of these early homesteaders and how they protected and cared for the land.
"We are initiating a thorough process to develop a management plan for the land that will involve many opportunities for the public to participate," said park superintendent Vidal Davila."In the meantime, we are looking at ways to get people out on the land so they can help with the planning process." A public dedication for the new land was held October 15, 2011.
Visit https://www.nps.gov/wica/photosmultimedia/casey-dedication-and-land-15-october-2011.htm for photos of the dedication ceremony and new land.
Last updated: September 29, 2021