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Caves of the Black Hills

By Jessica Skorheim

The Black Hills area is filled with many different caves. Caves were considered sacred to the Native Americans. And they are a great natural landscape that brings in tourism. This is a guide to some the books, journals and manuscripts that are in the Historical Special Collections Leland B. Case Library.

Print Sources

Books

Conn, Herb, and Jan E. Conn. The Jewel Cave Adventure: Fifty Miles of Discovery Under South Dakota. Teaneck, N.J.: Zephyrus Press, 1977. Print.
This book is about a small group of explorers traveling through the Jewel Cave and their discoveries.

Love, Judy L.. Jewel Cave National Monument. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. Print.
This book is about the discovering of the Jewel Cave and the rock formations. It also contains photographs and how miners traveled through the caves.

Milstein, Michael, and Michael H. Francis. Wildlife Watcher's Guide - Badlands: Theodore Roosevelt and Wind Cave National Parks. Minocqua, Wis.: NorthWord Press Inc., 1996. Print.
This book is a collection of the animals that live in and around the Wind Caves at Wind Cave National Park.

Palmer, Arthur N. Jewel Cave: A Gift from the Past. Hot Springs, S.D.: Black Hills Parks and Forests Association: Wind Cave National Park, 1995. Print.
This book is about the discovery, development and current uses of Jewel Cave. It also discusses the different rocks and the formation of the Cave.

Palmer, Arthur N. Wind Cave: An Ancient World Beneath the Hills. Hot Springs, S.D.: Black Hills Parks and Forests Association: Wind Cave National Park, 1995. Print.
This book tells how the Cave was originally formed. Also it discusses what types of rocks and formations are in the Wind Cave.

Sanders, Peggy. Wind Cave National Park: The First 100 Years. Chicago, I.L.: Arcadia Publishing, 2003. Print.
This is about the history of the cave to Native American’s and development of the Wind Cave by the early settlers. It also contains photographs and information on Wind Cave becoming a National Park.

More Book Sources

F657.J5 - Jewel Cave
F657.W7 - Wind Cave

Manuscripts

Caves. Multiple Sources. Print. Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks: Book 20, Pages 103-112. Contains - Notes, Maps, Brochures, and etc.

Crystal Cave. Multiple Sources. Print. Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks: Book 24, Pages 225-238. Contains - Notes, Photographs, Articles, and etc.

Jewel Cave. Multiple Sources. Print. Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks: Book 65, Pages 63-81. Contains - Notes, Photographs, Articles and etc.

Sand Cave. Multiple Sources. Print. Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks: Book 109, Pages 146-164. Contains - Notes, Map, Articles, Photographs and etc.

Wind Cave. Multiple Sources. Print. Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks: Book 131-132, Pages 143-166, 1-16. Contains - Notes, Photographs, Articles, Brochures and etc.

Plan Your Black Hills Trips. Print. Father Eugene Szalay Collection: Drawer 13, Folder 84, Multiple Items. Contains - clippings, pamphlets ad etc. on caves in the black hills area. Covers history, events and locations.

Schedule of Visitor Activities. Hot Springs: Wind Cave Nation Park. Print. Father Eugene Szalay Collection: Drawer 13, folder 89, Item 17. Contains - listing of the events and locations that events will be taken place for visitors to participate at.

See... Black Hills' Leading Cave. Black Hills Badlands and Lakes Association. Print (pamphlet). Father Eugene Szalay Collection: Drawer 17, Folder 221, Item 6. Contains - information and map leading to the Crystal Cave.

Wind Cave. U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, 1969. Print (pamphlet). Father Eugene Szalay Collection: Drawer 17, Folder 235, Item 1. Contains - information about all the history and information about the Cave site.

Journals

Waltz, Anna Langhorne and Nancy Tystad Koupal. "West River Pioneer: A Woman's Story, 1911-1915." South Dakota History. Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society, 1987. Print.
This brings up the uses of man-made caves and how they were used in the Dakota's. It briefly mentions how they were made and why they were of use.

Buecker, Thomas R., and Nancy Tystad Koupal. "'Distance Lends Enchantment to the View': The 1874 Black Hills Expedition Diary of Fred W. Power." South Dakota History. Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society, 1997. Print.
This is journal of the soldiers' travels through the hills. This contains what he saw and heard while at the caves.

Julin, Suzane Barta, and Nancy Tystad Koupal. "Building a Vacationland: Tourism Development in the Black Hills during the Great Depression." South Dakota History. Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society, 2005. Print.
This book contains how Caves were a large portion of that tourism development in the hills. It also discusses the National State parks that were built because of the caves.

Mason, Kathy S., and Nancy Tystad Koupal. "Adapting to Endure: The Early History of Wind Cave National Park, 1903-1916." South Dakota History. Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society, 2002. Print.
This book discusses how the Wind Cave became a National Park and the History behind the cave.

Snyder, Anton J. "Wind Cave National Park." The Black Hills Engineer. Rapid City: South Dakota State School of Mines, 1928. Print.
This covers the development and history of Wind Cave National Park. It also discusses the multiple trails in the cave.

Online Resources

Online Books

Rogers, Hiram. Exploring the Black Hills & Badlands: A Guide for Hikers, Cross-country Skiers & Mountain Bikers. Boulder: Johnson Books, 1993. Print.
This book contains trails and history of areas of the Black Hills, including the Jewel Cave and Wind Cave.

Websites

"Attractions." Black Hills Caves. South Dakota Department of Tourism, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. https://www.travelsd.com/Attractions/Black-Hills-Caves.
This site contains brief advertising and links for more information about Jewel and Wind Cave.

"Black Hills Cave Tours." BlackHillsVacation.com. Black Hills Central Reservations, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. http://www.blackhillsvacations.com/activities/caves/.
This site contains information on the caves that are in the Black Hills area and their hours.

United States. National Park Service. "Jewel Cave National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 4 Apr. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. http://www.nps.gov/jeca/index.htm.
This site contains facts and articles about Jewel Cave and the park.

United States. National Park Service. "Wind Cave National Park (U.S. National Park Service)." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 12 Apr. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. http://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm.
This site contains facts and articles about Wind Cave and the park.