Monday, August 24, 2009
Wind Caves National Park, SD
This is the Wind caves discovered in Custer National Park. American Indians first knew about these wind caves and regarded them as a sacred place. The entrance was noticed by two brothers, Jesse and Tom Bingham. They heard a loud whistling noise, which led them to a small hole in the ground, the cave's only natural opening. This is the place in the next photo. As I remember the story, it was Jesse's son, Alvin, who at the age of 16 first went exploring the caves and mapping them out. He even got to a point where he took people on tours. The first tours were about 5 hours in the cave and cost $2.00, which was an average weeks wage.