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Wind Cave Collection

 Unprocessed — Container: FB 370
Identifier: H2008-067

Content Description

The collection consists of two photographs relating to the history of Wind Cave National Park. The first image is of the home of J. D. McDonald at the entrance of Wind Cave. A caption for the photo, written by J. D. reads, “This picture was taken soon after I got my house built over the cave entrance. The trees you see all went dead and was used there for wood.” The statue photo is of J.D.'s sons, Alva McDonald, who explored and mapped the cave. The photos measure 7”x 9 ½” on 10”x12” mounts. Both mounts are in poor condition. After managing an unsuccessful mining business, J. D. McDonald and his family realized they could make money by giving cave tours and selling formations from the cave. They filed a homestead claim over the opening and worked on improving a manmade entrance and enlarging passageways for tours.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1890s


0.1 Cubic Feet