Work under way on Wind Cave visitor center renovation

Visitors explore Wind Cave. (Photo by South Dakota Tourism)Wind Cave was among the first places in the United States to be protected by a national-park designation. Besides all of the interesting features inside the cave’s 132 miles of mapped passageways, the park also encompasses nearly 30,000 acres of prairie, forest and wildlife.

The Rapid City Journal reported recently that, between now and May, visitors to the park will have to dodge some construction. A $1.4 million renovation project has just begun at the park’s visitor center:

The project will replace the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, telephone and computer network systems. A fire sprinkler system also will be installed. … 

The project also will provide a climate-controlled environment for the park’s museum collection, which protects more than 15,000 specimens and objects in the visitor center.

Read the full report from the Journal by clicking here.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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