- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) - A Wind Cave National Park ranger is marking his 50th season with the Park Service this summer.

Ranger Don Frankfort has worked 49 summers at Wind Cave National Park and a winter season at the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. He got an offer for his first summer job at Wind Cave via telegram in 1967.

The National Park Service estimates that Frankfort has led around 5,200 tours through the cave guiding more than 100,000 people.

The New York City resident says he still enjoys “making the experience exciting, fun, and memorable” for visitors.

The cave in western South Dakota is one of the longest and most complex in the world. The park is home to bison, elk and other wildlife.

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