Carlsbad Cavern is one of 300 caverns in the limestone rock of a reef formed by a vast inland sea. Erosion and wear formed the caverns.
In 1898 16 year old cowhand Jim White found the cave entrance because he saw bats spewing out like lava from a volcano. He came back the next day and built a ladder using brush wood for rungs and fencing and rope. He eventually explored the cavern and advocated tourism and the preservation of the cave.
People used candles to wander around in the dark. I don't know how they could see anything but they came from all over the world to see and explore the caverns. They still continue to do so.
Becky took lots of pictures inside the cave and some of them were dark, some blurry and some just cool. These are some of the best.
|One of the original ladders used in the exploration of the cave. They used fence wire, sometimes barbed wire to build ladders.|