National Geographic : 1925 Sep
0 Photograph by Jacob Gayer SHINAV'S WIGWAM, ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED CHAMBERS OF CARLSBAD CAVERN This chamber is nearly circular in outline, 200 feet across, and 75 feet high. The floor is nearly leveland has twice the area ofthe great rotunda of the National Capitol in Washington. Small passageways through the walls lead into neighboring chambers of equally ornate adornment. The walls of the Wigwam are decorated with pendants and draperies of white onyx marble in bewildering variety ofform. Although the great chamber originated as a solution cavity, the original limestone walls are nowhere to be seen. The native rock is completely covered with the marble decorations.