National Geographic : 1924 Jan
A VISIT TO CARLSBAD CAVERN unusual forms have not yet been marred by fantastic names born of an over strained imagination. No chasm yet bears the name of Pluto, and Diana seems never to have bathed in any of the foun tains; there are no Tombs of the Mar tyrs, and even Cin derella seems never to have visited Carlsbad. It is to be hoped that these worthies will re main absent and that appropriate names may be given before the cavern is opened for general tourist travel. One member of our party suggested that, as the cave is in terri tory recently inhabited by Indians, the myths of these tribes, which have already been drawn upon for some names, might appro priately furnish all names for the objects within it. The list of Indian deities and fabled heroes might be utilized and some of the natural monu ments might be named in commemoration of their fabled deeds. .T '1 Photograph by Willis T. Lee CENTURY PLANTS IN FRUIT AND CRIOSOTE BUSII ON TIE PLAIN EAST OF GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS The generic name of the creosote bush (Covillea tridcnlata) was given in honor of the botanist, Dr. Frederick V. Coville, Chairman of the Research Committee of the National Geographic Society. In some places the dripstone of the cur tains reaches the floor and forms solid partitions between the rooms. Some of the side chambers are entered through narrow openings in these partitions; others through wider passageways. A ROOM MORE THAN HALF A MILE LONG One small chamber off Shinav's Wig wam has been called the "Crow's Nest." It is 50 feet in diameter and so thickly set with slender stalactites that one could not pass through it without destroying scores of the delicate pendants. The stalagmitic growths rising from the floor are scarcely less varied and delicate. The most spectacular part of the cavern is reserved as the final scene of an event ful trip. Leaving the Wigwam, we re trace our steps for a short distance, climb a steep hill. make our way laboriously at snaillike pace through heaps of fallen rock and over ledges where the guide patiently shows the bewildered climber which foot to put forward in order that the next step may be taken safely. After a half hour's struggle we enter the Big Room (see illustrations, pages 4 and 12). Ii r-aa c..