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Carlsbad New Mexico is in southeastern New Mexico, on the Pecos River, and is the seat of Eddy County. The city was incorporated in 1918. Major industries of the area include the mining and refining of potash, irrigated farming, livestock raising, and tourism. The city has a community college of New Mexico State University (http://artemis.nmsu.edu/), Living Desert State Park (http://www.newmexico.gov/), Brantley Lake State Park (http://www.stateparks.com/brantley_lake.html) and Carlsbad City Airport (http://www.ohwy.com/nm/c/cnm.htm). With Carlsbad Caverns National Park nearby(http://www.carlsbadcaverns-park.com). Settled in about 1888, the community was originally called Eddy. It was renamed in 1899 for the European spa of Karlsbad (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic), or Carlsbad, because of the mineral springs in the area. Increased agricultural productivity resulted from the Carlsbad reclamation project, begun in the region in 1906.


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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is at the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The caverns are believed to have been hollowed out, beginning about 12 million years ago, by the dissolving action of water on limestone. The caverns were formed by the seeping of slightly acidic water into limestone, which caused the slow dissolving of the calcium carbonate. Water, rich in calcium carbonate, forms stalactites and stalagmites as it drips from the cavern walls and ceiling. The park is the site of one of the largest subterranean labyrinths in the world. Established as a national monument in 1923, it became a national park in 1930. The first scientific exploration of the caverns was made in 1924 by a National Geographic Society Party, but the full extent of the caverns is still not known.

About 28 miles of connecting corridors and chambers in the caverns have been explored, and the deepest known level is 1597 feet below the earth's surface. The principal chamber, the Big Room, is the largest subterranean chamber in North America; it is about 2013 feet long and about 1105 feet wide and reaches a height of 254 feet. Stalactites and stalagmites of various colors and sizes, ranging from massive to delicate, are found in the caverns' chambers, which include King's Palace, Green Lake Room, Papoose Room, and Queen's Chamber. Nearly 1 million bats inhabit the caverns, emerging nightly from May through October in search of insects.

For more Historical Dates in the history of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Southeast New Mexico check out these two pages
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I found this page and thought it was very interesting and decided I'd include it on this page THE TOWN OF EDDY AND EARLY CARLSBAD

Here are some pictures of the hillcountry in Southwest and West Texas that we took on our way to New Mexico. I hope you enjoy them so much that you come visit the hillcountry in Texas

Here are some pictures that we took on the way to the caverns and the caverns in October 2004

We really liked the drive in August 2007 at Walnut Canyon Desert Drive. Now you really want to watch the speed signs closely, this is where they really mean it. It's just over 9 miles long (all durt road) but very much worth it. Here are some pictures from Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.







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