Fourteen — Blylhevflle (Art.) Courier Newt — Tnirsday, February B, Cavern Development Progressing ^EDITOR'S NOTE: This story l« reprinted from the Stone county Leader, Mountain View, Ark.) Beneath the' rocky slopes of the Ozark Mountains of Northwestern Stone County, a beautiful, majestic network of caverns is being developed by the U. S. Forest Service and is expected to become one of the nation's top lourist attractions When opened to the public. .Blanchard Springs Caverns, til the vast array of formations, passageways and gigantic rooms are known, is said to rival or even surpass the magnitude of the famed Carls- ter, and the installation of a I new entrance." water and sewer system are the only major jobs yet to be done. The lour will cover .7 of a mile through the Coral and Cathedral rooms over paths that will feature non-skid paving, rails and path lighting. The last phase of rock work was completed last month of the network of paths, and all that remains to be done is to apply the hard surfacing of the walkways, install the rails and wire the lights. Two rest areas have also been built in the first lour with sealing capacity of 60 each. To coincide with the progress made inside the caverns, many Of the major undertakings have bad Caverns of New Mexico. been completed since actual ' Opening dale for (he caverns Was originally set for 1968, but due to lack of sufficient appropriations and the government freezing of more recent con> tract fund allocations, the opening dale has now been delayed until late 1970 or early 1971. - Although this is the first de Velopment of its type ever undertaken by the Forest Service, they have progressed well and have already spent about $1 million toward the final three- tour complex that will take •bout $4 million to complete. .Only the first tour, however, Will be finished when the public first views the many glittering stalactites and stalagmites, crystal - clear pools of water, huge rock formation, giant rooms, and the hundreds of oth- tr sights that have convinced tte forest service that the tourist drawing power will be tremendous when properly developed. Construction on the first tour fias progressed until only the formation lighting, completion if a visitor information cen- construction began in late 1965 Several miles of paved ac cess roads have been constructed providing a safer and more convenient route. The natural entrance has been covered with steel grate and an electric elevator installed. Before Ihis installation, anyone entering either had to descend the 70 foot vertical shaft by rope or be lowered by harness and hoist. The natural entrance will not be used by the public because the Forest Service decided that it would be more economical to drill a 216 foot-deep shaft at the top of the hill above the entrance and tunnel 90 feet vertically into the Cathedral Room. "We first considered using the natural entrance, but we would have had to build a long hill-side elevator or escalator and then the tourists would have had to climb a lot of steps to the first tour entrance," said Wayne Shuttleworth, Sylamore District Ranger, "so we decided it would be better to drill a fouth WE NATIONAL REPORT ON WHAT'S HAPPEN/NG! NEW HOPE FOR EDUCATION: Teens and teachers who \_ are sick and tired of school as it now exists can hope for a 1 better future according to Leland B. Newcomer, president-1 elect of La Verne College in La Verne, Calif. Data processing | and computers will make the major miracle possible. By I turning schools into comput- | ers and students into numb- 1 lered robots? No! Computers I I will merely determine what | la student knows and doesn't | I know and will help plan in- j J si ruction specifically fora leach individual. Students! I will spend more time in in- f | dividual study and less hear- jj ing endless repetitions of 1 what they already know. 1 Teachers will specialize in 1 lecturing or one-to-one § counseling depending on m _ what each does best — his 1 | statue and pay will increase tremendously, too. Basically, stu- S m dents will have much more independence and less "oversee- 1 B ing" and "babysitting" from bored and boring teachers. Even | | the "prisonlike" look of many schools will change, thanks ] ^ to such things as glass sliding walls and Ihe huge inslruc- 1 | tional material and resource center that will take up to 50 j 1 per cenl of new schools. We wonder how many years of con- m § servative resistance will delay these much-to-be-hoped-1 1 for changes. f m MORE RESULTS OF "FRIGHT YOUR SENATOR" POLL: jfj = With all Ihe hand wringing and bleating about "what's wrong | | with young America" the phrase makers and blati-blah flaks | g of both parties ignore a chance to close the generation gap 1 § and open a new era of political responsibility. Republicans I | and Democrats should put "vote at 18" planks into their cam- 1 | paign platforms. Then go after Ihe slates to push through | | the necessary legislation—for November 19G8! Another sig- | | nificant result: Seventy-two per cent of the respondents fav- | | ored a "youth party movement" to provide politicians with 1 |j more and better information on the views of young America t | BEATLE FAN CLUBS UNITE: Disc jocks heading up all- % m oul effort to deliver a write-in total on a "Beatles Back" 1 | campaign. Promise is that "audiences will be quiet and music | g appreciated" if the boys "will only come back" to the U.S.A. | f Meanwhile, the top 10 of 1967 (from Temp Newsletter) are as I § follows: | I 1. Ode to Billie Joe I I 2. Windy | g 3. I'm a Believer § 1 4. Happy Together 1 1 5. Groovin' | 1 6. To Sir Witli Love I m 7. Light My Fire I g 8. Daydream Believer jj 9. Never My Love § 10. Something Stupid § THE TEACHING ART: Surprising number of young Holly- g wood actresses choose education first! Before even atlempt- | ing to crash the acting | scene, "That Girl" Mario m Thomas got 'her state teach- 1 ing credential from Univers- jj ity of Southern Califronia. n Shelby Grant, pretty actress m and wife of Chad Mitchell, | taught school and substitut- I ed in Los Angeles while, gef- I ting a start. Even blonde, ~ pretty Meredith MacRae of Petticoat Junction is working on her credential at U.C.L.A. while acting. One of our spies caught her with ^ her nose burled in a textbook on • plane flight from Miami to Lot Angeles—every minute counts on such i busy schedule! —By Robert MacLeod Editor, 'Teen Magazine ! niiiniwdwiuuiii : iiiiniinniiniKniii On the mountain near the new entrance elevator, a huge parking lot has been built, and a visitor information center housing administrative offices and a museum as well as the elevator room is planned. A 70-foot service lunnel has also been drilled in the side of the mountain above the natural entrance to aid workmen and equipment cnlry into Die areas being readied for the first tour. The Coral and the Cathedral Rooms have been connected by a 200-foot tunnel in order to bypass a natural passage that was considered unsafe by engineers. Roof bolting — a technique where long, steel bolls are driven up through the cavern and tunnel roofs connecting the lower strata of rocks lo the upper strata for support — is expecting to begin sometime this month. Particular care has been exercised by the Forest Service in both (he exterior and interior construction lo insure thai the natural state of the caverns are maintained. Plastic coverings are used in many places and some has been used lo protect bolh the workers and the formations during conlruction. Although the public will be ad- milled when Ihe firsl lour is completed, work will continue on lours two and Ihree. Don Williams, projecl engineer, and the landscape archilecl will begin preparing Ihe final layout for tour two within a few weeks 1972 is Ihe hoped for dale of opening of the lasl two tours. Money has already been appropriated for the water and sewage systems, but a freeze on contract money by the government has delayed a c I u a 1 construction. The systems will serve both the caverns and the Slanchard Springs Recreational Area. Plans are lo completely convert Ihe Blanchard Springs area into a day-use area, and this project will have lop priority after the cave is open. The old access that now exists will also be closed and a n o I h e r huge parking lol will, be buill over Ihe creek jusl below the spring about where the bridge now stands. The road along the creek will be widened all the area of Blanchard, and the only exist will be back the same way that was used in entering. The opening of tour one will see the tourists enter the cavern by way of an elevator, walk through a 90-foot tunnel, and cross over an aluminum bridge into the Cathedral room for assembly. They will then be briefed on the caverns and begin their slow paced trip through the dramatically lighted room that is bigger than three football fields. From (he Cathedral room they will pass through the 200-foot tunnel connecting with the Coral room, and there again view the magnificent scenery displayed with various lighting techniques designed to bring out the special features of each formation. After a rest period, the .tour will then wind back to the starting point. Tour time should be about 1 1-2 hours. When developed, tour two will iake visitors down a 130 - foot walkway and along deep chasms and cover about 1.2 miles. Along the way they will see small limestone dams formed by travertine terraces, take an underground boat ride that leads to the largest known flow- stone in the world. The reddish- orange deposit of calcium carbonate that measure 150 feet long and more than 30 feet high Tourists will also see the Stick room — the place where an Indian placed a burned pine torch and pieces of river cane more than 1,000 years ago. The skull of an Indian was also found in the caverns near there that dated back to the same time. tive in creating the many beautiful colors. Although lite Forest Service didn't become interested in the Caverns until about 1963, the existence of the caves were known in the early 1800's. It was originally called Half-Mile Cave, and a .group of men entered the caverns in the early 1900's with Forest Service employees entering in 1930 and 1954, but due to the ruggedness of entry to the caverns and the difficulty encountered inside, the first serious exploration wasn't conducted until 1955. Roger Bottoms of West Helena, Louis Grobmeyer of Forrest City and John Blake of West Helena first went down on December 1,1955. Bottoms later influenced speliinkers, Hugh Shell and Hail Bryant of Batesville into exploring the caverns, and it was they who did extensive explorations that eventually convinced the Forest Service of the great tourist potential. The caverns have already gained national publicity through articles in magazines and several large newspapers from throughout the country. Development of the caverns is just a part of recreational development the Sylamore District of the Ozark National Forest, however, for plans are to expand facilities offered in the entire area with a complete overhaul to handle the great number of people expected to visit the area in the coming years. Additional camp grounds, day use areas, hiking trails,' small lakes and scenic drives are to be included in the Sylamore development. The area is expected to draw some 500,000 Tour three will be the longest tourists yearly, and should en- tour with 1.4 miles and its main! 'ice many of the 5 million re- attraction will be the Giant Titans, the largest stalagmites and stalactites yet discovered in the caverns. Some of them are 200 feet long. Visitors on this tour will leave through another tunnel yet lo be drilled and will have to be bussed back to the information center. Blanchard Caverns differs from many caves in that it is still a living cave — one where formations are still being form- creationists who visit the surrounding Ozark Region annually to visit the caverns. 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