Creator

Date Original

1931

Description

This is a souvenir postcard book with built-in envelope, containing ten fold-out, black and white images of cave formations. It was sent to Bernice Babcock, State Chairman of the Federal Writers Project in Little Rock, Arkansas. Includes front cover, inside cover, back cover, Japanese Fish Pond, Chandelier, Garden of the Gods, King's Way, Piano, Red Room, Bridal Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, East Wing of King Solomon's Temple, Fountain of Youth, Garden of the Gods.

Biographical/Historical Note

Diamond Cave, one of Arkansas's many noteworthy caves, is located on Henson Creek, three miles from Jasper in Newton County. Diamond Cave is an underground natural wonder, containing a display of stalactites, columns, and stalagmites running many miles into the mountain. The discovery of Diamond Cave is credited to Samuel Hudson, a veteran hunter, an early settler in Newton County, and a member of the eleventh Arkansas General Assembly. Folklore has it that he and some companions discovered this cave while hunting bear early in the nineteenth century; he followed his dogs into the cave, discovered two of them dead from a battle with bears, and then killed one of the bears.
The name Diamond Cave probably came from the abundant minerals contained in the water that drips from the ceiling, causing a brilliant display of many colors. During the 1920s and 1930s, the cave was very popular, having a campground, hotel, restaurant, outdoor pavilion, and skating rink at the site. It officially opened for tours in 1925, though ownership and management of the cave have been transferred many times. Hundreds of tourists each day went through it. One of the most beautiful caves in Arkansas, it has several rooms, mineral formations, and clear pools. At the height of its popularity, the tour was approximately two miles long, but the cave still has many unexplored regions. It has been a source of study for geologists and students from every state in the country. The formations are known for their content, unusual color, and the musical tones they have been known to give out.

Transcription

Scenes of DIAMOND CAVE
ACE OF WORLD'S CAVERNS
Open all Year In The Heart of the Ozarks
Jasper, Arkansas
Reached Via State Highway No. 7

MRS BERNICE BABCOCK. STATE CHAIRMAN OF
FEDERAL WRITERS PROJECTS.
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS.
FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS.
See DIAMOND CAVE
ACE OF WORLD'S CAVERNS
JASPER, ARKANSAS

IN the Heart of the Ozarks, Enjoy the Miles
of Electrically lighted Subterranean pas-
sages.
Good fishing and hunting in nearby
streams and woods. Good hotel and cool
cabins, free camp grounds. Trips are
made every day at 7 and 10 A. M., 1, 4,
and 7 P. M. under competent guides.
WATER FALLS NEAR DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER ARK.
Newton Co.
Eagle Post Card View Co., Inc. New York
JAPANESE FISH POND, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
Chandlier
Diamond Cave, Jasper Ark.
IN THE GARDEN OF THE GODS, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
KINGS WAY, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
PIANO, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
RED ROOM, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
BRIDAL CHAMBER, KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
EAST WING, KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.
IN THE GARDEN OF THE GODS, DIAMOND CAVE, JASPER, ARK.

Physical Description

Postcard envelope containing 10 black and white images, 6.5" x 4 .25" closed; 6.5" x 27.5" open

Keywords

Postcards; Caves; Stalactites and stalagmites; Souvenirs

Geographical Area

Jasper, Newton County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

ASA postcard collection, G1163

Resource Type

Image

Collection

ASA postcard collection

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Scenes of Diamond Cave Souvenir Postcard Book, ASA postcard collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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