6 Carlsbad New Mexico Postcard That Shows How it Was in the 1930s

I love old postcards just about as much as I love old photos. They can really show you a time and place all but forgotten. Postcards of famous places also are great at showing how much a place has changed over time. These 6 postcards of Carlsbad New Mexico and the surrounding area are great.

1. El Capitan and Signal Peak

El Capitan and Signal Peak

View from Highway 62 between Carlsbad New Mexico and El Paso Texas. The Guadalupe Mountains and in the promontory of El Capitan called locally the Point of the Mountain. Signal Peak, from which the Apaches sent up smoke signals, is the highest point in Texas, elevation 8757 ft. The old Butterfield Trail used by the stage coaches from St. Louis to San Francisco passed by here.

2. The Scenic Drive through Carlsbad Cavern National Park to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

The Scenic Drive through Carlsbad Cavern National Park to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

The Scenic Drive through Carlsbad Cavern National Park to Carlsbad Caverns, White’s City New Mexico

3. Carlsbad Caverns National Park New Mexico, Lily Pads, Big Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park New Mexico, Lily Pads, Big Room
The Lily Pad formations are found in those portions of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park where springs have formerly existed and in drying up left these concentric circles of onyx, indicating the water level at a former period. In some cases these supported by stems, resembling Toad Stools or Basins.

4. Lunch Room in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Lunch Room in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Lunch Room Carlsbad Caverns National Park New Mexico owned and operated by Cavern Supply Co. under supervision of National Park Service. Good lunches including tea or coffee, served at reasonable prices. Open every day in the year. Adequate equipment to accommodate any size crowd.

5. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, The First Spring


Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, The First Spring
The Devil’s Spring is the first point of interest one meets when touring the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, as it is located a short way back from the main entrance, and is an excellent illustration of how columns are formed by the drip of lime-water from the roof. While there are many springs throughout the Carlsbad Caverns the moisture of the air is such that visitors seldom get thirsty.

6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, Totem Poles, Big Room


Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, Totem Poles, Big Room
This view in the Big Room of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, showing the Totem Poles, is probably the best known photograph of this underground wonderland. The slender Totem Pole is 42 feet high and grouped around it are several stalagmites, many of them resembling blanketed Indians, seated in council. Each day the visitors are assembled at this point, and the entire room is illuminated by two minute calcium flares of 50,000 candle power, which brings out the colors and details on the ceiling and walls of this enormous room. This Totem Pole group is 750 feet underground and approximately 2 1/2 miles back from the entrance of the caverns.

These postcards really show how Carlsbad Caverns National Park was is the 1930s, and if you want to see how it looks today to check it out on the National Park Website!

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