Monday, December 17, 2007

The Franklin Park Cave - Part II

Boston Daily Globe July 16, 1889

The Cave In Franklin Park.

Although the descriptions of the recently discovered cave in Franklin park are rather conflicting, there appears to be no doubt that it is a cavern of considerable dimensions, such as is exceedingly rare in this part of the country.

The rocks that underlie the surface of New England are not of the soft limestone formation in which caves abound, and it is only by the accidental falling together of two or more great rocks that one can be formed. This appears to be the case with the Franklin Park cave; it is non a cavity in a single rock, but is formed by several rocks which lie as if they had been promiscuously tumbled together by some convulsion of nature. The Globe reporter penetrated to a depth which he estimated at 75 feet, without reaching any limit. The relics that have been found within it show it to have been unquestionably inhabited at one time by Indians. The atmosphere within the cave is described as almost unbreathable.

This natural curiosity lies directly in the way of the new circuit drive, and it is reported to be the intention of the superintendent to have it blasted away. If the cave is anything like what has been described, we hope he will reconsider that intention. It would be well worth while to have the drive turn aside for the sake of preserving a work of nature which would make a valuable addition to the park's attractions. The path into the interior could be made smooth and convenient and the cave lighted and ventilated.

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