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Entrance to present day Jewel Cave NM. Two prospectors in 1900 felt cold air blowing out of an opening. After enlarging the entrance, they had discovered Jewel Cave. They named it Jewel Cave because the calcite crystals looked like jewels when light strikes them.
Sign for the historic old entrance to Jewel Cave. Pres. Teddy Roosevelt designated Jewel Cave a National Monument in 1908. The Parks Service took over Jewel Cave in 1933 and started offering tours in 1939. In 1972 The Park Service put in a 300 ft (91m) elevator plus stairs and platforms to open up the present day scenic tour loop.
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