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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Group of Caverns visitors at the Rock of Ages formation in the Big Room



Group of Caverns visitors at the Rock of Ages in the Big Room in the early 1940s (est.). Notice the park employee off the trail at the right. This may be Superintendent Tom Boles, staunch defender of the Rock of Ages program. In December 1944, agency superiors above Boles forced the removal of this popular program because they felt that the program was lacking serious substance in favor of emotional entertainment (that included the singing the Rock of Ages hymn with rangers and a "lights" program).

For the next ten years previous caverns visitors asked what had happened to the program. Superintendent Boles regretted the program's cancellation. Soon after, Boles was transferred to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas


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