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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Road Trip, Day 3 (Pt. 4); Carlsbad, NM

During unscheduled wanderings in Carlsbad, we came upon a bit of history; the C.B. Eddy House. From a plaque placed on the grounds in 1971 by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Nat'l Society Daughters of the American Revolution;

"C.B. EDDY HOUSE, first substantial dwelling in this area. Built before 1890 as headquarters for extensive ranch. Mr. Eddy's vision resulted in the establishment of Carlsbad, the irrigation system and the railroad."

Charles found this old hive on the grounds.

Although it seemed a bit out of place, this giant, metal roadrunner statue was kind of cool. Up the hill in the distance you can see the Carlsbad (aka Pecos) flume, made of solid concrete in 1902 for a cost of $65,000 (after a flood destroyed the original, wooden structure.) Pat Garrett (who had a ranch in Roswell,) also had a part in its creation. According to Ripley's Believe it or Not, the flume made the Pecos the only river in the world that crosses itself.

More information;
Col. Eddy and the establishment of Carlsbad
The Carlsbad Flume

Next; Our unanimously favorite stop on the trip, Carlsbad Caverns National Park


Charles Gramlich said...

It was very neat coming up on that little place, and so totally by accident.

eileeninmd said...

Lana, nice pic's from your trip. I love the rooadrunner sculpture. And the flowers are pretty. Great series of photos!

Travis Cody said...

I visited Carlsbad Caverns when I was a kid. I remember it as being awe-inspiring.

Larry said...

I like the metal roadrunner.It really stands out.Sounds like you're having a fun trip.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Yes, it was! As they say, everything happens for a reason. :)

eileeninmd; Thanks, hon! Glad you're enjoying. :)

Travis C.; Carlsbad Caverns was awesome. I know neither of us will ever forget it.

Larry; Yeah, the roadrunner was kind of cool! We had a great trip. Tiring, but great. :)

troutbirder said...

Once again very interesting. I'm looking forward to "next." As a child and many times thereafter my father to me of his & some friends road trip to California in the 1920's and that the Carlbad Caverns were the most amazing thing he had every seen.

Lana Gramlich said...

troutbirder; Charles and I agree with your father, I think. It was absolutely amazing.

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