History & Culture
"Everything seemed to be leading me to the cave," Elijah Davidson, 1922 (written about his experience in 1874) *.
Caves honor our past and are among the last areas we can explore with the same rugged individualism, technology, and communal sharing of pioneers.
The cultural history of Oregon Caves National Monument revolves around the cave's discovery, exploration, stewardship, and the resulting national historic structures that surround the caves.
Examining this heritage provides levels of experience so that each of us can have our expectations and limits challenged and our curiosity, respect, and compassion increased. As a result, our estrangement from nature is reduced and a special place is made from a space.
Among the best ideas ever, our National Parks and Monuments define us as individuals, a species, a community, and a nation.
Did You Know?
The stream that comes out of the entrance of the cave is a tributary to a watershed that empties into the Pacific Ocean. There are no human-made obstructions that would prevent salmon migration, which makes this the only cave in the National Park Service with an unobstructed link to the ocean.