Oregon Caves Upgrades Subsurface Communications
Summer 2010 marked the completion of a major, eighteen-month project to upgrade the telecommunications system in Oregon Caves. The deteriorating, stand-alone intercom system was replaced with a fiber-based communication system. Park staff evaluated a variety of options for this upgrade, including radio and copper-based systems, and worked closely with Mammoth Cave IT Specialist Patrick Price to design the system. The new system enhances staff and visitor safety and the management of in-cave emergencies and incidents with several significant improvements:
• More phones: This upgrade increased the number of phones stations from three to seven – a phone for every tenth of a mile along the tour route.
Did You Know?
The marble rocks of Oregon Caves were once a tropical reef that was pushed under the continental edge to a depth of 12 miles and then uplifted to 4,000 feet above sea level.