History and Culture
For thousands of years, Lava Beds has belonged to the homeland of the Modoc people; rock art left behind tells part of their story. In modern times, the Modoc War, CCC era, homesteading, and early cave exploration have been chronicled in photographs.
Troops muster for review at Gillem's Camp during the Modoc War.
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CCC recruits pose with their work truck and leader.
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CCC workers gathered for a day of training.
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The old Entrance Station & vehicles of the day
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A Merrill Ice Cave skating party poses for the camera. These parties were a yearly tradition for winter visitors to the old Merrill Inn, no longer in existance.
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Sunlight backlights thousands of petroglyphs carved into the face of Petroglyph Point.
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Carved by boat when Petroglyph Point was an island, some petroglyphs may be thousands of years old.
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One of over 5,000 carvings at Petroglyph Point.
Pictographs cover rocks around the entrance of Symbol Bridge.