‘Cave Without a Name’ in Texas Given Landmark Status

Sunday, March 01 2009 17:22   Tips & Guides
Cave Without a Name, the sixth longest cave in Texas, has been named a National Natural Landmark.

The landmark status was given to the Texas natural wonder, along with a rare ecosystem in Pennsylvania, and major fossil sites in Kentucky, New York, and Vermont.

The National Natural Landmarks Program, administered by the National Park Service, recognizes significant examples of natural history and supports property owners and managers in conservation efforts. There are now 586 listed sites.

Cave Without a Name in Kendall County, Texas, is significant for some of the largest and best examples of speleothems in the Edwards Plateau region. Blue speleothems found in the cave are exceedingly rare nationally. The cave also contains important fauna and significant paleontological deposits.

"Nottingham Park Serpentine Barrens, Cave Without a Name, Big Bone Lick, and Chazy Fossil Reef are the newest additions to the National Natural Landmarks Program," announced acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk. "Each of these sites has been identified, evaluated, and designated through a scientific process that formally acknowledges their outstanding biological or geological features."

Since 1962, the National Natural Landmarks Program has supported the cooperative conservation of important natural areas on private, state, municipal, and Federal land.

The decision to participate in the program is completely voluntary and inclusion in the program does not dictate activity or change the ownership of an area. A complete list of National Natural Landmarks and additional information about the program can be found at


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