The June 1964 issue of "National Geographic" featured this photo of the Lacy Suicide Falls in the Cass Cave as its center spread. This is one of the very few times West Virginia has ever been represented in the magazine, leave alone the fact that this is a rarely traversed cave. The cave is located on the mountain underneath Whittaker Station, and it is likely that at least a portion of the cave passes under the railroad grade at some point. It is located on private property, and has reportedly been closed to visitors since the early 2000s.
The original caption read:
"Lacy Suicide Falls Tumbles 140 Feet Down a Wall of Cass Cave, West Virginia. Climber Takes the Only Way Out -- Systemic investigation of the cave began in 1947. Explorers since have mapped the 830-foot-long Big Room and probed two miles of tortuous passages. To take the picture, the photographer covered a slope with aluminum foil to make a huge reflector for 12 bulbs."
KODACHROME BY HUNTLEY INGALLS (c) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
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