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sharp from the gloom of the overarching cave beyond, and a sort of
pit twixt it & the mound of rough rocks in front aids the effect mar
vellously.       Immediately above, on the white ceiling is a strangely
shaped gypsum incrustation, like to an Ant-Eater on a bough.
     And now we quit the Main Cave, branching off at a narrow, partly
retrograding passage behind the Coffin.    Turning to the right we press
onwards for the Deserted Chambers, and enter a low, though spacious
circular room, perhaps 100 feet in diameter.   It is the Wooden Bowl,
so called from that article being here found, at an early exploration. To
the right, down a ladder, and now the Steeps of Time, twenty feet
in space are passed.   We are now at the Deserted Chambers.  Mocas-
sin tracks have been found here, as elsewhere.   Arriving at Richardsons
spring, a little pool of clear water, Stephen here deposits our diner-basket,
as we intend here to feed on returning;   with unforeseen result, as will here
after appear.     Along the Cavernous Archway we speed, noticing a small
branching passage to the left leading to Covered Pit.   This ugly hole is
some twelve or more feet across, lidded over by a thin rock strata, a
rock mass resting on its centre, and down below we hear water plashing.
But a short space there; and back passing by Side Saddle pit, 65 feet
deep, irregularly shaped ^|20 feet| long, but not over 8 wide.    A brief walk
farther and descent down a ladder from above, to the Labyrinth. Win-
ding snake like onwards, one end of this conducts us to Gorin s Dome.
Bidding us go forwards till we come to an oval space, there to look, but
by no means get through, Stephen starts off to the right.  We gaze out,
and above dimly descry an over arching dome, below a black and terrible
abyss.   Right across in front of us, in sharp clear cut grooves, suddenly
abruptly ending a great screen of hanging limestone is seen.   But a fizz
is heard and a bright glare of light rises from the boulders to the right of the pit,
and in a minute the whole place is illumed.    Up flaring in clear cold
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-09-30
Subject:Bishop, Stephen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Kentucky]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.