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Crossing Echo River from the arch to the end you pass over 600 yards
space.    The Eyeless fish are caught here, eyeless crawfish also.  Some of the
former I saw at the New York Crystal Palace; they are white, about five
inches in length, sans all wrinkle or intimation of sight, as may well be; a 
generation of fish succeeding generation in these rayless caverns.  That there s unknown
cavernous communication, larger than crevices and dripping places, with Green River
is also made manifest by the fact that these eyeless fish have been caught in
the river.     But to our journey.  Landing on the other side of Echo River,
we pass through a dank filthy region, rendered so by the recent rising of the
waters.   The rocks over which we progressed were all coated with dank mud;
it covered the jagged side walls, the ledges, and holes; all seemed mud in
intermediate progress towards becoming rock.   Silliman s long Avenue, over a
mile in length, (and so called after the Professor of that name;) follows Clay s
Cave, in which are the rivers.    Twas at first monotonous and filthy.   A Cascade
dimly seen to the right, rushing down with angry roar indicated Cascade Hall.
Wellington s Gallery and the Infernal Regions follow.    And about here, 
on huge mud covered slabs of rock, chaotically piled on every side, we ate
a hearty dinner; picking chicken-limbs with great content and demolishing cold
pies.    With lightened spirits and heavier stomachs, onwards we then sped.
Through, or by, Stephens Galleries; noticing the Valley way, a winding
side cut turning off to the right, and again joining the Gallery, to Ole
Bull s Concert hall; where that Ingenious Norwegian did, it is said, once draw
forth inspiriting strains from his inspired cat-gut.   On the left we spy a
great rock-mass fancifully shapen like to the Stern of a vessel, the Great
Western, as  tis called.      Another, adjacent, though smaller, whimsically like
a Sitting Rabbit.       Hereabouts ends Sillimans Avenue, and the Pass
of El Ghor commences.     In part of this the path serpentines beside a
wildly piled mass of Titanic fragments of rock which have fallen from above,
a Stonehenge thrown down about the ears of the Troglodytes.   One place
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-10-03
Subject:Alfred; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Kentucky]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.