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winding  one, about three or four high, and people have to progress tripod-
ically, lamp being carried in fore paw. This avenue is 1 1/2 miles in length  /    But 
pursuing the regular line
of march, from Washington s Hall, through the Snow ball rooms,
the whole low ceiling of which is covered by gypsum incrustations like to dama-
ged snow balls.  Mary s Bower and Virginia s Festoon follow, also
a deep cross fissure in the nipple-studded Mammiliary Ceiling.    The
last Rose of Summer is another sentimentally named prettiness.   A short
avenue turns off here to the right, leading to the Grotto of Egeria.
But we now enter Cleveland s Cabinet, which includes, I think, the
two miles to the end of the cave.   A wide avenue, not very high, its
ceilings all curious with carbonate and sulphate of lime mimicries; Acan-
thus leaves, roses, lilies, leaves, shrubs and I wot not what else.
Diamond Grotto is studded with bright sparkling points, which wink and
glisten in the lamp glare, rarely; Saint Cecilia s grotto with various crystalli-
zations, some containing Epsom Salts.    Charlotte s Grotto, (so named
by Stephen in honor of his wife,) is also beautifully fantastic.    All these
names I may have not given in their proper order,    tis difficult to do so,
even for those who know the Cave thoroughly.      /        These grotto avenues
past, you issue forth on a savage mass of loosely piled rocks, hight the Rocky
Mountains.  The bluish glare of a Bengal light shews a vast cavern,
the remembrance of which might make a Nightmare more horrible.   To the
right and left, and straight before you, it stretches off into blackness, colossal,
jagged, and hideously rent and distorted rocks around; a mount of sharp
edged, angular, wickedly-shaped stones a hundred feet in height to
be first asscended, then descended, for the Rocky Mountains run sheer across the
Avenue.       An ugly bit of travelling, where I got about my twentieth fall.
Upwards from the Dismal Hollow we climbed, and pursued our way of the
avenue straight ahead.     Ten minutes or less brought us to where a very
hazardous descent down dank rocks on our left conducted us to Serena s
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Subject:Alfred; Bishop, Stephen; Bishop, Stephen, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Mammoth Cave (Ky.); Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Kentucky]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.