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dome or Arbour, a very well of place with beautiful stalactites and stalag-
mites, surrounding a little Spring, hight Medora s.     Like unclarified
ice, of a yellowish color, sometimes solid, sometimes hollow, they drip, depend
and rise, stone-impregnated water drops hanging from their solid icicle-like
points. Their beauty is however much marred by the dank yellowish 
mud coating covering them.     Standing in this pit like spot, shut in as it
were, for the descent is high and almost steep as a wall; and knowing  tis
the End of the Mammoth Cave is a sensation in its way,   something to
be remembered.           Back returning to Dismal Hollow we now go to
the left Avenue, Croghan s Hall, a huge one in dimensions, with more
Stalagmites and Stalactites;   a screen of them barring all progress further.
There s a hideous pit here, to the right, perhaps the deepest throughout the
whole range of caves; and into its black abysses a sooty cascade rushes,
roaring down unseen from the roof behind.   Ugh! to listen there to its
sullen continuous plunge downwards  
     Back we turned, leaving the right Avenue unexplored, (it presents but a
range of Rocky Mountains,) and by 7 or so we saw the stars and heaven s
vault again.  Two and twenty miles cave walking, creeping, climbing and
crawling had we done.      I was wet to my knees, somewhat cut and bruised,
my sturdy boots torn irrecoverably, not very tired, but satisfied with the
Underground World.
  4.  Tuesday.  Passed in doors, in my room, for the most part, wri-
ting.   At evening by the cheery wood fire below, with Kellam and his friends.
They, having made another Cave visit to day, start for Louisiana on the mor-
row; and Kellam again renewing an invitation he had before made, that
I should accompany them, it was cordially seconded by the other two.  The notion
had flustered me a little before,   to progress on horseback through part of Kentucky
Tenesee, Alabama, Mississipi, then to cross the mighty Father of
Waters and spend a week or so on a Louisiana cotton plantation, with good
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
Date:1853-10-03
Subject:Alfred; 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.