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Mammoth Cave by Lantern Light: Visiting America's Most Famous Cave in the 1800s   

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Colleen O'Connor Olson. 2010 45 b/w photos. 121 pp. 51/2 x 81/2 Long before Yellowstone became the world's first national park and a long time before Coney Island had a roller coaster (1872 and 1884 for the curious), vacationers already were flocking to Mammoth Cave. When tours began at the cave in 1816, charging people money to go underground seemed like a crazy scheme, but the idea worked and has been working ever since. Mammoth Cave by Lantern Light looks at how travelers in the 1800s saw the cave, their views of the ancient American Indians who came before them, celebrities who graced the cave, and the unusual lives of the slaves who guided tours and explored new passages. Some experiences early cave visitors had are familiar to visitors today: gazing fearfully down Bottomless Pit and ducking through a narrow, winding passage called Fat Man's Misery. Others are long gone: arriving by stagecoach and maneuvering through rough, dark passages in a petticoat, corset, and high- button shoes with only a lantern to see your way.


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