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Cave Regions of the Ozarks and Black Hills   By: (1852-1932)

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CAVE REGIONS OF THE OZARKS AND BLACK HILLS

by

LUELLA AGNES OWEN.

Membre titulaire de la Société de Spéléologie, and Fellow of the American Geographical Society.

[Illustration: Entrance To Marble Cave. Page 25.]

Cincinnati. The Editor Publishing Co.

1898.

The illustrations for this volume are from photographs by the following artists:

The Views of Marble Cave, by Stone & De Groff, Warrensburg, Missouri.

The Tower of Babel, The Chimes, The Knife Blade, The Needle, The Bridal Veil, by Meddaugh, of Leadville, So. Dakota.

Top of Glacier, by L.W. Marble, Wind Cave, So. Dakota.

White Onyx Masses, Fairies' Palace, by J.W. Pike, Hot Springs, So. Dakota.

The Wilderness Pinery, by D. Benton Miller, Alton, Missouri.

Approaching Deadwood, by H.R. Locke & Co., Deadwood, So. Dakota.

Copyrighted The Editor Publishing Company. 1898.

TO MY MOTHER THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER. PAGE.

I A General View 1

II Marble Cave 25

III Marble Cave Continued 43

IV Fairy Cave and Powell Cave 58

V Other Stone County Caves 73

VI Oregon County Caves 82

VII The Grand Gulf 95

VIII The Black Hills and Bad Lands 103

IX Wind Cave 113

X Wind Cave Continued 127

XI " " " 141

XII " " Concluded 151

XIII The Onyx Caves 162

XIV Crystal Cave 175

XV " " Concluded 183

XVI Conclusion 211

Cave Regions of

THE OZARKS AND BLACK HILLS.

CHAPTER I.

A GENERAL VIEW.

"O'er mountains bright with snow and light, We crystal hunters speed along, While grots, and caves, and icy waves, Each instant echo to our song; And when we meet with stores of gems We grudge not kings their diadems." Thomas Moore.

The southern half of the State of Missouri, and the Black Hills of South Dakota, offer exceptionally delightful regions for the study of caves, or Speleology as it has been named, and the sister sciences of geology and geography at the same time. In fact it is impossible to study either without giving attention to the other two, and therefore, instead of being separate sciences, they are the three branches of a great scientific trinity.

The regions here referred to enjoy the advantage, and at the same time suffer the disadvantage, of being comparatively little known to the ever restless tide of tourists who naturally hail with pleasure the announcement that some easily accessible, and thoroughly charming spot, has escaped their attention altogether, with a marvelous store of attractions which are both extremely old and wholly new.

Each of these regions has a peculiar geological history not repeated in any other portions of the earth's surface: each is blessed with its own peculiar style of beautiful scenery: and each vies with the other and all the world besides for the supremacy of its truly wonderful caves. Yet it should be well understood that the claims are not based on an unworthy spirit of rivalry, nor any desire to deny the greatness and beauty of already famous members of the Cave family. It is simply an announcement that the family is much larger than has been generally supposed, and the more recently presented members worthy of the full measure of distinguished honors.

The geological authorities of both states have for many years mentioned the beauty and importance of these regions, and urged their claims to public attention, but have been prevented, by the pressure of other duties, from giving to the caves such careful study and full reports as they deserve, as it would have been a pleasure to give, and as has been possible in states of less extent where the general work of the department is more advanced, and the volume of tourist travel created an early demand for scientific explanation... Continue reading book >>




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