Pennsylvania Caves and Other Rocky Roadside Wonders

Pennsylvania Caves and Other Rocky Roadside Wonders

by Kevin Patrick, Farley Mowat

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Overview

Features Last River Caverns, Crystal Cave, Indian Echo Caverns, Woodward Cave, Penn's Cave, Indian Caverns, Lincoln Caverns, Coral Caverns, and Laurel Caverns and includes ice mines, coal mines, boulder fields, and rock citiesDetailed history of each caveLegends and local lore of many features and sitesA roadside travel guide to and history of Pennsylvania's nine commercial caves and a wealth of other geographical sites within the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811726320
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/10/2004
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,197,684
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin Patrick is Professor of Geography at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has worked as a consultant for the National Park Service, and has led dozens of commercial landscape trips through New Jersey and other parts of the country. He is the author of Pennsylvania Caves and coauthor with Brian Butko and Kyle Weaver of Diners of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
1Pennsylvania Geology, Caves, and the Grand Staircase1
2Pennsylvania Rocks, and How They Got That Way13
If All of Time Were the Pennsylvania Turnpike15
3Rock Plus Hole Equals Cave25
Great Valley Caves32
Appalachian Ridge and Valley Caves41
Ordovician Caves47
Devonian Caves62
Allegheny Plateau Caves67
Imagination Formations73
4Pennsylvania's Early Cave Discoveries83
Studying Caves90
Cave Dwellers93
5Railroad-Era Caves97
6Show Caves in the Early Auto Age107
The State's First Auto-Age Show Cave: Onyx Cave110
Penn's Cave in the Auto Age112
Woodward Cave113
Hipple, Seawra, Alexander, Indian, Indian Echo, Lost River, Veiled Lady, and Coral Caves118
Depression-Era Cave Closures and Survivors140
New Depression-Era Show Caves: Lincoln and Baker144
Failed Attempts at Creating Show Caves150
7Caves, Kids, and Modern Mass Tourism153
Postwar Caves Lost and Found: Tytoona, Harlansburg, Baker, Alexander, Whisper Rocks, and Laurel159
Handing Over the Reins166
The Next Generation169
8Other Rocky Roadside Wonders177
Profile Rocks177
Balanced Rocks182
Boulder Fields184
Potholes190
Rock Cities191
Cold Air Cave198
Ice Mines201
Tourist Coal Mines207
9Confessions of a Flashlight Spelunker217
Fading Show Caves223
Visitor Information225
Closed Show Caves231
Bibliography233
Index243

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