Mammoth Cave Curiosities
A Guide to Rockphobia, Dating, Saber-toothed Cats, and Other Subterranean Marvels
In this charming book, Colleen O'Connor Olson takes readers on a tour through a labyrinth of topics. She discusses scientific subjects such as the fossils of prehistoric animals and the secret lives of subterranean critters, and she provides essential information on dating in the cave (the age of rocks and artifacts, not courtship). Olson also explores Mammoth Cave's rich history, covering its use as the world's first tuberculosis sanatorium as well as its operation as a saltpeter mine during the War of 1812, and shares the inspirational story of the park's first female ranger.
Throughout, Olson offers up humorous accounts of celebrity visits and astounding adventures and even includes a chapter dedicated to jokes told in the cave over the years. Whether you're visiting the national park, thinking about visiting, or just curious about a place recognized as one of the world's greatest natural wonders, don't miss this delightful guide to the wild and wonderful subterranean world of Mammoth Cave.
About the Author
"Olson covers a wide variety of topics that are fun and interesting, and she discusses each with a personal account that makes the book read like you are listening to a park ranger on a tour of Mammoth Cave."— Blair Hess, coauthor of My Old Kentucky Road Trip: Historic Destinations and Natural Wonders
"Olson's book gives a pleasant mix of fun and facts that would interest cave fans. Mammoth Cave is truly one of Kentucky's greatest treasures and this book helps capture its uniqueness."—Kentucky Libraries
"As a 20-plus year park ranger at Mammoth Cave, Olson certainly knows her subject matter and has written several books on Mammoth Cave."—Kentucky Monthly
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