Cave of the Winds: Then and Now

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Cave of the Winds: Then and Now
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Cave of the Winds: Then and Now
Gulliford, Andrew
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Cave of the Winds: Then and Now | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 9:50:37 AM] Home Cave of the Winds: Then and NowCave of the Winds: Then and NowSubmitted by nwharton on 7-16-2012 08:45 AMAuthor: Norman Thompson, photographer, and Richard Rhinehart, writer. Publishing: Boulder, CO: Westcliffe Publishers, 2011 Reviewer: Andrew Gulliford Reviewer Affiliation: Fort Lewis College Like Yellowstone National Park and the rest of the West, latenineteenth-century tourists were initially drawn to wonders and scenic attractions. Tourists carried carved hiking sticks but no requisite clothing. They wanted to experience the West, to see the elephant, and they did so from wagons, carriages, and large summer hotels where they arrived from the East to enjoy the states cool mountain breezes and afternoon rain showers. Private promoters tried to accommodate these new visitors as railroad service and the tourism industry began to open up Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. In his foreword to Cave of the Winds: Then and Now, Grant L. Carey, general manager, describes Cave of the Winds near Manitou Springs as one of the Pikes Peak regions premier attractions. He relates the fond memories of special vacations that generations of tourists have had at Cave of the Winds, which marked its 130th anniversary in March 2011 and can boast of more than fourteen million visitors who have toured the cave and its underground companion, Manitou Grand Caverns. This commemorative book is light on text and heavy on photographs with some repetition and few comments from visitors. Cave of the Winds: Then and Now is a picture book and souvenir keepsake, but it also chronicles private and corporate ownership of a true underground resource. For those visitors and residents who value Colorado caves, it is an important addition to the literature. There are a few historic photos by William Henry Jackson, some stereopticon images, and modern color photos which are excellent. Of particular value are the then and now photos that show the area around the cave and cave access revegetating after the pioneer period of fires and extensive woodcutting. Clearly this is and was a show cave with decorated chambers, stalactites, stalagmites, and exotic names for cave rooms such as Grand Concert Hall and Grand Organ, Thieves Canyon, Valley of Dreams, Adventure Room, Oriental Gardens, and Horseshow Tunnel. Theres the Canopy Hall and Wishing Well and even a mastodon skeletonsort of. Actually its composed of calcite draperies. The book describes early competition in the Manitou Springs area from New Cave, Mammoth Cave, Manitou Cave, and Manitou Grand Caverns. Theres some research and writing about the caves first explorer and discoverer, George Snider, who opened routes in 1881, but more information would have been useful. The EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanThe Ute people have lived in Colorado longer than anyone else.


Cave of the Winds: Then and Now | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 9:50:37 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us book describes the difficulties of finding a cave, exploring it, enlarging chambers, and then beginning to develop a tourist trade. Visitors once rode caves entrance on burros; now tourists ride mountain bikes or drive. Author Richard Rhinehart describes the Cathedral Spires, which served as the symbol of Cave of the Winds and are located in the Bridal Chamber. He also discusses the remarkable helictites found in Dantes Inferno and shows vandalism by comparing a W. H. Jackson photo with a modern image. Colorado passed an 1885 law prohibiting the breakage or removal of speleothems from caves, but underground, as above ground, vandals do their destructive work. In addition to interior photos from Cave of the Winds, exterior shots of Williams Canyon and its floods document change over time, including flood debris and new, healthy pine trees. Prospectors found gold and silver ore in Colorados rugged mountains by digging and blasting tunnels deep into the earth. Other entrepreneurs found natural tunnels and caverns and opened them up for tourists. If in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a major attraction was Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs on the Front Range, now twenty-first-century tourists ride gondolas to visit a large cave on the Western Slope at Glenwood Springs. Colorados splendors are both above and below ground. Cave of the Winds: Then and Now lacks a conclusion, which is too bad because more information about spelunkings popularity and the challenges of private cave ownership and doing tours underground would have been welcomed. Is visitation rising or leveling off? Does a new generation of tourists seek the same thrills or do they want something different? What is the future of show caves in Colorado? Speculation on these questions would have helped to demonstrate underground visitation as both a historic and contemporary aspect of Colorados tourism industry. Reviewer Info: Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and environmental studies in the Department of History at Fort Lewis College, where among other classes he teaches popular courses on wilderness, environmental history, and national parks.