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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves

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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves
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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves
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Murphy, Jack
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Denver, CO
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Center for Colorado and the West
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English

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Auraria Library
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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/eighth-wonder-story-glenwood-caverns-and-historic-fairy-caves[12/7/2015 3:03:57 PM] Home Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy CavesEighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy CavesSubmitted by barlowk on 8-30-2015 08:39 PMAuthor: Richard Rhinehart, Mandy Gauldin, and Shiela Kendall Publishing: Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves. By Richard Rhinehart, Mandy Gauldin, and Sheila Kendall. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 2012. 64 pages. Black-and-white and color photographs; color illustrations. 7 x 10. $9.95 Paperback. Reviewer: Jack Murphy Reviewer Affiliation: Colorado School of Mines This book is an informative and educational guide to the history and geology of the caves located in the limestone cliffs north of Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park includes a scenic tramway with nifty gondolas that whisk you up the steep slope to the cave entrance on a tento twelve-minute rideunless high winds strand you in midair. The amusement park associated with the caves is also loaded with family fun experiences (a zip line, three different roller coasters, a giant swing, and a maze). The historic spot takes advantage of the sweeping view of Glenwood Springs and the Colorado River valley. The cave owners, Steve and Jeanne Beckley, have done an excellent job making the caves, known since 1895, easy to reach, user-friendly, and safe for public tours. A highlight of this book is the history of the ownership by people who wanted to save the delicate and beautiful cave formations from vandalism. As author Rick Rhinehart explains, the Beckleys have been diligent in their efforts to preserve the mineral formations, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and crystal growths, collectively called speleothems. The caves have been dear to the Beckleys since 1992 when Steve asked Jeanne if she would like to go cave exploring on their second date. I can remember the exhausting hike up to the cave years ago, only to find that it was closed. Now there are two walking tours possible, the historic Fairy Cave tour, or the more recently discovered Kings Row tour, each lasting about forty minutes. From the overview at the mouth of the caves, looking down on the Colorado River Valley, one cannot help but wonder how this landscape formed and how long it took. 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 AmericanNow, thats wrong! Some of these Japanese are citizens of the United States. Colorado Gov. Ralph Carrs response to Executive Order 9066 forcing Japanese into internment camps during WWII.

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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/eighth-wonder-story-glenwood-caverns-and-historic-fairy-caves[12/7/2015 3:03:57 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Eighth Wonder accurately describes the geologic processes and mineralogy of this picturesque spot. The authors, along with photographers Norm Thompson and Ken Headrick, include a comprehensive timeline and historic and beautiful photos. Rhinehart in particular is a well-known Colorado caver and writer, and he brings authority to the book as he makes the complex mineralogy and geology easy to understand. Reviewer Info: Jack A. Murphy is geology curator emeritus at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and author of several books on geology. After thirty-five years at DMNS, he is now associated with the Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Denver in 2000