Missouri Caves in History and Legend by H.Dwight Weaver
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Missouri Caves in History and Legend
By H.Dwight Weaver

Missouri Caves in History and Legend

By (author) See other recent books by H.Dwight Weaver
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $33.28
Your Price: $29.95 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.33! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.50 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 8-11 days



Missouri Caves in History and Legend by H.Dwight Weaver

Book Description

Missouri has been likened to a "cave factory" because its limestone bedrock can be slowly dissolved by groundwater to form caverns, and the state boasts more than six thousand caves in an unbelievable variety of sizes, lengths, and shapes. Dwight Weaver has been fascinated by Missouri's caves since boyhood and now distills a lifetime of exploration and research in a book that will equally fascinate readers of all ages."Missouri Caves in History and Legend" records a cultural heritage stretching from the end of the ice age to the twenty-first century. In a grand tour of the state's darkest places, Weaver takes readers deep underground to shed light on the historical significance of caves, correct misinformation about them, and describe the ways in which people have used and abused these resources.Weaver tells how these underground places have enriched our knowledge of extinct animals and early Native Americans. He explores the early uses of caves: for the mining of saltpeter, onyx, and guano; as sources of water; for cold storage; and as livestock shelters. And he tells how caves were used for burial sites and moonshine stills, as hideouts for Civil War soldiers and outlaws - revealing how Jesse James became associated with Missouri caves - and even as venues for underground dance parties in the late nineteenth century.Bringing caves into the modern era, Weaver relates the history of Missouri's "show caves" over a hundred years - from the opening of Mark Twain Cave in 1886 to that of Onyx Mountain Caverns in 1990 - and tells of the men and women who played a major role in expanding the state's tourism industry. He also tracks the hunt for the buried treasure and uranium ore that have captivated cave explorers, documents the emergence of organized caving, and explains how caves now play a role in wildlife management by providing a sanctuary for endangered bats and other creatures.Included in the book is an overview of cave resources in twelve regions, covering all the counties that currently have recorded caves, as well as a superb selection of photos from the author's extensive collection, depicting the history and natural features of these underground wonders. "Missouri Caves in History and Legend" is a riveting account that marks an important contribution to the state's heritage and brings this world of darkness into the light of day.

Buy Missouri Caves in History and Legend book by H.Dwight Weaver from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780826217783
ISBN-10: 0826217788
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: University of Missouri Press
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Missouri Caves in History and Legend book by H.Dwight Weaver and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - H.Dwight Weaver

Former show cave operator H. Dwight Weaver is the author of nine books, including Wilderness Underground: Caves of the Ozark Plateau, also published by the University of Missouri Press, and most recently History and Geography of Lake of the Ozarks. He lives near Eldon, Missouri.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by H.Dwight Weaver close
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close