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This collection includes photocopies of a two-page narrative essay written by Ralph V. Stewart in the 1950s regarding his recollections of discovering Marengo Cave with a group of boys on August 18, 1883. Samuel Stewart, Ralph's uncle, owned the land where the cave opening was found. Along with himself, Ralph listed the names of the "boys in the bunch" who discovered the cave as J. Roscoe Stewart, Enoch Stewart, John Jones, Charles Breeden, Marion Johnson, and Nickolas Taylor. The original handwritten narrative was in the possession of Frances Fielder of Bloomington, Indiana at the time of donation.
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This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Marengo Cave, located in Crawford County, Indiana, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1984. The underground cavity has a variety of cave formations, including helictites, stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone dams, and draperies. There are conflicting stories regarding the discovery of the cave. The owners of the cave credit siblings Blanche and Orris Hiestand as discovering the cave on September 6, 1883. Another story states that a group of boys chasing a rabbit discovered the opening to the cave on August 18, 1883. Privately owned, Marengo Cave is Indiana's most visited natural and National Landmark.
Information found within collection.
"Marengo Cave: A Great Discovery Made by Five Boys." New Albany Ledger (Ind.), September 13, 1883.
Marengo Cave."About the Cave: Discovery." Accessed August 5, 2020. https://marengocave.com/individuals/the-cave/discovery.
Pleasant, Hazen Hayes. A History of Crawford County, Indiana. Greenfield, Ind.: Wm. Mitchell Printing Company, 1926.
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