Mammoth Cave Curiosities: A Guide to Rockphobia, Dating, Saber-Toothed Cats, and Other Subterranean Marvels


Product Details

University Press of Kentucky
Publish Date
February 24, 2017
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Colleen O'Connor Olson has been guiding tours at Mammoth Cave National Park for over twenty years. She is the author of Scary Stories of Mammoth Cave, Nine Miles to Mammoth Cave: The Story of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, Mammoth Cave by Lantern Light, and Prehistoric Cavers of Mammoth Cave.


"This eclectic book delighted me from the title page to the end matter. Olson's playful voice and sense of humor lured me along, and now I've a good layperson's education in Mammoth Cave lore, cave science, and cave history. Kudos to Ranger Olson for collecting and arranging all these facts and stories and telling them in such a personal, conversational voice." -- Wes Berry, author of The Kentucky Barbecue Book

"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