Cathedral Caverns

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In 1952, Jacob "Jay" Gurley explored a Marshall County, Alabama, curiosity known as Bat Cave. Amazed by its stalagmites and sheer enormity, he purchased the site and began transforming it into Cathedral Caverns, a spectacular tourist attraction that eventually became a national natural landmark in 1973 and a state park in 2000. Had it not been for Gurley's hard work and dedication, this cave, a geological treasure of international renown, might have remained a little-known hole in the ground. His efforts impacted local and state tourism, economics, and politics. This is the story of one man and his vision.
ISBN: 9781467124607
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alabama
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Whitney A. Snow is an assistant professor of history at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals ranging from the Alabama Review to Forests, Trees and Livelihoods. A specialist in the 20th-century South, her interests include agricultural, environmental, and labor history. Originally from Guntersville, Alabama, she is also focused on public history and is currently working on several research projects about her hometown.
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