Howe Caverns History Images & Content
Discovered May 22, 1842 by farmer, adventurer, and entrepreneur Lester Howe and his cow Millicent, Howe Caverns remains the largest cave open to the public in the Northeast.
Howe had heard reports dating back to the 1700s of a mysterious “Blowing Rock” in the area – a strange rock formation which blew cool air even on the hottest days, but the location had been lost to history. By accident, Lester observed that on hot summer days his cows pastured in the same spot, but strangely, not in the shade. Approaching the herd with Millicent, he noticed the temperature getting cooler, and saw his cows had gathered near a cave’s entrance to feel cool air coming up from below. What the pair discovered was the lost, hidden entrance to a living limestone cavern, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, 15 stories below the earth’s surface! In fact, scientists believe that nature had begun to craft the caves up to six million years ago when the eastern part of New York State was covered by an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. As deposits fell to the bottom of the ocean and pressure built up, limestone was created, and after millions of years, the content of North America rose slowly out of the ocean. Howe Caverns remains one of the few remaining mineral caves (living limestone) in the world.
At age 33, Howe opened the cave as the country’s third commercial cave venture. Guided tours departing from the current Howe Caverns Lodge officially began in 1929. The property was purchased in 2007 by Emil Galasso and Charles Wright. Since then, the original facility has been updated, adding Howe Glassworks, Howe High Adventure Park, the HC Mining Company, and renovations to the Howe Caverns Motel.
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