NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. III, No. 2, Summer, 1947
CAVE LORE OF THE TACONICS
A MAN went into a hole in the side of a hill to find his dog and
discovered one of the largest caves in the Taconic
went into a hole in the side of a hill to find his dog
Range. The dog had gone into this hole to follow some
wild animal it was tracking. After a drop of about twenty feet into
a perpendicular shaft in stone, bouncing down slippery rocks, the
dog was unable to find its way up and out. Several days passed
before the dog’s owner, a farmer living in the neighborhood,
became worried about his hound’s absence. He told some young
men about the dog’s vanishing, and they went to examine the
opening in the limestone rocks.
They shinnied down into the shaft, found solid flooring of
gravel and rock in a shallow stream, and a vast, arched chamber
opening from a tent-shaped passage, a huge half-round pillar
rising at one side, as if supporting the roof sixty to seventy feet
Advancing down the gentle slope of the main passage, as the
cave explorers got near the end they heard some strange sounds,
“saw what they believed to be some barrels” at the far end of the
chamber, became frightened, and scrambled out without further
exploration. Later, three bolder fellows, John Holley, Moses
Dolph, and John Culver, entered the cave, which the other
explorers had said they believed to be “a den of thieves,” and
discovered the remains of a dog near a spring deep down at the
far end of the main passage where it squeezed out to an impasse. ...
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