In 1842, in the foothills of the Catskills, eccentric farmer Lester Howe and a neighbor began conducting lengthy and primitive explorations below ground at Howe's Scoharie Country farm. Each time the two returned, mud-covered, to the surface, they spoke of a cavern system that amazed them with its extent and complexity. Local Native Americans had known of the cave long before-they called it "Otsgaragee," the Cave of the Great Galleries-but Howe's chance rediscovery was the first chapter in the dramatic tale of one of America's oldest and greatest commercial caves. Just as dramatic as the caverns' features-walls of colored floorstone, gigantic columns of stalactites and stalagmites, murderously tight squeezes and vast open galleries-is the story of their evolution from natural wonder to tourist attraction. Noted natural historian Dana Cudmore examines this spectacular natural phenomenon, which is greeted by nearly a quarter of a million visitors each year. Packed with fascinating historical photographs, The Remarkable Howe Caverns Story is a remarkable and compelling account of man's interaction with nature. "An interesting local history that should intrigue spelunkers and expand awareness of a site already well known to visitors of New York State's Leatherstocking region." (Booklist) "Spelunkers and local history buffs will relish this engaging account." (Publishers Weekly)Dana Cudmore is the author of 'The Remarkable Howe Caverns Story', published 2002 under ISBN 9781585672462 and ISBN 1585672467.