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Old Man's Cave Historical Marker, Logan Ohio

"This recess cave was named for the "old man" Richard Rowe, a recluse who made the cave his home in the 1800s and is a part of scenic Hocking Hills State Park. Hocking comes from the Wyandot Indian word "hockinghocking," referring to the Hocking River's bottle-shaped gorge near Lancaster. Streams and percolating groundwater carved the hollows and caves in this area from layers of sandstone bedrock that vary in hardness. The hollow's moist, cool climate preserves more typically northern tree species such as eastern hemlock trees and Canada yew, which have persisted since the glaciers retreated 15,000 years ago."

                                                                       Historical Marker # 5-37

Copyright: Bryant A Gilbert
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12431x6215
Taken: 08/04/2009
Uploaded: 08/04/2009
Updated: 01/03/2015


Tags: old man's cave; historical marker; logan ohio; hocking hiils state park
  • calligraphy1019 over 1 year ago
    Boy! Talk about changing history! Old Man's Cave had always been said to be lived in by "Henry Roe"! Where in the world did you come up with Richard?! Add to that the fact that in the warm months although the water in the bottom of the cave is said to be off limits for swimming; you can see people in swimsuits in it, along with babies in diapers and large dogs! The state seems unable due to budget constraints to keep them out of it. The chemicals that come off their clothing and the filth off their dogs, combined with bacteria and disease has pretty much killed out the aquatic wildlife in the pool and stream that comes from it down there. We have pointed out the sign to people who are stepping out of the pool, which is not chlorinated or treated, as it's "wild" but they just ignore us and all other persons who do the same. Repeated attempts to get the state to close this cave and preserve the area both biologically and culturally have been met with stiff opposition in the past years. So, what you see of this and other caves is now a result of neglect by the state. It used to be a wonderland of plants you could see nowhere else in such abundance or unabused state of perservation. There were forest rangers guiding groups and individuals and writing tickets to anyone who stepped off the trail. Not so anymore as you can see how people have trampled the natural beauty right into dust! It is sickening not only to see all of this but to see the fast food wrappers and disposable drink containers all over the woods and caves there! No one is listening and what used to be there is now GONE! If the state dosen't have the money to keep this open then put rangers on the trails and have them ticketing people for disobeying the signs to raise money to pay said rangers but no, the state said this will affect their bottom line. You see, tourism in that area is crucial to the overall economy and if the areas preserved for future generations have to suffer for it then so be it! The State of Ohio does not give a crap! Where are all the occupy and anonymous protestors for things like this? Where are the naturalist groups? There are now countless organizations who could be doing this but they are not seen in the area of the caves. The state finds it acceptable to put a ranger in the gift shop to answer questions and sell souvinirs though! Where is the money the state has for preservation and protection of wild areas? It went into tourism instead by buildng big expensive buildings that appeal to the public. I say forget the big expensive buildings that are staffed by many rangers and send them out into the areas that need protecting! If the state cannot protect them and the public does not obey the laws then close those parks! People have destroyed and will continue to destroy our wild treasures as long as they are permitted to do so. It will not be the first time the caves have been closed and it will send a strong message to all those doing the destruction to either have respect for what's there or stay the hell out!
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