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Horace Carter Hovey

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Horace Carter Hovey (1833–1914) was a late 19th-century American Methodist minister, and travel writer. Among his more than twenty travel writings are works describing caves of the United States, the most notable of which is "Celebrated American Caverns" (1882), which contains a detailed and well-researched description of the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky. This work is notable not simply for its evocative journalistic description of Mammoth Cave as it appeared to a late 19th century visitor, but also for the thoroughness of prior research. Hovey wrote to an audience that was already sporadically aware of Mammoth Cave's primacy in the English-speaking world.

Hovey's 1882 visit came 25 years too late to encounter Stephen Bishop (cave explorer) in the flesh, but Bishop's legacy is described and noted by Hovey. Hovey thus forms an important secondary literary source on Stephen Bishop: he did not meet Bishop, who died ca. 1857, but did, in Hovey's own mouth, speak with people who had known Bishop.

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