Friday, January 30, 2015

Cave of the Winds: Historical Colorado Cave & Giveaway! Part 2

Cave of the Winds: Historical Colorado Cave & Giveaway! Part 2

If you missed part one of the Cave of the Winds trip, be sure to check it out HERE.

As mentioned in the last post, Cave of the Winds became a tourist attraction in 1881. You would be surprised at how many of these early cave explorers were women. In skirts, mind you. ;)

There were two such women visiting the cave, who were old maids of 20 & 21 years old. At a certain point in the cave, the two ladies removed their decorative hair pins and left them on the wall of the cave. Two years later, these two women returned to Cave of the Winds, but this time they were married off to healthy, and wealthy men. Since then, visitors have left hair bands, pennies, any shiny or hair-related object in hopes that they will have the same good fortune. (Pictured at left) Legend has it that if the object lands on top of the pile and stays, you'll be happily married, BUT if it falls, you're in for a divorce.

For all those wondering, no, I didn't leave anything in the old maid wishing pile. I don't believe in such superstitions. ;)

Moving on...

In the early days of cave exploration, visitors had to crawl through the cave for hours to reach the big cavern, with only one or two places where they could stretch out and have a bit of a breather before army-crawling along again. I believe they said it was an 8 hour tour back then. It took us about 45 minutes.

The man who was the main donor to make the cave more accessible had only one request. He wanted a quote from his favorite poem put on the wall, and his name mentioned during the tours. This is the quote, but I can't remember the fella's name.
Apparently, there are also some ghost stories associated with the cave, however our guide assured us that none of them are true. BUT, you can go on a Lantern Tour where they share these types of stories and give you a tour through the cave by lantern light only. Kinda sounds like fun.
Here's a historical film on the tourism at Cave of the Winds in 1925.


I'll have one more post on the different cave formations in Cave of the Winds on Monday. Have you entered to win the souvenir yet?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Day in Christian History: January 28

This Day in Christian History: January 28

January 28, 1834: Sabine Baring-Gould's Birthday

Sabine Baring-Gould was born in St. Sidwell Parish in Britain as the eldest son of Edward
Baring-Gould and Sophia (nee Bond) Baring-Gould. His family enjoyed travel, and spent most of his childhood touring through Europe. During the only two years Sabine spent in a formal school, he contracted a bronchial disease that would torment him throughout his life.

At 30 years of age, Sabine fell in love with Grace Taylor, a 14 year old mill hand's daughter. Four years later, he married her, and the couple had 15 children during their 48 years of marriage. When he buried his wife, he etched latin words into her coffin that transated to "half my soul." He never remarried.

Sabine had many talents. He obtained a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge, became an Anglican Priest, wrote books on History, biography, poetry as well as fiction, but he is best known as the author of "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day is Over."

Sabine died on January 2, 1924 at the age of 90. He is buried next to his beloved wife, Grace.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cave of the Winds: Historical Colorado Cave & Giveaway! Part 1

Cave of the Winds: Historical Colorado Cave & Giveaway!

One of the blessings of having out of state family and friends visit, is the opportunity to see the sites in your own area! Earlier in January, we took family to visit Cave of the Winds, which is only about 45 minutes from my home. It has some fascinating history, and I have some pictures and a giveaway to share with you as well!

Cave of the Winds is tucked away in the foothills outside of Colorado Springs next to the cozy town of Manitou Springs. It was first discovered in 1869 but didn't become a tourist attraction until 1881. It has since become the 2nd most commercial cave in the United States.

At the bottom of the cavern you see here, is where the original entrance was discovered. Two brothers, John and George Pickett, were exploring the area for caves when they heard a low howling noise. They came to investigate and climbed through a small entrance into a large cavern. Before long, the howling noise returned, much louder this time, and sent the boys running from the 'ghost' that lived there. The cave was later excavated by George Snider, a stone cutter from Ohio, and opened it up for tours.
Originally, folks explored the cave with candle lanterns much like this. They entered the cave by climbing down a rope ladder. 

Later on, they installed electric in the cave, making it the third cave in history to have electric lights. This is an original Thomas Edison light bulb. It is over 100 years old, and when they tested it a couple of years ago, it still worked! They don't make bulbs like THAT anymore.

I've got more pictures and facts to share with you, so be sure to stop by on Friday. In the mean time, enter to win a souvenir from Cave of the Winds! This amazing geode 'cave' has a gold miner hard at work inside.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

This Day in Christian History: January 5

This Day in Christian History: January 5

January 5, 1527: Felix Manz becomes the first Protestant to be martyred at the hands of Protestants.

Grossmunster, Zurich
Grossmunster, Zurich by Robert Scarth
Felix Manz was born in Zurich Switzerland sometime around 1498. It was there that he was educated and learned Hebrew, Greek and Latin. In 1519 when Zwingli came to Zurich, Felix became one of his followers. About this time, Felix also became friends with Conrad Grebel. He and Conrad eventually split from Zwingli's movement, feeling that he had been corrupted by the City Council.
One of the main subjects of dispute was the baptism of infant children. Felix and Conrad believed a person should be baptized after they had reached the age of accountability and accepted Christ, however Zwingli and his movement still practiced infant baptism.

Felix used his learning to translate texts into the language of the people, and was also an evangelist. He was arrested several times between 1525 and 1527 before he was caught by surprise while preaching and taken to Wellenburg Prison.

The Zurich council had passed a law stating that re-baptizing was a crime punishable by drowning. On January 5, 1527 they carried out this sentence on Felix, making him the first martyr of the law and the first protestant to be killed at the hands of protestants.

A hymn written by Feliz Manz is still sung in some Amish churches. Below is the English version.
With gladness will I now sing;
My heart delights in God,
Who showed me such forbearance
That I from death was saved
Which never hath an end.
I praise Thee, Christ in heaven
Who all my sorrow changed.