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Brothers-in-law discover Hubbard’s Cave in 1892

Willa Soncarty

William Henry Hubbard and his brother-in-law, Griffith Jones, with horses and hunting dogs in tow, headed out for a prospecting trip in 1892. Leaving from Henry Hubbard’s Spring Valley ranch, the men traveled northeast to Landis Creek. They then turned northward to Deadman’s Gulch, bringing them close to the south rim of Glenwood Canyon. The dogs led the procession eastward. When the party stopped upon a ledge it was noticed that a rush of cool air was coming from underground. A search revealed a cave entrance covered by boulders. A more extensive search yielded an open entrance.Hubbard and Jones entered the cavern. As they worked their way inward, they found the cave contained a variety of rooms. Crystal formations caught the explorers’ eyes. Signs of bear were present. The charcoal remains of Ute campfires could still be seen.As their light sources diminished, the men decided to leave. Then, a problem was discovered. Hubbard and Jones could not find their way out of the cave. The two worked diligently to find a passage out but could not. When all was almost lost, one of the hunting dogs came into the cave. This dog, as if sensing the predicament, led the two men back to the surface.A year later, Jones and Hubbard, wishing to share the natural wonder with residents and tourists, built a trail to their discovery. Their trail, which was maintained in the years following by the Hubbard family, enabled hundreds of people to enjoy a day in the outdoors and to explore the cavern.The discovery made that day in 1892 is still known as Hubbard’s Cave.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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