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Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
If you toured Mammoth Cave in Kentucky around the year 1838, you would have been led by candlelight through miles of dark winding tunnels, to the edge of a terrifying bottomless pit, and curiously, a church built underground. Your tour guide would have been seventeen-year-old Stephen Bishop, an African American, and a slave. Bishop had a job he found truly ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Viking Juvenile (first published 2004)
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Brenda
Jul 17, 2008 Brenda rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. We just had a program about the mysteries of Mammoth Cave. The presenter works for the NPS and started his career as a Mammoth guide. He was the model used for the illustrations of Stephen Bishop by Kelynn Alder. I was picturing Kerry throughout the book!
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Pamela
After watching a “Mysteries at the Museum” segment, highlighting Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave and Stephen Bishop’s priceless contributions, my curiosity piqued. Turning to the library I found “Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop & Mammoth Cave.” It’s a delightful little standout gem - as most stories amid slavery are heavy and heartbreaking; the work and living conditions for slaves were grievously dark and deplorably inhuman. However, Bishop’s rare and fortuitous story is ...more
Ny'dea
Dec 06, 2012 Ny'dea rated it it was amazing
Journey to the Bottomless Pit is a non-fiction story, written by Elizabeth Mitchell, which tells the story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave.

A strong part of the book that I notice was how the author made sure to tell minor events without getting into a long explanation. For example when the owner of Mammoth Cave, Dr. Crohagan pasted away, the author made sure to tell what he put in his will without going into a long explanation.

A part in the book that I feel needed a little work was how the
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Miss Amanda
gr 4-8 99pgs

1838 Mammoth Cave Kentucky. Fictionalized account of Stephen Bishop's real exploration of Mammoth Cave. 17 year old Stephen Bishop, a slave, was trained as a tour guide when his owner purchased it and decided to make it a tourist attraction. Stephen learned everything he could about the system of caves and explored it whenever he could. As a result, he became an expert on Mammoth Cave and made several discoveries of new portions of the cave system.

I would recommend this qucik read to
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Ellen
Dec 16, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy when a book takes me to a new place and time and teaches me something in the process. I was reviewing this book for inclusion in our school library and found the prose so natural and descriptive that it truly took me back to those earliest days exploring Mammoth Cave. Journey to the Bottomless Pit tells of ambitious and courageous Stephen Bishop who, despite his slave status, does something remarkable. Others may have profited from it and even claimed the credit, but this book ...more
Kathleen Guinnane
Jun 08, 2016 Kathleen Guinnane rated it liked it
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I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if I hadn't been to Mammoth Cave. It was an interesting take on what may have happened in the early years of exploration in the cave. To be a slave with such a job as cave guide would certainly have been unique. I enjoyed reading about the discoveries Stephen Bishop made in the cave. Of course, I would have liked to read more about Stephen himself, but being a slave, there was little written about him. Many of the articles the author used apparently ...more
Jilane
Jun 14, 2011 Jilane rated it liked it
I read this book after my family and I had returned from vacation to South Dakota. We visited Wind Cave and Jewel Cave while we were there. My oldest son was so fascinated that he was considering becoming an explorer.

This was quite an interesting story about the exploration of caves. I enjoyed it.
Marissa
Sep 28, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
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Deborah
Jun 02, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
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My sons and I (9,5, and 2) read this out loud. We split the chapters in half at bedtime. We really liked it and now they want to go cave exploring. I like that this was a mild, but thoughtful, introduction to the topic of the transatlantic slave trade. This book generated a lot of interesting comments from my older son.
Sandybear76
Stephen Bishop was a slave who guided tours for his masters through Mammoth Cave. He explored the caves more and more so he could learn more about the caves and in turn give a better tour of the caves. He discovered the blind fish of the caves and miles and miles of passages in the caves.
Micchon
Aug 05, 2011 Micchon rated it did not like it
This was really a dull book. Well written, but dull. The book sounded like some tour guide from an elementary school field trip talking about Mammoth Cave. I was not at all captivated or even remotely interested.
David
Apr 19, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-olympics
This was a really great, quick read for READING OLYMPICS. I do think the main character guy (he was a real person) should be regognized as more of a historical figure. Great story
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Excellent fictionalized account of real events in Mammoth Cave.
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