Former property owners promoted Bower Cave as an attraction and respite from summer heat in the 19th century. The grotto was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1991. Aside from special tours, entry today is prohibited.Bower Cave east of Coulterville looms large in the myths of the county’s native people.
In the Miwuk language, the cave has long been known as Ootin. Native people believe it was home to an early race born after the creation of the world.
This week, cave managers and adv...
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