Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Number 17: 19-22 - December 1955

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Magnetic Cave - The Wonderful Hoax
William R. Halliday


Cave folklore can seldom be traced to its origin, much less be "explained away" to persons who accept it as fact. The cave that goes "all the way to ... (supply the name of any distanct city)", or the cave that goes "under the river" can never compare with the fabricaiton of Magnetic Cave, product of ingenious gray matter. The author is well known as an explorer of California caves and is intimately acquainted with the locale of the supposed "cave". He sets forth a probable account of the circumstances behind the hoax, thus illuminating the dark recesses of one of the most interesting pieces of all cave folklore.

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