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Humboldt County Historical Society

When: Sat., Jan. 5, 1 p.m. 2019
Price: Free
In Northern California, a novice explorer is unwittingly set adrift in the turbulent waters of the Klamath River during the Flood of 1964, while an experienced Kentucky cave explorer finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place during the “Cave Wars” of 1925. These two distinctly different characters and their harrowing adventures snagged the attention of the media, in their era, and held the public’s fascination until the final details of their gripping tales were revealed. Then, inexplicably, the stories about them started to fade from our nation’s consciousness like the print on an old newspaper. That is, until Paul Woodland, a local practitioner of the oral tradition, started to resurrect the stories about these two fabled adventurers and return them to their rightful place in American folklore. You are invited to hear the riveting tales of W. F. Collins (spelunker) and Bahamas (navigator), two famous explorers who are once again the talk of the town, and rightfully so.

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