Hawver Cave artifacts on display at Sierra College Roseville Press/Tribune (CA) By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer, Friday, July 27, 2007
A close-up of the mammoth's tooth from Hawver Cave now on display at Sierra College's library building.
ROCKLIN - The mysteries of the Hawver Cave are getting a little less mysterious, thanks to the efforts of Sierra College and the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
The school and state parks have worked together to display artifacts from the cave at the Rocklin college's library in a case designed and built by environmental resource specialist Gene Lorance.
The cave - located about a mile east of Highway 49 on the El Dorado County side of the Middle Fork of the American River - is marking just more than a century since bones and fossils were first discovered by Auburn dentist J.C. Hawver in 1906.
Recent work has secured the cave's entrance from trespassing spelunkers and partiers, and Lorance is nearing completion of a book on the contents of the Dr. Hawver's cavernous discovery. More than 400 bones and fossils were pulled from the cave before limestone-mining operations ran a tunnel through the underground site in the 1910s.