Early Account of Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave
One of the earliest accounts of Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave is one by John S. Wood, M.D, from 1841 in The American Magazine.
1841. Wood, John S. M.D. 1841. Chart of the Mammoth Caves, p 86- 90, 130-133, 184-190, The American Magazine, and Repository of Useful Literature, Volume 1, Issue 3, published by B. Wood. http://books.google.com/books?id=w48eAQAAMAAJ&dq
The mention of stephen appears on page 86 of the document where he is refered to as “a servent boy, Stephen.
Later in the article spread out over several issues is a description of the Bottomless Pit and an account of the first crossing of the pit by Stephen: