Bumpess's Hell


Bumpess's Hell is named after a Mr. Bumpess, an early explorer who staked a claim to the area. Mr. Bumpess was planning to make his fortune by mining the minerals and offering tours and accommodations to visitors. Alas, while escorting some early visitors, Mr. Bumpess stepped on an unstable piece of crust. One of his legs plunged through into a boiling mud pot. Searing mud clung to his skin, severely burning him. He survived, but he lost his leg and his dream of fortune. He remarked that he had escaped a plunge into hell--hence the name.

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