Walk at Mammoth Cave National Park

Early spring flowers. Abundance is often just noticing.
Signs of an old home place. Land was purchased for the park in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. My family was one that had to leave their homes as they were in what became the National Park. The ground under their farm is known as Great Onyx Cave.
Cemetery at Mammoth Cave Church. I have ancestors buried here.
Entrance to Floyd Collin’s Crystal Cave. Floyd was trapped in and died in Sand Cave. He was looking fo a connection to his Crystal Cave that was closer to the main road so he could attract more tourist.
The Cave area is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the U.S. Like Crystal Cave, there were so many caves in operation that there were Cave Wars. There are still a handful of private caves, but many of the others are now in the Park. Some of the best know like Crystal, Great Onyx and Colossal are rarely or never shown by the Park Service.

15 thoughts on “Walk at Mammoth Cave National Park

  1. shoreacres says:

    What an interesting post. I well remember my visit to Mammoth Cave when I was still in grade school. My memories are a little dim, but I certainly remember how wet everything was, and how the metal stairs were lit with single hanging light bulbs, just like my grandmother’s fruit cellar. I remember drawing stalagtites and stalagmites for show and tell at school, too.

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  2. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Fascinating learning about you and your ancestors’ connection to Mammoth Cave. My parents took us to Luray Caverns in Virginia when we were children and that memory is pretty hazy now. Your picture of the entrance to Floyd Collin’s Crystal Cave — I’m not sure I’d dare to go in there! But the spring walk on the ground above looks lovely.

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