Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

History & Culture in Mammoth Cave

History of Mammoth Cave

Indigenous peoples lived and hunted in Kentucky between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago in the Late Archaic Period (3000 — 1000 B.C.). These early explorers traveled miles within Mammoth Cave, using cane plants as torches, in order to collect the minerals mirabilite, epsomite and gypsum. How they used the ...

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Floyd Collins

In 1925, Floyd Collins, one of the world's premier cavers, met a tragic and bizarre end in part of Mammoth Cave called, "Sand Cave." Collins, determined to find a "show" cave as a source of family income, was trapped on his way out of a dangerous unstable passage when ...

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