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When Tuberculosis Patients Quarantined Inside Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave; Leo DeLuca; Smithsonian Magazine
In the early 1840s, believing the air was therapeutic, Kentucky doctor John Croghan ran a consumption sanatorium deep underground…
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Travel: Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park; Michael Schroeder; Washington Post
Weeks before Michael Schroeder actually headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after he’d booked several guided cave tours, he encircled his chest with a tape measure.
Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Today; Joy Lanzendorfer; Smithsonian.com
In the 1830s and ’40s, the pioneering spelunker mapped out many of the underground system’s most popular spots…
Weary of Winter Already? It’s Always Cozy in Mammoth Cave; Amy Kneuven Brownlee; Cincinnati Magazine
You could fly to Florida for a cold-weather getaway, or you could go underground.
With more than 400 miles (642.7 kilometers) of mapped passageways, Mammoth Cave is a subterranean world of mystery and discovery.
In 1866, Cincinnati photographer Charles Waldack snapped the nation’s first cave photos. Some say they may be the first in the world. Practical photography had been around less than 30 years, and while success was uncertain, these photos helped put Mammoth Cave—now a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on the map.