• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Stories

Star Chamber in Mammoth Cave

Star Chamber in Mammoth Cave, circa 1908.

In Mammoth Cave, there's a story under every rock, and behind every stalagmite – ancient stories, and more modern, sometimes tragic, and other times full a kind of rustic humor. Together, they all tell a history of one of Earth's most marvelous places. Click here to delve into the chapters of A Brief History of Mammoth Cave.

Did You Know?

Tuberculosis Hut in Mammoth Cave

In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.