Cave City, Kentucky – Gateway to Cave Country

Although it is located in one of the nation’s most well-known national parks There aren’t any glass and steel condos, cappuccino shops or traffic jams. Cave City retains its quaint, Kentucky hill atmosphere. There are a variety of hotels and gold arches that line interstate highways, but Cave City’s rest is an enchanting instance of a tourist attraction that is ticky-tacky. On a recent visit to Mammoth Cave, we pulled into Cave City to have a tour at the area.

First thing we saw when we left the freeway was the Guntown Mountain/Wild West Attraction, complete including cable car rides, a Ferris wheels as well as cave tours. Miniature golf courses were available as well as bumper boats along the road towards the park. A pay-per-fishing lake was nothing more than a mud-filled pool. The larger than life-sized statues depicted a hound that was who chased her husband using an elevated pan. In the vicinity was an alpine slide horse stables as well as a haunted home, an eerie maze, and antique stores. The most bizarre of them all was the Golgotha theme park. It was home to three wooden crosses, and was surrounded by a go-cart track. There were tombstones on every hole on the mini golf course. Visit:-

Rock shops were closer to the park and sold geodes cut-to-size, arrowheads as well as fossils. They also sold colorful chunks of glass slag as exotic artifacts. Every gift shop had souvenir shot glasses, tiny silver spoons, tiny silver bells, salt-and-pepper commemorative shakers and coffee mugs, rulers, key-chains, and banners that were all embellished with Kentucky or Mammoth Cave logos. The gift shops all had corncob pipe and coal carvings as well as local chewing tobacco and sugar-smoked hams.

We were charged a dollar to gain access to a curtained entryway in the back of a shop. It opened to a wildlife museum containing the musty, moldering remnants of the stuffed, exotic, and domestic animals. In the glass of one exhibit, an eastern coyote was stalking its prey -an uninterested, sad squirrel (on its back) with stiff legs that pointed upwards. A wax museum was set down the street and included replicas of historical figures such as presidents, actors and all the actors from the Lastsupper. Cave-tour billboards were ubiquitous. Wigwam Motel was also available and had 15 concrete teepees which faced the highway in semicircles.

It’s remarkable that it is so amazing that when America is enjoying a vacation, Dad plans to take his children to historical sites and natural marvels. All they want to do is play miniature golf. We saw the miniature golfers in this area. The family car, loaded with all the trappings for a journey across the world, pulled up to the side of the road. The passengers were playing miniature golf through the blades of an old mill. Dad was clearly annoyed in playing miniature golf so close to the largest cave in the world, but he probably just wanted them off the vehicle and go for a walk.

In a way, The Cave City newspaper was called The Progress and was a refreshing signpost of the state of health in small-town Kentucky. Instead of the unflattering personal ads that we read about in big city newspapers the news in Cave City reported something like: Bill and Bertha Henry went to the Horse Cave Cafe for dessert and coffee after an evening at the Horse Cave Theater last Wednesday night. The couple were said to have had thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

In one issue, there were ads for every church that is in the area — with a schedule of the most well-known gospel choirs. The issue also included announcements about the Cave City Kids Parade, engagement, wedding, and anniversary notices, as also the outcomes of the Children’s Beauty Pageant organized by the volunteer fire department. Bobby Thornton was shown holding a flathead catfish weighing 23 pounds caught in Nolin Reservoir. Fluffy, Fluffy and Bubba Robertson were also featured.

I received a notice of the annual celebration of the city known as the Cave City Floyd Collins Good Ole Days. It took place the second weekend of August. Events included a black bean supper (all the beans and cornbread you could consume for $3.00) and lawn mower pulls, face painting, as well as the Groove Grinders dance band. Plus, Archie and Junior play the Irish fiddle and guitar. The show included a children’s peddle pull, a race in the park, a peddle race, a cow patties bingo and chip toss, as well being the Barren River Cloggers. The event also included the pet show, Caveman Choir, antique tractor pulls and fun for adults. I have no idea what adult fun contests are therefore don’t ask. It was evident Cave City-Floyd Collins Good Ole Days offered an event for everyone. Cave City is a must-see should you be planning on visiting Mammoth Cave.

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