Near Park City in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
They came by the thousands, beckoned by the same lure that drew the first Native explorer 4,000 years earlier: The Unknown. They had read of the fabled wonders of the underworld from the hype of the cavesí owners — even Mammoth Cave was once privately owned and shown, as Diamond Caverns still is — and thrilled to its supposed terrors in the awed accounts of past travelers.
A visit to the caves of central Kentucky became a generational affair. Those who marveled at the caves as children remembered, and returned with their own children to share that experience. Their children then brought their own, and many made their voyage on the train.
This tradition continued long after the rails fell silent, and families still return today on a pilgrimage handed, like a family heirloom, down the line.
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Diamond Caverns, one of the oldest show caves in the region, was operated at the time of the Mammoth Cave Railroad by Larkin Procter — who was related by marriage to the family that operated Mammoth Cave. His brother George Procter ran the
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The entrance portal to Diamond Caverns, still in use today. Diamond Caverns features a denser display of cave formations than Mammoth Cave. A visit to one of the regionís “show caves” makes a good complement to a visit to Mammothís vast dry passages.
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The original entrance building, seen above at right.
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An advertisement for both Mammoth and Diamond.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 6.967′ N, 86° 3.753′ W. Marker is near Park City, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker can be reached from Mammoth Cave Parkway (State Highway 255) 1.3 miles north of Interstate 65, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park City KY 42160, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Diamond Caverns (here, next to this marker); Locust Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Union City: Cave Crossroads (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. Bell's Tavern (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sand Cave (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Park City.
Also see . . . Historic Diamond Caverns. Official website of Diamond Caverns. Includes a detailed history of the caverns. (Submitted on August 11, 2016.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016.