“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cave City in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Sand Cave

Sand Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trinket Troy, April 26, 2006
1. Sand Cave Marker
Inscription. Floyd Collins was first to explore Sand Cave. Fallen rock trapped him in narrow passage 150 ft. from entrance, Jan. 30, 1925. Rescuers reached him with food and heat for short time. Aid cut off by shifting earth closing passage. Engineers sank 55-foot shaft but were unable to reach Collins' body until February 16. Rescue attempt publicized worldwide. Aroused sympathy of nation.
Erected 1970 by The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1385.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not, and the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 9.009′ N, 86° 2.618′ W. Marker is in Cave City, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Marker is on Old Mammoth Cave Road (at milepost 15), 1.2 miles north of Mammoth Cave Road (Kentucky Route 70), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1240 Old Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City KY 42127, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union City: Cave Crossroads (approx. 1.8 miles away); Locust Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); Diamond Caverns (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Diamond Caverns (approx. 2.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is next to the Wayfarer Hotel, where there is a museum, and a path to the cave entrance.
Also see . . .
1. The Story of Floyd Collins, Trapped in the Cave. by James M. Deem (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 

2. Floyd Collins - Sand Cave. Illustrated with contemporary and vintage photos. Tells the story of the rescue. (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 

3. Floyd Collins: America's Greatest Doomed Cave Explorer. A better telling, this page also continues the story past his death; telling of his glass-topped coffin, the chained coffin, and his body's brief visit to a near-by field, where he lost his leg. (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 

4. The Floyd Collins Web Page. Story, Poem, Photos, Song, Video, and the Rock that trapped poor Floyd. (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 

5. Vernon Dalhart's 1925 recording "Death of Floyd Collins". Click to hear song (Real Audio format). (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 

6. Trapped! the Story of Floyd Collins. Book by Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Brucker on, with Search Inside feature. (Submitted on April 29, 2006.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2006, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,152 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 29, 2006, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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