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Old Guide's Cemetery

 
 
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Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2007
1. Old Guide's Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This cemetery, known as 'Old Guide's Cemetery," probably began as a slave cemetery. Others buried here were early visitors to Mammoth Cave. They share this resting place with cave guide Stephen Bishop, who died in 1857 and is the only known Mammoth Cave guide buried here.

Bishop was owned by Dr John Croghan, a physician and the proprietor of the Mammoth Cave Estate. A nineteenth-century tourist enterprise, the Mammoth Cave Estate was forerunner to what became Mammoth Cave National Park.

The Mammoth Cave Estate as drawn by Danish artist Fredrick Reichert shortly after Stephen Biship's death. Fire destroyed the estate in 1916.

Three of Dr. John Croghan's tuberculosis patients lie buried here. They lived their last days underground in consumptive huts in a failed hospital they shared with 13 other patients.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 37° 11.228′ N, 86° 6.032′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Marker

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Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2007
2. Old Guide's Cemetery Marker
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is on Mammoth Cave Entrance Road. Marker is located inside Mammoth Cave National Park near the Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave KY 42259, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World Treasure Saved (a few steps from this marker); Mammoth Cave National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mammoth Cave Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Engine No. 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail (approx. 2½ miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Stephen Bishop. Stephen Bishop was an early cave explorer and often considered the first guide at Mammoth Cave. Born as an African-American Slave, Bishop became world famous betwen 1838 and 1857 after he authored books and maps of Mammonth cave which were widely distributed, even spread overseas. (Submitted on August 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
Old Guide's Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2007
3. Old Guide's Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 29, 2022