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 caves’ 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
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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 region’s “show caves” makes a good complement to a visit to Mammoth’s 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.
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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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park City KY 42160, 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. A different marker also named Diamond Caverns (here, next to this Locust Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Union City: Cave Crossroads (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bell's Tavern (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sand Cave (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.