Near Brownsville in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Mammoth Cave Railroad
During the first 50 years of Mammoth Cave tourism, much of Kentucky was considered the American West. The road leading to Mammoth Cave was sometimes as rugged as the primitive trails within it.
In 1859, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was established between those two cities; a spur line to the cave was completed in 1886. At $3.00 per ticket, the Mammoth Cave Railroad brought visitors 8.7 miles from Glasgow Junction (now Park City) to the mysterious Mammoth Cave. Along the way, visitors were offered the chance to stop off at other local landmarks – Diamond Caverns, Grand Avenue Cave, and Procter Cave.
The landscape was dotted with rolling hills, sinkholes, patches of forest, wooden farmhouses, livestock, and cultivated fields. One of four “dummy” 04-2T-type steam engines pulled a wooden coach or wooden combination baggage/coach car up the Chester Escarpment, gaining 200 feet in elevation in less than one mile. A series of hills took the little train over a trestle at Doyle Valley and on up to the Mammoth Cave Estate and Hotel. Cave visitors, local families, and even wedding parties saw the sprawling Kentucky landscape from dusty glass windows adorning the cars of the Mammoth Cave Railroad.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 11.067′ N, 86° 5.928′ W. Marker is near Brownsville, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Touch for map. Marker is within Mammoth Cave National park, along the Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail. This 9-mile bicycle and hiking recreational trail follows the old Mammoth Cave Railroad bed. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Cave KY 42259, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Engine No. 4 (a few steps from this marker); World Treasure Saved (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Guide's Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. ¼ mile away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. 3½ miles away); Union City: Cave Crossroads (approx. 3.6 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Mammoth Cave Railroad (1886-1931)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 308 times since then. Last updated on December 1, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo 1. submitted on November 28, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.