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 . . . — — Map (db m79295) HM
The Mammoth Cave Railroad Company used four 04-2T-type “dummy” engines to pull cars along its branch line. Steam engines work by burning fuel to heat water to produce steam under high pressure.
The pressurized steam is then . . . — — Map (db m79296) HM
Most of Mammoth Cave National Park’s landscape is an upland plateau dissected by deep, dry valleys. Here, Doyle Valley posed a significant challenge to the Mammoth Cave Railroad.
In 1886 a trestle leveled the grade. Today the park roadway is . . . — — Map (db m79297) HM
Along this stretch of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, passengers looking out their small passenger coach were greeted with views of open fields. Then, the route of the Mammoth Cave Railroad was not through the forest, but through rural farmland.
For . . . — — Map (db m79298) HM
Although the house is gone, the stone hearth remains – a silent reminder of the home that once stood here. It is not difficult to imagine a family enjoying the warmth of their fire as the steam engine of the Mammoth Cave Railroad rattled . . . — — Map (db m79294) HM
The Mammoth Cave Railroad didn’t wind through wilderness – once families, communities, and congregations called these hills home. An abandoned chimney, a foundation stone, or even a line of daffodils may mark an old homeplace. Among the most . . . — — Map (db m79292) HM
Here along the Mammoth Cave Railroad and at the junction of two country roads, John Newton “Newt” France operated a country store in the 1920s. Here also starting in 1922 automobile travelers would have to make a choice. The main county . . . — — Map (db m79293) HM
Long before the establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park, the town of Glasgow Junction, now Park City, cooperated with the private owners of Mammoth Cave and other caves in the area in sharing this region with travelers. They were connected by . . . — — Map (db m154965) HM