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Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar

By Linda Tancs

Grand, gloomy and peculiar.  That’s what cave guide Stephen Bishop said in the 1800s about south central Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave.  Spelunkers might not agree with that assessment, but mammoth is certainly an apt description, considering it’s the world’s longest known cave system, the oldest part of which began forming over 10 million years ago.  Over 400 miles of this national park have been explored; the main passageway alone is seven miles long.  Short on time?  Take the popular two-hour Domes & Dripstones Tour.  As for that cave guide?  He’s buried at the park’s Old Guide’s Cemetery.

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