Cave City, Kentucky – Gateway to Cave Country

Though it’s located in one of the nation’s most popular national parks there aren’t any glass-and steel condominiums there are no coffee shops, no traffic gridlocks. Cave City retains its quaint, Kentucky hill atmosphere. There are many motels and gold arches along interstate highways. However, Cave City’s main attractions are an enchanting instance of a tourist attraction that is ticky-tacky. On a recent visit to Mammoth Cave, we pulled into Cave City to have a tour at the area.

When we left the freeway, Guntown Mountain/Wild West Attraction was the first stop we made. It featured cable car rides, a Ferris-Wheel as well as cave tours. There were miniature golf courses and bumper boats on the route to the park. A pay-per-fishing pond was nothing more than a mud-filled pool. The larger than life-sized statues depicted a hillbilly hound who chased her husband using an elevated pan. Nearby, there was an alpine slides, stables for horses and a haunted house. Visit:-

the maze that was haunted, as well as antique shops. The most bizarre of them all was the Golgotha theme park. It had three wooden crosses and was enclosed by a go-cart track. There were tombstones for every hole on the mini golf course.

Rock shops were closer to the park, and they sold cut-yourself geodes, arrowheads and fossils. They also sold colorful chunks of glass slag as exotic artifacts. Each gift shop featured souvenir shot glasses, small silver spoons, and tiny bells made of silver. They also sold commemorative salt and pepper shakers and rulers, along with key chains, coffee mugs banners, as well as other products bearing Kentucky or Mammoth cave-related logos. Every shop had coal carvings corncob pipes, and sugar-smoked Hams.

With just a dollar, we paid for a ticket to a entranceway at the back of a shop. It was a museum with the smelly and rotting remains of stuffed, exotic, and domestic animals. Behind the glass of one exhibit, a coyote from the east was stalking its prey — a sad, neglected squirrel (on its back) with stiff legs that pointed upwards. A wax museum was set down the street and featured look-alikes from historical figures such as presidents, actors, and all the cast from the Lastsupper. Cave-tour billboards were all over the place. Wigwam Motel was in operation, with 15 concrete teepees that faced the highway in a semicircle.

It is remarkable that when America is on vacation, dad plans to take his kids to historic sites and natural wonders. But all they want is to play mini golf. They were here. The car of the family, loaded with all the necessary equipment for a journey across continents was parked at the side of road. The occupants were playing miniature golf with the blades of a miniature mill. Dad seemed a bit annoyed at playing miniature golf this close to the longest cave on earth, but was satisfied to be able to get them off the vehicle for a short time.

The Cave City newspaper, ironically named The Progress The Progress, was a refreshing barometer of the health of small towns in Kentucky. The Cave City news reported that instead of sexy personal ads in major cities, Bill and Bertha Henry went out for a cup of coffee and dessert to Horse Cave Cafe after seeing a Horse Cave Theater show last Wednesday night. The couple were said to have thoroughly enjoyed their evening.

In one issue, there were advertisements for each church that is in the area — with a calendar of the most well-known gospel choirs. There were announcements for the Cave City Kids Parade, wedding, engagement, and anniversary notices, as and the results of the Children’s Beauty Pageant organized by the volunteer fire department. There was a photograph of Bobby Thornton holding a 23-pound flathead catfish that was caught in Nolin Reservoir, and a picture of Fluffy the cat with Bubba Robertson (the fireman who rescued her from a fire in her home).

I saw a notice about the annual event of the civic community, the Cave City-Floyd Collins Good Ole Days, which was held on the second weekend of August. The festivities included a black beans dinner, lawn mower pulls and face painting by the Groove Grinders band. Archie and Junior are also playing the Irish fiddle, as well as guitar. There was a kids’ peddle pull an outhouse race, cow patties bingo, chip toss, the Barren River Cloggers, a pet show, a Caveman Chorus pulling antique tractor, and fun contests for adults. I’m not sure which adult fun contests exist therefore don’t ask. It was evident that the Cave City-Floyd Collins Good Ole Days had plenty of entertainment for everyone. Cave City is a must-see when you are planning to visit Mammoth Cave.

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