Listen to the Cellphone Audio for Stop #8
spoken by
Peggy Nims, Guide, American Cave Museum

Hidden River Cave has an unusually large opening, creating a naturally “air-conditioned” amphitheater. According to a local story, in 1867 the famous naturalist, John Muir, passed through Horse Cave on his thousand mile walk to the Gulf, but he couldn’t find any residents – until he found the entire population of the town enjoying a cool afternoon in the cave entrance! Around World War One, Horse Cave boasted the world’s only air-conditioned tennis court in the mouth of the cave. However, by the 1940s the river had become so polluted that the stench from the contaminated water kept people from enjoying the cave entrance as they had in the past. Fortunately, thanks to the concerted efforts of the residents, the river has been restored to a nearly pristine condition. Today the cave mouth is a lovely, cool, green space in the center of town, where outdoor, concerts take place.

Next Stop: Stop #9
– American Cave Museum

Stop #8 – The Coolness of the Cave

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Oral Histories about the
“The Coolness of the Cave”

Gene Bowen
Peggy Nims

“5,000 Years of History”

“Into the Cave”
(Missing Audio File)