This is the Mammoth cave visitor center
Mammoth Cave National Park is in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It's home to the Mammoth Cave, a long cave system of chambers and subterranean passageways. Sites include the Frozen Niagara section, known for waterfall-like flowstone formations, and Gothic Avenue, its ceiling covered in 19th-century visitors’ signatures. Trails take in other park features like the Green and Nolin rivers and the sinkholes of Cedar Sink.Mammoth Cave National Park. ... Since the 1972 unification of Mammoth Cave with the even-longer system under Flint Ridge to the north, the official name of the system has been the Mammoth-Flint Ridge Cave System. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place. Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored.Native Americans first discovered entrances to Mammoth Cave about 4,000 years ago. They explored about 20 miles into the cave. The cave's Mammoth Dome is 192 feet high and the Bottomless Pit is 105 feet deep.Mammoth Cave extends more than 285 miles underneath south-central Kentucky and is the world’s longest cave system. Some of the cave’s natural features include beautiful gypsum flowers, delicate gypsum needles and rare mirabilite flowers, which are minerals shaped like blossoms. More than 130 animal species call this diverse ecosystem home. Several endangered animals – bats, blind fish, freshwater mussels and Kentucky cave shrimp – are found here. The cave was designated a World Heritage site in 1981 and a biosphere reserve in 1990 by the United Nations World Heritage Centre.
Fun Fact 1
The most famous deaths in Mammoth Cave are that of the ancient Native mummies, and Floyd Collins from 1925. Floyd became trapped while mapping out and exploring a previously unexplored area. Several TB patients and slaves also passed away inside Mammoth Cave. The exact number of deaths is unknown, but Mammoth Cave is also considered one of the largest haunts in the world. Many have claimed to sense spirits and unexplained orbs show up in pictures frequently.
Fun Fact 2
The cave system has been used for more than 4,000 years ago by the original occupants of Kentucky. The area was primarily used as a shelter during harsh weather while hunting. Mummified and skeletal remains have been found in different areas during exploration, along with pottery, primitive tools and other remnants of the past. The evidence collected over the decades leads explorers to believe the Natives only went about 20 miles into the caves. The image shown is a 2,100-year-old pictograph.
Fun Fact 3
It is believed that public tourism started at Mammoth Cave in 1816. Slaves began leading those tours in 1830. Travelers would examine the inside of the cave with oil lamps and simple torches. Sometimes they used these torches to “smoke” their names into the limestone as shown in the image. These names were smoked into the stone back in the 1800s.
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