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Old Guides' Cemetery

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky USA

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This cemetery is just above the entrance to Mammoth Cave.  It is the cemetery that was used for the old guides of the cave  along with some of the patients who died of Tuberculosis when  the cave was used as a hospital. This cemetery was in very bad  shape. It has had a lot of people visiting the cemetery who  have not used a lot of care. There were several tombstones  that could not be read. We learn some of the history of this  cemetery from an exhibit posted outside the cemetery.

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Anna Hider

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April 10, 2015
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Honestly, the history of Mammoth Cave is way more interesting than you would expect. The first person to really explore and map the cave was a slave named Steven Bishop. When a man named John Croghan bought the cave in the mid-19th century, he bought Steven Bishop as well. Croghan decided to use the cave as a TB hospital because he thought that the air in the cave was healthier somehow. It wasn't. Bishop was freed upon Croghan's death from TB, and was later buried in this cemetery when he himself died.

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September 25, 2021
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Who knew Mammoth Cave had such an interesting history?? Swing by the Old Guides Cemetery and monument before entering Mammoth Cave to get acquainted with those who discovered and profited from the cave. This cemetery serves as a burial site for the man (slave) who discovered the cave system as well as Tuberculosis patients that were “treated” in Mammoth Cave long ago.

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Old Guides' Cemetery

Mammoth Cave National Park
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