- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) - Longtime Mammoth Cave National Park tour guide Joe Duvall has retired from his post, but his fellow staff members say the guides he has trained and people he has met will ensure his legacy lives on.

Duvall told WBKO-TV (https://bit.ly/1vEaFNb ) after his retirement recently that he has tried to make everyone appreciate national parks and Mammoth Cave.

Duvall’s first tour was in 1961. He says he was proud to wear the uniform and spend his life in what he calls one of the most magnificent national parks.

“In a place like this you discover something new every day and you meet people from all over the world every day,” Duvall said. “It has been a great experience; it has been a labor of love. I love the wonders of the world, I love Mammoth Cave, I love people and they have always treated me so nice and I have really been blessed to have the opportunity to work at such a wonderful place like Mammoth Cave.”

Mammoth Cave Superintendent Sarah Craighead says she has learned much from Duvall, beginning in high school.

“Joe was my history teacher in high school and I guided cave tours with him when I started out a seasonal employee many years ago. He was a great inspiration to me. I would listen to his tours; watch him, and how the audience responded to him. It was just a great experience I learned so much from him,” said Craighead.

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Information from: WBKO-TV, https://www.wbko.com

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