- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) - Mammoth Cave National Park and Cave City are preparing for celebrations that will mark special anniversaries in 2016.

Mammoth Cave will mark its 75th anniversary as a national park its 200th anniversary as a location for cave tours. In addition, Cave City will celebrate it sesquicentennial.

The Glasgow Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1840eyf) reports Mammoth Cave plans to redo trails in the historic section of the cave and repair an elevator to offer impaired-mobility tours.

In addition, it plans to hold events focused on attracting more visitors and is working with the nonprofit organization Friends of Mammoth Cave to sponsor weeklong day camps for area children in June.

“One of the most important things we can do is introduce people to the park or really to any public land so that they can find out the benefit of the area to them personally,” said Vickie Carson, public information officer for the national park.



One of the first events, Find Your Park, will be held in April and encourages people to visit by asking them to remember what they enjoy most about the outdoors.

“We have so many people who love Mammoth Cave National Park for so many different reasons - for the river, for the trails, for the cave, for the history, for the archaeology, for the solitude. That’s what we want to convey to people,” Carson said. “That’s the biggest thing, the most important thing we can covey to people on the anniversary date is just to help them fall in love with the park.”

Construction projects are planned for later in 2015.

“Over the next year, and it’s a sort of a blessing and hindrance that it’s all falling in 2016, but we will have to close down some parts of the historic tours to rehabilitate the trail,” Carson said. “By the end of 2016, the historic trail will be completed. That’s the part of the cave where we will really celebrate 200 years of cave tours, because that’s the natural entrance where people have always gone in and out of the cave.”

A Cave City Chamber of Commerce committee is making plans for various events in the city, but discussions have included holding concerts, painting murals and a Cave City festival.

“There will be a John Hunt Morgan exhibit at the Cave City Welcome Center which will run from October 2015 to March 2016,” committee chairman Paul Sullivan said. “We also plan on having a Floyd Collins exhibit at the welcome center. I do not know the date of that just yet.”

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Information from: Glasgow Daily Times, https://www.glasgowdailytimes.com

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