On the wall of the Snowball Room in Mammoth Cave is an inscription “To Nick The Guide” written 162 years ago on August 17, 1857. Nick Bransford was an African-American cave guide that began working at Mammoth Cave in 1838. He guided cave tours and explored the labyrinths of the longest cave in the world for more than 50 years.
A visitor to Mammoth Cave in 1867 gave a vivid description of Nick: “We call him Old Nick, considerably past middle age; wrinkled, a short, broad strongman ... every one of the innumerable wrinkles in his black face made more distinct, with his white beard and mustache, and the whites of his eyes seeming to glow in the blue elfish light ....”
The Snowball Room can currently be visited on the Grand Avenue, Accessible, and Wild Cave tours. Mammoth Cave encourages you to #FindYourPark and discover the wonders of nature. ... See MoreSee Less