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"To Nick the Guide"

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.
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To Nick the Guide

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.Image attachment

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That's fantastic!

Jerry Bransford, a retired Park Service guide and descendant, is organizing a memorial to commemorate the Bransford family history and contributions to Mammoth Cave. bransfordmemorial.com/

Which cave is the best to tour? I'm visiting next month and want to tour one of the caves..thank you

I did Gothic Avenue with Ranger Jerry on Thursday...what an amazing history!

Clark Hafer

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Mammoth Cave N.P. Ranger Evening Programs

All programs begin at 7:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater, and are free of charge.

Sunday, August 4: "It’s All Greek to Me: Historic Names at Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Ashley Decker

Monday, August 5: "America’s Best Idea: The National Park Service" by Ranger Alisha Lutz

Tuesday, August 6: "Makin' Bacon: A Cultural Tradition and Its Importance to Tours and Lifestyles of the Mammoth Cave Area" by Ranger Shannon Hurley

Wednesday, August 7: "Cane Reed to LED: A History of Light at Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Aaron Quicksall

Thursday, August 8: "A Peek at the Night Birds of Mammoth Cave National Park" by Ranger Jeff Rose

Friday, August 9: "Tragedy at Sand Cave" by Ranger Chris Clark

Saturday, August 10: "Fossils vs. Pseudo-Fossils of Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Kelli Tolleson

Sunday, August 11: "It’s All Greek to Me: Historic Names at Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Ashley Decker

Monday, August 12: "America’s Best Idea: The National Park Service" by Ranger Alisha Lutz

Tuesday, August 13: "Makin' Bacon: A Cultural Tradition and Its Importance to Tours and Lifestyles of the Mammoth Cave Area" by Ranger Shannon Hurley

Wednesday, August 14: "Cane Reed to LED: A History of Light at Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Aaron Quicksall

Thursday, August 15: "Naked Eye, Dark Sky" by Ranger Dave Spence

Friday, August 16: "Tragedy at Sand Cave" by Ranger Chris Clark

Saturday, August 17: “Is This Rock Going to Fall on Me?...And Other Concerns in the Mammoth Cave” by Ranger Jenna Hammond
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I love this place.

Will Bigfoot be there? 😂

Ranger Evening Programs Schedule

All programs begin at 7:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater, and are free of charge.
Programs subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather.

Sunday, July 28: "It’s All Greek to Me: Historic Names at Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Ashley Decker

Monday, July 29: "America’s Best Idea: The National Park Service" by Ranger Alisha Lutz

Tuesday, July 30: "Makin' Bacon: A Cultural Tradition and Its Importance to Tours and Lifestyles of the Mammoth Cave Area" by Ranger Shannon Hurley

Wednesday, July 31: "The Things They Brought with Them: Preparing to Enter Mammoth Cave" by Ranger Jessica McCausland

Thursday, August 1: "A Peek at the Night Birds of Mammoth Cave National Park" by Ranger Jeff Rose

Friday, August 2: "Tragedy at Sand Cave" by Ranger Chris Clark

Saturday, August 3: “Is This Rock Going to Fall on Me?...And Other Concerns in the Mammoth Cave” by Ranger Jenna Hammond
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Nick Bransford
Inscription "To Nick The Guide" - Snowball Room.
Ferries have long been an important means of transportation in what is now Mammoth Cave National Park. This vintage photograph shows a vehicle going across Green River via ferry over 80 years ago. 

In an effort to preserve this iconic transportation tradition for continued service in the 21st century, upgrades to the Green River Ferry will begin on July 22, 2019. The project will be completed by November 15, 2019. 

Photo description: A truck is hauled across Green River on a ferry in 1938 while several men work to steer the vessel.
“There is nothing so American as our national parks...” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

National parks are home to many of the nation’s most beloved monuments, historic sites, hallowed grounds, and iconic landscapes. Celebrate Independence Day and this weekend by finding a park, joining an event, reflecting on history, or enjoying the great outdoors! 

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/july4th.htm
#findyourpark #tellingamericanstories #july4

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