William Burke “Skeets” Miller became a famous newspaper and radio reporter, somewhat by accident, in the 1920s. While working for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, Skeets Miller was sent to south-central Kentucky to cover the story of a man who had become trapped exploring a cave.
The entrapped man was Floyd Collins, a well-known caver in the Mammoth Cave region. In 1925 while exploring Sand Cave, Collins dislodged a rock and pinned his foot, preventing him from moving and trapping him in a small passageway. Many people arrived to the entrance of Sand Cave to try and free Floyd Collins. Even Skeets Miller himself, while recording his news stories, took time to crawl into the cave passage that held Collins to ask him questions and bring him food.
Eventually, Miller’s accounts of Collins’ entrapment made national headlines as the county waited to hear the fate of Floyd Collins. Unfortunately, on February 16th, 1925, Collins was pronounced dead.
Miller’s report of the tragedy at Sand Cave earned him a Pulitzer Prize on May 4th, 1926, at the age of 22 years. Miller later moved around the country working in radio and television for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
Photo: A black and white image of a young Skeets Miller sitting and taking a break at the Floyd Collins 1925 rescue. ... See MoreSee Less
We here in the Bluegrass State Our Very Proud of Mammoth Cave System! A Wonder of the World.Come and See for yourself what going Underground is all About.🌞🇺🇸😊
Glad I did this and would definitely agree it is a wonder of world, even though the entire time I had to fight back the idea of running out.
Was thrown off for a moment seeing the name of Jewel Cave immediately above a picture of Mammoth Cave (as it showed up on my phone screen), and was thinking to myself, “Wow, I had idea Jewel Cave looked so much like Mammoth Cave’s entrance...”
Then I tried reading what was actually there.
Come to think of it, that might be a lesson about the times we live in and the value of actually reading the science instead of a piece of the headline and the picture...
Cj Burdette I need to go again, and would love for you to go this time!!!!
Some day, I'll take a trip on several cave national parks.
Funny... we live in South Dakota and have never been to Jewel Cave (but have flown down to Kentucky to go to Mammoth Cave 🤷♂️😂) Love Mammoth, love Kentucky! 🥰
Is the cave open ? Would love to go
I’m a direct descendant of John Houchin, I hope to visit someday soon. In the meantime, I always enjoy your posts!
Been to both!
Kristina DeMarco Leretsis we need to take TJ this summer
Dennis Paul need to go here someday
Stefanie Neuens is this where we were talking about going a while ago?
Kayla Spillman here’s place go
Yvonne Flack Stone could you do it?
Brandon Sears I wanna go
John Manuel Rendon
Joe Giberson Joseph H. Giberson III
Paul if you're still interested in visiting, this was an interesting read