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Debunking a Myth – The Truth About Bell’s Tavern

I was recently drawn into a discussion about the history of Mammoth Cave and the surrounding area, and stumbled upon a mess of half-truths and urban legends that are truly irreverent to the real history that is being smothered and … Continue reading

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John Marion “Pa” Nelson 17 March 1867 – 31 July 1956

Obituary from the Glasgow Times – year 1956 John was born in Burkesville (KY) where his father, Nick Nelson, was ferry man at a place called Neeley’s Ferry on the Cumberland River. Nick died in November 1878. Amanda Firquin Nelson … Continue reading

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The Saltpetre Cave

Saltpetre Cave is the largest cavern in the eastern part of the county.It is located in a limestone cliff about a half-mile west of Temple Hill. It was discovered prior to 1811. Mr. Franklin Gorin stated in his “Times of … Continue reading

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Matthews Family Tragedy at Oleoak

The small community of Oleoak has had its share of tragedies, and the neighborhood is imbued with a haunted feeling that is pervasive in its melancholy essence. Home to several family burial grounds, you can also add many untold tragedies … Continue reading

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The Drums Get Louder – Never Sink and other places

There are many caves scattered across this region, and in a few of them saltpetre was mined in the years 1813-15. The most well-known and productive of these was owned by Alexander Spottswood, grandson of one of the colonial governors … Continue reading

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Drums Across the Barrens

In the research of the area that was impounded by the US Army Corp of Engineers in the making of Barren River Reservoir, I got into the study of Prehistoric Barren county as well. I was aware in my childhood … Continue reading

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The Great Cave City Storm – 17 January 1870

On the 17th of January 1870, about 4 o’clock in the morning, the little town of Cave City, about 12 miles northwest of Glasgow, was wrecked. The great cyclone that swept the northern portion of the county was first noted … Continue reading

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