Historic Mammoth Cave hotels in Kentucky unveiled
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – As Mammoth Cave became a national tourist attraction in the 19th century, it soon became necessary to find accommodation nearby.
Several lodges, hotels and inns have followed one another in what is today a national park. Mammoth Cave’s first grand hotel opened in the early 1800s and used existing structures that had been used to house those involved in extracting saltpetre – used to make gunpowder – from the cave . The large wooden building became the site of many events and gatherings before being burned down in 1916.