Pre-historic Native Americans explored Hidden River Cave and Horse Cave's early settlers were attracted to the abundance of clean water available at the cave's mouth. Beginning in the late 1800's thousands of visitors arrived by train to visit the cave.
But cave tourism was fraught with feuds and controversy, as you will soon learn.
Horse Cave has an intriguing African American history. The Horse Cave Colored School (as it was known before integration), was renowned for its high academic standards as well as its outstanding basketball team, which won the state championship four years in a row. Graduates of the team went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.