Episode 27: Mammoth Cave Explorations, Experiments and Enemies

Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. It was also ground zero for a desperate medical experiment and the Kentucky Cave Wars that drove Floyd Collins to make a decision that made him a media sensation in 1925

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More about this episode

Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Tours

Read Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins Paperback by Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Brucker

Watch Robert Murray discuss his book Trapped! at Western Kentucky University in 1980

University of Virginia Records on Mammoth Cave Tuberculosis Hospital Experiment

Read Roger Brucker’s “Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave”


Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed under Creative Commons

“Almost in F Tranquility MacLeod” and “Ever Mindful” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons

“Surrender” by Dan Lebowitz Licensed under Creative Commons

“The Death Of Floyd Collins” by Charlie Oaks. August of 1925 recording from original 78rpm. Public Domain


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