Horse Cave Stories
Stop #1  Rich Heritage of Horse Cave
Horse Cave Cellphone Walking Tour

Mayor Randall Curry
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Stop # 1 Rich Heritage of Horse Cave - Narrator: Randall Curry

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.
  "Horse Cave Noon Whistle"

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"Horse Cave Colored School" graduating class in the 1940s

Oral Histories about the
"Rich Heritage of Horse Cave"

Sandra Wilson
Sandra T. Wilson, Executive Director
Hart County Tourist Commission

"Tobacco, commerce, and

"Off-kilter streets and
 triangular buildings"

Ken RussellKen Russell,
Horse Cave Development Corporation

"Tobacco town"

Newton Thomas
Newton Thomas, Principal of "Horse Cave Colored School" (retired)
"Basketball champions and  academic achievers"

Curtis Wilson
Curtis Wilson

"Growing up in Horse Cave
 in the 1930's and 1940's"

"The championship team"

"Clarence Wilson and the
  Harlem Globetrotters"

Randall Curry
Randall Curry,
Mayor of Horse Cave

"Horse Cave Colored School"

"Basketball champions play
 for Harlem Globetrotters"

"Professor Thomas - it takes a village"

"Athletics and academics"

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