Horse Cave Stories
Stop #3 Legacy of the Railroad
Horse Cave Cellphone Walking Tour

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spoken by Sandra Wilson,
Executive Director, Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism Commission

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Stop #3

Stop #3 Legacy of the Railroad - Narrator: Sandra Wilson

As you look across Highway 31W to the railroad, take a step back in time and imagine the scene before Highway 31W was built. The depot at Horse Cave was the easiest point of access between Louisville and Nashville and all the towns on the south side of the Green River. There was a hotel directly in front of the railroad. Traveling salesmen could step off the train right into the doorway of the hotel. Across the tracks was a livery, where they could rent buggies or mud wagons to visit the outlying communities. In the early days of cave tourism, tourists also came to town by rail.

Although it is gone now, in the 1920's, the Owens Hotel was an elegant affair. Clarence Owens, owner of the hotel and Dr. Harry B. Thomas, who owned Hidden River Cave at the time, hated each other. Visit if you want to hear some rollicking tales of their rivalry.

"Horse Cave Train Whistle"

Next Stop

Oral History about the
"Legacy of the Railroad"

Tom Chaney
Tom Chaney,
The Bookstore

"Stabbing and Lies "

Sandra Wilson
Sandra T. Wilson,
Executive Director
Horse Cave/Hart County Tourist Commission

"Street Fight"

Street Sign

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