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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday's Photo: Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 390 miles explored and mapped. Mammoth Cave National Park was established on July 1,1941 to preserve the cave system and the scenic river valleys of south central Kentucky.

Claude Davis
On August 30, 1926, my grandfather, Claude Davis arrived in New York City aboard the Ancon, a U. S. passenger and cargo ship.  On the arrival list, his place of birth is listed as Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. I seriously doubt that he was born in Mammoth Cave, although I wouldn't be surprised if he spent much time in and around the cave.  At one time, Claude lived in or near the community of Elko which is now in Mammoth Cave National Park. Some Davis family members attended Joppa Baptist Church in Elko and several attended Silent Grove Baptist Church which is right on the edge of the park. Family members are buried in the park and many Davis family deeds describe property on the Green River that moves throughout the park. 

Sources: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 

Mammoth Cave National Park 

Postcards from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn


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