Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (1969)

I descend into this world-famous cave system with my family when I am nine years old. I am wide-eyed at the immensity of the caves, and the huge number of stalactites and stalagmites. The air is very cool and moist down there, and the large caverns are lit up with colorful floodlights. The photo at left shows the "Frozen Niagra" feature

The Cave system consists of 52,800 acres. It was established as a National Park in 1941 and has since been designated as a World Heritage Site. Mammoth is the longest recorded cave system in the world with almost 330 miles explored and mapped.

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