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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky - Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky - Mammoth Cave

         The largest cave in the world has attracted a number of ghosts. One is a black slave guide named Stephen Bishop, who loved the cave so much he refused to leave it, even when offered his freedom. Another spirit of the cave is a Southern lady named Melissa, who brought her Yankee lover to the cave in 1843. She took the man deep within the cave to Purgatory Point and left him there as a prank. Unfortunately, the man was never seen again, although Melissa's ghost still searches the area known as Echo River. The ghost of Floyd Collins, who died after being trapped for sixteen days in nearby Crystal Cave, is also said to wander the grounds. The case became so popular that in 1926, Collins' body was removed from his family plot and displayed in a glass coffin at the entrance to Crystal Cave. The grisly tourist attraction proved very profitable, until someone stole the corpse. It was finally returned to the cave, however, for some reason the body was missing its left leg. In recent years, tourists have reported the unidentified ghost of a man dressed in an old-fashioned cummerbund. Others have witnessed a disembodied pair of legs running down the hill near the main visitors' center. The legs were wearing denim overalls and work shoes. What the lost legs have to do with the other hauntings here is still an unsolved mystery, but most researchers agree that Mammoth Cave is one of the nation’s most haunted locations. So far, over 150 sightings of ghosts have been reported.

 
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