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  • Stop 7 - Audubon and Little Bat Avenue

    On the Historic Tour route 149 feet beneath your feet is the intersection of Audubon and Little Bat Avenues. Mid-1800s cave owner Dr. John Croghan named Audubon Avenue after his friend, the famous ornithologist and artist John James Audubon.

    An 1838 visitor reported seeing "tens of thousands" of bats in Little Bat Avenue. Few bats remain, but visitors still see stain on the ceiling from the bats' feet, where they roosted.