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  • Stop 8 - Booth's Amphitheatre

    Booth's Amphitheatre, named after the 19th century Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth (brother of the infamous John Wilkes Booth) lies 169 feet beneath your feet.

    Booth and a group of actors visited Mammoth Cave in 1876. He wrote about his joke-telling cave guide in a letter to his daughter:

    "We went laughing at his weak jokes; for it was funny to us actors to see this fellow throwing his wit at us, and our appreciation of his acting make him very happy."