Beautifully engraved certificate from the Maccabee Entertainment Hall Company
issued in 1904. This historic document was printed by Goes and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 101 years old.
Cave City is located at 37°8'14" North, 85°57'25" West (37.137130, -85.956958)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.2 km˛ (4.3 mi˛). 11.2 km˛ (4.3 mi˛) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,880 people, 844 households, and 544 families residing in the city. The population density was 168.0/km˛ (435.2/mi˛). There were 914 housing units at an average density of 81.7/km˛ (211.6/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city was 90.74% White, 7.13% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 844 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,257, and the median income for a family was $30,179. Males had a median income of $28,098 versus $20,214 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,346. 23.2% of the population and 18.6% of families were below the poverty line. 32.4% of those under the age of 18 and 24.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Business and Economy
The Wigwam Village Motel is one of Cave City's unique attractionsCave City's main industry is tourism, thanks to its proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park. A number of motels and restaurants are located at the interchange of Interstate 65 and state routes 70 and 90, which cater to tourist visiting the area or just passing through. The city operates a small convention center that is popular with church groups and other family-related organizations, mainly due to the area's lack of crime and abundance of tourist attractions. Cave City has long been a gateway to Mammoth Cave; in the era of passenger rail travel, trains of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad would discharge tourists there, who would then be shuttled to the cave.
Aside from tourism, the city's economy is largely agricultural.
Cave City is governed by a mayor and an elected city council. The current mayor (as of 2005) is Bob Hunt, owner of a local funeral home, who has held the office for more than a quarter century. Hunt recently attracted attention by casting the tie-breaking vote against an ordinance considered by the council, which would have banned the use of tobacco in public places. (The region around Cave City is one of the largest tobacco-producing areas in the world.)