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Horse Cave, Kentucky

Horse Cave is a Hart county city about five miles south of Munfordville. It is the largest city in the county. The area was settled in the eighteenth century and the town was established in the 1850s and named for the large cave in the middle of town (also known as Hidden River Cave). Horse Cave is associated with numerous folk tales involving Indians, horse thieves, or horses falling in sink holes, but the name may just refer to the size of the cave opening. Horse Cave was incorporated in 1864. The Horse Cave post office opened in 1860, was renamed Caverna in 1865, and reverted to Horse Cave in 1879. The population in 2010 was 2,311.

Mammoth Cave National Park is west of Horse Cave.

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