This is the story of an American legacy. It’s the story of slaves who were significant cave explorers and guides. And, it’s more than just a “work” story—it’s the human story of the Bransford family whose legacy this story traces from 1838 to 2019.
We’ve also included the stories of all the black guides: the famous Stephen Bishop, Jonathon Doyles, Bob Lively, Ed Bishop and Ed Hawkins. The guides led tours for prestigious individuals such as General George Custer, kings and queens, and some of the best-educated geologists and scientists in the world.