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Louisville Megacavern

Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
Tour 1 - Louisville Megacavern

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Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September and the Fall. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven furlong turf race course. Thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks have run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875. In addition, Churchill Downs Racetrack has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championship eight times.
Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby" and the longest continually running sporting event in America.
The mine was founded by Ralph Rogers back in the 1930’s. He was a great visionary who saw the need for highways in this country especially to the south. He was said to be able to look at a site and tell you just how much rock that he could get out of it. His business did very well; especially back during the Depression of the 1930’s when the government put people back to work by supporting the construction of new roads and bridges.
The Louisville Mega Cavern is a 100 acre limestone cavern capable of shrugging off a 260-mph tornado and boasts a constant 58-degree temperature. The cavern under the Louisville Zoo has remained virtually dormant since the last load of limestone was mined nearly 20 years ago to build bridges and roads across the Midwest.
In the post 9-11 world, government agencies and high security businesses are looking for ultimate security, and the Underground offers just that. With limestone and earth between the cavern ceiling and the ground above, the cavern could withstand the most violent tornado or an airliner crash.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of Louisville Slugger in baseball’s past, present and future. We’re here to delight our guests and create joyful, lifetime memories. If you would like a personalized souvenir bat, place your order at the museum store when you enter and they'll have it ready by the end of the tour.
Baseball connects generations, we see it here every day. Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them. Maybe it’s the fun stories and fascinating machinery in the factory, or the hands on exhibits, or one of our special exhibitions that broaden the interpretation of baseball. And, really, who doesn’t love a free mini-bat?
Our story begins with a deep love for our family history and heritage, a desire to build a legacy for our children, a little bit of mischief and a background in farming and chemical engineering.
Joyce, the “mother half” of the dynamic mother-and-daughter duo behind Jeptha Creed, holds two degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School and worked for fifteen years as a process engineer in an industrial-scale distillation facility. As if that’s not enough, even after starting a family, Joyce and her husband lived on a farm and worked the land themselves, giving her invaluable experience when it comes to growing the crops used in the distillation process. The unstoppable pair were so passionate about the vision for Jeptha Creed that Autumn, the “daughter half”, even spent a school-year in Edinburgh, Scotland studying Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University.
“Ne Oublie” is a Scottish Galiec saying meaning “Do Not Forget,” and this phrase has been passed down through Joyce and Autumn’s family for generations. Jeptha Creed was founded on the motto “Don’t Forget Where You Came From,” and they hold true to that piece of history to this day. With their incredibly well-rounded backgrounds, creativity, unparalleled work ethic and love for the rich heritage of Kentucky and Scotland, Joyce and Autumn decided to continue on the “Ne Oublie” legacy while adding their own bit of Jeptha Creed flare.
This is a new distillery, so no bourbon or whiskey to sell just yet, but they do have moonshine.