The Cave City Visitor Center takes the stage in a new direction with a throwback sign

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Tourists and visitors to the Cave City Visitor Center are greeted by a blast from the past.

It all started when local historian Linda Hunt showed Glenn Bray of the Cave City Welcome Center a mid-20th century directional sign.

“It was there in the early to late 20s, until sometime in the 40s,” Bray said. “Then it deteriorated, and I said, ‘Linda, we have to take this back to Cave City.'”

From there, Bray said it was a quick call to Ryan Davis with Rustic Revival, a local carpenter.

“Glen at the drop-in center was really interested in this and he had been talking about it for a few months before he really realized it,” Davis said. “He inspired everything, he gave me the old photo from which we created it.”

Davis said he knew it wouldn’t be easy, but he was up for the challenge.

“I am never alone in any of these projects. So, I mean, for a good month of tinkering around, to make sure the size was right. Then 10 feet tall is pretty big, so we had to orchestrate that as well.

This wasn’t the first time Davis had worked with the Cave City community on a project.

“I volunteer as much as I can. I mean, it’s that immediate impact that people like to see.

Davis said he was grateful to bring a piece of history to the city

“Stuff like that gets lost easily. You have to remember how Cave City started,” Davis said.

The sign has attracted attention from all walks of life.

“We brought people to China. Then we had people from Australia, they stopped and took their picture here,” Bray said, “We had tons of locals and then a lot of our out of state tourists came to come to Mammoth Cave.

And of course, Bray praised Davis for his work.

“He did it beautifully. He did it absolutely beautifully and did a tremendous job,” Bray said.

The sign can be seen at the Cave City Welcome Center, located at 821 Mammoth Cave St.

Davis and his work can be found on the Rustic Revival website.

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