Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Katie Algeo (Director),Dr. Stuart Foster,Dr. Joshua Durkee,Dr. Kevin Cary

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Before the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park, this area was home to numerous communities, each with a sense of identity. To prepare for the creation of the National Park, all residents living within these communities were relocated, and many of these communities were lost to the passage of time. Today, public memory of these lost communities is being fostered by the descendents of the pre-park area.

Through the use of a Historical Geographic Information System, 1920 Edmonson County manuscript census data, and statistical analysis, the demographic composition of these lost communities was explored. This project not only brought to light a past that is not well known, but also built interest in sustaining public memory of the Mammoth Cave pre-park area through the use of historical GIS and public participation.


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Environmental Sciences | Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Human Geography | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Nature and Society Relations | Place and Environment | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Rural Sociology | Tourism | Work, Economy and Organizations