Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Booth's Amphitheatre in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

 Saltpetre Vats and Booth's Amphitheatre in Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

During the War of 1812, saltpetre was mined in Mammoth cave and converted into gunpowder.  It was also at this point that Edwin Booth recited to a group of cave visitors in 1872.

postmarked in 1982 with a 13 cent 'Crazy Horse' stamp

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Edwin Thomas Booth (November 13, 1833 – June 7, 1893) was a famous 19th century American actor who toured throughout America and the major capitals of Europe, performing Shakespearean plays. In 1869 he founded Booth's Theatre in New York, a spectacular theatre that was quite modern for its time.

However, he is today often remembered as the brother of John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

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