chrysanthemums, peonies, and asters -- white, gold, pale yellow, and pink. Many of the rare bush-like helectite formations, as yet of undetermined origin, ornament small alcoves on each side of a passage more than a mile long. GRAND CANYON AVENUE, an imposing chamber 200 feet high, 110 feet wide, and 700 feet long, contains the tomb of Floyd Collins, who lost his life in 1925 in an effort to discover a new entrance to Crystal Cave from the highway at Sand Cave. During the period when searchers were frantically trying to find the lost man, the whole Nation waited for daily reports.
( Evansville, Ind.) -- Henderson -- Madisonville -- Hopkinsville -- Guthrie -- ( Nashville, Tenn.); US 41 and 41E, Dixie B-Line.
Indiana Line to Tennessee Line, 114.5 m.
Hard-surfaced roadbed throughout.
Louisville & Nashville R.R. roughly parallels US 41 throughout.
All types of accommodations in larger towns; limited elsewhere.
This route follows an old Indian trail that ran between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. It was first made by the great herds of buffalo in their seasonal migrations from South to North and back again. Their trails, always following the least difficult routes, have become main roads throughout the State. Meriwether Lewis, while Governor of Upper Louisiana Territory, once had occasion to traverse this trace and recorded that he and his companions were so engrossed with its rugged beauty as to relax from their eternal lookout for lurking Shawnee and Wyandotte.
Between Henderson and Nashville this route was long a post road, called the Buttermilk Road, because farmers along the route set aside crocks of buttermilk and dippers, from which travelers might freely drink.
In Kentucky, US 41 passes throughout the entire Pennyrile, a region whose name was derived from pennyroyal, a herb of the mint family. The Pennyrile has rather vague boundaries but extends from the low wooded hills of the Ohio River on the north to the rich coal fields of southwestern Kentucky, a pastoral land cut through by deep winding streams.
US 41 crosses the Indiana Line, 0 m., 2 miles south of Evansville, Ind. (see Ind. Tour 16).
DADE PARK (L), 1 m., was built by James Ellis in 1922, on the part of Henderson County that was cut off on the north when the Ohio River changed its course. Races are held here for a period of 28 days, usually in August.
The highway crosses the Ohio River on the Henderson-Evansville (Audubon Highway) Bridge, 2 m. (toll 30¢).