Caved In: The Life and Death of Floyd Collins

Floyd was a born caver. He lived and breathed caves, until one day, he found himself trapped in the very place he loved the most.

Show Notes

Growing up at the height of the Kentucky Cave Wars,  Floyd Collins delighted in searching for the next great cave. He could never have imagined the reach his story would have or how it would still influence and move people even today. But he may still be there in the depths of the darkness in the caves of Kentucky…


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Researched & Written by Kim Douthit 

Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti