If you spend any time on our Facebook page, you’ll see that we often celebrate national parks for their natural beauty. We also want to celebrate the people who support our national parks, so our journalist and photographer friend James Joiner will be traveling to many national parks to meet those people and feature them in our new People for the Parks series.
The first in this series is Mildred Anne Passmore, whom James met while near Mammoth Cave National Park. She is the last living relative of William Floyd Collins, whose tombstone reads “Greatest Cave Explorer Ever Known”. Collins is most widely known for becoming trapped in a cave for 14 days, a story that received national attention in 1925. The interest created by the Collins story was instrumental in establishing Mammoth Cave National Park. We’ll be sharing one story each week for the next few months, so stay tuned for more here and on James’ Instagram (@jjamesjoiner).