National Park Service names Sarah Craighead as new Mammoth Cave superintendent.
Posted on August 22, 2012 by James Bruggers
Superintendent Sarah Craighead comes from Death Valley National Park, where the temperatures commonly exceed 120 degrees, to one that’s all about the world’s longest cave system, where the mercury is typically about 55 degrees.
Many would see that as a step in the right direction.
For Craighead, it’s a step back home. She was valedictorian of Caverna High School in nearby Cave City in 1974.
The National Park Service, in a press release today, said that just as many college students do, Craighead took seasonal employment at Mammoth Cave National Park while attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology in 1978.
“I worked several summers at Mammoth Cave, as a campground ranger and a cave guide,” said Craighead. “My very first job was selling crafts at the Mammoth Cave Hotel. The cave was my jumping off point with the National Park Service. Now, more than thirty years later, I have the honor of managing the park. I look forward to reconnecting with park staff, retirees, and the surrounding communities.”
Prior to Death Valley, Craighead served as the superintendent of Saguaro National Park, just outside of Tucson, Ariz. She was the first superintendent of Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Cheyenne, Okla., from 1997-2002.
Original story HERE
Photo Credit: National Park Service