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Grand Opening Ceremony Set for Cathedral Caverns Welcome Center
November 19, 2003
The grand opening and dedication ceremony for the
Attending the dedication ceremony will be Governor Bob Riley; Conservation Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley; Operations Director Rick Liles; Mark Easterwood, Director of the Alabama State Parks Division; former Conservation Commissioner James D. Martin; Lee Sentel, Director of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel; members of the Marshall County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and other key supporters of the development of
Members of the Alabama State Parks System Joint Legislative Committee, as well as members of the local legislative delegation, have been invited to participate in the event. City officials from surrounding areas are also likely to be in attendance, along with architects from Seay, Seay & Litchfield, and Don Black, the contractor from Consolidated Construction Company, Inc.
The 461-acre park was purchased by the State Parks Division in 1987. The cave had previously been operated as a tourist attraction under private ownership. During the state’s development of the area, carefully designed modifications were made to make the cave as accessible as possible for disabled visitors. Interior lighting was completely upgraded and replaced, and a bridge above the cavern’s