Slim Randles' Home Country
Why they call it "Mammoth Cave"
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[December 12, 2015]
Wilson was cruising around the other day, in search of an audience,
but the cold drove him indoors … at the elementary school cafeteria.
“What’s that you say? Coldest you ever been? Well, kids, let me
tell you somethin’ about cold!
“When I was just a tad, we was comin’ off what they used to call an
Ice Age, you know. Thassa fact. It was so cold back then we had to
use special thermometers to see how cold it was. Mixed anti-freeze
in with the mercury or it wouldn’t work. If you had a regular
thermometer, had to bring it in the house to make it work.
“Speakin’ of bringin’ things in the house … most mornin’s it was so
cold we had to bring the milk cow in the house to milk her. If you
tried it outside, them faucets would just break right off! Why, one
time the train coming here from the east got so cold it plumb froze
solid at sixty miles an hour. Yessir, just locked up, wheels and
steam boiler and the whole caboodle. This happened about four miles
east a-here, but them passengers was safe. You see, that train was
going fast enough when it froze that it just slid the rest of the
way into town and came to a dead stop right by the station house.
Windy warmed to his cold subject.
“’Course, by the time I come along, it was gettin’ harder to find
them woolly mammoths, you know. Got too dang warm for their
wooliness. Yessir, they all migrated to Kentucky and holed up in a
big ol’ cave. Named it in their honor, a-course. Look it up on the
map. Call it Mammoth Cave.
“So it ain’t really whatcha call cold out here, but you kids should
probably still dress warm … you know … ‘case the temperature drops.”
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