The City of Horse Cave
P.O. Box 326
Horse Cave, KY 42749
Phone: (270) 786-2680
Fax: (270) 786-2688

City Of Horse Cave 

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2018-19 Kentucky Municipal Guide -Click HERE for a copy 


"We use every opportunity to make our city safer," said Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry referring to the $3000 that the city of Horse Cave was recently awarded by the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS).  The grant will be used for sidewalk repairs.  

Mayor curry said that in these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make our budget go further, as well as provide products that will enhance public safety.  

"This $3000 grant plus local money will alleviate some of the sidewalk hazards that could be a trip hazard for our residents", stated Public Works Director, Jimmy Martin.  

KLCIS helps members increase public safety with a number of proactive programs and services.  



                           FOR 2017

Updated 'Certificate of Interment Rights' Adopted 1/9/17

Updated Cemetery Regulations Adopted 1/9/17
The Horse Cave City Council adopted by resolution a new 'Certificate of Interment Rights' for the Horse Cave Municipal Cemeteries to provide more pertinent information to the purchaser of their interment rights within the Main Street and Guthrie Street cemeteries.  The Council also passed by resolution new updated regulations for both cemeteries.  Click HERE to download a copy of the new regulations.  


Mayor Randall Curry presented long-time city clerk Ann Matera with an inscribed crystal plate for her 34 years of service to the city of Horse Cave at the December 12 Council meeting.  

A reception was held held in her honor on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Thomas House in downtown Horse Cave.   

Horse Cave Receives 2017 Litter Grant

On December 19, 2016 The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Management Division notified Horse Cave that it was the recipient of a $1,332.77 Litter Abatement Grant.  This grant will help clear the city roadsides and other areas of trash, rubbish, and debris.  


The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) has approved the FFY-2016 request for $13,800.00 to purchase and install an emergency warning siren requested in application 16-188 contingent on FEMA Environmental Approval

 Council Presents Check to Caverna Youth League

The Horse Cave City Council, at the April 2016 regular Council Meeting presented a check in the amount of $1230.89 to the Caverna Youth League for their use in refurbishing their ball field at Caverna Elementary School.  The funds were the balance of donated money to the Horse Cave Youth Recreation Savings Account from a previous Hart County Leadership Class.  

Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry Presents Historic Proclamation

On March 5, 2016 Mayor Randall Curry attended the WKU 1971 Final-Four Team Reunion Luncheon. He presented a proclamation from the city of Horse Cave, Kentucky declaring March 5, 2016 as “Clarence Glover Day”. Mr. Glover is a graduate of Caverna High School and was a starting-forward on that historic Western Kentucky University team.

In 1971 Houston hosted the NCAA Final-Four for their first time ever in the Astrodome. The teams were WKU, Villanova, Kansas, and UCLA. Attendance was over 35,000 people. On April 2, 2016 Houston will host the NCAA Final-Four again…this time in the NRG Stadium.

While watching the games being played in Houston on April 2, 2016 we can keep one thing in mind. The proclamation to Clarence Glover illustrates our city’s connection to the NCAA Final-Four in 1971 and 45 years later in 2016.

Additionally, Western Kentucky University remains the FIRST and ONLY team in NCAA Division I Final-Four history to have the (1) president of the university – Dero Downing, (2) athletic director – Ted Hornback, (3) entire full-time coaching staff – John Oldham, Buck Sydnor, & Jim Richards, and (4) the entire starting line-up – Jim Rose, Rex Bailey, Jim McDaniels, Jerry Dunn, & Clarence Glover - all from the same state-KENTUCKY.

WBKO highlights Sunset Dome 

in Hidden River Cave

February 5, 2016     Click on the link below to see the video

APRIL 7 - 8 - 9


 FREE Drop-Off For Horse Cave Residents

Horse Cave Maintenance Bldg-Behind Main St Cemetery-Access by New Street

Furniture, Electronics, Appliances, Toys, Yard Tools, Mowers(no gas), Tillers, plastic, metal

NO:  Paint, Building Materials, Tires, Carpet, Yard Waste, Garbage, Household Trash

    Horse Cave Receives Safety Grant

Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) announced on November 20, 2015 that Horse Cave was the recipient of a 2015-2016 $1,000 Safety Grant to be used toward crumb rubber in the new Maple Avenue Park Project.   To see the complete press release, click here.  


Call City Hall 270-786-2680 to be placed on schedule for weekly bag or vacuum pickup.  You may bag your leaves for pickup or rake leaves to yard edge for vacuum pickup through November 19.  

DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO STREET.  This causes drains to stop up.  



Click HERE to read the Master Plan created from a Flex-E Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission which also funding the first mural project.  


Maple Avenue Park Project to be  completed after 10 years from  beginning in 2004. 

Click HERE to sponsor a tree

Click HERE to support the park project

City receives KU Tree Grant

City receives KLC Crumb Rubber Grant



SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2016

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Horse Cave officials are working to make their downtown more attractive to new businesses, residents and visitors. The city recently received an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grant to be used for the creation and initial implementation of a plan to use public art to help make that happen.  Consultant Judy Sizemore, who has helped the city in the past with the collection of oral histories and the award-winning Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour, facilitated a public meeting on May 21, 2015 to encourage community input on a public art plan. Sizemore, who also works extensively with projects in the city of Berea, explained the concept of public art and asked for ideas and suggestions from participants.  “We are confident that our community members will provide some insight and creativity that will help us create a long-range public art plan that will celebrate Horse Cave and help make our downtown even better,” says Mayor Randall  Curry. 

The effort is part of a work plan that resulted from a downtown retail market study funded by a previous ARC grant. “We are continuing to work toward making our downtown a place our citizens are proud of,” says Horse Cave Cultural District member Ken Russell. “The city is working hard to enhance the Maple Avenue Park, and our Public Works Department and faithful volunteers have recently been planting and landscaping downtown. We know how important the image of our community is to attracting new businesses and residents to Horse Cave.”

 This project is funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grant through the Kentucky Department for Local Government and administered by Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College. Flex-EGrant funds are made available to economically distressed ARC counties in Kentucky for projects that build local capacity.



Make plans now to attend the 2016 Camp!

American Cave Museum wins 2015 Ky Excel Award

The ACCA was awarded the 2015 Resource Caretaker Award by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for educating stakeholders about the need to protect Kentucky’s sensitive karst ecosystem while supervising and supporting college student teams in cleaning illegal dumps that threaten the upper Green River Watershed.  Click HERE for more information.  

Hart County Comprehensive Plan

2014Update Available

Valuable Resource including history and preservation, population characteristics, economic and environmental analysis, land use, transportation, community facilities and needs, housing, and strategic plan. 

Press Release-March 2, 2015


Law Enforcement Protection Grant Program-$9800.00

This award is for the purchase of 8 tasers, 8 magazines, 32 cartridges and 1 taser software package so the Horse Cave Police Department can better servce and protect the citizens of the city.  The Law Enforcement protection Program is a state program that is funded solely by the sale of conrfiscated weapons turned in by agencies such as our police department to the Kentucky State Police.  



On February 5, 2015 the Horse Cave Fire Dept presented it's new brush truck to the public at a ceremony held at their new Fire House at 1040 E. Main St.  

With the help of a USDA/RD grant, the old army surplus converted brush truck was retired and the new truck put in commission.  

Caverna Memorial Hospital announced on July 23, 2013 their new, state-of-the-art, on-campus Medical Office Building next door to the hospital.  This 8,600 square foot building will be the new home of our Horse Cave Rural Health Clinic which is currently staffed by Dr. Swaran Chani, and Nurse Practitioners Heather Parsley and Emiley Button.   The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 22, 2014.
Dart Container, Inc. is the largest employer in Hart County and also located in Horse Cave.  Caverna High School, Caverna Memorial Hospital, Hart County Heath Care, T. Marzetti, Sister Shubert, Kentucky Chrome Works, Southern States Cooperative, Geothermal Supply and Square Deal Lumber Company are all located at the southern end of the city along 31-W.  These existing industries, health care services, and schools are just a small part of what Horse Cave has to offer.  
The Horse Cave Fire Department moved to its new location at 1040 East Main Street in the spring of 2014. 
In January, 2011 a cell phone walking tour was created for which the City was awarded the Kentucky League of Cities '2012 Enterprise Cities Award', 'There's Only One Kentucky' Award from the Kentucky Tourism Commission, and the Kentucky Historical Society's 'History Award'.  Tour stop numbers are displayed on the tour stop signs around town.  Use your cell phone to call 270-854-3054 and enter the tour stop number on the phone keypad.  You can disconnect the call while walking between stops and rejoin as many times as you like.  Every stop on the tour has a corresponding Web page at with historic and contemporary images and oral historites about the area.  To visit the Web site click on the link  using the new FREE ACCESS HorseCaveWiFi.  In 2012, Horse Cave was recognized as one of the original five state Cultural Districts certified by the Kentucky Arts Council.