|It seems to be a realm of mystery. There are caverns penetrating the hills from which quaint echoes resound like voices from the past.
D.N. Danner, Whitebreast Township, Iowa; August, 1923
Every cave in the Ozarks has two or three names, because one group of folks will come by and name it, and move on, and the next folks to come along give it a different name. One of the prettiest waterfalls in a cave is Eden Falls in Eden Cave at Lost Valley. But there are others, too. One of the biggest caves ever used for dancing is at Bella Vista, Arkansas; there was a speakeasy there during Prohibition. But other caves were used as dancing halls as well.
One cave was called Faralone Cave....
excerpted from Young, Richard & Judy Dockrey, Ozark Ghost Stories, August House Publishers Inc., 1995.
Cave Safety: NEVER cave alone. Have at least four people in your group.
ALWAYS have at least four dependable light sources for each person.
ALWAYS leave word with a dependable person on the surface where you are going and when you will return. REMEMBER to report back to this person after you have left the cave so as not to start an unecessary search.
DO NOT TOUCH stalactites or stalagmites and pack out any litter you may find. The natural oils and sweat on human hands can later stalactites forever.
information courtesy of the National Park Service
||12/16/08 Photo credit, J. Heston. Location: Bear Den Cave, Mincy-Drury Conservation Area, Missouri
Missouri, also known as the "Cave State," has more than 4,500 known caves, more than any other state. Most of these caves, defined as cavities beneath the earth's surface large enough for human entry, were formed when rainwater percolated into the ground, dissolving the limestone and dolomite rocks.
excerpted from the Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City, Missouri
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View
Bull Shoals Caverns, Bull Shoals
Cosmic Caverns, Berryville
Hurricane River Cave, Pindall
Mystic Caverns, Harrison
War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake, Rogers
Bluff Dweller's Cave, Noel
Bridal Cave, Camdenton
Fantastic Caverns, Springfield
Jacob's Cave, Versailles
Marvel Cave, Branson
Maramec Caverns, Stanton
Onondaga & Cathedral Caves, Leasburg
Smallin Cave, Ozark
Talking Rocks Cavern, Branson West
from the National Caves Association, Park City, Kentucky