|Location:||Off I-44 near Springfield, take rt. 13 for 2.5km to Fantastic Caverns Road|
|Open:||Daily 8 to sundown, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Dec. 24.|
|Guided tours:||D=50min., L=1600m.|
|Address:||Fantastic Caverns, 4872 North Farm Road 125, Springfield, MO 65803, Tel. +1-417-833-2010|
|Last update:||$Date: 2011/12/13 09:11:35 $|
|1862||discovered by a farmer's dog.|
|1867||first exploration by 12 women from Springfield.|
|1920||converted into a gas-lighted Prohibition speakeasy.|
|1925 to 1937||meetings of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan held in the cave.|
|1950s||named Fantastic Caverns.|
|1961||purchased by Mark Trimble, owner of the Shepherd of the Hills Farm near Branson.|
The tour through Fantastic Caverns is done on a propane powered Jeep with a large trailer called tram. This vehicle has room for about 25 visitors. Therefore the tour is convenient for handicapped, seniors or families with small children. And for the protection of the cave, the Jeeps are powered by the clean burning propane.
It was discovered in 1862 by John Knox, who owned the land. His hunting dog chased an animal into the well-hidden cave opening. Knox entered the cave only far enough to retrieve his dog.
From the 1950s to the 1960s the cave was home to weekly live country music show. This show took place in a room called Auditorium room which is large enough to seat several thousand people.
The cave live of Fantastic cavern is very interresting. Several cave animals (troglobionts) live in this cave. The Ozark cavefish, the cave crayfish and the grotto salamander have two things in common: they white and blind. This are typical features of cave animals, who never see the sunlight in their livetime.
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