Fantastic Caverns


Useful Information

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.
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Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric
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Guided tours: D=50min., L=1600m.
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Address: Fantastic Caverns, 4872 North Farm Road 125, Springfield, MO 65803, Tel. +1-417-833-2010
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Last update:$Date: 2014/07/21 08:13:24 $

History

 
1862discovered by a farmer's dog.
1867first exploration by 12 women from Springfield.
1920converted into a gas-lighted Prohibition speakeasy.
1925 to 1937meetings of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan held in the cave.
1950snamed Fantastic Caverns.
1961purchased by Mark Trimble, owner of the Shepherd of the Hills Farm near Branson.

Description

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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