Jacob's Cave


Useful Information

Location: Near Versailles. North of Gravois Mills and south of Versailles. Hwy 5, then Rt TT.
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 9-17.
Labor Day to Memorial Day daily 9-16.
[2007]
Fee: Adults USD 12, Children (4-12) USD 6.
Groups (15+): Adults USD 6, Children (4-12) USD 3.
[2007]
Classification:  Karst cave, Silurian limestone (408-438 Ma)
Light: electric
Dimension: T=12°C.
Guided tours: L=1,600m, D=1h. Wheelchair accessible.
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Address: Jacob's Cave, RT 2 Box 129, 23114 Highway TT, Versailles, MO 65084, +1-573-378-4374. E-mail: contact
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History

 
08-AUG-1875discovered by Jacob Craycraft, a lead ore and barite miner.
09-AUG-1875first exploration by Jacob Craycraft.
1932road from Hwy 5 built and cave opened to the public with wooden planks and kerosene lights.
1947purchased by Russell Hall who developed it with concrete paths and electric light.
1950opened for the public.
1965bought by Frank Hurley.
1982entrance building burned down and a new building was erected.

Description

Jacob's Cave has many interesting speleothems. Soda straws, helictites and special speleothems at the ceiling called sponge works. Many stalagtites, stalagmites, curtains and rimstone pools can be seen too. A room with minerals is called the world's largest geode.

The cave has a display of prehistoric bones which were discovered during the development of the cave. The were identified as mastodon, bear, and peccary. Archaeologic remains are ancient writings which are said to be around 2,000 years old.

It was named after the discoverer, Jacob Craycraft, a miner searching for galena, a lead ore, and barite which is locally called tiff. He was prospecting for a new vein of mineral, together with two other men and a six year old boy. They were digging along a fault line just east of todays cave entrance. When they were eating their noon lunch, they began throwing rocks into an animal hole. When larger rocks made hollow sounds, they became curious and opened the cave.

Jacob Craycraft made a first exploration tour the next day. He visited 800m and wrote on a formation "Jacob Craycraft, the man who discovered this cave, 1875 August 9th". This early vandalizm is now part of the tour. Three more locations were he left his name exist in the cave.

The owner Frank Hurley, who ran this show cave with his family for more than 40 years now is retiring. He is looking for a buyer or at least a leaser.


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