Fantasy World Caverns

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Location: About 1km off U.S. 54 between Bagnell Dam and Eldon
Open: All year Mon, Sat, Sun 10, 12, 14, 15:30, 17.
Fee: Adults USD 15, Children (13-17) USD 10, Children (5-12) USD 5, Children (0-4) free.
Group and Non Profit Group rates available.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric
Guided tours: L=335m.
Address: Fantasy World Caverns, 125 Cave Dr., Eldon, MO 65026, Tel: +1-573-369-3306. E-mail: contact
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18?? discovered by Charles Stark.
1950 opened as a show cave.
1986 purchased by Curtis Whitman.
2001 closed.
01-MAY-2011 reopened.


Fantasy World Caverns is long known to man, it has a huge portal which has been open for a long time. It was known to the native Indians who used the entrance area and left numerous artifacts. Animals entered the cave, bears slept inside the cave and left claw marks on the wall.

By the white settlers it was first discovered in the early 1800s by Charles Stark and named Stark Cave after its "discoverer". The neighbours used the cave as a convenient cellar, to store apples and potatoes. Actually almost anything for which a cave was used during the centuries, was done at this cave. It was used as a hideout during the Civil War, it was used by moonshiners, it was used as a dance hall and in the early 1900s a skating rink. It was then developed as a show cave in 1950. The show cave was closed to the public in 2001, but it reopened in 2011 by the same owner, which is rather uncommon. We guess there were personal reasons for the closing.

The fossil cave has three levels. In the entrance is a large lake, followed by a canyon passage with two waterfalls. There are huge chambers with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave tours follow a 335m long paved trail inside the cave.