Fantastic Caverns

Fantastic Caverns, a show cave in Springfield, Missouri is located. Fantastic Caverns is North America's only cave that offers a fully ride-through tour. It lasts 55 minutes and is carried out in a Jeep-drawn tram. Trams follow the route of an ancient underground river.

John Knox and his hunting dog, the dog, discovered the cavern in 1862. Knox didn't want the cave to become a source of saltpeter for the Union or Confederate governments, so he kept it secret until 1867. Knox advertised in the Springfield newspaper for someone to explore this cave. It was last explored by Knox on February 14, 1867. The cave was discovered by the Springfield Women's Athletic Club on February 27, just two weeks later. Since they carved their names in the rock as graffiti, the twelve women are the first to explore the cave. In the 1950s, the cave was renamed "Fantastic Caverns".

From 1924 to 1930, the Ku Klux Klan owned the cave. They used the caves as a meeting spot.

It was then used as a speakeasy during Prohibition. The caverns hosted music concerts in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s, the shows were broadcast by KGBX radio.

Fantastic Caverns has a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) all year. Billboards advertise the cave as a "warm 60 degree" in the winter and fall. In the summer and spring, however, the cave is advertised as a "cool 60 degree". Over 100,000 people visit the cave each year.

Fantastic Caverns can be found 6 miles from Jefferson Avenue 562-foot Footbridge, and close to Ritter Springs Park.

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