Meramec Caverns

Trip Start Oct 06, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Missouri
Thursday, November 15, 2007

     Our first big stop of the day was in Stanton, Missouri at the Meramec caverns. Much like our campsite, it was virtually empty. Apparently, Jesse James and his gang used these caves numerous times to keep from being captured. They actually got cornered in these caves once. The sheriff decided to wait them out. After three days, they charged the cave only to find all the horses. The sheriff assumed they missed them coming out but they actually worked their way back through another section of cave to escape.

     It is enormous. The parking lot used to actually be in the cave itself. There are miles of caves inside but our tour only covered one and a quarter miles in an hour and fifteen minutes but it was supposed to hit the highlights. It was an excellent tour. It was a bit scary to think of the days when the only had a lantern.
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