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The Mark Twain Cave welcomes you to our web site. We would like to share with you some of its history about Mark Twain Cave. Earliest documentation says the cave was discovered in the winter of 1819-1820 when Jack Simms and his dog when on a hunting trip. His dog chased a panther, which a sport in those days, into a small opening on the side of a hill. Since it was late in the day, he blocked the entrance, came back with his brother and torches the next day. They had to be awestruck upon what they discovered once inside. From that time on the cave has been rediscovered everyday by someone. This fabulous cave was written about in five of Mark Twain's books. The cave has been seen by millions of people since that time which includes, presidents, villains, heros and most important those of us who are interested in history, literature and science. This is the cave that is based on the story Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Let your adventure begin. Tours have gone through since 1886, marking Mark Twain Cave Missouri's oldest showcave.

Cameron Cave is Missouri's newest showcave. It was discovered on a cold wintery day in 1925 by Arch Cameron whose family opened Mark Twain Cave. He saw steam emitting from the ground while he was tending cattle on the property. After a closer look he noticed a sink hole. Immediately, he started digging at the hot ledge. That dig resulted in finding a very large room. Arch gathered an exploration group and discovered a cave much larger and complex than the labyrinth of Mark Twain Cave.

"...the cave was but a labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere. It was said that one might wander days and nights together through its intricate tangle of rifts and chasms and never find the end of the cave." ~Mark Twain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer



 

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