Finding Ozarks beauty in the bluff

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Bluff Dwellers Cavern, one of McDonald County’s vintage show caves, has been welcoming visitors since 1927.


NOEL – In McDonald County, beauty is more than dirt-deep: At least 100 caves dot the county’s geological landscape, each offering unique views of the world from within.

In the early half of the 20th century, those glimpses were more readily available than they are today. The “show-cave” business used to boom in that part of the state, and local caves — Mt. Shira, Mystery and Wind, to name a few — drew visitors to what are known as the Elk and Spring River basins.

Of those vintage show caves, only one still allows visitors to tour. That cave is Bluff Dwellers Cavern, which has been open to the public since 1927 and is operated by the same family who discovered it more than 90 years ago. (more…)