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Meramec Caverns, Stanton, MO
These commercially run, sometimes quite tacky, caverns are nevertheless quite spectacular.
The whole facility, including ticket office is inside the caves.

   

Part of the entrance way into the cavern


This little nook is from a TV Show - someone "won" a honeymoon here.


The James Bros gang used one room in the cave as their hideout


It's amazing what some coloured lights will show


Close up view of part of the roof


a view beyond the hand rail.


More of the roof


Ditto


Ditto


A drip getting ready to drop


There are some spectacular formation in these caves


and better was to come later in the trip.


A reflection on the water


Part of a very very large Stalagmite


Same thing


More with the coloured lights


Their lighting


My flashgun


Part of the very large stalagmite


 


One of the tunnel walkways we took.


Some of the amazing ribbons that have grown over millions of years


More of the "fancy" light work.


And more.


In the room of the


freestanding "wine table". This shape left behind


as the waters receded oh so many years ago


Mor of the same.


Heading off back down to a lower part of the cave system


still heading down.


Some of the spectacular formations in


the theatre - seating for well over 100 people


to sit and watch the light show on


the Stage Curtain.


Supposedly 70,000,000 years old this is some 60 feet high


and looks different under different lighting


conditions.


No Flash


With Flash


No Flash


With Flash


Just keep clicking


Now they're playing God Bless America


 


and the show is over.


Some more of the ribbon stalactites


 


On the way out to "the above".