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The two RV Gypsies explored the
Mark Twain Cave in Missouri

May 23, 2012
USA state showing location of Missouriwelcome to the Mark Twain Cave

Mark Twain Cave is a show cave located near Hannibal, Missouri. It is the oldest operating show cave in the state, giving tours continuously since 1886. The cave became a registered National Natural Landmark in 1972. Mark Twain Cave plays an important role in the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and is named in honor of the Hannibal native.

Geologically Mark Twain Cave and its nearby neighbor Cameron Cave differ from most of the 6,500+ caves found in Missouri. Both are believed to be remnants of a much larger cave system cut apart by a glacier and millions of years of erosion, leading to speculation by geologists and common citizens alike that there may be as yet further undiscovered caves in the Hannibal region.

The Mark Twain Cave Campgrounds sign

The Mark Twain Cave is located just outside the entrance to The Mark Twain Cave Campgrounds where the two RV Gypsies stayed for several days. There was also a candle store and a wine tasting store in the area. Across the street, there was a Fun Place and a restaurant that were closed during the time frame that the two RV Gypsies in the area.
The 1890 entrance to  the Mark Twain Cave
The 1890 entrance to the Mark Twain Cave
The Legend of the Mark Twain Cave System
The closed-up Discovery Entrance
In the past, people were allowed to write on the cave walls.
writing on the walls of the Mark Twain Cave
writings on the wall of the Mark Twain Cave
a very small bat in the Mark Twain Cave
Within the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
Lee Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave
Stains on the ceiling are caused by the bats
Jesse James Hideout
Bat stains on the ceiling of the Mark Twain Cave
Jesse James Hideout in the Mark Twain Cave
Lee Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave.
Lee Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
The Parlor is the only area in the Mark Twain Cave where visitors were allowed to sit.
The Parlor in the Mark Twain Cave
Lee Duquette in The Parlor of the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
within the Mark Twain Cave
a cool formation in the Mark Twain Cave
the other side of the cool formation in the Mark Twain Cave
Devils Backbone
This is a miniature version of
Mount Rushmore
Devils Backbone in the Mark Twain Cave
in the Mark Twain Cave
a passageway in the Mark Twain Cave
a closed off passageway in the Mark Twain Cave
In the Mark Twain Cave
in the Mark Twain Cave
The Cascade
Lee Duquette in
the Mark Twain Cave
The Cascade in the Mark Twain Cave
Lee Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave
Aladdin's Palace
Frozen Waterfall
Aladdins Palace in the Mark Twain Cave
A Frozen Waterfall in the Mark Twain Cave
John East Entrance
John East Entrance of the Mark Twain Cave
John East Entrance of the Mark Twain Cave
SPRNG
Devils Slide
a formation entitled Spring in the Mark Twain Cave
a formation entitled Devils Slide in the Mark Twain Cave
Karen Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave
Karen Duquette in the Mark Twain Cave

sign - bat crossing

There were NO Stalagmites or Stalactites in the Mark Twain Cave, but there were little bats that did not bother anybody at this time. A bat crossing sign was located outside the entrance to the Mark Twain Cave.

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Hannibal, Missouri:
Boyhood home of Mark Twain,

Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse on Cardiff Hill,
Lovers Leap and more

 
Mark Twain Cave
 
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