Missouri is well known as the “Cave State.” The geology of Missouri has allowed, over thousands of years, many caves to form. Check out the Missouri Department of Natural Resources publication on Missouri caves to learn more about their formation, use, exploration, biology and protection.
The “caves” in and around Kansas City, under the Missouri River bluffs, were initially created by mining companies. These caves have been put to use in more recent years. The SubTropolis is the worlds largest underground business complex. Park University’s Fishburn Archives at McAfee Library is also underground, located in the University’s Commercial Underground.
Explore the Cave Spring Interpretive Center in William M. Klein Park to get a sense of a more natural cave and cave formation in the heritage area. A visit to the John and Mary Ritchie House will reveal how the Ritchies used the cave near their home prior to and during the Civil War.
Do you have a favorite underground spot or cave story from the heritage area?