One Indiana cave has incredible rock formations, stunning waterfalls, and even a famous grave.

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Squire Boone Caverns

Located in Mauckport, Indiana is Squire Boone Caverns. You may recognize his last name, Boone.  Squire is the younger brother of famed American Pioneer, Daniel Boone. In 1790 Daniel and Squire were out exploring this particular area when they discovered the caverns that sit in present-day Indiana.   SquireBooneCaverns.com has this to say:

It was Squire Boone and his brother, Daniel, who discovered these caverns in 1790. Squire later escaped enemy capture by hiding in the caverns. From that day on, he considered the beautiful hills and valleys surrounding the caverns to be holy ground. He eventually settled here with his wife, four sons and their families, and worked to establish the first capital of Indiana (Corydon).

He was even laid to rest inside of the cave, and you can see his grave.

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Home to Waterfalls and Streams

As with many caves, when taking a tour of Squire Boone Caverns you'll see incredible rock formations, as well as streams, and even waterfalls.

Squire Boone Caverns is a living cave with rushing streams that carry more than a million gallons of water through the cave and over rarely seen underground waterfalls. In fact, you’ll find the largest rimstone dams accessible to the public in the United States right here!

However, the most unique sight you can see inside this cave is the final resting place of Squire Boone himself.

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Laid to Rest Inside the Cave he Found

While it may seem like an odd place to be laid to rest, it seems that this cave is where Squire Boone often found shelter.   According to FindAGrave.com since the caves are where Squire sought shelter and his life was spared, he believed the cave to be holy.  He often went to the cave to meditate, pray, and carve verses of gratitude into the stone.  It is said that Squire requested to be buried there during his life since he found solace in the cave.

Check out a stunning walkthrough of the cave shot by Roger Turpen on YouTube below.

Want to visit?

You can!

When you take a tour of Squire Boone Caverns, the tour will take you by Squire Boone's grave.  There you can pay your respects to Squire, and hear his story as well as see his final resting place. To learn more about the cave, and to book your own tour, you can do that here. 

 

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