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Marengo, Crawford County in Crawford County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Marengo Cave National Landmark

 
 
MARENGO CAVE NATIONAL LANDMARK Marker Obverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, November 27, 2013
1. MARENGO CAVE NATIONAL LANDMARK Marker Obverse
Inscription. Discovered September 6, 1883 by Blanche & Orris Hiestand who descended into the first room. The following Sunday, Mitch Stewart and friends explored the main passageways. The next day, local residents descended in mass on the cave. Owner Samuel Stewart, recognizing the commercial potential, secured the entrance and immediately opened the cave to the public. The Marengo Cave Company was formed in 1900 to operate the cave. The cave became a popular destination for railroad excursions prior to the Great Depression.

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Local residents used their wagons to haul visitors to and from the train depot. As transportation changed from trains to automobiles, the business languished yet survived on word-of-mouth advertising. The cave was sold to Floyd Denton in 1955. Floyd had big plans for redevelopment but died in 1960 before he could realize many of his plans. The cave was sold to a group of avid cave explorers in 1973. Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1984, the cave business has steadily increased since 1973 to become Indiana's #1 natural attraction.
 
Location. 38° 22.524′ N, 86° 20.379′ W. Marker is in Marengo, Crawford County, Indiana, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from Indiana 64 (State Road 64)
MARENGO CAVE NATIONAL LANDMARK Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, November 27, 2013
2. MARENGO CAVE NATIONAL LANDMARK Marker Reverse
mile east of Main Street (State Road 66). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Indiana 64, Marengo, IN 47140, Marengo IN 47140, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pivot Point (approx. 8.8 miles away); Indiana Initial Point Memorial (approx. 14.3 miles away); Orange County Civil War Memorial (approx. 14.3 miles away); Orange County Revolutionary War Honor Roll / (approx. 14.3 miles away); Orange County Courthouse (approx. 14.3 miles away); Orange County Honor Roll (approx. 14.3 miles away); First State Capital (approx. 15.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Indiana Cave Trail. (Submitted on December 3, 2013.)
2. Video - - Marengo Cave::. (Submitted on December 3, 2013.)
 
Additional keywords. cave
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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