history, cave conservation, regional history, bats, biota, safety, and
exploration, as folks cooled down in the entrance area, and then we
made it through the gate and clicked on our flashlights. We soon saw
the River Styx, which underlies the cave system and is the subject of
much interest for the active cavers, and we saw a sample archaeological
excavation pit near the entrance.
Renwick introduces visitors to Dunbar Cave)
Peg ignored the side trip to the hokily-named Counterfeiters’ Den, and
took us into the Ballroom. From there we bypassed the Civil Defense
Room for the return trip and surged on into the Dinosaur Room, so named
by Mr. Acuff too attract visitors to see the coral pieces embedded in
the ceiling. (Heck, when Oliver was growing up along Indian Creek in
western Ohio, we were certain that the coral pieces we found in the
creek were dinosaur or dragon teeth.) These fairly big cave rooms are
connected by trenches through passages from which the dirt was long ago
excavated by pick axe.