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40th Anniversary of Blanchard Springs Caverns

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Sunday, July 7, 2013


Forty years ago, the “cave find of the 20th century” was unveiled to the public. Blanchard Springs Caverns, located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, celebrates its 40th Anniversary on June 15. Since July 7, 1973, over 3.7 million visitors have viewed this underground gem.

 A special part of the celebration will be recognition of employees who have worked at the Caverns during the 40-year span. In addition to the celebration on June 15, Blanchard Springs Caverns will host “40 days of Celebration,” beginning May 29 and continuing through July 7.  These 40 days will focus on topics including Stone County Day, Natural Resources Week, poster contests, walking/running events, and more.

Some of the other activities scheduled include Tours with Elvis,Border States Week highlighting neighboring states, history week, scavenger hunt,history and living history programs, historic movies showings, photo contest,kids’ coloring contest, and a patriotic concert in the cave on July 4. The celebration culminates on July 7 with a time capsule and anniversary ceremonies. A complete calendar is available on the U.S.D.A.Forest Service website.  The caverns are located in Fifty Six, a few miles north of Mountain View.