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Fun In Kansas City–Cave Spring

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On our second day of Summer Break, we had a morning that worked well for a little hike – no rain, but not too hot either. We went to Cave Spring Park, a 39 acre historic site and nature park which boasts a cave, a waterfall, and historic ruins. (There is also a nature center, but the building was not open when we were there).

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Just past the nature center building, there is a rain garden. We looked at it, but then headed to the trails!

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We found the cave! Originally, the area was used by the Osage Indians as well as the Sak, Kansa, and Fox. Later, it was a heavily traveled junction on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Even later, the area was owned by Harry Truman’s grandfather.

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We found a geocache, one of those on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour.

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“In 1926 the Masonic Order’s Cave Spring Club was formed. The facility included a 9-hole golf course, “rustic” cabins, a clubhouse and two lakes with fishing, boating and swimming. The club was closed in 1944. All that remains of the country club are the ruins of chimneys and a large number of foundation stones.”

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We ate lunch near the waterfall and then managed to follow the trails back to where we’d started!

Personally, I have always loved hiking and I’m excited to introduce my kids to the fun of it as well!