|Inner Space Cavern|
by Stormy on June 30, 2005
Some discoveries are pure accidents. You don't know to look, but when you do, you stumble over some amazing stuff. Inner Space Cavern is a place that fits this description perfectly.
First thing in the morning I headed for Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, not quite an hour north of Austin. Inner Space Cavern is conveniently located off Interstate-35 and has a very rich history starting in 1963 when a highway construction crew drilled out a core to install a highway support and were surprised to discover there was nothing down there. The opening was widened and a man was lowered in to look around. It was a cave! At the time the property was newly obtained from a rancher by the name of Laubach and the cave was called Laubach Cave. When the highway went in, shifted a little to avoid placing supports over the cave, the state took the cave over and developed it into a commercial enterprise, renaming it Inner Space Cavern. The cave does pass directly under Interstate-35. The cave is in 100 million year old Edwards limestone, but it's still a very active cave and most formations in it are still growing. There are sections where dirt fill blocks what should otherwise be going passage and exploration work to find more cave continues to this day. Inner Space Cavern isn't to most beautiful cave in the world, but it has some beautiful formations and is definitely worth a trip.
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