Missouri Speleological Survey
Files Report for July and August 2004
Steve Taylor had located several new caves in Cooper
County, nearly increasing the total
caves there by 50%. All of these are in bluffs along the Missouri
River, conspicuously close to the railroad tracks. Let’s see, I
think Steve works for the railroad, eh? Now that would be fun – locating caves
from the engine. Now Steve needs to name all of these so we can enter them in
the files, wouldn’t want to have Trackside
Caves #’s 1-6.
Michael Carter noted that maps of Buddys
Cave and Arnold
Cave in Ste Gen county were pretty
much identical. This led to the realization that neither of the locations for
the above caves were in the right place which added to the confusion. Aaron
Addison supplied us with a better location for the one cave, which will
continue to be called Buddys Cave
with Arnold as a secondary name.
Michael Carter and Jim Vandike cleared up a duplicate cave problem in Ozark
County: there is only one cave instead
of the two that we used to have littering the files. This is a constant
problem, one that we are slowly eradicating by carefully checking every new
cave submitted and “auditing” any other data. Michael also sent a file with a
variety of updated Forest Service files from Christian
Conor Watkins sent photos and video of a Forest Service cave
near Rolla that CRF is inventorying. The cave was once used as a seismological
station and has been more-or-less abandoned and forgotten. This could make for
a fine restoration project.
Wade Baker sent good information on Long
Cave in McDonald
County: better locations for the two
entrances, entrance photos, and description. Nice work.
Dan Lamping sent information on Watson
in Shannon County.
The cave is about 140ft long; Dan and Matt Platter have surveyed it. Now here
is a cave that I had heard existed for many years, it is marked as a spring on
the topo, and a grotto (years ago) said they were going to map it and turn a
location in. Difference is, Dan actually did it. And Dan gets a prize for
having turned in the location for a new entrance to a large cave in Camden
County. Yes, that one. No one had
previously bothered reporting it to the files. Lastly, Dan turned in a new cave
location elsewhere in Shannon County,
relatively close to a well-known cave.
Tom Panion pointed out that of the caves he turned in at
MVOR, most were actually located by Tim Harrison and a few others. I think I
knew this, just forgot to give credit in the correct direction.
James Corsentino sent in a location of another “new” cave in
However, several old/poor locations exist near there. More field and files work will be necessary to tell if
this new cave is “new” or “old”.
Matt Goska sent a GPS location for a cave recently found in Pulaski
County. And Matt sent along an
improved location for a cave that has been in the files for some years. As is
usual, all we used to have was a public land location, now we have a good,
Ben Miller sent in locations for yet another two new caves
way down in southern Stone County.
This continues the fine work going on down there.
Spike Crews sent updates on the length of a couple of caves
in Pulaski County.
sent some information on caves he apparently turned in many years ago yet
somehow never made it into the database. Since then, he and others that were
there have forgotten the exact location. Now these confirmed caves have to be
leads until Marty goes back out and relocates them. No rest for the weary.
Bill Elliott of MDC sent information, including locations,
of several caves, at least one of which is apparently new, along Sinking Creek
in Shannon County.
Bill also sent reports and improved locations for a couple of caves in McDonald
A while back Joel Laws sent some location data from Dent
County. Someone really needs to work
this county over, not in terms of survey, just in terms of fixing a few
duplications and funny locations. Joel tried to do this with just one topo,
having some success and writes “It looks like some field checking is in order.
Not just to check out the springs, it looks like some of the locations may be
slightly off and out in the creek's flood plain.”
And I probably forgot to mention this previously as I just
now integrated it, but Don Dunham made a major contribution by typing all of
the Dent County
reports into the FileMaker database. This was a lot of work and fills a very
Don and I spent a productive day down in the southern end of
the Riverways last week, mapping two known features and finding five new ones –
most of which were bigger than the known entities. People may find it hard to
believe that there are unreported caves with entrances 40-50 ft wide less than
500ft from the Current River,
but there are. And this is a result of looking in August. Imagine what you can
find in January.
Mick Sutton continues to send in new locations, reports, and
The BATL member who turned in a new cave in Barry
County was Brad Davis, who hopes to
return to map the cave.
By the way, the best way to communicate with me is by email
as I am frequently on the road. Trusting communications to voice mail (and I
have four phone numbers) has proved not to be reliable. Thanks!
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