Historic Missouri cave goes up for sale for $3.4 million – Alton Telegraph

You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
You could own Missouri’s Jacob’s Cave and 223 acres of land for $3.4 million.
Next to its popular moniker, the “Show-Me State,” Missouri is also known for its underground wonders. The boyhood home of Mark Twain and Walt Disney boasts 6,400 caves, so it’s no surprise that ol’ “Missour-uh” is referred to as the “Cave State” too.
And out of those 6,400 caves, one of them (and the adjacent land) is on the market for $3.4 million.
“Well, I’m 89 years old,” Frank J. Hurley, the owner of the cave, said. “I’ve just decided to sell it. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years. There’s a lot of work to it.”
Hurley bought historic Jacob’s Cave in 1965 near the small town of Versailles and since had tourists, cave enthusiasts and geologists stop by to explore. Versailles is located in the center of Missouri just north of the Lake of the Ozarks, about 50 miles southwest of the state capitol in Jefferson City.
Discovered by Jacob Craycraft in 1875, Jacob’s Cave has always been shown off to anyone interested, but it later became the first commercialized cave in the Lake of the Ozarks region. It soon offered moon-lit concrete paths and was made handicap accessible.
According to the cave’s listing on Zillow, a total of 223 acres of land come with the purchase. There’s also a home on the property built in 1984 that features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 
Hurley, who traces his heritage back to the first Queen Elizabeth, said he’s had interest from several potential purchasers, with one telling him they wouldn’t have a firm decision until June.
Once all is said and done, Hurley isn’t going to let his age get him down, he said he plans to “go travel the world.”
“There’s caves all over the United States, I’d like to go see a lot of those. I’ve seen most of them, but there’s probably more I haven’t seen,” he said.
Dominic Genetti was born and raised in St. Louis and has been in the media industry since 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University, and has covered a variety of subjects including hard news, courts, enterprise features, and sports. From 2011 to 2013, Genetti wrote a syndicated baseball column that published daily throughout the country. He was also awarded the “Community Service” award from the Missouri Press Association for his efforts to bring light to a historic cemetery in disrepair in Hannibal, Missouri. Multimedia coverage is also part of Genetti’s repertoire. In 2011 he was named the GateHouse Media Videographer of the Year. Genetti has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Iowa, Texas, and Illinois.

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