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    Buckner Caves and surroundings

    by DSwede Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Buckner Cave (formerly Blair or Saltpeter Cave) and the surrounding caves, like Trapdoor or Salamander, are frequented by locals and students.

    In the 80's and 90's, they were freely open to the public. I should know, I used to visit the caves when I went to college near there. But due to the immature nature of many vandals, the caves have become restricted. There is an intense cleaning effort underway, and thankfully the caves are looking healthy again.

    Richard Blenz owns the cave and resides in the house at the end of the street. The cave has roughly 3 miles of passages. It is a dry cave, meaning that even though you may encounter ground water, it is generally safe in rainy weather (will not flood).

    Due to the vandalism and cleanup efforts, it is now required to get prior authorization to the caves. email the address below at least one week in advance. They will send you some liability disclaimers. Once they have them returned, you will be given the combination for the lock, and thereby granted access. The combination changes approximately every month.

    Many of the rooms have names, such as the Air Force Room (large enough to park planes in it), the Volcano Room, the Monument Room (with a large flowstone stalagmite), and the Signature Room. The Signature Room got its name due to "L.V. Cushing" and date "1775" being etched. Unfortunately those are not visible anymore.

    Rules of the cave:
    For some good caving tips:

    Equipment: Helmet is required
    3 sources of light are required
    sturdy clothing/boots/food are recommended
    Groups of 3 or more are required.
    Only solo or groups of 2 are allowed with prior authorization.

    Entrance to Buckner Cave
    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

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    by gkitzmil Written Apr 26, 2003

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    Sporting Events
    Little 500 Bicycle Race
    Held every April
    For more information call Indiana University Student Foundation at 812-855-9152 or the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau 1-800-800-0037.
    The annual Little 500 Bicycle Race is a fast-paced event made famous by the hit movie ÒBreaking AwayÓ starring Dennis Quaid in 1979. 1999 marks the 20th anniversary of the movie and there will be many fun events to celebrate the occasion. This competitive event features some of Indiana University's best student cyclists and is held at the Bill Armstrong Stadium on the IU campus. 1999 marks the 49th year of the race which has become known as the premier intramural collegiate cycling event in the nation. Besides the running of the men's and women's races, there are other weekend events held. These include a Mini 500 Trike Race, where participants race on big tricycles, a Golf Jamboree, concerts and more. The event raises money for student scholarships.

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