The Story Behind One Of North Dakota’s Only Caves Is Mystifying
Due to the nature of North Dakota’s land, you can’t find many caves in the state. In fact, any place in the state that is called a cave and is accessible from the surface is not a cave at all. The kind of caves you may be thinking of are usually formed by erosion of water and other materials through different minerals and stones, hollowing out parts of the earth to form tunnels and caverns. North Dakota “caves” are usually made from slope failure, or the land of buttes and hills shifting and leaving gaps.
Regardless of that, there are a few sites in North Dakota that are known as caves and have been explored. One of these sites is on the Killdeer Mountains and has a fascinating story that has made it somewhat famous. It is known as the Medicine Hole Historical Site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This site is CLOSED. It is currently on private property and trespassing is forbidden. The Killdeer Mountain Battlefield Historic Site near it remains open, but the owner does not allow visitors to the cave. Please do not attempt to explore it yourself.
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As mentioned before, the cave historical site is closed until further notice. It is still interesting to discuss the story that lies behind it. What do you think happened?
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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