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Door County cavers welcome proclamation

Jul. 27, 2013
 
Wisconsin Speleological Society members gathered at Cherney Maribel Caves County Park on July 20 for the official acceptance of Show Cave and Caving Month are, from left, Larry Buchholz, Kasey Fiske, Andy Ebenhoe, Gary K. Soule, Bryan and Michelle Kleist, Al Schema, Ashley Sheffer, State Rep. Paul Tittl, Amy Sobush, Mike Sobush and Dave Sheffer.
Wisconsin Speleological Society members gathered at Cherney Maribel Caves County Park on July 20 for the official acceptance of Show Cave and Caving Month are, from left, Larry Buchholz, Kasey Fiske, Andy Ebenhoe, Gary K. Soule, Bryan and Michelle Kleist, Al Schema, Ashley Sheffer, State Rep. Paul Tittl, Amy Sobush, Mike Sobush and Dave Sheffer. / Submitted
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed the month of August as Show Cave and Caving Month to recognize the efforts of the Wisconsin Speleological Society in its efforts to aid and develop the show cave industry.

Many local Door County cavers have worked long and hard discovering, mapping, researching and opening up caves for the enjoyment of the public, said Sturgeon Bay caver Gary K. Soule. This includes the current ongoing efforts to develop and open up a part of Horseshoe Bay Cave near Egg Harbor as a walking tour for the public. This cave’s gated entrance is located in a bluff in the more recently expanded Frank Murphy County Park.

There are six currently operating show caves in Wisconsin, with Cave of the Mounds and Crystal Cave being the most famous, Soule said.

Two local video presentations are currently on YouTube. Laddie Chapman taped Soule as he gave a presentation called “Show Caves of the World.” Another video recorded by Kathy White shows the presentation by Soule called “Caves of Door County” that was given at the Crossroads at Big Creek.

“In the U.S. each year, over 9 million people pay to go underground, and the income generated at just the top 142 show caves exceeds $144 million,” he said. “The secondary financial impact on the local tourist economy is enormous. Education is a big part of cave tours.”

For more information on caves and the local efforts of cavers, go to their website at wisconsincaves.org.

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