As I have mentioned on part 2 of our cavern adventure, here are some of the photos of what you can see inside the Indian Echo Caverns. According to our tour guide, the Caverns were first opened to the general public in 1929, when Mr. John Bieber opened the doors to the caverns.
Mr. Bieber realized that many people wishing to visit the caverns might be put off by the treacherous, uneven terrain that nature created. Bieber undertook a massive commercialization process, in which all of the pathways in the caverns were made safe for travel, as well as opening up many rooms closed off because of huge mineral deposits.
The caverns were a natural Mecca of the region, attracting thousands of visitors in its first years. However, sadly, the caverns fell upon hard times during the Great Depression, and Mr. Bieber lost ownership to the bank.
All was not lost, for in 1942, Mr. Edward S. Swartz, a Hershey native purchased the caverns. Today, the ownership of the caverns still remain in his family, with hundreds of thousands of visitors walking the paths of the Susquehannocks each year.
If I were to get lost there, U would be scared especially if the lights are off because it would be a total darkness inside and cold too!
It's amazing how this natural beauty could make your imagination travel to a different time and place.
The tour guide was very pleased when we told him about what our daughter said and what she think she should do when she grows up.
More photos to come in the next series of photos. Thanks for reading and for leaving your thoughts.