Monday, July 15, 2013

Moqui Cave

I passed Moqui Cave (located five miles north of Kanab, Utah on US Highway 89) and decided to stop this time and I am thrilled that I did.

This cave was once used by the ancient ones (Anasazi) to store food. In the early 1900s it was a speakeasy during prohibition.  It is not a natural cave but one that was formed by using the sand in the cave to make glass. In 1951 it was purchased by Garth Chamberlain who turned it into a bar and dance hall.

What cave do you know of that has a TV antennae on top?

The original bar room is now just a tourist peek. The bar is made of a variety of cut stones. The dance hall which is in another section of the cave has a bounty of semi precious stones, ultra violet fluorescent minerals and dinosaur fossils. 

A section of the bar under a shiny resin.

I found it interesting that the cave is now a museum and that the granddaughter of the Chamberlains was holding tours and running the gift shop. It is still owned by the family.

Inside the cave are many Hopi and Navajo artifacts. One sample of Dinosaur tracks are in the photo below.

I had a nice chat with the granddaughter and she was thrilled when it started to rain because they don't see much rain in that part of the Utah.

Linking to Travel Photo Discovery today.


Jan said...

What a fascinating place! Jx

Noel Morata said...

Now that is a really unique place, I want to go for free beer and hang out to check out the locals.

Ginny said...

This is one of the strangest places I have ever seen, but having some exquisite things inside!

NanaDiana said...

Wow- That is amazing and strange and really interesting- xo Diana

Jill Harrison said...

So interesting - thank you for taking us along, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week. I hope you have a great week.

Muza-chan said...

Beautiful photos :)

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