19th-century beer cave discovered in St. Louis under neighborhood’s community garden
A neighborhood in Missouri finds that there aren’t just sewers under the streets.
A cave with an interesting history was recently rediscovered in an area of St. Louis that was once considered the major brewing center of the state. According to local knowledge, this cave was probably used at one point to store beer.
The cave was discovered in St. Louis in the Benton Park neighborhood.
The cave was discovered in the Benton Park neighborhood, reports Fox 59. McHose and English Cave Recovery staff investigated the site even though they were unable to reach it.
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So far, the cave is allegedly only accessible with cameras from two small holes to the surface, where the land above is used as a community garden. However, according to researchers, the cave dates back to the early 19th century and they believe it was used to store beer.
The area was also likely used as a mushroom farm, wine grotto, and even a meeting place for the community. However, it is believed that the cave has been cordoned off for over 100 years.
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“This was the brewing epicenter of the city of St. Louis because of all the caves. It really gives us an opportunity to reconnect with that past and hopefully step foot in a garden that hasn’t been opened in over 100 years “he explained to Alderman Dan Guenther.
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“We lowered a lidar unit down here to map the cave. It’s about 30 feet wide and has a ceiling 7 by 15 feet,” added Bill Kranz, a project leader for the group that studied the cave . “We were all out here in the alley jumping around like crazy.”