On September 14th, we went to the Wabasha Street Caves tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. These are a bunch of man-made caves in St. Paul that are mines carved out of sandstone and date back to the 1840s.
Back when the caves started, a company grew mushrooms. This was ideal due to the constant temperature of 55 – 60 degrees in the caves. Land O’ Lakes also stored cheese there at one point.
It was a very interesting tour because our guide also described it as a notorious place for gangsters to go because they liked to hangout and have a drink. It was also used for filming a basketball commercial.
There were shootings down there. Our tour guide told us a story about a card game gone bad that ended up in a shooting. People believe the shooting was covered up by the local police and that the cave is haunted. Ghost sightings have been reported.
I give the Wabasha Street Caves tour four stars out of five because it was a really interesting tour, and we learned a lot of history, but you only see two caves out of the seven because they are divided up into sections.
For more information, visit www.wabashastreetcaves.com.