Olentangy Indian Caverns

I visited this place more for it’s role as a retro tourist attraction than for it’s supposed Indian history. It was a rainy day, and a lot of that water was seeping into the caverns themselves. I had the place to myself, which is good because there wouldn’t have been a lot of room for many more people. The caverns aren’t large — perhaps 50 yards long. It’s claimed the the Wyandotte Indians used to hold tribal ceremonies down there. If they did, it must have been a small tribe.


I paid for my tour in the gift shop.


Then ran through the rain to the small museum building.


There are a couple cases with items supposedly taken from the cave, but most of the display is just random stuff about Indians.



J.M. Adams is believed to have been the first White man in the cave. He was looking for a lost ox. Some years later, a few ox bones were found in the cave.




The stairway down into the cave starts in the museum.


I found the stair way to be the most interesting part of the cave. I’m not sure how an ox made it down there, with or without the stairs.


A bunch of arrowheads were found in the room now called the Indian Council Chamber. The large, flat rock in the middle of that room is, of course, called the Council Rock.


The Council Rock from the other side. You’re looking at about a fourth of the cave here.


The Echo Chamber. The flat rock in the foreground is called the “Indian Lovers Bench.” Right.


The Echo Chamber from the other side. The rock formation on the left is supposed to be the profile of Chief Leatherlips. Some people have claimed that the chief was killed at the entrance to the cave, but I don’t think informed people believe that.


There’s a lot of dripping in the Crystal Room, which has produced some minimal cave formations.


And, of course, this cave, like every cave, has it’s “Fat Man Misery” [sic].


My favorite feature was a random rock that is wedged above the passage. It’s called “Rock of Many Names.”


I think that’s it for the major features. Here are some other shots from inside the cave.







I made sure I took my time and saw everything. There were five places where I could push a button and listen to a recording. I listened to all of them except the one telling about how the cave was millions of years old. I was thorough. I think it took me 20 minutes. Still, it was something to do on a rainy day and I couldn’t help thinking it would be a good place to play hide ‘n’ seek.

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