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ICE CAVE

by

Jessica Bond

The Ice Cave is located south of Koleen and north of Doans. This cave in Southern Greene County is unusual as ice remains in it throughout the year, even in July and August. Although geologists say that such a cave in Indiana is virtually impossible, the cave does exist.

The cave is located on property owned by Mrs. Gayle Creager. A ridge runs across the Creager property with a sinkhole, round in shape and recessed about 20 feet down into the ground, located on it. Fallen rocks may be seen everywhere as part of the cave fell-in several years ago. In the sinkhole, a smaller hole serves as the entrance to the cave.

Beyond the entrance, the cave extends back toward the main rock ledge. A wonderland of frozen beauty greets a visitor as ice coats the sides and floor of the cave. A number of large stalactites of ice hang majestically from the ceiling. The ice is crystal clear and sparkles like a million diamonds.

The top of the cave is composed of loose sandstone and is quite hazardous. The cave extends for a considerable distance back into the hillside. Ice was once extracted in large quantities during the summer months and used for cooling purposes.

The reason ice is found year round in the Ice Cave, while all the other Indiana caves are ice free, is unknown. Ice caves are found in mountainous areas in several places across the United States, but in these areas the average mean of the annual temperatures is at or below freezing. However, this is not the case in Indiana where the temperature of a cave is usually 56 degrees; the Ice Cave has to be at least 32 degrees. Ice caves function as natural storage areas or cold air traps, but why only one Hoosier cave features this phenomenon is a mystery.

[Written May 1998]

REFERENCES

"Greene County’s Unique Ice Cave," The Evening World.

Personal interview with Doris Bucher on Monday, October 6, 1997, in Bloomfield, Indiana.

Powell, Richard. Caves of Indiana.