CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) - What a difference a couple of centuries can make. Today, several hundred thousand tourists a year flock to the tiny Ohio River village of Cave-In-Rock to visit the massive cave carved out of the limestone bluffs by the river. Even the most claustrophobic person would have little difficulty stepping inside the 55-foot-wide opening. The cave is located in a state park that bears its name in Hardin County. Its history wasn't always so inviting. A 2015 article in Atlas Obscura, headlined '?A Cave of Villainy on the Ohio River,' paints a dark picture of the cave that was '?discovered' by French explorer M. De Lery in 1739. He called the cave '?caverne dans Le Roc.' The article makes it clear that the cave wasn't a tourist...
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Cave-In-Rock has evolved from pirate hideout to picnic spot