Cave-In-Rock has evolved from pirate hideout to picnic spot

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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

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