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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

I was born and raised in Monett. We always went to Jolly Mill and hung out in the summer. There is a cave there called Jolly Cave. The only entrance I know of you have to repell down, but For years there's been a huge steel plate that covers the hole. When I was in jr. high, one of my teachers said there was another entrance at the Monett park under the city chat piles. He told me they used to party there back in his highschool days. Supposedly they connect even though Jolly Mill is like 5 or 6 miles away. Also I heard a story that when they were building the bridge over the railroad tracks by Tyson's, everytime they would try to set the steel beams in the ground to anchor the pillars, the beams would fall through the hole they drilled. Supposedly they lowered a few guys in and there's a pretty good cave system. I've also heard that they followed the caves and ended up near Lamar and that they found some old guns and dynamite and barrels of black powder from the civil war days. They also found pist with bones in them and they think the confederates used the caves to go north and the union found out and dug the pits so when the confederates would run through there they couldn't see real well and fall in the pits and eventually die. That's all I know for now. Great site by the way.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

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Supposedly they connect even though Jolly Mill is like 5 or 6 miles away. Also I heard a story that when they were building the bridge over the railroad tracks by Tyson's, everytime they would try to set the steel beams in the ground to anchor the pillars, the beams would fall through the hole they drilled. Supposedly they lowered a few guys in and there's a pretty good cave system. I've also heard that they followed the caves and ended up near Lamar and that they found some old guns and dynamite and barrels of black powder from the civil war days. They also found pist with bones in them and they think the confederates used the caves to go north and the union found out and dug the pits so when the confederates would run through there they couldn't see real well and fall in the pits and eventually die.

I didn't know there was a cave there. We used to do family outings there. I'm afraid that what your teacher told you sounds like an urban legend. Almost every cave that is well-known has an urban legend or two. Here are the known long caves in Missouri:

Crevice Cave, Perry County, 28.2 miles
Moore Cave, Perry County, 16.7 miles
Mystery Cave, Perry County, 15.8 miles
Rimstone River Cave, Perry County, 14.2 miles
Carroll Cave, Camden County, 11.3 miles
Powder Mill Creek Cave, Shannon County, 8.8 miles
Devils Icebox, Boone County, 6.6 miles
Piquet Cave, Pulaski County 4.9 miles
Cameron Cave, Marion County 4.6 miles
Meramec Caverns, Franklin County, 4.5 miles

If there had been a find of Union/Confederate civil war activity, it shouldn't be hard to research, and actually would have been pretty sensationalized.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:43 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

True. All my teacher told me was that they used to party there and that they connect. He said he knew of the only other entrance, but never would tell me. Ok, so if you're coming from the east towards Jolly Mill, go past Jolly Mill. There's a road that t's in from the north and goes back to 60 hwy. Right before the T where the road curves to the right, in the ditch on the right there is a big steel plate with a door thats padlocked and it's been welded. Oh the cave is called Jolly Cave.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

If I may interject here,
there is record of a large cave system with an entry in what is now the Monett City park. According to the accounts I read two people entered the cave which contained a lake. A lot of rock was mined around the entrance to the cave and was used in making the early streets of Monett. The account that I read also said that the cave entrance was closed in.
You can read the account here:http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodicals/wrv/v8/N2/W83f.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:11 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

You are correct. As I mentioned in my opening post, the entrance is next to what was the soccer fields and are now just a field as of recently. The entrance was concreted and covered by one of the large chat piles used by the city.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Yup, there is a cave underneath Monett Park. I have a picture somewhere of a boy scout troop standing in front of the opening in the park. I think I read that that entrance has been sealed, though.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:27 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Yep it's sealed. There's supposed to be another one though, but I've searched everywhere and I can't find it.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

wonder how thick the slab is there? must be pretty stout or the chat pile would have collapsed into it... still gets ones gears turning...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

You know what, though. Someone did tell me one time that there was a steel door or something somewhere near the park (but not actually at it) that was a second entrance to the cave under the park. They didn't say anything about it being as far as Jolly, though. I think you were supposed to be able to see it from the road someplace.

That ring any bells?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Good question. I wish we could talk them into opening it.
Oh by the way Monett has some cool tunnels. The easiest way is to go to front street and walk down into kelly creek and then up the tunnels.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Oh, and the sealed entrance in the park that I was talkign about, is that the same one you were talking about under the chat pile? Or is it a different one?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Flop me!
I've been to Monett a lot and never knew there were tunnels there! definately worth a look see next time I'm out there...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: RE: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Nope it's the same one. I know that for sure. My teacher remembers when they covered it and created the city chat piles to hide it. As far as a steel door that has to be a myth. I've never seen it and this is also the area that everybody sleds at so someone would've found it by now. Now the steel door at Jolly Mill is right by the road.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Somewhere between here"
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Roy Howerton, a Monett pharmacist, claims that the cave was just a hole in the ground.


and here:

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McKee claims he traveled to Pierce City before surfacing. McKee then returned by underground to Monett to tell about his amazing adventure.


is probably where the truth lies. Please consider the source of the story,
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Editorís Note: Daniel J. Sheltonís story was entered in the 1982 Historical Essay Contest.


The research is strictly hearsay gathered by an eighth grader.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Jolly cave in/near Monett. Reply with quote

Well, the steel door thing near the park I've actually heard from a few people. I got the impression it's just a steel plate or something, though. I don't know if it's near the park or a ways off or if it really even exists, but I've heard it enough to wonder.
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