Interstate Caves

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Location: Kansas City, Missouri, at the southeast corner of Interstate 435 and 23rd Street.
Open: All year Mon 10-19, Tue, Wed closed, Thu, Fri 10-19, Sat 10-18, Sun 12-17. [2007]
Fee: free [2007]
Classification: SubterraneaCave House ExplainRoom and Pillar Mining
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: Ar=2,800m².
Guided tours: n/a
Address: By Design Direct, 8201 E. 23rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64129, Tel: +1-816-833-0002.
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Interstate Caves are owned by the Reeder Family Trust for 30 years. Those huge caves are a result of limestone mining along 23rd Street. Many years ago this was the valley of a tributary of Blue river. The limestone cliffs were quarried for many purposes, and so there was continual need for more. So mining continued underground, in a simple room and pillar technique. Today there are vast caverns along the 23rd Street, which ofer many positive conditions: low heating, no security issues, no disturbances from outside.

The Interstate Caves are now used by a furniture discounter called By Design Direct. It is managed by Peter Kristensen, a former manager at Danish Inspirations in Overland Park. The curved walls of the caves give a futuristic background to the modern furniture. The store has a size of 2,800m².