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Vintage Marvel Cave Park Glass, Silver Dollar City, Souvenir Glass, Missouri Souvenir, Branson Collectible

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Before there was Branson, there was Marvel Cave Park and Silver Dollar City. This is a vintage souvenir from a trip to Silver Dollar City in the mid 1960s. It depicts various scenes from Silver Dollar City in the Missouri Ozarks, including the cave's famous Liberty Bell formation. It was rarely used and is in excellent condition. This glass stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter.

From Wikipedia: Marvel Cave is a National Natural Landmark located just west of Branson, Missouri, on top of Roark Mountain in Stone County. The cave was known by the Osage Indians in the early 16th century, after a tribe member fell through the cave's main entrance, a sinkhole. There is evidence that in 1541 Spanish explored the cave, but the first recorded expedition was in 1869, led by Henry T. Blow. The unofficial Stone County chapter of Bald Knobbers, a local group of vigilantes, were rumored to have taken people to the top of Roark Mountain, and thrown them in the sink hole.

A Chicago vacuum cleaner salesman, Hugo Herschend, purchased a 99-year lease on the cave in 1950, from The Lynch sisters. After Hugo Herschend's death in 1955, his wife Mary took over the day-to-day operations of the cave. With the aid of her two sons, Jack and Peter, Mary Herschend was able to make vast improvements to the cave. They added concrete paths and stairs to the cave, and a tower from the sinkhole to the top of the debris pile. Also, they added a cable train which pulled visitors a distance of 218 feet (66 m), from the depths of the cave up to the surface. Before building the cable train, the Army Corps of Engineers said that it could not be built, because a cable train can not make a turn like the one the Herschends planned. The Herschends built it anyway, and it has been in operation for about fifty years.

Once the cable train was in operation, the Herschends decided to recreate the mining village Marmaros, for tourist waiting to go on a tour. It opened in 1960, and is called Silver Dollar City.

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Vintage Marvel Cave Park Glass, Silver Dollar City, Souvenir Glass, Missouri Souvenir, Branson Collectible


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