The Cascade Caverns in Boerne Texas, are believed to have been first discovered in the 18th century by an Apache tribe. It was re-discovered in the 1840’s by the Kendall County youth as evidenced by their initials in the stalactites. However, its official operation did not begin until the 1930’s and then became famous as a film location for Patrick Swayze’s movie”Father Hood” in the 1990’s.
History of the Cascade Caverns
The first people to get the idea to operate the Cascade Caverns commercially were land speculators, Ludovic Colquhoun and William H. Steele in 1842. They bought the unused patent #64 from Jose Arocha who was the head of household at the time of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1837, and therefore, the rightful owner of the Land Grant. The Grant is believed to have been located by the surveyor, John James of Bexar County. It is believed that the two sold the Grant initially to Sterling Neblett of Virginia and then it was passed down to two other men. The last three are thought to have never actually seen the land.
Then in 1875, physician Dr. Benjamin Hester bought the land from the last man who bought the Grant, Jesse Busby of Memphis. Dr. Hester’s wife, Jennie Knox Hester inherited the Grand upon Dr. Hester’s passing two years later; she then sold it to L.W. Menn. During Dr. Hester’s ownership, a book called Ein Verstehltes Leben (A Verified Life) was written by A. Seimering of Sisterdale and published in a Cincinnati German newspaper called Volksblatt (People’s Journal). The story centers on a hermit who lived in the cave, and it is believed that Seimering was referencing the Cascade Caverns of Boerne, Texas. The full novel was later translated and published by May E. Francis.
Biology of the Cascade Caverns
The Cascade Caverns has one species of salamander and two frog species believed to be its own. However, it is most well-known for its mastodon remains. An enormous fragile tusk wrapped around a rock was uncovered as were many pieces of flesh and hair. However, most of those disintegrated when they came into contact with sunlight. Also, some saber-toothed tiger, bison along with Native American and early settler remains have also been discovered in the area. The Cascade is home to an extensive and diverse range of animal and eco-life.
Geology of the Cascade Caverns
The Cascade is believed to contain fossils and other remains from as far back as 140 million years. During the time that the whole Earth was nothing but sea, the Cascade was barely more than shell and silt mud. However, the mud beds eventually dried out with the increasing amount of elevation. It wasn’t until the fresh water streams flowed in that vegetation began to sprout. However, it rotted very quickly causing carbonic acid, which ate away at the limestone, causing, even more, cracks to appear. Today, it’s most common minerals are calcium, iron oxide, rust, and magnesium. Flowstones on the floor and stalactites from the ceiling also remain.
Residents in and around Boerne, Texas can visit and camp at the Caverns year-round for an amazingly unique adventure. If you are looking for an amazingly unique car buying experience, head to Toyota of Boerne. We haven’t been around as long as the Caverns, but we strive to serve every customer to the best of our ability!