Cave-in-Rock State Park

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The ghost story here starts with Samuel Mason, a robber who established a gambling tavern here around 1800. He attracted customers with alchohol, prostitutes and gambling, then robbed and sometimes killed them. Although now the site is known for its natural features, some witnesses have reported hearing moans and cries of the ages-old victims coming from the cave.

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Cave-in-Rock State Park
United States

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37.468318745748704, -88.15610530973572
Hardin County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Cave-in-Rock, IL (0.5 mi.)
Tolu, KY (5.5 mi.)
Elizabethtown, IL (8.3 mi.)
Marion, KY (10.2 mi.)
Rosiclare, IL (10.9 mi.)
Sturgis, KY (10.9 mi.)
Carrsville, KY (13.0 mi.)
Crayne, KY (14.2 mi.)
Salem, KY (14.9 mi.)
Old Shawneetown, IL (15.8 mi.)

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  1. Can anyone explain why a really bright flashlight ( on an iPhone) looked as if it wasn’t turned on in the car back right of this cave? I was with my kids and there’s a dark patch there. So, I wanted to see if it went farther and turned on my flashlight. Nope it didn’t work. It was on but, didn’t work. It only worked outside the cave.

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