Smallin Civil War Cave near Ozark has a rich history, dating back to right after the last Ice Age. It was also a sacred space for the Osage tribes. But after the Osage moved to Kansas and Oklahoma, it became a community spot for pioneers and townfolk.
Wanetta Bright, who owns the cave and surrounding property with her husband, took us back on a trip to see the cave through the eyes of local explorers.
She says the explorer Henry Schoolcraft came to this place, describing it as a “secret of the great works of nature.”