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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History - Central Oregon's Lost Crystal Cave: Is it real, or is it folklore?


November 8, 2018

Image provided/Marelbu/

The entrance to South Ice Cave, which is very close to the location given for the Lost Crystal Cave by Marjorie Smith.

Central Oregon is cave country. There may be more caves, discovered and undiscovered, within a 100-mile radius of Bend than anywhere else in the country - ranging in size from tiny, dangerous lava tubelets like Thimble Cave to mile-long subterranean vaults like Lava River Cave.

To the dedicated cadre of spelunkers who enjoy exploring these secret underground spaces, finding any previously unknown cave is a dream.

But there's one particular cave - one that may actually not exist, but probably does - for which cave buffs have been keeping their eyes peeled for more than a century now.


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