Longhorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn Cavern State ParkLonghorn Cavern State Park features Longhorn Cavern, a Texas Hill Country wonder created over thousands of years by the dissolving and cutting action of water on the limestone bedrock of the area. Fossil remains show that many Ice Age animals once occupied the cave.

Our earliest records indicate that the Comanche Indians were the first to use the cavern. They came in about 400 years or so before anyone else did.

From 1934 to 1942, Company 854 of the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed residences, pavilions and an observation tower in the National Park Service Rustic architectural style. They also explored and developed the cavern.

In the 1920s, during the prohibition period, the cavern was used by Burnet County residents as a speakeasy. Performing musicians would entertain all through the night. In 2006, Steven Kurtz, current curator of Longhorn Cavern State Park re-introduced chamber music to the cave with the creation of the Simple Sounds Concert Series. Not until February 14, 2008, did the dancers return to the cave floor when local Burnet County rock / county band Redneck Jedi performed. On April 4, 2008, Redneck Jedi returned to the cave and recorded their fifth CD Unplugged and Underground, the first such recording inside the cave at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

The park is named for Longhorn Cavern, a limestone cave formed by the cutting action of an underground river that receded thousands of years ago. The cave was used over the years by Indians, Confederate soldiers and outlaws, including Sam Bass, before becoming a tourist attraction.

Longhorn Cavern is one of the few river-formed caverns in Texas.

For more information, visit the Longhorn Cavern State Park website.

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