The Really Messed Up Story Behind Tom Sawyer’s Cave

29-217You might remember the scene in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer where Tom and Becky Thatcher got lost in a cave. Well, here’s a little bit of trivia about the real cave you might not know.

Via Mysterious Universe:

The cave, at 11 degrees (52 degrees Fahrenheit) year round, has housed town meetings, weddings and may still be home to the ghost of a teenage girl. St. Louis surgeon Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell, who founded the Missouri Medical College, owned the cave when Twain was a boy. McDowell was a gifted physician and maybe a little crazy. “He was trying to petrify a human body,” Susie Shelton, general manager of the cave, said. “His own daughter died of pneumonia at 14. He took a copper cylinder lined with glass. He filled it with an alcohol mixture, put in his daughter, and hung it from a ceiling in a cave room.”

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1 Comment on "The Really Messed Up Story Behind Tom Sawyer’s Cave"

  1. Awhite Dude | Aug 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

    look up the word “mixture”. It doesn’t apply to alcohol. That would be a “solution”.

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