Living in Arkansas we are often deprived of lore and legend. The world is full of stories of mythical creatures and ancient civilizations, but these are often reserved for more mystical parts of the world. However, the Blowing Cave hidden away in Cushman, Arkansas is a destination that holds its own secrets and mysteries.
I had researched this cave a few years back, but I did not go much farther than viewing a few pictures on Google. Little did I know at the time Blowing Cave contained a dark mystery that had been in development since the 1950s. A story surfaced on the internet which described an expedition that was led into the cave. The team allegedly discovered a secret passage that took them down five miles under the earth. They would eventually make it to a massive cavern to which they gave the name Glass Cave.
From here the search proceeded and glowing tunnels were discovered which would eventually lead to contact with a race of human-like beings that would be known as the Blue People. They were described as being highly intelligent and even provided an electronic device they was able to translate languages to bridge the communication gap. This ancient race were said to be descendant Noah and had discovered these subsystems in the earth and chose to make a life here. Despite doing their all to avoid contact with humans they found trust in this team of explores and were willing to share their story. You can read the full article at this link http://www.angelfire.com/ut/branton/cushman.html
We made several trips to the cave ourselves, but no blue people were to be had. That wasn’t really our goal however as this cavern provides 1 1/2 miles or so of tunnels that are documented. I managed to obtain a map of the systems from a Youtuber and it highlighted some features that look to be spectacular. The Waterfall Room: that is a title that just says it all. Please refer to the map I have included in the photos so you can follow along with the story accordingly.
When I received the map my focus immediately honed in on the Waterfall Room. Upon seeing the shape of this room on the map my mind raced back to the photos I had looked at on google. One in particular had the exact shape and if it is indeed the room it stands the size of a cathedral. I’m talking absolutely massive. Naturally I was over eager to find my way to the room. Little did I know then it would be a process that would span over a year without completion.The terrain is very rough in this cave and there is an abundance of mud. You basically ruin every article of clothing you take in here, but it’s still a blast of a trip. From this detail you can understand why I was unable to capture photos from beyond the entrance, but I certainly will next trip. I to have a pelican case for my Canon by the time I go back.
When referring to the map the Potato Masher is where our travels have ended. About half way to the water fall and it should be known that the length to the waterfall is only about 1/3 the size of the entire cave. Claustrophobia will be a factor in this cave and I often had to do a bit of motivational self-talk to proceed at times. The masher is a section of cave where the ceiling collapsed and left only small crevices to proceed through. At this point we decided to call the trip due to the long hours of the trip and the level of sketchiness.
There was a beacon of hope at the end however as I noticed another tunnel path that I think leads through to the Meat Grinder. The only problem is that this would require wading through water which we really were not suited to pass at the time. Next trip we plan to be well prepared for this stretch of tunnel and I’ll be sure to photo document it in its entirety. Keep up with the blog and I hope to have this next section of tunnel completed in the next few weeks. I hope the Waterfall Room blows us all away.
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