The Central Park Cave and the Mark Twain Cave
Although there is no material connection between the two, the Central Park Cave made me think of Tom Sawyer’s cave in Twain’s famous, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Missouri, covers some six and a half miles consisting of four entrances and 260 passages, while the Central Park Cave consists of a single large room.
Discovered by excavators when the park was under construction, it might have been a shelter used by Indians in the past.
The staircase leading to the wall that now covers the entrance is still visible from the Ramble and only adds to its mystery.
In my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, I imagine the cave having a hidden corridor that leads underneath the Bethesda Fountain, not unlike Twain’s cave in Hannibal.
If Twain could stretch the truth, then so could I!