1800’s Signature Discovered in an Ozarks Cave

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, MO — A new find uncovered in an Ozarks cave likely dating back 150 years. 

A couple of weeks ago, while trying to decipher what he thought was part of another name, Smallin Cave Staff Archaeologist Eric Fuller made an exciting discovery. 

He found a signature dating back to the 19th century. 

It’s carved among hundreds, maybe even thousands of other inscriptions. 

The signature belonged to Quincy Smallin, the man the cave was named after.

Fuller says the weather played a part in finding the historic writing.
“The cave is very dry right now, and so as this flow stone begins to dry out, the inscriptions become a little bit sharper, a little bit easier to read.” 

Below it, yet another new discovery, Quincy Smallin’s cousin’s signature: CB Stapp. 

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