Rupert Cave Management Plan

RUPERT CAVE – The first 1,800 feet of passage within Rupert Cave, between the entrance and the “Keyhole”, is considered the “Historical Section” of the cave. Beyond the “Keyhole” is considered the “New Section”. An aluminum sign positioned directly over the “Keyhole” clearly marks the dividing line. The two sections have distinct access / management policies, […]

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Rupert Cave Preserve

On November 17, 2018, MAKC’s Board of Directors voted to help manage Rupert Cave from George and Karen, at their request, in order to help them manage the cave. The MAKC has appointed a preserve management team, headed by Jeff Jahn, which will coordinate trips to the cave starting in the spring of 2019. George […]

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Rupert Cave Biology

Rupert Cave has never had a large bat population, although four bat species have been found in the cave; Northern Long Eared, Eastern Pipistrelle, Big Brown and Little Brown bats. In 2001 a bat gate was added to the side of the entrance building. Over the following eight years the bat count would climb from […]

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Rupert Cave Description

Rupert Cave is notable for its many speleothems, and for an interesting combination of cave passages that change character as one travels through the cave. Speleothems include a number of large ribbons, many of which have a twin, or second ribbon, right behind the first ribbon. The largest broomstick stalagmite in the cave is well […]

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Rupert Cave History

By Karen and George Bange Ira Sasowsky, Dale Ibberson The exact date of the discovery of Rupert Cave is not known. In the 1843 Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, by Sherman Day, there is a reference to Henawalt’s (sp) Cave, near McVeytown; a cave of “vast dimensions, abounding with calcareous concretions: crude saltpeter […]

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