Wabasha Street Caves Tour

Field review by the editors.

St. Paul, Minnesota

These extensive caves, carved into the hillside in long abandoned mining ventures, were sometimes used as a mushroom farm and sometimes served as a speakeasy. A gangland murder, similar to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, reportedly took place in them. Tour guides point out the bullet holes.

Tipster Troy warns that visitors should only enter the Wabasha Street Caves with official guides. In 2010, three teens died of carbon monoxide poisoning while exploring one of the caves. Sine 1988 there have been five previous deaths in the cave system, which extends for miles. The many entrances along the Mississippi River entice locals to attempt dangerous explorations, even as park officials have tried to seal up the holes. A plaque warns of the hazards.

Wabasha Street Caves Tour

Wabasha Street Caves

Address:
215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul, MN
Directions:
Just south of the river. US Hwy 52 exit onto Plato Blvd, drive west a half-mile, then turn left onto Wabasha St. The Caves entrance and parking lot will be on the right.
Hours:
Three tours a week: Th 5pm, Sa-Su 11am (Call to verify)
Phone:
651-292-1220
RA Rates:
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