The description below is an electronic
reprint excerpt from: "Caves of the Current River Valley", Journal of
the Missouri Speleological Survey, Volume 22, Numbers 3-4, Page 89.
FIRE HYDRANT CAVE (SHN 104)
Fire Hydrant or (more properly) Barrel Spring, is a part of the Pulltite
Spring complex. The spring gushes out into the river from a small opening
about 3 feet above river level. The effect is of either a fire hydrant
or a tipped-over water barrel, hence the names. Fire Hydrant Cave is
not the spring orifice. Rather it is on the back side of the hill from
which the spring emerges. The water for the spring does flow through
the cave and thus the peculiar naming. The entrance is about 5 feet
wide and 3 feet high. From the entrance the floor slopes down for 20
feet to a small room. Here the rapid cave stream flows in from the right
and noisily splashes through the breakdown in the room. The room is
less than 20 feet long and the water exits under a rock shelf to reappear
at the spring orifice several hundred feet away.
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