St. Paul Wabasha Street Caves to Close Permanently
The Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul are a popular place for their gangster tours and cave tours as well as their swing dance nights. The owners made the unfortunate announcement that they will be closing for good at the end of November. These caves have hosted many many tours and dances, and some say the caves are haunted.
These caves, as the Star Tribune writes, "were carved out of sandstone in the 1840s." Then, in the 1920s, it was used as a speakeasy and, "according to legend, was frequented by famous gangsters." So this place has quite the history and it's really sad to see them close. I've gone to their swing dance nights before and it's such a fun and unique place!
The Wabasha Stree Caves have been owned by Donna and Stephen Bremer since 1994. Donna told the Star Tribune that they've been closed since March 18th because of the Coronavirus pandemic but, of course, are still paying their electricity bill, phone bill, etc.
They're hoping to be able to host some tours this summer before closing up for good on November 30th. Donna told the Star Tribune, "'We're hoping if the governor starts allowing a little more by mid-June ... we could start doing small ones,'" like 10-15 people versus their usual tours of about 40.
I'm kind of hoping they'll be able to have one last big hurrah before closing for good but who knows if that will be able to happen.
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