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Human remains found on these rock shelves near the entrance when the cave was first explored in 1890¹ were thought to be those of a Native American, banished or lost. A formal survey concluded otherwise.


“There is a popular belief in the district that the Indians used the cave as a burial place but investigations made by the party of [United States Surveyor] engineers which went from here establishes the more probable theory that the body found … was that of a white man who had climbed the shelf after having vainly tried to find other means of escape.”²


¹ Idaho Statesman, “Interesting Story of Exploration of Kuna Cave by Party in 1890” (May 18, 1911).

² Idaho Statesman, “Would Preserve Wonders of Kuna Cave” (May 12, 1911)

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Taken on April 5, 2009