Friday, June 15, 2012
Dale Wilch's Man Cave is Kansas City's dark underground secret
Obviously, to get to the limestone, they had to mine for it underground. And an interesting side effect of that mining is that Kansas City now has a huge underground cave system. Most of these caves were carved out in such a way that now retail businesses are able to set-up shop in the strangely comforting, almost surreal lair that limestone mining left behind.
I honestly wasn’t expecting much when we went there Wednesday night. I mean, who even knows about this? But things were surprisingly lively at the Man Cave, and there was good number of vendors with a wide variety of automotive parts, toys, and literature.
From talking to some of the vendors, the crowd is hit-or-miss. As I understand it, winter is the biggest season for activity here. That makes sense, because it is always about 68-degrees in these underground caves, and guys are always looking for things to do once the car show and racing season comes to a close. Our experience was in the middle of June, so I’d say the crowd was brisk, but not overwhelming.
I had the opportunity to meet Dale Wilch while I was there, standing guard over his own large space filled with parts and accessories. He seemed to be enjoying himself, and appeared to be happy with the way things were going. And you’ve got to hand it to him. This is a pretty neat idea that most people never would have thought of. It’s always nice to be responsible for something that not only brings like-minded people together, but hopefully makes you a few bucks in the process.
For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DaleWilchManCave.
And for a nicer version of the slideshow below, click this link.