Meramec Caverns in the 1950s

Meramec Caverns will celebrate its 80th anniversary and its Franklin County heritage by offering special events and discount admission during Franklin County Day this Saturday, Sept. 14. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the iconic Route 66 attraction near Stanton.

Visitors will enjoy a huge birthday cake aglow with 80 candles. Along with birthday cake and ice cream, guests also will receive half-price admission on cave tours, Meramec River boat rides and the thrilling Caveman Zip Line adventure. Complimentary popcorn and soft drinks and live musical entertainment round out the freebies.

A granite memorial to the late Lester and Mary Dill, longtime Franklin County residents and founders of Meramec Caverns, will be unveiled during a special anniversary ceremony.

Entries in the Meramec Caverns 80th Anniversary Photo Contest will be displayed and the winners announced and awarded cash prizes. Photo contest details are available at

For details and directions, visit or call 636-451-5400.