Fort Rock Cave
The opening to Fort Rock Cave.
Backstory and Context
Thanks to the archaeological evidence, we are able to see the rich history of the caves and allow us to catch a glimpse of their society. It seems as if many tribes claimed this land as home at different points. It is said to be one of the earliest sites of human's in Oregon. The caves are located on the grounds of the Fort Rock State Park, and can only be visited by Guided Tours.
Fort Rock Cave has been known by many different names. They include Cow Cave, Menkenmair Cave, and Reub Long Cave. An archaeologist from the University of Oregon made the initial discovery way back in the 1930s of sagebrush sandals. They were at the time the oldest evidence of life in the state of Oregon.
Fort Rock State Park holds tours regularly which can be viewed from their website. They provide dates and can provide additional information about the caves and land surrounding the caves.