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Tom Karr (center), thanking  the Sheriff and Indiana University rescuer. At the bottom of the picture, the entrance to Lost Boy Cave can be seen.


Tom inside Lost Boy Cave 


"Tom was trapped in a cave in Gosport, Indiana, during his high school days, when his light fell to the cave floor and broke. In total darkness, and alone, he was unable to find his way out. Feeling the walls of the cave for a way out were all he could do, but he became lost deeper and deeper in the passageways.

The next day he was rescued by a spelunking team from Indiana University. The story made papers from coast to coast and the previously unknown cave was named for Tom, as "LOST BOY CAVE" and is listed as such in the Indiana Cave Digest."

Lost Boy Cave ends here


Lost Boy Cave




Lost Boy Cave is located in northeastern Owen County near the Morgan County line very close to Porter Cave. It got its name from an incident when Terre Haute teenager Tom Karr was rescued by Indiana University geologist William Wayne and graduate student Richard Powell, who found him cold and wet but otherwise unharmed after his single light source had failed the previous day. (See related stories)


Brief History

The cave was most likely first explored by Tom Karr on his various trips to caves of the area, which hed made by hitchhiking from Terre Haute. It was then explored pretty thoroughly by the Purdue Outing Club. At that time, they did a line plot survey while exiting the cave after their exploration trip, and the Bill Combs map of 1456 feet was later published in the issue of the CIG Newsletter. When the Northern Indiana Grotto began extensive work in the area in and around Porters Cave, they also did a thorough exploration of Lost Boy Cave. 


Dave Everton explores LOST BOY CAVE
( the entrance to LOST BOY CAVE as it appears today )  spelunker unkown.





Cave Description

Lost Boy Cave is most likely developed in the Harrodsburg limestone and is a major in feeder into Porters Cave. The exact source and path of the water is not yet completely known, but likely flows through nearby Bi-County Cave and then into a short 84-foot segment of passage called Stevens Cave (which contains a siphon at its downstream end) before flowing into the upstream siphon end of Lost Boy Cave. 






Return to LOST BOY CAVE in 2003 for the "Lost Boy" himself, Tom Karr (far right) with Bob Meyer, far left, Dave Everton in head gear, who was kind enough to donate his time and expertise, with his fellow spelunker, Landon.

                Wire stories from AP and UPI read over nationwide  radio stations