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Wonderland Cave


Wonderland Cave

The Wonderland Cave had some entertainment in past years of note and other events.

The one acre part of the cave used for events has a large and naturally vaulted chamber with a concrete dance floor.  There is an alcove for a twelve piece band, and on the opposite end a 30 foot long bar.  Wooden and stone booths surround the perimeter.  "The Largest Natural Place of Amusement in America" is what the sign read outside the cave.  Four hundred people crowded into the club on its grand opening on March 1, 1930.  The Wonderland Cave became the largest underground nightclub in the United States.

Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
Wonderland Cave Nightclub

After prohibition ended, Clarence Linebarger started the Clarence Andrew Linebarger Winery in 1935.  Linebarger produced possibly wine the first year of operation.  The wine was bottled and sold under the labels Belle of Bella Vista and Wonderland.  The wine was stored in the Wonderland Cave.


Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista Arkansas

By the early 60s the cave possibly no longer operated as a nightclub, but the public could tour it for a small fee.  With the Cold War heating up, Civil Defense officials scrambled to find & create nuclear fallout shelters across America.  Three of the better known cave that became fallout shelters in the area are Wonderland Cave, Spanish Treasure Cave near Gravette, and Civil War Cave in Centerton.


Wonderland Cave was possibly leased to Cooper Industries in 1965.  The Linebarger heirs sold the cave in 1996.  Wonderland Cave was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1988. 

 

 


Wonderland Cave