Historic Barn More Than Just Cave Art
The home's three fireplaces feature detailed artwork, including Chinese dragons around their edges. The bricks were made in Fulton almost 100 years ago. Even the hand-wound bell is original.
"I bet I haven't turned that thing three times since I lived here," Dawson said.
But, the house isn't the farm's only piece of history. The barn has advertised Meramec Caverns almost as long as the house has stood there. Some confused Canadians even assumed the cave was on the property.
"We had a couple of young boys from Canada stopped, and they wanted to see the caverns," Dawson recalled. "And first they acted like they didn't believe me, and I told them the caverns wasn't here, and I think they actually thought it was in the barn."
The caverns pay $600 for the barn ad, which is just off Interstate 70. Dawson plans to keep the house and barn in the family by leaving them to his son.