Kansas City's underground

The giant caverns look as if they might be the site for a villainous Ian Fleming scheme wherein a Dr. No or a Goldfinger concocts a plan to conquer the world, only to be thwarted in the end by a quick-thinking James Bond. The caves in the Kansas City area actually serve a far more tranquil purpose: commerce. More than 3,000 people are at work for 170 companies 110 ft. to 200 ft. below the gently rolling scene on the surface.

Mining companies began hollowing out the caverns in the 1940s...

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