A Missouri treasure is crumbling as I write this letter and something must be done about it. Ha Ha Tonka castle is falling. The state's remedy - build a fence around it.

A Missouri treasure is crumbling as I write this letter and something must be done about it.

Ha Ha Tonka castle is falling. The state’s remedy - build a fence around it.

The spring is filling up with gravel being washed down from Dry Hollow Road. The state’s remedy - just ignore it.

River Cave again gravel has collapsed the back of the cave. Gravel has collapsed the stairs leading down to cave entrance. The state’s remedy - put up a gate, let grass, weeds and trees grow up and it will be forgotten.

Ha Ha Tonka castle was started in 1905 and was majestic. Although the walls were all that remained - you could touch the walls, look at the remains and just imagine how wonderful it must have been.

The spring was so pure and clean the crawdads were as big as lobsters and were shipped all over the world, and had endless rainbow trout.

The cave had lights, you could tour it for 25 cents as far back as 1940.

We are losing all of this. It won’t come back ever.

We must not let this tragedy happen. Please or call DNR so we can stop it before it’s lost forever.

Carol Comer, Director of DNR

P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Ben Ellis, Director of State Parks

1659 East Elm, Jefferson City, MO 65101