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POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:09pm

Minnesota's Niagara Cave celebrates 80th anniversary with lantern-guided tours. Courtney Sturgeon reports.

(KTTC) Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minnesota is celebrating its 80th anniversary by offering a new tour to visitors. For the first time in its history, explorers to the cave can tour the underground caverns by LED lantern light.

The cave was discovered in 1924 by a farmer whose pigs escaped and fell into a sinkhole leading to the cave. Ten years later on June 1, 1934, the cave was opened to the public for tours. Since then, millions of tourists have visited the site to see the "Underground Niagara" named for the renowned New York waterfall.

"It's like the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River carving out the Grand Canyon. This stream here carved out the passageways," said Niagara Cave Owner, Mark Bishop, while overlooking the 60 foot waterfall.

Bishop bought the cave 20 years ago. He has guided thousands of visitors through its shadows to the cave's main attraction.

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