“I lost my husband (Harry) about a year ago … I didn’t want to monkey with it anymore,” said former co-owner Agnes Thiltgen, who’s in her 80s.
Elrand Denson, district ranger for the Forest Service, said new gates have been installed at the cave to keep out intruders (“There’d been a number of break-ins there”) but allows bats to come and go. Denson told me the cave won’t be commercially operated anymore, but instead will serve as a place for endangered and threatened species, such as the Indiana bat and the gray bat, to live.
Denson said the Forest Service is entertaining commercial or residential offers for a building on the Onyx grounds, which is said is “in pretty good shape.”
(Thanks to Tonya Pike for the tip.)