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Corvette Museum Sinkhole Filled; National Nightmare Over

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Tomorrow marks exactly one year since a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, swallowing eight rare and unusual Corvettes like in some tragic Greek mythology story except with Corvettes. But time marches on, and today, the sinkhole is no more.


The Corvette Museum's official blog has an update on their progress, and it shows that the hole has been entirely filled up with limestone and sand. When the sinkhole opened last year, six museum-owned Corvettes and two on loan from General Motors fell between 20 and 30 feet and suffered varying degrees of damage. Sadly, only three are able to be restored, but the good news is no one was hurt.


I only use "national nightmare" jokingly in this headline, because the sinkhole ended up being an unexpected boon for the Corvette Museum, which has struggled financially at times. Attendance went up 67 percent last year so people could see it. At one point the museum considered keeping it open as a tourist attraction, but this idea was nixed for safety and cost reasons.

So how many tons of limestone was used to fill the massive sinkhole? The Corvette Museum won't say, and that's because they're running a contest where if you guess correctly at this Surveymonkey site, you can win a print that commemorates the Blue Devil ZR1 being triumphantly lifted out of it.

You can't stop the Corvette, or its museum!