Historic Markers Across Alabama

De Soto Caverns

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: AL Hwy 76 east of Childersburg at entrance to park
County: Talladega
Coordinates: N 33° 18.357    W 086° 16.672
  33.30595    -86.27786666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMG4GM


De Soto Caverns was named for the famous Spanish explorer who traveled through this area in 1540. Over its rich history it offered shelter for native Indians for centuries (a 2,000-year-old Woodland Period burial was excavated by archeologists in the mid-1960s), became the first officially recorded cave in the U.S. (1796), and served as a Confederate gunpowder mining site during the Civil War. One of the largest show caves in the southeastern U.S., the main room of the caverns stands 12-stories high and is as large as a football field. The caverns' onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites are among the most concentrated accumulations to be found in America.

Erected 1999 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of De Soto Caverns