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
 



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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.







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