Near Childersburg in Talladega County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
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.
Location. 33° 18.356′ N, 86° 16.675′ W. Marker is near Childersburg, Alabama, in Talladega County. Marker can be reached from DeSoto Caverns Pkwy (State Highway 76). Click for map. Marker located next to the park's main entrance gate off the parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg AL 35044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coosa (approx. 4.4 miles away); History Of Childersburg (approx. 4.8 miles away); De Soto's Visit (approx. 5.1 miles away); The De Soto Trail (approx. 5.1 miles away); Stars Fell On Alabama / Hodges Meteorite (approx. 8.1 miles away); Marble City Cemetery Sylacauga (approx. 9.3 miles away); Hightower Brothers Livery Stable (approx. 9.4 miles away); Town of Vincent (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Childersburg.
Also see . . .
1. DeSoto Caverns Park.
2. DeSoto Caverns From Wikipedia.
Categories. • Native Americans • Natural Features •
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