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Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lost River

 
 
Lost River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
1. Lost River Marker
Inscription. About 1812, workmen from the Saltpetre Cave heard the waters of the Lost River, and blasted the opening to it that you see today. A water main was attached to transport water to the hoppers and kettles used to extract the nitrate from the cave.

Legend has it that, in later years, several unsuccessful attempts were made to locate the underground channels of the Lost River. Colored dyes and flotation devices of all types have failed to determine the source and final destination of this mysterious subterranean river.

“{Natural Bridge} is something like being in a church. It almost brings tears to your eyes.”
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
 
Location. 37° 37.85′ N, 79° 33′ W. Marker is in Natural Bridge, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Lee Highway (U.S. 11) and Wert Faulkner Highway (Virginia Route 130), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the Cedar Creek Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6477 S Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge VA 24578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saltpetre Cave (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monacan Village (about 700 feet away); George Washington
Lost River emerging from the opening. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
2. Lost River emerging from the opening.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Lace Waterfalls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Natural Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Natural Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Natural Bridge Patent (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Vires-Acquirit-Eundo” Ancient Arbor Vitae (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natural Bridge.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
<i>The Lost River at Natural Bridge</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Tichnor Co., circa 1957
3. The Lost River at Natural Bridge
An earlier marker at this location, with the initial portion reading: Men have risked their lives trying to locate the meanderings of this stream, but have been unsuccessful...
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Last updated on July 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on July 20, 2017. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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