Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Middlesboro Meteorite Crater Impact Site
Designated by the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists as a Distinguished Geological Site. Middlesboro is one of only a few cities on the North American Continent located in the basin of a meteorite impact structure.
Sometime over the past 300 million years the impact of a meteorite in the heights of the Appalachian Mountains formed a circular basin approximately three miles in diameter in which the city of Middlesboro was built in 1889.
Erected 2006 by Bell County Historical Society, Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2225.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 36° 36.65′ N, 83° 42.128′ W. Marker is in Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on 12th Street (U.S. 25E), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Cumberland Gap (approx. ¼ mile away); The Emigrant's Dream (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gateway to Kaintuck (approx. 0.7 miles away); Middlesborough (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mountain Vision (approx. 0.9 miles away); Colonel Arthur Campbell (approx. one mile away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 1.4 miles away); Defense of the Gap (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
Regarding Middlesboro Meteorite Crater Impact Site. The Middlesboro Crater is located in the Appalachian Mountains, between the Cumberland Mountains and Pine Mountain. The town of Middlesborough, built in the crater, was established in 1886. Middlesboro Crater is approximately 3 miles in diameter and the age is estimated to be less than 300 million years.
Also see . . . Did You Know That Meteorites Have Hit Kentucky?. Three sites in Kentucky bear the scars of ancient impacts by meteorites: the Jeptha Knob in Shelby County, a site near Versailles in Woodford County, and a site near Middlesboro in Bell County. (Submitted on July 24, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Elissa Graff of Middlesboro, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 4,454 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Elissa Graff of Middlesboro, Kentucky. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.