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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1540.
Location. 33° 18.356′ N, 86° 16.675′ W. Marker is near Childersburg, Alabama, in Talladega County. Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg AL 35044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coosa (approx. 4.4 miles away); History Of Childersburg (approx. 4.8 miles away); The De Soto Trail (approx. 5.1 miles away); De Soto's Visit (approx. 5.1 miles away); Stars Fell On Alabama / Hodges Meteorite (approx. 8.1 miles away); Jackson Trace (approx. 8.8 miles away); Mardisville (approx. 8.8 miles away); The B.B. Comer Memorial Library (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Childersburg.
Also see . . . DeSoto Caverns From Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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