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Near Olive Hill in Carter County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Saltpeter Cave

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
1. Saltpeter Cave Marker
Inscription.  Saltpeter mined here from which gunpowder was made that was used by Kentucky riflemen during the war of 1812. There are remains of those works in cave, reputed rendezvous for counterfeiters in early years, artifacts and Indian graves found in cavern.
 
Erected 1963 by Kentucky Historical Society-Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 209.)
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 22.602′ N, 83° 7.398′ W. Marker is near Olive Hill, Kentucky, in Carter County. Memorial is on Cave Road. The marker is located in Carter Caves State Resort Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olive Hill KY 41164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aviation Pioneer – Matthew B. Sellers (approx. 4 miles away); Home of Gov. Fields (approx. 4.9 miles away); Beckham County
Saltpeter Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
2. Saltpeter Cave Marker
(approx. 6.4 miles away); William Jason Fields (approx. 9.8 miles away); County Named, 1838 (approx. 9.8 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 9.8 miles away); Civil War Reunion (approx. 9.9 miles away); Eastern Kentucky Railway (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olive Hill.
 
Saltpeter Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
3. Saltpeter Cave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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