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McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Higgenbotham's Cave

 
 
Higgenbotham's Cave image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, October 30, 2010
1. Higgenbotham's Cave
Inscription. Located in Cardwell Mountain, two miles north, the cave was discovered in ca. 1810 by Aaron Higgenbotham, early surveyor and turnpike builder. For over a century the cave has been renowned for its vastness and rare formations. Higgenbotham built a road nearby, over which Cherokees descended the mountain while on the Trail of Tears in 1838. During the Civil War saltpeter was mined in the cave for the manufacture of Confederate gunpowder.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2E 59.)
 
Location. 35° 38.616′ N, 85° 41.23′ W. Marker is in McMinnville, Tennessee, in Warren County. Marker is on Harrison Ferry Road (Tennessee Route 8), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McMinnville TN 37110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cumberland Caverns (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Birthing Tree (approx. 4.9 miles away); Kentucky-Alabama Road (approx. 5 miles away); Carl T. Rowan (approx. 5.2 miles away); Anthia Brady Hughes (approx. 5.2 miles away); Charles Faulkner Bryan
Looking west toward the Collins River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, October 30, 2010
2. Looking west toward the Collins River Bridge
(approx. 5.5 miles away); Elisha Pepper II (approx. 5.5 miles away); Symbol of Strength (approx. 5.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McMinnville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Caverns. Now named Cumberland Caverns. Celebrating 200 Year Discovery Anniversary: 1810 - 2010 (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2010, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2010, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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