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Big Bone Cave

Larry E. Matthews

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ISBN 10: 1879961245 / ISBN 13: 9781879961241
Published by National Speleological Society, 2006
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Title: Big Bone Cave

Publisher: National Speleological Society

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Very Good

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Big Bone Cave is one of the largest and most historic caves in Tennessee. The story of America's largest underground saltpeter mine, mined during the War of 1812, mined during the Civil War by confederate miners, and captured by federal troops. Mined for over 2,500 years by American Indians for minerals and medicinal salts. The discovery of three giant sloth skeletons, an ice-age jaguar skeleton, and several American Indian mummies.

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  This is one of my all-time favorite caves.  I first visited this cave when I was a sophomore in High School.  My mother had to drive me and my friends to the cave, since we were too young to drive.   The cave's owner, a lady named Edna Passons, became a wonderful friend and over the years, she would cook us pies while we were exploring the cave.  What a sweet lady !!!  There is a photograph of her and her wood-burning stove on page 92.  Once, while we were camping on her property, we heard here screaming for HELP !!!  Running at full speed to see what was the matter, we arrived at her cabin to find a snake in her front yard.  She asked us to kill it for her.  We really didn't want to, but...............she had been so nice to us for years, so we went ahead a dispatched the snake for her.

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