Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns (HM8XP)

Location: West Liberty, OH 43357 Champaign County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 14.283', W 83° 41.82'

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In 1897, a farm boy investigating the disappearance of water into a sinkhole in a nearby field discovered this system of subterranean passageways. Digging down a few feet, he found an opening to a cave that had begun forming perhaps several thousand years earlier during the Ice Age in soluble limestone bedrock that was approximately 400 million years old. Ground water dripping down from the cavern's ceiling continues to form stalactites, stalagmites, and mineral coatings on the cavern's walls, floor, and ceiling. A portion of Ohio Caverns near the discovery site was opened to the public in 1897, but that section closed in 1925 when a more extensive and geologically interesting part of the cave was discovered. Ohio Caverns is the largest known cave system in the state and is widely considered to be the most beautiful of all Ohio caves.
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HM NumberHM8XP
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number7-11
Year Placed2004
Placed ByOhio Caverns, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 270572 N 4457668
Decimal Degrees40.23805000, -83.69700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.283', W 83° 41.82'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 16.98" N, 83° 41' 49.20" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2210 State Route 245 E, West Liberty OH 43357, US
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