- Nov 11, 2013View SourceI have no personal knowledge of this cave but rather an interest in caves in general.
I did a quick look and did not find this cave located in Madison County, AL. So called Salt Petre Caves are quite common. Salt petre (potassium nitrate) is soaked out of bat guano, crystalized and refined. It was a common process anywhere there were bats and caves. Northeast Alabama is especially rich in caves. (see http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2020)
Another article talks about mining salt petre prior to the formation of the State of Alabama in 1819 in what was then Madison County, Mississippi Territory (I think). Could this be the cave in question? If it is, I suspect there is a good deal of documentation available. (See http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/jacksongenealogy/conversations/topics/2120).
Jerry T in Chattanooga
From: P smith <flpossum@...>
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Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Salt Petre Cave and other caves in the Jackson Co., AL areaCan someone give me additional information about the Salt Petre Cave in Madison Co., AL. Are there other caves in the area similar to this one?pat smith