LOST SEA Sweetwater, Tennessee

Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Jacque Miller, Matt Miller, Holly Miller, Shane Miller

Expedition Date: August 18, 2000

Situated in Craighead Caverns, the Lost Sea is the USA’s largest and the world’s second largest non sub-glacial underground lake. We walked down a sloping pathway into the cave where we saw stalactites and stalagmites. The guide told use stories of some of the cave’s original occupants. Remains of a Pleistocene jaguar was found around one of the corners. We continued down to an area where the Confederates mined saltpeter and made gunpowder in the cave. The paranormal angle is there is a ghost of a Civil War Union spy who was caught while investigating the Confederates usage of the cave and subsequently killed. Matt (Photo#1) poses by the site where the ghost has been seen).

Finally, after a ¾ mile long journey, at the bottom of the cave was the highlight of the adventure. We loaded into a glass bottomed boat (Photo#2) powered by an electric motor and off we went across the dark, dimly lighted underground sea. The guide would turn on his flashlight and large, blind catfish would come to the surface where the kids fed them. The fish were very creepy looking with white scabs for eyes. This is a great Roadside Attraction.

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