22 comments

  1. How interesting. I’ve been to Russell Cave several times, but didn’t know that piece of history.

  2. Sarilee Brewer Ridley name popping up again!

  3. Ridley, wondering about an inheritance in that there silver mine. =D

  4. Karrin Ragan Ridley John Ridley LM John Ridley Stacie McAllister

  5. Loved this historical story. Wish I was young enough to still go exploring. The spirit is willing, but the body not able!

  6. I went to Russel years ago….Billy contact me about the relatives marker if you have any information.

  7. Wonderful story! Thanks for posting it. My wife’s mother grew up near Russell Cave and told stories about it to her children. She and friends would walk to Russell Cave from where they lived near a smaller spring-fed cave at Cave Spring, then later from Orme, TN, when her father went to work in the coal mines there. Her mother’s father was a lumber man and then a coal miner, and his grave is at Doran’s Cove cemetery across from the main entrance to Russell Cave park. We visit the Park and other Jackson County sites whenever we can (we were in Bridgeport only yesterday to look for some of her family’s gravesites at Mt. Carmel Cemetery and to stop by the antique store downtown.)

  8. Wonderful story! Thanks for posting it. My wife’s mother grew up near Russell Cave and told stories about it to her children. She and friends would walk to Russell Cave from where they lived near a smaller spring-fed cave at Cave Spring, then later she walked there from Orme, TN, when her father went to work in the coal mines there. Her mother’s father was first a lumber man and then a coal miner, and his grave is at Doran’s Cove cemetery across from the main entrance to Russell Cave park. We visit the Park and other Jackson County sites whenever we can (we were in Bridgeport only yesterday to look for some of her family’s gravesites at Mt. Carmel Cemetery and to stop by the antique store downtown.)

  9. My great-grandfather! Thanks for posting. I’ve never heard this story.

  10. I was raised in Orme, never heard,this story. I’ve heard they had dance is down there. Men used to gamble there.

  11. I know a man who is nearly 80 who told me of seeing the Cherokee silver mine as a boy with his grandfather, a Cherokee Indian. Tn River covered the entrance when they flooded the valley.

  12. Very interesting

  13. The picture at the top looks to be a Kennamer reunion at Cathedral Caverns.

  14. The first photo is of Cathedral Caverns, not Russell Cave. I’ve visited both several times. Russell Cave is very small compared to Cathedral Caverns, which is known for the largest cave entrance of any in North America.

  15. Yet another neat tale about our state’s history. Thanks.

  16. Your first cave photo is of Cathedral Caverns, not Russell Cave; but a most interesting article!

  17. I dug the silver mine completely out years ago. Sold the silver and bought gold then buried the gold. Now I cannot remember where I buried it?

  18. take time to read this story

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