Hello again from historic Adairville sitting on the “big island” between the two branches of the Red River. The early Indians and later the pioneer settlers thought they had added security being on the island with so many caves to seek refuge.
The famous Cook’s Cave later to be called Savage Cave is the most historic of the caves in the Adairville area. The main entrance sits about two miles to the east of town and has a huge hidden entrance that cannot be seen from surrounding areas. There are at least two main tunnels, an underground stream and several large rooms. Early man inhabited the cave for centuries.
Historic diggings under the supervision of noted archeologists from several universities have uncovered a treasure trove of articles from early inhabitants. The Smithsonian, Carnegie Museum, University of Tennessee and Murray State University all hold more than 150 cases of artifacts from the cave. This is in addition to the grave robbers of the past 200 years.
Prehistoric animal bones have also been uncovered from both inside and outside the cave. Some of the bones are considered among the rarest in America. Remains of prehistoric lions, tigers, buffalo, elephants and strange animals unknown today have all been found in and just outside the cave. So far archeologist have dug down to a depth that they say represents 10,000 years and they believe that man lived in the cave as far back as 20,000 years. If so that would put our cave, here in Logan County, as one of the three oldest sites in America for human habitat.
The late Genevieve Savage formally owned the property where the cave entrance is located. She recognized the great importance of the cave and worked tirelessly to gain the attention of noted institutions. Thus the official excavations and studies that went on. Mrs. Savage eventually turned the cave property over to Murray State University for its protection and future studies. Over the past 20 years Murray State did little if anything to for fill their obligations. Unfortunately cave robbers had a field day with the cave during that time.
Now the cave is under constant watch. Cave robbers have been caught and prosecuted. There are cameras, electronic signaling devices and other things to detect any intruders. State and Federal Laws have now made it unlawful to rob or deface a cave. The punishment is a heavy fine and jail time up to 20 years.
Wayne Young is the chairman of the citizens group that has been working so hard to bring the official ownership of the cave back to our county and the watch, protection and proper conservatorship back to Adairville. The mayor and city council, local chamber of commerce and historical society are all working for the final action that gives control of the cave back to Logan County. Everyone is now waiting on the Nation Cave Conservatory, Murray State and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to take final action.
Time to go. Good night “sweet Bertie Angel “ and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.