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Cudjo Caverns is now Gap Cave
Old Photo of Cudjo Caverns (Gap Cave)

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

Mysteries of Cudjo's Caverns

On Memorial Day 2014 I finally got to visit Cudjo's Caverns, which is now known as Gap Cave (again). Growing up I can remember our family driving by this tourist stop many times but we never did go in and take the tour. As I grew older, Cudjo's Caverns was shut down, the road going past it was closed off and later removed, this was done because the Cumberland Gap Tunnel was completed and you no longer had to drive over this dangerous, curvy road to visit Tennessee and Virginia. Many lives have been lost crossing this mountain.

Once we heard that the Caverns were back open and that the Cumberland Gap Park Rangers were giving guided tours, we decided to make reservations.

During the tour the park rangers (Keith and Jarrod) gave a wealth of information about how the cave was formed, types of critters that can be found in it and some history about the cave. To this day there is still many Civil War names from both sides of the war burnt into the cave at various spots. They would take their candles and hold it to the cave ceiling and use the soot from the burning candle to spell out their name.

The cave has had many different names over the years. It was first named Gap Cave by Dr. Thomas Walker in 1750. Commercial tours of the cave started in the late 1890s but a book by J.T. Trowbridge which published in 1864 entitled Cudjo's Cave is were the history gets a little more interesting. The Book, Cudjo's Cave, was about a runaway slave who took up refuge in the cave. The popularity of the book and the story of the slave are what prompted the owners to rename the cave, Cudjo's Cave (Later became Caverns) to attract tourist.

Trapped forever
Runaway Slave trapped forever
Now during our tour the two park rangers told about this runaway slave and took us to a special part of the caverns. It seems this slave really enjoyed singing and would go to a specific part of the cavern to sing because of the acoustics. He would spend hours there singing and part of the legend is that the limestone came down and cover him up. Well, in this part of the cave there is this odd rock formation that looks like a person. You can see a head, eyes, mouth and part of a body mingled with the rock. A bit creepy but it makes it a bit more enjoyable for folks like me. The picture to the left is a cropped version of the figure. We took 2 or 3 but due to the lighting the photos just do not do it justice.

Now, there is somewhat of a different version of the story about the runaway slave. In some versions, the slave was killed and buried somewhere in the cave or just threw in a hole.  Now this brings me to the next part of this little tale of the slave. It seems the spirit of this slave still haunts the cave. While researching for more information about the caverns and the history of it, I ran into a very interesting story concerning the slave story.

It seems, that at some point a man got left in the caverns over night. I'm guessing from the story that his occurred somewhere around 1986. The man finds that the doors are chained shut and to scream for help didn't do any good because everyone had left. So according to the story, the man who was left in the cave was pretty scared, Which is understandable. All he had for light was a dimming flashlight. While trying to sleep, this is woken up by the sound of footsteps, so he hides. A voice called out "Ain't no use in hidin’, 'cause I can see you even in the dark." It turns out to be a tall black man, who ends up sitting and talking to the trapped tourist. The black man tells of being an escaped slave, then tells the tourist about his death, his family and many other details about his life. This story has many more details than I will write here but if you are interested in reading the trapped man's full account of the events that night, then  Click Here.

While taking the tour of the caverns there is just a feeling of wonder and amazement looking at the beautiful rock formation. Then you add in all the history of Confederate and Union soldiers, and then the mystery of the escaped slave and you got yourself one good adventure. Not to even mention the importance of the Cumberland Gap itself.

Now here is some interesting facts about the Gap Cave.

* The cave has a surveyed length of 16 miles and is the 42nd longest cave in the United States and 154th in the world.
* There are six known entrances.
*  Daniel Boone passed through Cumberland Gap in 1775 and most likely seen the cave.
* In the early 1800's, and possibly before, the cave was used to mine Saltpeter and was known as Saltpeter Cave.
* In March 1920 Lincoln Memorial University bought the caverns and surrounding land from private owners.
* In 1934 the Gap cave was re-opened to the public.
* In 1947 the title was transferred to the commonwealth of Virginia.
* From 1992 until somewhat recently cave tours were not being held.
* As of June, 2013, 17.5 miles of passage has been mapped by CRF.
* Gap Cave is currently owned and operated by the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
* This is also where the water comes from for the bottled water "Cumberland Gap" Water.

Here is a couple of photos we took on our trip to Gap Cave.

Cumberland Gap
Water was perfectly Clear
Cudjo Caverns
Awesome formation
We took more photos which can be seen on my personal facebook page, the album is found Here.

We enjoyed ourselves and can recommend the tour to anyone who don't mind the 1.5 miles or so of the hike (including cave). There is some bending and ducking that has to be done and parts of it may be a bit straining for some. There are basically 4 levels to the cave and 183 steps to climb. The complete tour lasted 2 hours or just a little longer.

If you would like to possibly book a tour then go Here.


[Source: Wikipedia, The Mountain Laurel, Guided Tours]

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I see a Dead Bigfoot
I have debated about running this story as I don't want to be seen as bashing anyone but I have decided to post it.

First let me say I think there are some real psychics out there but the number of fake ones far out number the real ones.
Here's the story.

I was told by a person, who I will not name, that Dr. Melba Ketchum hired or consulted with a psychic in an effort to find a dead bigfoot body, I assume this was for her bigfoot DNA study.

Well the psychic told Dr. Ketchum the whereabouts of a buried bigfoot body and not only that but this was the body that was wrote about and killed by Daniel Boone. That Boone had buried the bigfoot under a rock cliff and carved his name into the rocks above the body. It is my understanding that this progressed so far that another person or small group went to this burial site with the proper equipment and dug for the body.

Nothing was found and it seemed that Boones name was no longer on the rock cliff either. So some of the people who live there got word of what was going on and talked to the people who were there and dug for the body. These locals told them that they had lived there all their life and this story is not true and there had never been any name on the rock cliffs.

This story comes from someone who has had some contact with Dr. Ketchum, I personally don't find this outlandish that Dr. Ketchum would consult with a psychic. I have seen many documentary shows on TV where a psychic was use to solve murders or find missing children. But in this case it appears that the psychic was very wrong and it makes me wonder if Dr. Ketchum was paying for the services of the psychic. Most of theses types of services come with a pretty good price tag, especially the fake ones.

So now it makes me wonder, should a psychic be used to try and locate a body of a bigfoot? I guess it could be considered "thinking outside the box" and a new effort to find bigfoot. If this would have worked it would have really gave the DNA paper an ace in the hole that is for sure.

Well anyways there it is, the story I was told and I was not told the name of the psychic but I was told about some of the people who went to the site to dig. I was not told the location and did not ask.
I did not post this story to take a shot at Dr. Ketchum, she may have just brought up a new technique to aid in finding bigfoot.

Has any other researchers out there ever used a psychic to aid in research? If so please contact me as I would like to hear about it.

Also for anyone who is not familiar with the Daniel Boone story, you can read it HERE, in the bottom half of the post.


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