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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Lost Sea - Vintage Moonshine Still

The Lost Sea - Vintage Moonshine Still

Craighead Caverns is an extensive cave system located in Sweetwater, Tennessee. It is best known for containing the United States' largest and the world's second largest non-subglacial underground lake, The Lost Sea. In addition to the lake, the caverns contain an abundance of crystal clusters called anthodites, stalactites, stalagmites and a waterfall.

Decades ago, before the sea at the bottom of the cave was found, there was a bar inside the cave (or Cavern Tavern), with multiple moonshine stills. One of the problems with this is the atmospheric conditions inside a cave counteract the effects of drunkedness and bar patrons would drink more than their usual limit. The lack of sobriety wouldn't be noticed until attempting to climb all of the stairs out of the cave. As our tour guide put it: The higher you get - The higher you get.

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