Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Big South Fork, part 2

A newly documented arch from a lead from Keith. This is a major arch . . . the smallest part of the opening measuring about 50'.

It is located not far from Clarkrange, TN. on private property.

And the arch is significant historically as well, for there are a couple of Native American pictographs on the arch itself.

One was described as a "pot of gold" or "kettle." And then there was this one . . . a local we talked to described it as a "fox," but I think it more resembles a buffalo (the horns and hump).

This is one of my favorite arches in the BSF region . . . Clarkrange Triple. It is located on private property.

The owners have done much to clean the area up. This is a view from one of the smaller openings.

This is an arch Vic and I documented a few years ago. It is a major arch that is located in Wayne County, Kentucky.

It measures almost 70' wide.

The coloration of the rock is amazing.


Adonis said...

Amazing! Do any gumint or archaeology types know about the pictographs? Are you sure that arch is just around 70 feet? It looks longer in the photo.

Adonis said...

And what is the cause of the coloration? Fine work lads.

Merkin J. Pus-Tart said...

We asked an old timer if any "archaeology types" had been around, but he didn't really say. He did talk about stories his father and grand-father told him about Indians traveling down the old road bed in front of his house every winter. As for the coloration, it is from the run-off in the creek above. The huge section shown in the picture is at the drip-line, so it is concentrated there.

Merkin J. Pus-Tart said...

Oh, we measured it at 68' wide x 18' high. You measure at the smallest point in the opening. The front of the opening is longer than the back. Many arches have been measured wrong, thus are actually much smaller than what they appear.