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From just about any vantage point in the Southeastern Kentucky town of Middlesboro it is obvious that the town sits in the middle of a round shaped valley. What's unusual about that is that this southern Appalachian area is one of long linear ridges and valleys. A round one is very strange.
Rocks found in the center of the town site are shattered as if by something out of this world, and rock on the perimeter of the valley, four miles in diameter, have been bent and turned upside down by some extraordinarily powerful force. Scores of Geologists have descended upon this ususual site and have concluded that there was a gigantic asteroid strike here. The theory is that it happened 300 million years ago, and that the asteroid or meteor was 1,500 feet in diameter. The Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists has designated the town of Middlesboro a "Distinguished Geological Site."
There are other reasons one may want to visit Middlesboro. Immediately south of the town is Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, a very important point in the history of American westward expansion. North of Middlesboro is Pine Mountain State Resort Park and its famous Chained Rock. Check out our two seperate sets of pages for more information on each of these outstanding parks.
Middlesboro is in the southeastern corner of the state, where Kentucky joins Tennessee and Virginia.
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