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The Moon Meteorite of Crocus Creek, 1809

In 1809, part of the Moon fell on Adair County, as reported by one of The Old Turners on Crocus Creek. Jim found this account of it, and dedicates it to the mother of Linda Waggener, Geneice Leftwich Marcum. Both the latter are descended from The Old Turners of Crocus Creek, Adair Co., KY. After studying today's Adair County history lesson, below, carefully, all sincere history students are asked to consider the answer to the questions which has eaten at us all for long, outlined at the end of this "Jim" episode

By "Jim"

This appeared in the October 27, 1920 Adair County News in the Big Elm newsletter, the correspondent for that community being at the time one of the several J.A. Turners.

The Moon Meteorite of Crocus Creek, 1809

I have been requested to write up something for the News that happened a way back in the first settling of Adair County, as it is my native county.

In 1809 my grandfather Thomas Turner was erecting a hewed log Mill House on the Falls of Crocus creek, in Adair county. He had 8 or 10 men helping him raise the wall. All at once something crashed down the side of a 500 foot cliff on [the] opposite side of the creek, scaring the men out of their wits. They first heard something whizzing and looked up and saw something coming down the cliff, tearing cedar trees and everything before it, landing in the creek, rolling across and out on the sand bar.

My grandfather and one of the men went to it, but it smelt so loud they could not stay close to it, and pronounced it a meteor or meteorite. it was about the size of an 8 bushel salt barrel and with a hole in one side of it. It was about the consistency of cast iron. I have knocked pieces off of it with a sledge hammer, some fifty or sixty years ago.

It lay on the sand bar for years but I have not heard of it since I left Crocus Creek 52 years ago...

Many Meteorites contain and some are composed entirely of metatic (sic) Iron and nickels, while upon earth those elements are rarely if ever found except in combination with other substances.

This 1809 Meteorite according to Well's Geology came from the Moon; it was thrown out in one of its upheavals and went through space so far it lost its attraction of the Moon, turned its course, and fell to the earth."Jim"

This begs the question of which museum the meteorite is in today? Our first three guesses would be 1) The Joe Moore 2) The Hardscratch General Store, or perhaps, 3) (tie) The Smithsonian or the 3) (tie) Chicago Museum of Natural History. If anyone knows, please let our readers know. -EW

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