Erin, Tennessee: Meteor Crater Impact Marker

A 100 million ton meteorite made the Wells Creek Basin Meteor Crater 200 million years ago. Crater is 8 miles wide, discovered in the 1850s; marker on the site.
Address:
TN 149, Erin, TN
Directions:
Taking TN 149 from Clarksville to Erin the north edge of the crater starts at the intersection with Old State Rt. 149, across the road from the high school.
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Meteor Crater Impact Marker

Very large meteor struck here before the time of the dinosaurs. Sign on little dimple that marks center of impact point clearly visible from road, shattered rock visible in nearby rail cut. Source of some of largest and best shatter cones (formed in existing rock from impact) in the world.

[Phil Geusz, 08/06/2014]

Crater is 8 miles wide, worn down after 200 million years, so no Barringer Crater when it comes to steep vistas. But rock hounds and geologists love those shatter cones!

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