Volcanoes erupt in Northwest Georgia and off Gulf Coast of Florida
(Above) Satellite Image of the Pigeon Mountain Volcanic Range – Lafayette, GA
A Volcano in Georgia (New York Times ~ June 20, 1857)
A writer in the Sentinel states that a volcano has lately made its appearance in Pigeon Mountain, about ten miles from Dalton. On the 24th, of May, the mountain was violently agitated, and the citizens in the vicinity were aroused and terribly frightened by the commotion. When observing the mountain they were more than ever terrified, for a brilliant light was plainly seen issuing from the summit. The atmosphere soon became strongly impregnated with a disagreeable sulphuric odor. On the following day a thick torrent of smoke and ashes ascended from where this light was previously seen. No blaze has yet been seen to issue from the crater. It had continued up to the 29th ultimo about as above described, emitting smoke and ashes without intermission. The crater is thought to be about 100 yards in diameter. No one has yet ventured near enough to ascertain anything of its general depth.
Several springs in the vicinity have totally disappeared. Many of the citizens are very much alarmed, and some even are moving out of the valley, through anticipation and fear of a violent eruption. The writer states that the principle of a volcano has for many years been germinating in Pigeon Mountain. About ten miles south from where the present appeared, is the crater of an extinguished volcano, which appears to have been in an active state at no very distant period.
Every appearance goes to vindicate the conjecture that it has been in a state of eruption within less than five hundred years. Several persons of credit have stated that in the Winter of ’48 or ’49, the earth in the vicinity was in a remarkably warm state. Others have avowed to have seen smoke with a sulphuric smell issue from a very remarkable cavity which is found in the neighborhood of the place.
Island Volcano in Florida (Puget Sound Weekly ~ September 2, 1866
A dispatch from Mobile says that on the 2d of September, on the Florida coast, fifteen miles from land, an island was thrown up by volcanic influence to the height of ninety feet above the water level, and measuring seventeen hundred feet in circumference.
(Editors Note) This sounds more like a flying saucer! However, I have found several Colonial Period maps that show islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida that are no longer there.
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