Situated in the northeast corner of the state, just south of the Tennessee border on Hwy 75, there used to be a small mining town of Montague . It was at the foot of Montague Mountain. Today there are just a couple of old houses left and the area is called Ridley Acres. Coal was mined in an open pit on the mountain.
Some farming is done in the area but most of the land is in small pastures for livestock with older family home sites seen up and down the valley.This narrow valley is now famous for Russell Cave, a National Monument that is one mile west of the old town-site of Montague. Humans have inhabited the Russell Cave for about 9,000 years and it offers one of the longest and most complete archeological records in the eastern United States. Many artifacts have been saved from the area and preserved by the Parks Service.
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