Caving 560 feet deep into the Arizona ground lies the infamous Barringer Crater. Thought to have been struck by a meteor over 50,000 years ago, this crater has become a popular attraction in the region. The site has been declared a natural landmark and a space museum is on site!
While not much history dates back to the time of the meteor crashing, the crater’s width estimates that the meteor was about 160 feet in diameter!
Since the late 1800s, many people have claimed different terms and theories behind the giant crater. However, Daniel Barringer did the most research on the vast meteor crater, thus leading to it being renamed after him. Barringer was a mining engineer and businessman. He wanted to discover meteoric iron from the depths of the crater. He worked for nearly 30 years to find this iron, beginning in 1903, but no such metal was found.
In the 1960s, Apollo astronauts even came to the crater to train for their moon missions.
Today, the Barringer Crater Company tells the tale of its impactful history and provides a hands-on space museum nearby.
The Meteor Crater and Barringer Space Museum are located south of Interstate 40, Exit 233, in Winslow, Arizona.
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