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Louis Tells a Story -Swift Excerpt

This excerpt from my novel "Swift" is the exchange between the three main characters and a fellow that has searched many years for the lost treasure. Louis is, of course fictitious, but is based on some very likable and dedicated treasure hunters of the the past few decades. -Ed

Louis Tells A Story
      Louis Eversole lived up a hollow in the mountains along a small clear stream. Louis and his wife, Sarah, lived with at least six dogs and therefore always aware of visitors a good two minutes before they got to the front porch. They had lived on this small mountain creek for 40 years. Louis and Sarah grubbed out a small garden beside the clear mountain creek running down past their house. The house and various out buildings rested comfortably between the rocky, hemlock covered hillsides typical of a mountain homestead. Louis Wayne Eversole was considered an expert on the legend of the John Swift Silver Mine and had spent twenty years or more chasing after the dream tale. Year…


In nearly every version known of the Swift journal there are a lot of landmarks. Swift describes a rugged, rocky dense forested area where his treasures are hidden. As the journal was copied over and over down through the years no doubt mistakes were made. Likely some landmarks were omitted while others gradually were added.
    "You can stand on top of the hill above Buffalo Rock and look towards the west and see a hole through the cliff and the sky beyond. We call it Sky Rock or the Light House. Not far west of the mine is a small creek that sinks underground, and we called it the Drying Ground or Sinkon Creek.  About a mile west of the mine we cut turkey tracks under a cliff pointing backwards to the mine..."
    "He (Munday) led us to the Indian Stair Steps. You can stand on the top of the stair steps and look across the creek at the mine and the cliffs are in the shape of a half-moon...near the mine is a large drain at the head of which is a rock that resembles a…

All Clues Lead To Swift

Note: This issue of the Swift blog features Kiowa Scott Muncie, a modern day Swift researcher. Kiowa has long been interested in the Swift Legend and has amassed an extensive knowledge of the legend and Kentucky history.

  My name is KiowaMuncie, better known as "Ki" to some. I like to think of myself as a treasure hunter of theRed Riverregion in EasternKentucky. I was born and raised here exploring and hiking the Gorge for the past twenty years. Ten of those I've spent learning and searching for Swift's lost mines. During that time I've come across some amazing things. Perhaps the most amazing thing I found merely by accident will have a profound effect on the rest of my life.     I'll start with what I've come to call Swift's West Mine. I was out on a mushroom hunt one spring walking cliff lines, new country to me at that time, a very remote wilderness with no road or trail for miles. I found myself turned around with the feeling of being lost. I did …

Some Interesting Things Along The Way

I noted before one of the greatest pleasures of researching and writing about the John Swift legend was the opportunity and need to travel around the state to gather up information. I always keep my camera handy and usually snap a few shots to jog my memory later. Indeed some of the previous blog posts resulted in being in a place that seemed, at least to me, interesting at the time. We have such a beautiful and diverse state with equally beautiful and diverse people. So, if you are interested here are some more things I ran across that struck my fancy as I explored for the book Swift..
    Presently, believe it or not I have started on my second book. I can't tell you about it yet but just like the first it requires me visiting some pretty neat places and meeting some interesting folks to put the project together. Now I confess I never intended nor do I have the ability to be a great author. I wrote Swift, because, well, it needed to be written. The story needs to be told again…

Some Updates

Hello everyone. Thank all of you that regularly follow my blog site. You that have been with me from the beginning are aware that my subject materials are mostly about the legend of John Swift's lost silver mines, my book and descriptions of the places that are the basis of the stories. From time to time an odd piece shows up simply because it is something I encountered and found interesting. In the past year I've usually posted something about every week. Now that my book is out and requires more promotion time I need to make a schedule change in my blog.
    Starting November 21st I will be posting every two weeks or twice a month.
    I will also begin to expand into other areas of interest, especially unique places and people. 
    The next post is scheduled for November 21st  and is entitled Some Interesting Things Along the Way.
 Please don't forget to join my blog so that your email will get a notification when the posts come out. It is easy to sign up on the &q…

Indian Stairway Video

I've already posted about the Indian Stairway but I thought you might enjoy this video (less than a minute) made this year on the stairway in case you missed it on a previous post.
Indian Stairway

Daniel Boone Through Cumberland Gap

One important element of the story "Swift" includes the history surrounding Daniel Boone's successful effort to reach the Kentakee land west of the rough Allegheny mountains. History records Boone made his first unsuccessful attempt to reach the wonderful and bountiful lands in 1767.  Captain John Swift claimed in his journal that he and a company of men mined ore and smelted silver in the same wilderness during the years of 1760 through 1769.
    Boone negotiated the passes of the Cumberland Gap, named for the mountain through which the eroded valley allowed a horse trail and the narrows of the Pine Mountain following the Cumberland River. He and his party became disoriented and failed in their first attempt. On his second attempt in 1769, with John Finley as his guide, Boone reached the great hunting land and beautiful level savannas that he had heard about and his old friend John Finley already knew about. On June 7, 1769 Boone climbed the mountain today known as…

The Cloud Splitter

Sometimes I get asked if the Indian Stairway and the Cloud splitter are the same cliff. They are not but they are located in the same general area of the gorge. Here is a link to a map which gives a good indication of the proximity of the two landmarks.
     The two rocks do have a similar appearance but only the stairway has ancient carved steps. The cloud splitter, on the other hand, is a neat climb and offers grand views of the Red River country.The shot here was made from the lookout on top of the Chimney rock, perhaps next to Sky bridge, the most famous landmark in the Red River Gorge. The Indian stairway, shown below, is sloped enough to provide access from the ridge top and the valley below. To see a short (less than a minute) video clip of actually climbing down the stairway go here.

Press Release

A press release is out to several weekly newspapers as well as a web press release through PRLog. Check it out here.

    If you like this blog be sure to tell others, share on Facebook and Twitter and above all follow. That is easy, just click the follow button and you'll be notified of each new posting.  Watch for tomorrows posting about "The Cloud Splitter!"

Facebook Swift Pages

For those of your that arrive at this blog from my web site and have a keen interest in more detailed information about the Legend of John Swift's lost silver mines there is a Facebook group page. Check out Swift Silver Mines for some fantastic information and discussion by some modern day treasure hunters and experts. While you're at it check out my Swift page. I just started when the book came out  but I would appreciate stopping by and liking my page and leaving your comments if you like.

Goddard Covered Bridge

At the last count Kentucky has only thirteen covered bridges left. At one time there were as many as 400 covered bridges located around the state. Many were destroyed during the civil war. With new roads for motor vehicles new bridges were required and the old wooden, truss covered bridges have quietly faded from memory.

  The few remaining covered bridges are now are preserved and maintained as important historic landmarks. Only a couple are still open for regular highway traffic. The Goddard-White covered bridge in Fleming County is still open and has been restored in recent years.
    A couple of interesting things about this bridge. First, it is the only one remaining bridge in this state with Town Lattice truss supports. Secondly, the bridge is situated so it perfectly frames the church when you drive across  the bridge.
     The Goddard-White covered bridge is located at Goddard, Kentucky just off state route 32 and is certainly worth checking out on your travels around the state. …

It's Sorghum MakingTime

Since I've posted so much about the arrival of the book I think I will devote this update to something different found around our beautiful state. Do you know the difference between sorghum and molasses? There is a difference. In Kentucky we make sorghum. Different counties around the state claim to produce only the best sorghum. There is even a Sorghum Festival in West Liberty each year.      Not nearly as many farmers make sorghum these days. And no wonder, the process requires  special equipment and the skill of a good sorghum maker. My family always claimed that the very best sorghum can only come from Menifee County, Kentucky. Others claim Morgan County has the best. Some of the best we found  over in Casey County. Oberholtzer's is outstanding.  Each year during September and October as the sorghum "cane" plant reaches the peak of sweetness it is harvested and crushed to extract the sweet juice. The juice is then boiled to the right temperature to reduce the …

New Web Site

The book can be purchased at

It is also available at, Barnes and Noble and most bookstores.  But the fastest way to get your copy is by ordering directly from my website:

Interesting Things Along the Way

While preparing for the book I got to visit and revisit some great places along the way. Here are a few: