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Some Notable Background

      The Warriors Path general follows the flat plain along the eastern edge of the Cincinnati Arch, the massive uplift that produced the amazing bluegrass limestone region of Kentucky.  One of the first maps produced of Kentucky, by John Filson in 1788 contains the Warriors Path in about the position as just described.  The trail passed very near the old Shawnee Town of Esskippithiki or Indian Old Fields.  This was the major, north- south route across Kentucky.   John Finley, used it to guide Daniel Boone and party back into the region in 1769.
The Warriors Path is indicated by the dashed line down the center of the map
Court house and county seat of Wolf Co. Ky
     Mentioned in previous posts, indeed the historical marker located on the court house lawn of Wolf County claims that the court house was built upon the old Swift camp site, used when the mining operation was well under way.  The headwaters of Swift Creek run through the town of Campton near this very courthouse.   Interestingly, the only other set of Indian stair steps found in the region is located just a short distance down the creek from the town.  With the Rock Bridge and several other notable landmarks a short distance farther down Swift Creek this area became a hot sport for silver mine hunters in earlier years.  Also, the entire area, including Indian Old Fields, Pilot Knob, and the Red River Gorge lie along the 83 degree parellel.  This latitude in mentioned in most versions of Swift's journal.  It is noted on the right margin  even on Filson's map above.
     There are also numerous Rock Carvings over the region, in fact, in nearly every region of the region.  Some are very early carvings or petroglyphs.  One very notable rock carving is the High Rock boulder that is now on display in the Red River Museum , in Clay City Kentucky.


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