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Mantle Rock

Surprising to a lot of folks who have at least a passing interest in natural arch formations around the state is the fact the longest arch span is not in the Red River Gorge.  It's not even in the Daniel Boone National Forest, nor the eastern part of the state for that matter. To find the state record, well, the record east of the Rocky Mountains, you will need to travel to Joy, Kentucky in Livingston County.  This location is out in the western part of the state and near the Ohio River.
     Mantle Rock spans a distance of  154 feet        according to  the Natural Arch Society making it the record holder for the longest natural arch span  in the eastern part of the country.  This giant natural rock arch appears to have been formed by fracturing and continued erosion through the joint fracture.  The small creek continues to eroded the base of the arch as it flows unusually parallel to and slightly under the arch.  As the stream reaches the lower part of the arch, it continues …

Amazing Flint

Those of you that know me and some that follow these pages, know I am a nut about geology and especially unusual things geological related here in Kentucky.  To some people, studying rocks and the landscape is boring. To me, I say it is the ultimate hobby.  You don't need anything except to observe and curiosity and it is with you everywhere you go!  I think that is why I love the Swift Legend so much, even though most geologist do not give the idea much credit.
     Now, honestly, I started this blog to promote the book I hope to get out later this year.  I should have had it out by now, but unforeseen circumstances, not to mention my very picky proof readers, have dictated otherwise. But it will be a good book when it does come to fruition.  In the meantime, this has become sort of a Kentucky geology travel guide, along with hints, clues and ideas about the Swift Legend.
     With that in mind, I would like to share with you one of most unusual geological oddities I've …

Unusual Kentucky

If you are interested in odd and unusual places and people of Kentucky the I highly recommend Unusual Kentucky.  Although, the site has nothing to do with Swift, it is absolutely one of my favorite sites.  And it's updated almost everyday with some new item that is unusual or strange.  So, I thought I would share this link with you so that you may enjoy as well.

Kentucky Coffeetree
Some of you may think of the coffeehouse in Frankfort when you hear the name, but the Kentucky Coffeetree was briefly our state tree, from 1976 to 1994.

It had originally been the Tulip Poplar, but in 1976 it was discovered that this had never officially been made legal in the Kentucky statutes. Rather than simply make a quiet adjustment to the statutes, the lawmakers felt the thing to do was to totally reopen the issue all over again. Louisville Courier-Journal writer Joe Creason campaigned hard to have the Kentucky Coffeetree appointed our new state tree, and soon he had the masse…

Michael Paul

He has often been called the "dean" of treasure hunting in the Midwest.  Michael Paul Henson was an original to say the least.  From my earliest days of  hearing  the tales of buried treasure and fabulous silver treasure somewhere in the rugged wilds of the Red River Country, Paul was presenting his latest theory on the legend.
     It seems to me that my first awareness came from my father, Clarence Henson.  Now Clarence and Paul were what is often referred to as double first cousins.  They were the product of two brothers marrying two sisters.  So that would make me a second cousin, I think, to Paul.  Anyway, in those days, the late 50's, there were a group of silver mine hunters from Virginia in the area.  They sought out my father, who had tremendous knowledge of the area, to help them locate land marks that would match the descriptions in their versions of the journal.  Paul  took up this interest and after years of searching and promoting treasure hunting in ge…