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Showing posts from October, 2011

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.

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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: