|The Cloud Splitter in the distance as seen from Chimney Rock|
|Chimney Rock in RR Gorge|
|View of Indian Stairway|
These landmarks are located in the one of the most famous of the Swift legend areas. All types of clues from different variations of the Swift journal refer to various rock formations and landmarks.
Some archaeologist now speculate that the Indian steps were not made by prehistoric peoples at all but rather from historic nitre mining operations. Nitre,once was mined from the rock houses that are located in abundance throughout the Gorge. The substance was an essential ingredient in making gun powder. The theory offered up by modern archaeologists proposes that the steps were carved for the the miners to carry off the loads of the precious material. The idea revolves around the relative rapid rate of weathering and erosion of the sandstone. That may well be the case but personally with the identified Adena shelter located just above the stairway, I cling to the prehistoric theory.