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All is Lost

Here is another excerpt from the historical novel "Swift."  As a matter of historical fact John Finley had a trading operation going on with the Shawnee at Eskippakithiki in 1752-1753. His trading "post" or store was never really described but he had somehow developed a friendly relationship with the Shawnee. Disaster came in the winter of 1753 when the Shawnee village was viciously attacked by another group of Indians. Most believe it was the Iroquois and was probably over the hunting rites of the Kentucky frontier. Other historical accounts related to an on going dislike between the two groups. What ever the reason the town was completely destroyed along with Finley's operation. History offers no details to the events of that fateful day. One can only imagine a chaotic time and we do know this single event forced the surviving Shawnee to relocate north to their final location of southeastern Ohio country. After this event, no permanent settlement of Native pe…

Pilot Knob In The Novel

I have covered Pilot Knob in a previous blog post. You can read that here. The landmark plays an important role in my book Swift. I made a recent visit back to that great spot recently just for the enjoyment of a good, brisk hike and to view the vast bluegrass area west of the mountain.      The mountain itself is quite amazing. It is perhaps the highest mountain on the western edge of the mountainous Cumberland Plateau. Here the last exposure of the sandstone and conglomerate sandstone are exposed on the very top of the mountain. This is what creates such a great lookout spot; like a ships pilot lookout. Immediately west of this  line of knobs that make a straight diagonal line completely across the state is the level land of the Bluegrass Region. The conglomerate rock is the same type that forms the Red River Gorge. It seems to me the quartz pebbles that make the conglomerate are more concentrated here at Pilot Knob and near by Rotten Knob.      Pilot Knob, not yet named at the…