Thanks for visiting my blog site. Here you will find among other things, some interesting background about the legend of John Swift's silver mines. Especially in the area of the Red River Gorge which I would consider ground zero for the legend. This is one of the hottest regions for the treasure search. There are other places in Kentucky that provide the potential hiding place of the elusive treasure, if it indeed ever existed. Serious searches have identified many places around the state, Eastern Tennessee, and Western Virginia. Landmarks and clues can be found in all three places.
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|Michael Paul Henson|
Now you might wonder why I insist the gorge as ground zero. Well, there are a few good clues that have been left by the journals and there have been some rather unusual historical events as well.
Let's consider the journal. Michael Paul thought through his decades of research that there were more than 43 versions of the journal! And they cover every kind of clue; three streams, buffalo rocks, haystack rocks, lighthouses, turtleback rocks, Indian stairways, leaning rocks, hanging rocks, myrtle thickets, halfmoon rocks and the list goes on. Streams, mountain ranges and certain places are named. All place the mine workings south of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains.
|Wolfe County Courthouse|
|One of the Dehart Arches in RR Gorge|
|Buffalo Arch in the Big South Fork Area|
The Red River Gorge perhaps has been the most famous and most searched area of all the locations. All the land marks are there in this rugged, pristine wilderness. To my knowledge no one has ever made "the" discovery of veins of pure silver ore. Coins and silver items have been found around all the potential areas over the years but no veins of silver. Even though old silver coins and I have heard silver ingots have been found, no one has conclusively produced a silver mine. Swift in his journal devoted a lot of time describing the silver ore locations. There are modern searches still following the elusive clues in the Gorge area hoping to do what no one has been able to do for the past 200 years, discover the lost silver mines of John Swift.