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The Oxbow

For those of you that now have the book Swift in your collection you may have some questions. If you have not read the book the following information will not be a spoiler for you. The chapters covering this topic are well into the book and have not been posted as sample chapters. I am speaking of the Oxbow.
     So you may wonder what in the world is an oxbow. Well, in practical terms most of us will arrive at the fact it is a wooden yoke or harness used in ancient times up through pioneer times to hitch two oxen together to pull carts and sleds. The term is also used in geomorphology in describing a particular situation regarding rivers and streams. Basically, when a river, creek or even small stream changes its course sometimes this effect happens. Imagine any stream in our region meandering along. Often they flow curving one way then back another. Always another bend in the river if you're on a boat. Well sometimes the stream will cut through a more direct route  bypassin…

Search For The Peculiar Rock

Every person throughout the years searching, researching or ever heard of the Swift silver mine legend has likely read one of the many versions of the journal supposedly left by Swift himself. Swift returned for the last time in the 1790's in search of his hidden treasure. Although little has been recorded, many theories and versions of Swift's last account of fruitless wanderings are in many variations of the famous document. During the moments alive he made a death bed confession to the people in his last company. He swore to all present that everything he has said and claims about his beloved silver workings were true. In his last testament to his mines he spoke of the area in which would guide him back to the mines and a cave in which 15 years before he stored up vast amounts of silver both coined and in ingots. Swift also mentioned of storing gold in these hidden cave sites and the hidden treasure was known only to himself and the few immediate crew. This cave haunted him…

Back to McConnell Springs

The city of Lexington Kentucky had its humble beginnings at a place referred to as McConnell Springs. It is thought that the first pioneers in the area made the discover of the endless water supply that boiled up from the earth at this location. Out on the vast flat savanna of the Inner Bluegrass region, surface streams are small and most dry completely up during times of dry weather. The Springs actually are places that a tributary of the north fork of the Elkhorn Creek rise to the surface from no doubt underground caverns that the stream has carved its way through the limestone rock.
     This fresh water always in abundant
supply would have been a welcome place for the native people as well as the first pioneers to spend time hunting the vast savanna. The entire region around the Lexington area was a great flat plain now called geologically the  Inner Bluegrass. The uplift of the earth in ancient times forced all the rocks, hills and mountains to erode faster and disappear from…