JOHN SWIFT'S LOST SILVER MINE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is John Swift's lost silver mine?
As the legend goes, long before white settlers came to
the area Cherokee and Shawnee Indians worked silver mines throughout the area
known today as Wolfe County, Kentucky. John Swift was one of the white men that
came to shore around 1757 or 1758 at the port of Alexandria Virginia.
He became friends with a man by the name of George
Mundy who had been held captive by the both the Cherokee and Shawnee Indians
that mined the silver. Mundy was one of the several prisoners during that time
that the Indians made mine the silver as well; because of this, he knew the
whereabouts of the silver mines. How these two met and why Mundy felt the need
to give this information to John Swift is not known. However, in 1761, Swift and
Mundy along with a few other men two of which were experienced miners headed off
to find the rich loads of silver in the land beyond the mountains.
According to a record of John Swift in his journal
on June 6, 1761, they discovered three of the mines after crossing Sandy Creek
close to its headwaters and then going west for a long distance. He also
recorded finding other mines in the same by going southwest along a large ridge
until they came to large river and then north to a big rocky creek.
For eight years, John Swift and his companions went
over the mountains and back numerous times, mining and bringing back the silver
from these mines. They did have quite a few problems in the process such as
quarrels among the men, rough terrain, rival traders, and of course hostile
Indians. Because of these problems, the men often buried large quantities of
silver ore along the route.
From records of John Swift he stated that on
September 1, 1769 they left around 22 and 30 thousand dollars in English crowns
buried near a large creek that ran a southern course. Nearby they left their
names Swift, Jefferson, Mundy and the rest of the party on the trunk of a beech
John Swift on a return trip to England was
imprisoned for his views of the problems he saw between the colonies and
England. When he returned to America, he was very old and had lost his vision.
He did try to organize more miners and tried in vain using only his memory of
the terrain to find the silver mines. John Swift died before ever finding the
mines again. His last entry found in his journal concerning the mines, "It's
near peculiar rock, don't ever quit looking fer it, it'll make Kentucky rich."
To this day, no one has found the mine that Swift talked of in his journal.
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