THE LOST TREASURE
ALONG THE OHIO RIVER
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure along the Ohio River?
There are so many stories about lost treasure up and
down the Ohio River that have been found in magazines, books, and by word of the
mouth. This tale is just one of the most popular.
The Ohio River during the 1800’s was a major means
of transportation. You could see various types of boats traveling up and down
this glorious river where it met with other on Mississippi to trade or sell
items to the many plantations scattered along the way. On any one day, you could
see flatboats full of a variety of vegetables, fruits, lumber, and animal’s
pelts. Many of these flatboats would go as far as New Orleans before selling
their flatboat and splitting the profits made during the trip amongst the crew.
The crew would then normally take a steamboat back up the Ohio River to home.
One large profit item in the Ohio Valley during the
1800’s was lime, which is still a good moneymaker in southern Indiana and Ohio
today. In 1895, William “Gabe” Chism, found some large deposits of lime close to
his property on the Ohio River, he decided to take a rather large quantity of
lime to New Orleans to sell, like other people sold their wares. Chism arrived
in New Orleans in November of 1895. There he sold the lime and of course the
flatboat, paid the three men in his crew and still had $2,000 left in gold and
He started back home on a steamboat, however, he
fell ill. He began running a fever and had chills. However, he just wanted to
make it home and thought he would be fine once he was at home with his own magic
brew of hot toddies.
The steamboat arrived at Cedar Branch Hollow after
dark, but Chism left the steamboat and went on toward his home. By this time,
the fever was high and Chism was very ill. Since his health was not what it
should have been, his money belt was becoming more than he could bear. He took
off his money belt, which held his $2,000 and other papers and placed it near a
rock. He then covered the belt with dirt and leaves. He then proceeded onward.
When he made it home, his fever was higher than ever. He tried to explain to his
family where he had hidden the money. He told them the money belt was near a
rock about halfway up the hill from the river. Chism died the next day without
anyone really understanding the exact whereabouts of the hidden money belt. Some
of the papers that Chism had been carrying with him as well were found a couple
of days later over a half-mile stretch.
To this day, the money belt has not been found. If
you ever get the notion to try to follow his footsteps, you will find Cedar
Branch Hollow about 7 miles south of Leavenworth, Indiana on the Ohio River on
the Kentucky side. The path that Chism used to go home begins at the mouth of
the stream and goes straight uphill to Wolf Creek Road.
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