The lost treasure of the Catskillís silver mine.

THE LOST
CATSKILL'S SILVER MINE

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Where is the lost Catskillís silver mine?



When settlers first arrived to the area close by the town of Blenheim in Schoharie County just north of Utsayantha Mountain and around 35 miles southwest of Albany they happened upon Iroquois Indians wearing a variety of silver jewelry. When asked the whereabouts of this precious metal the Indians refused to divulge their secret.

After the Revolutionary War, other settlers began arriving to the area, two of which were John and William Bauch. This pair was also very interested in the silver ornaments the Indians wore. The brothers tried in vain to follow the Indians through the rough terrain of the mountain, but never found the location of this precious metal. The did their best in calculating and decided the silver mine had to be in the area of Blenheim a bit east of Schoharie Creek. They search the area many times; however, they did not find a single speck of silver.

The Bauch brothers could not just leave without searching more and choose a German mineralogist, Casper Bertram to help them with their quest. The three of them set out again in search of their fortune.

Finally, in 1804, Bertram thought he had found the source of the silver on a farm owned by Nicholas Becker close by the junction of Mine Kin and Schoharie Creek. Mining operations began after agreements were made with the three partners and Nicholas Becker.

However, before any digging could begin Becker wanted to cut his wheat so it would not spoil his harvest. Bertram offered to help him cut and the wheat. While he was helping one of hired helpers swung a scythe too far and hit Bertram in the leg severing a main artery. Bertram died before he could tell anyone the location of the silver.


The lost treasure of the Catskillís silver mine.

 The lost treasure of the Catskillís silver mine.

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