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.
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