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    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
    EASTERN KENTUCKY
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    Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    There is gold in Kentucky! I have "panned" it in small amounts on Tygarts Creek in Greenup County. Gold has also been found in Ohio, and some high grade "panning" has been done in Brown and Morgan Counties, Indiana. The gold was brought in by glaciers...

    In his very fine booklet "Gold and Diamonds in Indiana", W.S. Blatchley, a geologist, tells of glacerial gold and other metals being brought as far south as Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties of Kentucky. It is believed that the glaciers extended even further south...
    When prospecting for gold, look for black magnetic sand, which is regular sand mixed with iron particles, that can be separated from the gold with a magnet. Also look for "fool's gold", iron sulfide which is pyrite. It glitters like gold with about the same weight, but will throw sparks when struck with a metal instrument. It will corrode and tarnish when exposed to water or the elements. It is almost certain you will find real gold when these two are present, and sometimes copper and sulpher...

    I do not believe it would be worthwhile to prospect for gold anywhere in Kentucky except in Boone, Kenton, Greenup, Campbell, Carter, Lewis, Livingston, and Johnson Counties. (although "gold is where you find it"). I have seen deposits of "fools gold" in Johnson, Lewis, and Greenup Counties. I have not prospected for gold in any county except the ones i have mentioned. I have proof that silver was mined by the French in Kentucky during the 1760's and the location of one of their mines was known as late as 1900, on Kinniconick or Kinny Creek, in Lewis County. There are also deposits of Zinc in Lewis and Johnson counties. Silver is recovered from zinc concentrates and as a by-product of fluospar. Small amounts of silver are being recovered from fluospar in Livingston County today. Geologistd tell us that where you find silver you will almost always find gold...

    The above mentioned counties are easily located on a state map and can be reached by car. So there are at least 7 counties in Kentucky that are likely places to prospect for gold and or silver...

    This story was written by Michael Paul Henson, in his book "Lost Silver Mines and Buried Treasures of Kentucky"...
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

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    Dec 2009
    East of the Rockies
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    I have that book, just can't find it. I remember Ziplocking it when I found it was out of print and valuable in its own rite. I bought it in a treasure hunters supply store in Arizona on a cross country car camping trip/ backpacking hike thru the Superstitions

    We found the gold btw, dumped our camp stuff and carried all the nuggets out on just the pack frames. I spent all of my share of the booty on motorcycles, beer and wimmen. The rest I just wasted.

    I do have the book, really.

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    Sep 2008
    Cincinnati
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    Jimcor,

    Been back lately?

    Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

  5. #4
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    Feb 2008
    Morgantown,WV
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    Jimcor ,
    More wishbone than backbone , or the wimmen would have got it all
    Wolfpack forever

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    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
    EASTERN KENTUCKY
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    jimcor,
    I was surprised to find this book listed on e-bay for 40.00 bucks in poor shape....The books do atain value, just cause of the info in it. I bought a brand new copy for 7.95, a couple months ago.....
    I know of an awesome research book store online...
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  7. #6
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    Feb 2010
    Pikeville, KY
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    I use Research Unlimited. Great people to deal with and a terrific selection of tomes and titles.
    www.research-unlimited.com

    --Chris

  8. #7
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    .... Never Ever Give Up ....

    May 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
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    Gold and Silver!!!!

    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    I found this book at my local library.. They also carried a book Buried Treasures of the Unites States or something like that.. He goes state by state and tells different treasure lore - good book... I hike around Greenup all the time, especially the Tygart area.. Thats very interesting that you panned gold out of there.. If you don't mind me asking in what vicinity were you in??

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    Having the time of my life!

    Sep 2008
    Cincinnati
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    Ever been hiking up the Little Sandy from its mouth? I met someone a year ago whose parents or in-laws lived right at the mouth and it was land that Daniel Boone had owned at one time. There was suppose to be a silver mine up the river about a mile or two.
    Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

  10. #9
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    Sep 2009
    Flatwoods, Kentucky
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Frontiersman
    I found this book at my local library.. They also carried a book Buried Treasures of the Unites States or something like that.. He goes state by state and tells different treasure lore - good book... I hike around Greenup all the time, especially the Tygart area.. Thats very interesting that you panned gold out of there.. If you don't mind me asking in what vicinity were you in??
    I just returned that book "Buried and Sunken Treasures of the United States" to the Flatwoods Public Library. If that's the library you go to, it should be back in stock now.

  11. #10
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    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
    EASTERN KENTUCKY
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    Re: Prospecting for Gold/Silver in Ky - by M.P.Henson

    yep http://www.research-unlimited.com/ Great people.... Its where Ive attained all my good Swift books....
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

 

 

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