Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    um
    Dec 2008
    1,868
    877 times

    Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    Is there a factual basis for the Swift Silver Mine Legend?

    Here's what one Kentucky state agency has to say on the subject.

    http://www.uky.edu/KGS/rocksmn/jonathon.htm

    While one can argue about the history, the geological conclusions would appear to be definitive.

    Good luck to all,

    ~The Old Bookaroo
    Do you have good books in good condition you are never going to re-read? Clean 'em out!
    Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops.

  2. # ADS
    Ads

    TreasureNet.com is the premier Treasure Hunting Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see these ads. Please Register - It's Free!

  3. #2
    Charter Member

    Jun 2007
    8,395
    857 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    TYPICAL state agency... like the FEDS! Let the ppl decide, as it is GREAT physical & mental exercise to get "out & about"!

  4. #3
    us
    Apr 2005
    897
    48 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    In the areas discussed as possible sites for Swift's acclaimed silver mines, there has been some type of upheavel millinea ago. Whether volcanic, earth quake or other geological disturbance, these are the catastrophies that bring precious metals to the surface, either through fissures, expulsions and or flows. This is the only way the heavy metals in the earth come to the surface. The RRP is a rugged, broken landscape typical of geological activity. The Pine mountain area is typical of a hollow earth system of caverns and limestone deposits left from either an upheavel or ice age removing tons of debri over deep ravines to create hollow structures. Either scenario is capable and probable sites for precious metals rising close to the surface. Whether the ore came from these regions or was transported there from other regions remain a mystery. It would not have been wise to transport raw or processed materials far in hostile territory, so logically, it should have come from a nearby source. Silver deposits and an ancient smelter have been discovered near Norton, Va. Whether Swift or the Spanish used these have still not been determined, and this site is not far from the Pine mountain area of Va and KY. The mountain ranges there have not been extensively mapped for minerals, except coal and natural gas deposits. What else lies beneath the earth in these regions is anybodys guess. Good Luck. rockhound

  5. #4
    us
    Jul 2009
    Wise, VA
    67
    1 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    I wouldn't call that "definitive". I heard a geologist say there were NO silver deposits in Eastern KY and just a few minutes later was holding in my hand a coin made by Sol Mullins. Maybe the silver deposits in E-KY and SWVA are anomalies, but there are pockets of silver here, I have absolutely no doubt about it.

  6. #5
    us
    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
    EASTERN KENTUCKY
    MD & Handwand "CaveHunter"Hiker" SonyDigital SLR
    610
    1 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    I wouldn't put to much faith into that agency, they can assume but never be 100% sure. I'm sure they have never been to the area or area's in question to start with. And they have no real knowledge of how history in eastern Kentucky was recorded. The story of John Swift and his mines/cave is very real. The story has been around since the time the Shawnee hunted these woods, even their history tells of a silver mine or mines.
    An event back in the days of John Swift, Daniel Boone and such men wasn't recorded unless it was meaningful. Most events or camp fire storys have long since been forgotten.

    You can actually do some research and find out facts that prove the legend is real. I was weary at first, then i got into digging into the history. I will say that the Story is very real. Its gonna take someone finding the cave/upper mines, and putting the pieces of the legend together to prove this, but some lucky person one day will....
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  7. #6
    us
    I believe the "truth" is in the history, you just have to know where to listen.

    Aug 2011
    Manchester, KY
    Whites Spectra V3i, White's Coinmaster Pro,Whites 5500/D Series 3
    43
    6 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    Swift was indeed a factual person. He lived in the general vicinity of Cumberland Gap in July of 1818.
    Whites Spectra V3i
    White's Coinmaster Pro
    White's Coinmaster 5500/D Series 3

  8. #7
    Charter Member

    Jun 2007
    8,395
    857 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    RAINING! Shawnee Nation was in Ohio... MY "sense" is that the UPPER MINES (aka GREAT SHAWNEE CAVE) is in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, and the lower mines are in SW Va., NE Tenn., according to the MECCA Natives of the mountains. "Google" MECCA "Indians"... Coffee?

  9. #8
    us
    I believe the "truth" is in the history, you just have to know where to listen.

    Aug 2011
    Manchester, KY
    Whites Spectra V3i, White's Coinmaster Pro,Whites 5500/D Series 3
    43
    6 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel - KGC
    RAINING! Shawnee Nation was in Ohio... MY "sense" is that the UPPER MINES (aka GREAT SHAWNEE CAVE) is in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, and the lower mines are in SW Va., NE Tenn., according to the MECCA Natives of the mountains. "Google" MECCA "Indians"... Coffee?
    I beg to differ lol.
    Whites Spectra V3i
    White's Coinmaster Pro
    White's Coinmaster 5500/D Series 3

  10. #9
    Charter Member

    Jun 2007
    8,395
    857 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    And THAT, is OK! I WILL include SE KY, TOO! Coffee?

  11. #10

    Feb 2008
    2,324
    175 times

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    Don't pay those professional geologists any mind. If you want native silver to sprout
    from limestone just keep on looking and hoping. Like Rebel said, the exercise will do
    you good. coolade?

  12. #11
    us
    Having the time of my life!

    Sep 2008
    Cincinnati
    531
    16 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    The site is wrong, Elliott county is the site of 6 Indian silver mines I can take you to them..its ore, not what most people expect. There has been many fractures found by geologist...and any number of them could have brought up silver or even gold..or how about the two giant meteor impact sites that could show the same thing..they would also tell you that diamonds would not be found in KY but there is a real Kimber-lite (hope I am saying that right) pipe in Elliott county too! Lots of geological abnormalities in KY..even hot springs..they bring up natural minerals and metals too!
    Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

  13. #12
    us
    Swiz

    Aug 2007
    Kentucky
    Whites XLT (E- Series)
    117
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Legend or Fact? An "Official" View

    Hello Curtis,
    Hows it going? You are exactly right Curtis, I am a geologist, I got my Bachelors degree (Cum Laude) at NKU and have studied much of Southeastern KY. and Tenn. area, as well as, Ohio and Pennsylvania. There has been much rifting and faulting through geological time with all the continental collisions we have had on the eastern coast of the North American continent. Faults, rifting and hydrothermal activity produced from the deep volcanic activity and pressures caused from the collisions has caused precious minerals/metals to precipitate up from the depths. Ancient glaciers, as well as, the continental collisions have even moved substantial amounts of sediments, etc, and produced many placier deposits in places. So as a geologist I know there are many small reserves of silver, gold and other minerals that were produced well into the interior craton of the North American continent. You are exactly right on your information about Elliot counties Kimberlite pipes, there are garnets, even diamonds that are sometimes produced from these pipies. The Kimberlite pipes are produced due to high pressure from the continental collisions, which cracked the upper mantle/tectonic plate in places, the plate dipped into the Athenosphere, a liquid zone under the upper mantle, and the minerals were forced upwards. You are also right about the meteorite collisions, there is one just north of the Cumberland gap, which is now Middlesboro Tenn. Meteorite impacts produce gold and other minerals as well. There are many across the United States but many are not discernable to the untrained eye because erosion has diminished their natural features, overtime.

    Sincerely,

    Bill N. -aka- "The Swizard"

 

 

Sponsors

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

jonathon swift silver mines
,
jonathon swift's silver mine
,

mecca indians jonathan swift

,
mecca shawnee indians in virginia
,
shawnee lost silver mines
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.3