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    Red River Gorge

    Hello, I hope all fellow treasure hunters are doing well! I have researched the Swift mines since I was a kid with my Dad. Most of my research has been in the Elliott County ares since that is where Im from. However I have read a lot in the past about the Red River Gorge and the Swift mines. I truly believe that at least some of his main mines where in that area. I just took a job in Powell County and since being here everytime I pass the Gorge area I get the bug to explore and learn all I can! I have messaged KI since he is from this area, but does anyone else have any information about things that have been found in the Gorge, areas that dont have heavy hiking traffic, and just basic information to help me get started on my research here. I am going to go back through some of our past threads because I know the Gorge area has been discussed a lot. Just wanting to get a jump on my research! Thanks and hope to hear some cool information!!!
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    Good luck with KI, he must be busy with his last find. I haven't seen a post from him in some time.
    I do most of my hiking and camping in the RRGorge since about 1979. There is a turkey track on top of Rock Bridge if you want to start somewhere...The Historical marker at the Campton Courthouse is always a good place to start...then go to Rock Bridge and hike down Swift Camp Creek. Mrs. Rebecca Timmin's found an opening she thought was Swift's on the East side of the creek about 1.5-2.0 miles down stream from Rock Bridge and its between the second and third ledge! I found a Indian Trail marker tree just North of the mouth of Swift Camp Creek, details in another thread by that name. There are two Indian stairways, one popular...the other almost unknown. There is a half moon shaped rock by the same name its just not in the right place as the journal puts it. There is an arch called Turtle Back Arch not far from where Mrs. Timmin's spent the rest of her life near said mine opening...On the other end of the gorge there is a haystack rock not far from Indian Creek and Blackburn Branch. Lots of landmarks named for journal descriptions there, many may have been named by Hensen's father who was a USFS employee there in the 1950s and 60s.
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    I forgot to mention, a possible local source for info is in Clay City. The Red River Museum could be a source for local lore. Within these threads I have read about silver bars/tugs found along the banks of Red River (which fork I don't know). The infamous compass and SJM rocks are somewhere along Lower Devils Creek South of the gorge. In the general area where Col. Harrod disappeared in the late 1700s looking for the Swift mine. Gold was 'reported' on a drain off of Mill Creek (now lake) near Natural Bridge S.P. And Boomer found some notes recently that two square molds containing silver and some mule shoes were found behind a waterfall not far from where I found the Indian Trail Tree. I think that was back in the 1800s because he got the info second hand and it was someones grand father or great grand father who found them. There are two Silvermine branches named within the RRGorge, also a Silvermine arch. BTW both of the Silvermine branches are 'off trail' locations. The only way I know to get to them is bushwhacking. If there are any user trails they would be seldom used.
    FYI, I would not recommend asking the USFS employees about anything. What they know they won't tell you, and usually they will send you off on a wild goose chase. They tend to be strict on any artifact hunting, metal detecting or ANY digging whatsoever. I mean it is seriously not tolerated at all...
    I was told back in the early 1980s while on a prominent bluff with lots of exposed rock by an overtly friendly older man (I was teen) that turkey tracks could be found on almost every overlook out there. Unfortunately he said in the 1960s a lot of hippies who were trying to stop the dam from being built would come to these bluffs and smoke dope (his words not mine) and carve circles around the turkey tracks to make them into peace signs... so if your on a bluff and you see a peace sign, look carefully, it may be a defaced turkey track.
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    Here are topo maps of Swift Camp Creek. Just North of Campton it passes through private land but then enters the D.B. National Forest (Clifty Wilderness) as it flows Northward. Some of the landmarks I mentioned are on these maps.
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    Red River Gorge

    [QUOTE=EC.Mason;5895318]Hello, I hope all fellow treasure hunters are doing well! I have researched the Swift mines since I was a kid with my Dad. Most of my research has been in the Elliott County ares since that is where Im from. However I have read a lot in the past about the Red River Gorge and the Swift mines. I truly believe that at least some of his main mines where in that area. I just took a job in Powell County and since being here everytime I pass the Gorge area I get the bug to explore and learn all I can! I have messaged KI since he is from this area, but does anyone else have any information about things that have been found in the Gorge, areas that dont have heavy hiking traffic, and just basic information to help me get started on my research here. I am going to go back through some of our past threads because I know the Gorge area has been discussed a lot. Just wanting to get a jump on my research! Thanks and hope to hear some cool information!!![/

    Ki had moved to Pigeon Forge the last time I talked to him. Thatís been almost a year ago. Donít know if heís still there or not.
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