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    Here it is!

    A picture of the inside of the cave with the mine entrance. This is the rich mine Swift spoke of in his journals. I found it April 25th of this year (the last mine I had to find). I also have pics of the cave entrance and all the surrounding landmarks Swift mentioned (they will be pictured in my book). The main entrance was on the second ledge, in red sandstone and had a chestnut burr rock above the entrance, just as Swift stated. Also, I have pics of all the surrounding landmarks, as well as the other mines, landmarks, etc. Swift mentioned.

    The wooden planks inside the mine have been found to be locust. A sample is currently being carbon dated and I will include a result of the dating in my book as well.

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    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    My good friend, Ralph Hurst, is the person who is having one of the wooden planks carbon dated for me. He has already had the wood confirmed to be locust (as I suspected).

    Also, Ralph and I have talked about the entrances to the mine and cave being once sealed with masonry. From showing this pic to some experts on the Coast, Ralph has also had a confirmation that this mine entrance was more than likely once sealed with Colonial Masonry.

    When my fiance' and I first entered the cave shown in the pic, it was undisturbed. There was a 7UP can that was inside the cave (as can be seen in the pic). This, I believe, due to the undisturbed nature of the cave, was simply thrown in by a Deer Hunter in the past, as we had to get a rope/ladder to get into the cave ourselves. The opening of the cave is about the same size as the mine opening in the pic - the size of a hogs-head barrel.
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    THAT... is a WOWSTER!

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    Thanks Rebel. I still hope you can make it down for a tour after my book is out.

    I had gotten several e-mails from people wanting some pics of some of the markers, I simply decided to show the inside of the rich mine to everyone instead. Plus, this would put the skeptics to bed!
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    L37 the pic. is of the INSIDE of the cave. I have not shown the outside pic of the cave opening on the second ledge - that will be pictured in my book. I only showed the inside of the cave the rich mine is in (with the rich mine opening) b/c it was not outside and nobody could get an exact reading of where the rich mine is from this pic.

    As for the turtle back rock, I have shown pics of it to a few people, including Mike Steely, who said it was "definitely a turtle back rock", unlike some he had seen claimed to be turtle back rocks.

    L37, I don't know what your "agenda" is. However, I have pics of ALL the landmarks and will give readers their exact locations (and locations of the mines/furnaces) in my book. AND, these locations match Swift's journals EXACTLY! I even walked off the poles from one of the furnace rockhouses and the tree with the large limb is still there (only there is a "dip" in the ground where the kegs of crowns once were). I have shown this pic to only relatives and Ralph Hurst, but it will be in my book also.

    Again, what a lot of people "forget" is that Swift mentioned the rich mine was in a cave or a "bear's den" (when Munday and his father tracked a bear to the den and found the rich mine inside the den or cave). THE PIC ABOVE IS NOT THE OPENING TO THE CAVE OR ENTRANCE - IT IS THE INSIDE OF THE CAVE AND SHOWS THE RICH MINE OPENING! The actual cave opening is in red sandstone, on the second ledge of a cliff, AND has a chestnut burr rock IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE OPENING. Also, it is behind the rock fallen from another rock as you go down the clift on the drain the mine is on AND the next larger drain over (will not give a direction here, but will in my book) has a haystack rock at the head of the drain - again, I have shown these only to family and Ralph Hurst as of now.

    Also, I have pics (in the vicinity of the Rich Mine - that I will give directions to in my book) of the half-moon rockhouse, buffalo rock and the table top rock.

    I am 110% certain I have found all the mines (even the first one mined before the crew moved their operations), as well as the two furnace rockhouses or caves AND an even more ancient furnace that was probably used by the Shawnee BEFORE Swift and his crew!

    I also have found physical evidence, including a Silversmith's "chasing hammer" with metal handle from the 1700's (at the furnace rockhouse on a ledge between it and the waterfall), the wooden timbers inside the rich mine (which Ralph has already found to be locust and is having the date checked by some very reputable sources), among a couple other "surprises" that will be in the book!

    L37, if you don't believe, that is fine. All I ask is that you read my book when it comes out. After you see all the pics and I piece the puzzle together for the reader and tell them where they can go view all of these wonders for themselves, you will be positive I am correct as well!
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    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    L37, it is funny you talk about my "location" being wrong for Swift's mines. I don't remember telling the location on here to anyone at all. The only member of this forum who knows the locations is Ralph Hurst. I have been all over the mountains of KY hunting for around 30 years, so I am also familiar with this area. I do know, as in the case of the late Paul Henson, one might find a couple of Swift's landmarks in an area. However, neither Henson nor anyone until myself has found all of the landmarks in the areas Swift gives them in his journals.

    The main reason I am not revealing any locations yet (before the book comes out) is NOT to sell books. These type books will NEVER be on the NY Bestseller list - I know that. I would be lucky to sell enough books to cover my expenses in fact. The reason I am not revealing any locations yet is b/c I don't want someone else to get credit for my work and Ralph is coming down this Fall/Winter to aid in some ongoing research related to Swift.

    You state a tree 250 years old would be "petrified"! Well, this is completely WRONG! If you visit any National Park, you can find trees well over 500 years old still alive and well. Tell you what, I am so confident this tree is at least 250+ years old, you get a tree expert with the proper credentials (from a University or State/Federal/Private employee who specializes in aging trees) and I WILL take this person to the tree and let them get a "core sample" to properly age the tree. The only thing I would ask in return is a copy of their results for my book.

    As for the silver veins, it is going to require some MAJOR EXCAVATION to open up these mines to reach the veins (where Swift and his crew sealed and covered their work when they left in 1769). I have excavated back 12+ feet into the mine shaft at the rich mine, as I simply wanted to reach the moulds (which would be irrefutable proof). However, the mine shaft is simply too small to excavate more than a half-shovel full of dirt at a time - it is really only big enough for someone of my size to fit in - not work in.

    I am sure their will be skeptics. However, when I put all my evidence together in book form, it will be hard for people to refute. Also, I am sure there will be people who wanted the mines to be in other locations and will be angry and continue to believe they are correct.

    Again, when I refer to these landmarks as being a small part of my proof, I am NOT referring to the fact that I found these landmarks, as you mentioned - they can be found in many areas. This part of the proof is that these landmarks are the distances and locations from the mines and two furnace sites that SWIFT stated in his journals!!!!!!! You will NOT find two areas this exact in the world (exact to Swift's directions), much less KY and the Appalachians.

    One last thing - you state that you are not writing a book and I am (which is why I won't show more). Well, then you CAN show us the mine and everything - go ahead, as I would LOVE to see your pics!
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    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    L37, below is a post you made in this Swift section, that started another thread about the mines (down from this one).

    I hate to say this, but over half the carvings you mention seeing in your area were NEVER mentioned in any of the 30+ Swift's Journals I have read! Sure, there are several old carvings in different areas and several "landmarks". Again, the key is to find all of them together and in the "areas" Swift states (in relation to the mines, rockhouses, etc.). Also, from my research, Swift did NOT mention any carvings at the actual mines (nor would he have wanted to carve anything too close). The carvings Swift mentions are "on the trail to the mines" - starting at various spots in the journals and around some of the cache sites. The only indentifiers Swift ever gave that were close to the mines were shapes of rocks and descriptions of the mines themselves (ie: on a second ledge, red sandstone, opening the size of a hogshead barrel).

    I have found the blue rock with three "chop marks" on it where Swift buried crowns. However, most all of the other "signs" he gives in the journals (in relation to the buried caches) were carved on trees - these are no longer standing anywhere near the blue rock. YOU, YOURSELF, stated there are no trees 250+ years old, so how did you find any of Swift's signs then?

    There has been a lot added (and some subtracted) to most Swift Journals through the years. Also, I will give a few reasons in my book why the latitude and longitude numbers are NOT reliable, even if the journal one has was copied PRECISELY!

    I am NOT saying you have not found a mine or mines. However, from the symbols you state, they seem to be Indian and maybe Spanish mines but NOT Swift mines - especially the 1717 carving you found (which predates Swift by decades). Also, as many Swift buffs will tell you, people made carvings in the KY mountains (and other areas) as early as the early 1800's, trying to sell land or sell someone a journal or scam money some other way. I have spoken to several people in the area I found Swift's mines and have heard stories about people, especially during the Depression, carving trees and rocks with JS and other signs supposedly associated with Swift. The few carvings I have found that I believe to be Swifts I had to hunt HARD to find as they were covered with moss from age!

    Again, ALL of the Swift Journals I have read (which I believe to be from the same original source, as there are too many similarities, which I will cover in my book as well), NEVER state Swift carving anything near any of the mines!!!!


    There are many carvings and petroglyphs associated with the John Swift Silver Mines, here are the ones I know of that are documented by very good sources and what I believe pertain to his upper mines, there are many, but first let me point out a few things.
    I know where many of the carvings, I am going to mention are located and others approximately, because I have not been there to observe them but they are there and documented as well, by very good sources and are nearby as well. For over 30yrs I have studied the lengend, folklore and various stories and books by Paul Henson and Ralph Volker, Draper manuscripts fragments an other details etc. as well as, and most importantly the carvings and petroglyphs on my trips to the area of the mines. Some of the carvings were left by the Native Americans Indians, as well as, the many early european pioneers, traders, and miners that were with Swift, and later on possibly some of their relatives and maybe even local people who may have known or know of them presently. ( this is a good reason for one to be prudent when looking for the mines, as well as, other dangers). Over the years I have marked the locations of the various carvings and petroglyphs, that I know of, in the area that I search, on topographical quadrangle maps. I will only say that one can follow the carvings from a certain point that Swift mentions in his journal and by deduction and carefully studying their locations and extensiveness thoughout Ky, "will leave you asking some some very important questions, to yourself as it did for me. After careful scientific study through the techniques of map surveying and topo art, ("which is" using the "carvings" as small geo maps, to match the topography of the surrounding terrane) and many years of deduction and by paying close adherence to Swifts journal, by keeping in mind the landmarks and geologic structures that he mentions, that "have to be present" within the mine area, the route "he said" that "he" traveled and the objective that he was trying to find, to locate the mines on his first trip, as well as, taking into consideration the routes, trails and traces and gaps that "he said he" was using in his journal, as he came into and out of KY, and the locations of the carvings" historic markers etc., "will lead you to the area of his upper mines". This is still a very large area once you get there. It took me many years to narrow it down within the area, I have always believed them to be in, "and believe me it is a needle in a haystack". By taking the carvings and applying them to the terrane through the techniques of, (Topo art) and extensive scientific map survey of the locations of the random carvings, in my area, as well as, very good familiarity with the surrounding area and knowledge of its early and recent history, etc., I have been able to discover their location exactly. Now here are the carvings that I have studied over the years, some of them were very useful and are evidence in themselves topographically of the exact location of the "Upper mines". Remember it took many many years for me to narrow the location of the mines down, because there is much redundance in the surronding topography of the terrane, "but this is exactly why many of these carvings were used" these men were smart and knew the area very well and carefully chose these carvings so as not to give away the location of the mine, but back then they would never have dreamed of topo maps. Enough said!, here are the carvings I know of, I will try to describe them, (Blackburns Anchor, the S.J.M, the 101, the M, a dot above it, the notched "S", The lettters EP, RR and FF, the skull, the foot, the perpendicular pair of feet, the bear paw, the left hand, the shell turtle, the circular turtle with head and feet and tail, the vulva, the turkey track, the bow and arrow, the 7 and 5/8, the 102..^, the circle within the circle, the oval within and oval with two elk tracks next to it, three pair of elk tracks, the half sun with three rays, the smiling sun with sunglasses and a j-shaped mouth, 1717t, .WW., the stick man, the mans face, the indian head, the spanish soldiers head, the insect or six legged bug, the figure eight, the human figure of head and shoulders, and the most important one, " the hexagon or square compass and trowel", as well as, other carvings,,motiffs and indian symbols. These are the carvings I am familiar with and the ones I used, which proved to be enough. They are the key carvings to finding the exact location of the upper mines, and their significance pertain to the Lost "Upper "Silver Mines of Johnatan Swift. Remember in the area of the mines there must also be a lighthouse, a buffalo rock, a haystack rock, two monument rocks - (one twenty five high the other thirty five feet high) out in front of his rockhouse, which faces east, a hanging rock, a staircase, a peculiar rock, a rock that stands, a rock that leans against the cliff, all of these must be present there are other facts and details as well. All of this, I have studied and searched for over the many years and many trips to the area, and by using the science of deduction, map survey, and topo art techniques, historical evidence, etc. and great familiarity of the land and much diligent study and fun!, has finnally payed off and lead me to, the exact location of the Lost "Upper Silver Mines of Johnathan Swift. I am presently and actively persuing my discovery and (I am presently reproducing a historical chart, through map survey), which would be a facimilly or reproduction of the survey lines or important survey papers that Swift lost to the Indians when he was attacked, which may lead, "in the future " to the discovery of the lower mines and other caches buried by Johnathan Swift, hopefully!, I will keep ya'll informed, scoffers too.

    Sincerily
    Swifty (L37something/Johnny's Lighthouse)
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    Only post i see are yours and rebel,who are you talking too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Jody
    Only post i see are yours and rebel,who are you talking too?

    Good question. I was wondering the same thing.

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    Guys, there was some post on here by L37 - it is gone now.

    I NEVER said I found the upper mines of Swift's. I will explain all of this in my book. You are correct about what you stated Swift stated (went SW along a Great Ridge). You are simply starting at the wrong spot I believe. I will tell where Swift's crew split up AND give evidence that Swift worked the LOWER MINES! Also, there were TWO Swift's (John and William) in the crew and Montgomery worked with them as well at the LOWER MINES! Again, I will explain all of this in DETAIL and I have found ALL of Swift's markers where he stated they would be in relation to the rockhouses and mines (and have pics of them - Ralph has seen more than anybody except myself and immediate family).
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    BTW - there has been Silver found in the area I am in as well, not simply Silver in a creek, but Silver Crowns/bars/ore and kettles, furnaces, etc.! I do know of a few Silver Mines in the areas you speak of - however, those were French Mines and I will detail this in the book as well.

    Also, I KNOW the river Swift did not know by name!

    One last note - I will answer any/all questions by anyone here. I am simply not at the computer 24/7 and it may require a day or two for me to get back and post an answer. Don't get bent out of shape, as I will respond eventually (unless I am sick or dead).
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    You are correct about Gist. I also have some more info. on him and his relation to the Swift crew.

    As for the river, I am not mentioning the name here.

    You, as Henson and others before you, state that Swift went SW and the rest of the crew went W when they split up. Fine, my old copy of a journal says the same exact thing. HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU GUYS GET THAT SWIFT WORKED THE UPPER MINES THEN?? If you go W and I go SW, I am going to be BELOW or SOUTH of you! Swift was SOUTH of the other crew members - hence, the LOWER MINES!!!!!!!! Also, I have other information which supports this as well, but will not go into detail here.

    BTW - did you see where I mentioned I found an old tree that had Gist's name carved in it at the top of a clift? Gist played a BIGGER role in the mines than people give him credit. He even did some smelting near Coeburn and hid some Crowns as well! I have been in touch with people who have searched that area in the past (or their relatives did). Unfortunately, the smelters are now gone, but I have info. on them that I will write about and info. that points to Gist.

    I do believe you (Beale) know what you are talking about, as you make MANY great points. The only one I disagree with is that you seem to believe (as did Henson and others) that Swift worked the UPPER mines, when the journals SPECIFICALLY state he worked the LOWER mines!

    Also, in my research, there were more than one Jonathan Swift in Alexandria. There were NO Jonathan Swifts in the Yadkin, but were FIVE William Swifts!

    That's enough "fishing" on your part - you will have to read the book next year for specifics.
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    Also, I have always thought it would be easy to take the Gist Journal and find the ore he spoke of (that shown like brass). IF it is gold and has not been mined, and is as rich as Gist stated, it would be well worth the trouble!
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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    This is an interesting topic....look forward to updates.

    As for trees....I can also atest to very old trees still stand tall and proud....we have one at our Boy Scout Camp, which has been named the PIPSICO TREE...it's 400 years old!!! A Huge CYPRESS!!! Here's a pic.....next time I have to remember to get the whole tree...of course, from a distances!!!!

    Good luck on your research!
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    R&A thanks for your post. You are so correct about there being trees still standing that are hundreds (and many trees that are thousands) of years old. The tree I have pics of (that Swift buried Crowns under) is still not large, except for the large branch Swift mentions near the bottom of the tree - it is HUGE. Also, I believe the tree survived a lot of the clear cutting by being in a rough area near a creek, as other trees Swift mentioned are long gone.

    As soon as my search for the Great Cave ends, I will publish my book and have it available. NOBODY will be able to dispute any of my findings as I have pics of everything, old maps, journals, and everything is where Swift stated - even down to the exact pole from the main furnace rockhouse!
    REV 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

 

 
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