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    pennsylvania indian caves

    Just wondering if anyone has any information or links to possible uncharted caves in Pennsylvania. I've come across several mentions of them on various websites, but none offered specific information on their location. In particular, I'm interested in finding out more about the legendary lost indian gold mine and burial caves that are supposedly located somewhere in the St. Anthony's Wilderness area of Lebanon/Dauphin county.

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    That's My area of Pa "St. Anthony's Wilderness"

    I'll do some Research.

    I know of a Couple Caves But Not Known as "Gold Or Burial"

    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/StAnth...ss/picpage.htm

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    Your Not Talking Gold Mine Mountain, for the Gold Mine are you ?

    IF you are, I found Mention Years ago,
    A woman Owned All the Land in that area.
    She was a Con artist.
    In order to Sell the Land at a Profit,
    She Spread a Rumor of Gold.

    There are Caves that were used for Refuge by the Inhabitants of
    Northern Lebanon County, along the Swatara Creek, Near Harpers Tavern. along Yordy's Bridge Road. Still trying to Pinpoint them.

    There is a Cave in Dauphin County South of Lykens along Glenn Road But it's Only goes in maby 50 Feet.

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    There were 2 SILVER MINES, along 72, one in swatara state park.
    one above 72 in the area where Interstate 81 crosses over the TOP of 72.
    I'v seen the one in Swatara State Park. Looks VERY Deep.

    There were Gold Mines in South Eastern Lebanon / Western Berks, counties
    that were Flooded out During the Flood of 72 (Hurricane Agnes)

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    the "RED HOLE" where the Indians Retreated after Attacks
    on the Inhabitants During the French & Indian War, is in schuylkill County. N.E. Of Pine Grove. South of Branch Dale. in The BLACKWOOD Area. No Caves in there that I'm aware.

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    Also on Gold Mine Mountain, St. Anthony's Wilderness, Lebanon county,

    the High Rocks, aka Point of Rocks, aka Boxcar Rocks aka Chinese wall.

    A Very long Very High Line of Conglamerate Rocks, (3 mile long ? ) Rocks as large as a Boxcar stacked in line & on top of each other. Some 4 times as big as a Boxcar. that look like a
    Man Built wall, But would have been Impossable.

    the Indians considered it Holy. They Buried around it, They used it for look out, & Smoke signals to attacking Parties during the French & Indian Wars. There are Caves there, but I don't know the history of the caves.

    Red Line Is Area of High Rocks & Caves
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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    rising four to six
    stories high. The wall spans over
    three miles long and fifteen feet wide.


    http://letterboxadventures.com/_wsn/page15.html

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    Awesome info, I'll be sure to look into it. I've been to the Chinese Wall several times, havent located any caves nearby though. But for anyone interested, if you climb to the top of the rocks, you will see one of the most spectacular views ever, on a clear day, you can see about 5 mountain ranges, and the Lebanon Reservoir down below. It's easy to see why the natives would consider it holy ground.

    Any chance you can be more specific about the cave at Swatara State Park? I've been there a few times and its a pretty vast area. I'm interested in any kind of cave, whether it was inhabited or not, so thanks again for the info and hopefully you'll post any more local info that you happen to stumble upon.

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    Quote Originally Posted by zendog64


    Any chance you can be more specific about the cave at Swatara State Park? I've been there a few times and its a pretty vast area. I'm interested in any kind of cave, whether it was inhabited or not, so thanks again for the info and hopefully you'll post any more local info that you happen to stumble upon.
    Ok, if you go in by crossing the Bridge Under the Interstate Bridge
    at Inwood Station. and head left on the Old state road. watch to your right.
    it is Approxametly one quarter to one half mile.
    Very hard to see out the Corner of your eye while Driving.
    it would be a Help to have a Passenger with to keep looking as you drive.

    I'm not sure if it's a Natural Cave or Man made. Almost reminds
    me of an Airhole for a Deepmine, but I was told it's the "old
    Silver Mine". by someone who lived back there, before the state bought
    everyone out, and made it a state park.

    Supposedly Slot machines have been Dropped in it back in the 40's
    with the coins still in them.
    But Entering it ? I'd be Scared Silly, & not too much scares me.
    as it's not a Straight in, it's a \ type cave or mine,
    But if it's Man-made, it's Carved through solid rock.
    The same Guy who told me about this one, said straight accross
    72 on the TOP of the mountain, is a cave large enough to walk in.


    I have Never seen the Caves at HIGH ROCKS Either. But
    Are supposed to be out at the end towards Pine Grove somewhere.

    The site Should be Marked by Camp fires,
    as the atv's spend time there from what I'v been told.
    IF your Standing Below the "TEE-PEE" facing Tower City,
    and you walk straight, Cross the Dirt Road, and Keep walking
    There are Pit Caves. Not sure if they are Mine Subsidence, of Actual caves. I should say "Were" . I havn't seen them since I was 17

    You have been to High Rocks, So you Know the "WALES HEAD" ?
    an Indian is Supposedly Buried under it.
    Exactly what "Under" Means I'm not sure, But they Didn't Dig through
    Conglomerate.

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    Thanks for the directions. I believe the pit caves you mentioned by tower city are mining related. I've mountainbiked in that area dozens of times, and if we're talking about the same area, it looks like old coal mining strip pits. From what I understand, most natural caves are caused by the erosion of underground limestone, so theoretically you would find rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and calcite nearby. But since this is a treasure hunting forum, I should point out that some of my best finds were at the bottoms of coal mining stripping pits. Many of them were used as dumping grounds back in the early 1900's. I've collected dozens of old bottles from stripping pits, as well as other junk that probably has no monetary value, but interesting finds nonetheless.


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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    Quote Originally Posted by zendog64
    Thanks for the directions. I believe the pit caves you mentioned by tower city are mining related. I've mountainbiked in that area dozens of times, and if we're talking about the same area, it looks like old coal mining strip pits. From what I understand, most natural caves are caused by the erosion of underground limestone, so theoretically you would find rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and calcite nearby. But since this is a treasure hunting forum, I should point out that some of my best finds were at the bottoms of coal mining stripping pits. Many of them were used as dumping grounds back in the early 1900's. I've collected dozens of old bottles from stripping pits, as well as other junk that probably has no monetary value, but interesting finds nonetheless.

    Yea I agree with you on Stripping pits.
    Anyone with Divers Training, could make out great in some of the water filled pits around also.

    from what I know Burt Webber (of Concepcion Fame) began by recovering sunken slot machines from Quarries in Annville (his hometown)
    My Uncle used to do it around here.

    Where are you from Zendog ?
    Lebanon, Dauphin, or Schuylkill county ?

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    I live right outside Harrisburg at the moment, but I was born and raised in the coal regions (near Shamokin and Pottsville). I'm a bit of a local history buff, I love hearing about everything from ghost stories to hidden treasure pertaining to central PA, and I guess you can say I'm an all-around "adventurer". Lived for a few years up in Williamsport too, which also has some great local history and legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zendog64
    I live right outside Harrisburg at the moment, but I was born and raised in the coal regions (near Shamokin and Pottsville). I'm a bit of a local history buff, I love hearing about everything from ghost stories to hidden treasure pertaining to central PA, and I guess you can say I'm an all-around "adventurer". Lived for a few years up in Williamsport too, which also has some great local history and legends.
    All great areas for sure 8)

    Your Probably Familiar with this too then :P :P :P

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...ic,7104.0.html

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    Sweet! I've heard stories about that crash all my life, but I've never actually been to the crash site. Everyone has always told me all the good stuff has been found already, but its awesome to see that there are still items being found there. Awesome finds though, that is so cool!

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    Re: pennsylvania indian caves

    not to butt in on the conversation....but have you ever heard of a cave in the reading, pa area? I understand a cache of artifacts were found in a cave on the Titus Powerplant property outside of reading when it was built. I understand these artifacts were donated to the reading museum. Whether there is any truth to this legend or not, I don't know. The whole area around there was heavily populated by native americans.
    I am originally from chester county, pa. and all my old arrowhead sites are now developements, so I am looking for new sites in my new locale in berks county.

 

 
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