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  1. #1
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave

    As told by John V............

    When my great grandfather and his brother Thomas Jackson Rape were young
    > and lived on Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia there was a beautiful
    > water fall which is now legendary and the story is that when the whites
    > first moved into that part of northern Georgia that the Cherokee would
    > sometimes be known to show up at some market with silver ore to use for
    > barter. Legend was that they knew of a secret cave behind a waterfal on
    > Pigeon Mountain and it was beleived that only the Cherokee knew of this
    > silver in the cave or where exactly the cave was.
    >
    > Well, I am not sure if our great grandfathers knew about the legend but
    > one of them certainly knew about the cave and kept his secret from the other
    > brothers and everyone else. All of his brothers wondered where he got his
    > money from and they knew that everyso often he would some how get lost on
    > purpose from them. One day, they noticed he got some distance between them
    > and himself to they made an effort to follow him as he ran through the
    > woods. Suddenly they noticed he had disappeared behind a waterfall and they
    > waited until he came out and sure enough he had silver ore. Now they knew
    > the secret of Thomas Jackson Rape. This story was passed down not only to
    > Mr. Marshall Rape a grandson of Thomas Jackson who told me the story as he
    > had heard it from his father. At first I foolishly dismissed the story as
    > just a passed down story which may have had not truth in it.
    >
    > However, a few months later while talking to a first cousin of my Dad, who
    > was Leon Rape then of Sapulpa, Oklahoma and Leon began to tell me a similar
    > story to the one previously told by Marshall Rape. So dedicated to genealogy
    > and trying to get truth not stories about our ancestry, I had not told Leon
    > about Marshall Rape's story about the silver ore. But sure enough, the next
    > thing I know Leon began to talk about how my great uncle, his father had
    > talked about how my great grandfather, John Augustus Rape had often told his
    > sons about a brother in Georgia who used to disappear into the woods and
    > somehow found some money or some way to pay for various items which they had
    > no way of knowing where his money came from. Although, Leon, did not tell me
    > the same exact words as Marshall, I could not help but become very excited
    > as I was then hearing a famly story which came from two separate parts of
    > the United States. Two places but both home to my great grandfather.
    >
    > John V.

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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2008
    Ho Hum Hollow
    308

    Re: Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave

    OMG! I know EXACTLY where this waterfall is! I think I smell a new treasure project. Is anyone interested in a field trip? I live 35 miles east of Atlanta in Loganville, but will meet anywhere in N. Ga. Just e-mail me to make arrangements. I have spent many, many days hiking on and crawling in Pigeon Mtn., now Known as Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Pigeon Mountain is absolutely honeycombed with caves. From Petitjohn's cavern on one side of the mtn. to Ellison's cave with the Fantastic Pit (600Ft. Deep!) on the other. So although I don't specifically remember a cave near the waterfall (I wasn't looking for it then, either), it is ENTIRELY LIKELY that one is there. The waterfall is a short hike up the side of the mtn. from one of the access roads going to the top. I would like to do this on a weekday as the Mtn. is heavily used by cavers and hikers on the weekend.So if you are interested e-mail me soon as I would like to do this within the next three weeks.
    God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you. ---Ancient Sanskrit saying.

  3. #3
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Re: Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave

    Just be sure to remember your researching friend when you find it......
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2008
    Ho Hum Hollow
    308

    Re: Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy Heart
    Just be sure to remember your researching friend when you find it......
    Thank you very much Gypsy Heart for the tip. Is twenty percent enough?
    God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you. ---Ancient Sanskrit saying.

  5. #5
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,689
    46 times

    Re: Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave

    That sounds great....now make sure you find alot!!!!!
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  6. #6
    HAVE DETECTOR WILL TRAVEL

    Re: Pigeon Mountain,Walker County Secret Cave



    Very cool story. Could you imagine playing there as a child and finding that. That's what dreams are made of when your a kid, and I think that's one of the prerequisites for being a Treasureneter. Remembering those dreams.

 

 

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