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  1. #21

    Feb 2006
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    according to letters i have from 1887, ore out of one of swifts mines contains trace gold,lead, and large amount of silver. good luck on your hunt.

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  3. #22
    us
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Just off the top of my head without looking through my notes, a journalist from SE Kentucky wrote a book about his journey from skeptic to believer. The last piece of evidence was a spearpoint (eight inches long?) made from silver ore. Michael Green? Doesn't seem like the right name, but close. If you did a search on books about the Swift legend, you should find his name easily,
    Over in the Red River Gorge area some silver ingots were dug up a few years ago. They were found by decyphering Cherokee writing on the stones nearby, more was supposedly hidden but the guy who got the translation did an incomplete job.
    Fellows, it's there. We just have to do more research both in print material and land surveys.

    grizzly bare

  4. #23

    Feb 2006
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    if i remember right it was 80% pure silver.

  5. #24
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Grizzly, the man's name was Michael S. Steely that found the silver point. Actually, it was only a couple of inches in length.

    The person who found the 15 silver ingots (7 oz. each) did find another cache Steely mentions in his book. The amount of silver found from the second cache was not mentioned, so I am assuming it was much larger than the first. The man who found the ingots had a map of the area and went to NC and had a Cherokee decipher it. According to the Cherokee, there were a total of 25 caches of treasure in the area. The last I heard, the man was still looking for the other 23 caches (has probably found more by now).

    I do have a question for Grizzly and others here. One of the markers I found while four-wheeling was an extremely old Beech tree with the carving of "SPY 1751" on it. The inscription was definitely old, with moss growing in the carving. I plan to get back to that spot and a couple others in the area tomorrow and detect and take some pics. Any idea what this inscription means

    On another tree (pine tree) down the mountain from this beech (the pine tree was actually so old it had fallen in half and was rotting) were the initials "JS" carved into the tree. This carving was so old that the J actually looked like a D until one got close to the tree from the bark rotting away. However the carving done was a J upon close inspection.
    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.

  6. #25
    bpp4040

    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Hi Treasure Hunters

    I'm a native of Ky but live in Florida now anyways i do know for a fact that there is silver in Ky because me and my cousin have found veins of it in morgan county Ky in the cave run lake area im from west liberty Ky and years ago when they built the new section of hwy 172 the road crew dug into a vein of silver and turn around and covered it up with the hwy i know this sounds far fetched but it is true there is also a tell of an old indian man whoes been long dead now has told my family and several others that if the state of Ky only knew what he knowed the state would not have to worry for money no more he had claimed that there was a cave in the paintsville lake area in johnson and morgan county area some where that it was gleaming with veins of gold that reached from the floor of the cave to the roof of it i mean i dont know for it to be a fact but this i was told all my life my uncle knew him personaly and he would never reveal the where abouts to my uncle we have searched alot of caves but nothing yet so your supisions of silver being in Ky this is a fact now i dont know of its percentage wise but do know its there good luck hunting remember the more you hunt the closer you get to the find.

    bpp4040

  7. #26
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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Quote Originally Posted by swiftsearcher
    Grizzly, the man's name was Michael S. Steely that found the silver point. Actually, it was only a couple of inches in length.

    The person who found the 15 silver ingots (7 oz. each) did find another cache Steely mentions in his book. The amount of silver found from the second cache was not mentioned, so I am assuming it was much larger than the first. The man who found the ingots had a map of the area and went to NC and had a Cherokee decipher it. According to the Cherokee, there were a total of 25 caches of treasure in the area. The last I heard, the man was still looking for the other 23 caches (has probably found more by now).

    I do have a question for Grizzly and others here. One of the markers I found while four-wheeling was an extremely old Beech tree with the carving of "SPY 1751" on it. The inscription was definitely old, with moss growing in the carving. I plan to get back to that spot and a couple others in the area tomorrow and detect and take some pics. Any idea what this inscription means




    On another tree (pine tree) down the mountain from this beech (the pine tree was actually so old it had fallen in half and was rotting) were the initials "JS" carved into the tree. This carving was so old that the J actually looked like a D until one got close to the tree from the bark rotting away. However the carving done was a J upon close inspection.
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    In doing research of the swift lore, i came across a cherokee treasure legend...it was around the time 1770's - 1790's... The indians would sneek to the shawnee mines after they had left and dig their silver ore, another being the cherokee would do raids on early settlers and steal their things like money silver gold ecx, and then buriy it near by. I have found this genral area where the Indian raids took place.
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  8. #27
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    ive heard these Swift silver mines were closer to Powell county than
    to Paintsville, Morgan County or Virginia.
    Just shows, no one knows where these mines or, and probablly never will.
    ALLEN

  9. #28
    us
    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
    EASTERN KENTUCKY
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Quote Originally Posted by allen
    ive heard these Swift silver mines were closer to Powell county than
    to Pintsville, Morgan County or Virginia.
    Just shows, no one knows where these mines or, and probablly never will.
    You are very right, the swift mines are VERY close to Powell Co. Im from Powell Co. lived here my whole life, and have spent half of it in the woods here. Check out my topics and posts in the swift silver mine forum for my findings.....Ive found alot of Swift clues...
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  10. #29
    us
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Yes, Ki has posted a lot of info on theSwift mines as has Swiftsearcher and others. We seem to be discussing everything, (except of course our exact search sites) and giving each other ideas and facts we have gleaned over the years. Check it out!
    Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

  11. #30
    us
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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Curtis is on the right track as well, I personally believe its either in Curtis's area or my area. We have both found alot of things related to Swift and his workings. Also there is a Old Indian trail that leads from my area to Curtis's area. Now its just putting these many clues together, to try and solve this 250 year old puzzle.
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  12. #31
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    There were upper and lower mines.....they had to be connected, Swift says they were...probably used the trail you are talking about - at least a part of it. I have always said we need a master map, and have it on a special site, everyone put what they found on it and where ever there was the largest concentration of finds that will be the area to start at. With 4 or 5 people we could cover a lot of ground and do a lot of research. But unless Swift was talking code the mines have to be west of the forks of the Big Sandy not south...maybe a little North or South but mostly west.
    Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

  13. #32
    us
    "Seek And Ye Shall Find"

    Feb 2009
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    With everyone looking in diffrent parts of Ky something will have to turn up sooner or later... maybe the best find is yet or maybe years to come, but im sure something will be found..
    "A picture can speak a thousand words"

  14. #33
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    Sep 2011
    Keavy , Ky
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitsurprise
    Greetings,
    I am also researching the swift silver mines. It is such a twisted story, and I have so many different versions. What I have found points to 3 possible places in KY. One of which I am leaning very hard toward hiking through. ANd YES, It has been said that small amounts of silver has been found and one person found a large arrowhead made of pure silver. Now, most of these stories could be legend, but there is alot of indications that the Swift Silver Mines Are REAL. In my opinion, they are, and there in south east KY.
    I am also looking into a large SINKHOLE that is said to possibly be a meteorite crater. If this is true, or not, I am going to detect it soon..
    Let me know what your thoughts are on a location for the swift silver mines. I am going to take a road trip soon and do some exploring and detecting...
    sincerely wes
    This looks like it could be the town of Middlesborro Kentucky.

    Anyway, I am looking for info about the Swift Mine myself. I am hearing the mountains surrounding Middlesborro is filled with all sorts of gems and stuff, probably from the Meteor strike years ago..

  15. #34
    us
    Sep 2011
    Keavy , Ky
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    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Kache
    I have read where some silver has been found in the (Swift) area. I am wondering if someone here is, or knows of someone who is, actively searching for this.
    Did you ever obtain a copy of Swift's Journal that he was supposed to have wrote prior to him going blind and not being able to return to mine his silver that he walled up in a cave somewhere (possibly in Kentucky)?

    I am trying to find a copy of the journal is why I am asking..

  16. #35
    Kentucky Kache

    Re: Swift silver mine (KY)

    Quote Originally Posted by w4wxr
    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Kache
    I have read where some silver has been found in the (Swift) area. I am wondering if someone here is, or knows of someone who is, actively searching for this.
    Did you ever obtain a copy of Swift's Journal that he was supposed to have wrote prior to him going blind and not being able to return to mine his silver that he walled up in a cave somewhere (possibly in Kentucky)?

    I am trying to find a copy of the journal is why I am asking..
    I don't have a copy of the journal, but I think some of the guys here do.

 

 
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