Sol Mullins is the first one that comes to mind .i know there were several more but the names escape me right at the minute. i think Sol was in Pine Mtn. area Ky/ Va border maybe. hewasyears after Swift time if I understand it right.
the river at Paintsville crested about 5 ft. above flood stage . Area was it pretty hard and paintsville lake held back a tremendous amount of water, near new record amount. we was without power for 4 days but still fared better than a lot.
Mundy had been a captive of the Indians and was suppose to know the area, which would have been a big advantage over an explorer of the area . Mundy was also suppose to known where the silver deposits were from working them. As for 8 to 12 miles a day traveled, figure that to be accurate for a...
Think if you do a bit of R and I, you might find that the mines on Little Caney are almost perfectly west of the forks of The Sandy at Louisa. Remember longitude and latitude were not real accurate in those days.
In rereading that Filson Club Quarterly another name came up familiar to magoffin Co. near Mine Fk.. Ophir
Dr. Walker was in the area 10 years before Swift legend time frame.
Not sure I wouldn't trust local legend more than that of historical society, knowing how people twist stories...
Lots of info on that site. Like all sites some info inaccurate according to local legend though. Some more info on what was part of Floyd Co. at that point in history.
(Marker Number: 736)
Location: 5 mi. S. of Paintsville, US 23, 460
Description: The first...
Can't speak for the rest of them, but the one on Paint Creek was between two cliffs that was some miles long. It was carved by some brave soul hanging from a rope or grape vine some 30/40 ft. of the ground. I would lean toward a territorial marker.
Could the Little Sandy spoke of in this article actually be Paint Creek in Johnson Co. ?? Refer to post #70 of this thread for article . There was a Crane carving covered by water when they made Paintsville lake.
Hiker you mention lead mines, brings a story to mind that I heard years ago about two wagon loads of lead buried in the Hager Hill area during the Civil War. Makes me wonder how much silver might have been in that lead and where it was processed at. But lead melting at a lower temp than silver...
Heard a story of a rock house that the back of was walled up with rock and mortar that a guy was using for hogs to shelter in. Said he had no idea how long it had been that way. Said it was that way when he got the land.
In post #4 on page2 of the pics it says, Beckner locates the mine in Johnson co. on Mine Fork of Little Paint river. I know for a fact that Little Paint Creek is not a river by todays standards and wonder if this wasn't a common mistake made in Swifts Journals as well as Beckners description.