Kentucky Treasure Legends

Gypsy Heart

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Ballard County: Fort Near Wickliffe, on the Mississippi River, is Fort Jefferson built in 1779 by the Americans under the command of George Rogers Clark. In 1780, the fort survived an attack by British led Indians and was abandoned in 1781. There are no traces left of the fort today.

Bell County: Lost Treasure A Union Civil War paymaster is alleged to have thrown three million dollars in gold and silver bars in the Cumberland river near the town of Pineville. The paymaster was being pursued by Confederate soldiers. In the 1920's, silver bars were found in this same area.

Historical Site The Wilderness Road, first discovered in 1750, can be found through the gap of the Cumberland Mountains. It was used by settlers during the westward migration. For fifty years, small settlements sprang up in the area, although there are no remains today. At Cumberland Gap National Park, you can see two miles of the Wilderness Road, along with Civil War earthworks, ruins of early iron furnaces, and artifacts from early settlers. Located near Middlesboro off US 25E.

Boyle County: Battlefield One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought at Perryville Battlefield. Fought on October 8, 1862, more then 44,000 men fought and more then 7,500 casualties were suffered on both sides. The park only covers thirty acres of the battlefield which was ten times this size. There are unmarked graves scattered throughout the area of the men who fought and lost their lives during this battle. Located two miles north of Perryville off of US 68 and US 150.

Christian County: Lost Treasure There is a bag with three thousand dollars worth of gold coins buried in the area around Pilot Rock, ?near the town of Apex.

Clark County: Lost Treasure Near Winchester, in Clark County, a band of Cherokee Indians hid a treasure of family silver and gold coins. They had been stolen from raids on a number of white settlements during the 1820's.

Grayson County: Lost Treasure

A rich farmer, Roger Barrell, buried $200,000 in gold coins on his farm by the town of Steff in Grayson County.

Greenup County: Lost Treasure On the Ohio River, near Greenup, is a lost Indian silver mine waiting to be found again.

Hart County: Lost Treasure A gambler, known as Anthony Caccoma, wrote in his diary that he buried a number of treasures around the town of Horse Cave. A treasure of $3,200 was found east of Horse Cave, in the foundation of an old house.

Henderson County: Lost Treasure Ten miles south of Henderson, on Harpes Head Road, there is a treasure of gold coins buried in a cave above a stream. The treasure was buried there by the Harpe brothers.

Lost Treasure The remains of a large river boat wreck can be seen along the bend of the Ohio River, 1/2 mile east of Henderson. American gold and silver coins, dating from the 1880's, have been found on the wreckage in a marshy area of the river bank.

Hickman County: Battlefield Belmont Battlefield Park, located on State 80 outside of Columbus, is a 177 acre park on a bluff that over looks the Mississippi River. A Civil War post, known as the Confederacies "Gibraltar of the West", had more than one hundred and forty cannons. The post never saw major battles, and the Rebels were forced to evacuate in February of 1862.

Kenton County: Lost Treasure A prohibition bootleg king, buried four million in gold coins and paper currency, on the Ohio River, near the town of Covington, opposite of Cincinnati.

Historical Site Big Boone Lick State Park, covering 175 acres, contains extensive remains of prehistoric animals, including saber-toothed tigers, mastodons, elephants, and mammoths. All came to this area during the last Ice Age. The park is located 26 miles southwest of Covington on State 338.

Laurel County: Lost Treasure The survivors of the McNitt party were never able to find and recover the valuables they buried along with the rest of the McNitt party prior to being attacked by Indians in the year 1784. The site of the buried treasure is somewhere along the Little Laurel River, by the town of London, in the Levi Jackson Wilderness State Park.

Letcher County: Lost Treasure Numerous lost Indian gold and silver mines are in the Kings Creek area in the Pine Mountain Range. Before being driven out of the area in 1810, the Indians worked the mines.

Madison County: Battlefield On August 29 & 30, 1862, Union and Confederate troops suffered heavy losses due to this battle. Located at Richmond Battlefield which is south of Richmond off US 25.

Fort Fort Boonesborough, off US 227 and nine miles north of Richmond, was built by Daniel Boone and his frontiersmen in 1776. It withstood a fierce Indian attack in 1778 and soon after settlers began to move on to other areas. There are no traces of the fort today.

McCracken County: Lost Treasure American silver coins, dating from the late nineteenth century, have been found along the banks of the Ohio River near West Paducah.

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tmanfromtexas

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Thanks Gypsy for these tips. I will be going to Ashland KY for about a month to do a project there. I am hoping to get out and see if I can find anything. If any posters are in the Ashland/Catlettsburg area give me a IM. I will be there beginning July 10. Thanks, TMAN...
 

cryptodave

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I'm from Greenup County KY originally. Spent my first 17 years of life there, and went back for 2 years after I turned 23. I have walked that entire strecth of river on many, many occasions, explored about everything there is to explore between Worthingington Gravel Pits to the Greenup Co. Dam, and never ever seen any proof of an old indian silver mine.... Nor have I even heard any rumors about it.
 

snake35

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I have searched this area quite a bit also. The silver mine in question is the John Swift silver mines. He was a pirate that probably just melted his swag silver into counterfeit coins. His expedition always split up at the tug river, here in Louisa Kentucky. A man in paintsville claims to have found his smelter and some silver ingots. Although I have seen pictures of them I have not personally seen them. Good luck.
 

snake35

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Thanks for the info. I live in Louisa. I love this area. Plenty of stuff to look for. If I find anything promising I will e-mail you. Good luck.
 

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I remember someone posting the place where the mine was suppose to be...seems like it was a mile up the Little Sandy. There is a whole thread that both Ki and I are constantly checking out and posting on its Treasure Legends and a subtopic of Johnathan Swift. Few really believe he was a pirate...why carry all the coins here, melt them down restamp them and carry em back? Braving weather, Indians, etc.? There are Indian silver mines all over KY I have found several not far form the Grayson reservoir. Just do some reading and you'll get a lead. Good luck and if we can help just ask..Ki is searching right now.
 

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I agree with Curtis... Swift was not a Pirate, it does not add up with the evidence already found on Swift. Swift being a pirate goes against everything already recorded about the man. Swift was real , and in fact had mines that produced silver in this area, its all in the research...
We got A great place to find information on the Swift legend that everyone shares on a diffrent forum here on Tnet.....
 

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Swift as well as Indians hid a vast amount of "gold and silver coins" in Ky.... These mines make great hidding places for these gold and silver coins the Indians hid.....
 

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One person even dug up Swifts participation in the advancing of legislation to General Washington, his running for office (minor) ect. . Doesn’t sound like pirate material.
 

gabeman3000

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I live in Bullitt, just south of Louisville. I'd love to see the old steam boat wreckage. Anybody know if its still there?
 

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Anyone heard of the legend of lost Union Army treasure around the Rockcastle River in Laurel County?
 

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