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.
\swiftsearcher said: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.
allen said: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.
This looks like it could be the town of Middlesborro Kentucky.rabbitsurprise said: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...
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)?Kentucky Kache said: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.
w4wxr said: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)?Kentucky Kache said: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.
I am trying to find a copy of the journal is why I am asking..
The Clay City times. (Clay City, Ky.), 11 July 1907.
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there is more silver in ky, than you or most others would ever believe in my book i will not only show pictures of the ore bot also the silver within . it has taken me over 40 years to learn and [prove what i have found it will all be exposed as to the type of ore to look for but how to work it you may not believe me now however when others follow what i will show and teach you will be out there looking along with many others , being 82 yrs old i have no desire to mine anything and am devoting my time to writing my book RGB 1O.K. Fellows? Has there ever been silver found in paying amounts to be mined in Ky. If not, why look for a silver mine where there's no silver?
Might not Swift gotten hold of bar silver someplace and done a little counterfitting in the hills?
If there was mineable silver to be had wouldn't someone be mining some some where in Ky. today? From what I've heard, there is no mineable silver in Ky? Tell me if I'm wrong. Good luck.