Uniontown Ford Gold

Gypsy Heart

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Nov 29, 2005
Before 1883, Willard was not much of a town but when the Rock Island Railroad laid tracks through the community, Willard became the typical railroad town. In the early 1920s, Willard boasted a population of over 300 and was a major cattle shipping point for this region. During the 1930s many businesses closed, the railroad became less important and, finally, in 1951, a flood destroyed much of the town and caused the bridge over the Kansas River collapsed isolating the town from surrounding communities.
In March 1848, two government Indian agents, Richard Cummins and Alfred Vaughan, chose a new site for a Potawatomi Indian trading post. It was located where the Oregon Trail crossed the Kansas River near the present town of Willard.

Proclaiming the site of their new village, Uniontown, Cummins and Vaughan went to work building a community that held several promising advantages.

Uniontown Ford 1849 on Oregon & Calif. road near Willard; only rock bottom ford on Kansas River. Uniontown P.O.1856, Chas. Randall, postmaster. Tradition says that a cache of gold dust is hidden near the Trail between the village and river. The gold was taken in an armed robbery, and the robbers were pursued and killed, but gold was not recovered. About 1900 a clairvoyant was employed to locate the hiding place; two large excavations were made at designated places. These pits still remain, but no gold was found. (Barry p.738; Ernest Ray Green 1957)


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Feb 3, 2008
Dear Gypsy Heart:

Can you provide more detail to this story? Like who was robbed of
de 'dust'. What manner of container held de 'dust'. The devil is in the
details in Treasure tales, as you well know.

I am trying to recall how goldust was carried around in those days.
Maybe rawhide purses or copper kettles or maybe quills, big ones.

Pre-49er goldust would have come from the Appalachains so we
have to start there and figure out who the robbee was. Then if we
can find out what held the de 'dust' and also make sure that every
one of the robbers were killed. Otherwise maybe one robber got away
with de 'dust'.

This will probably keep me awake all night.


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