The Legend of Swift s Silver Mines
By Tom Hale

Related to Emory Hamilton on August 6, 1940. The WPA Project papers, The Alderman Library, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
       When we lived in the valley (Powell) when I was a boy about 56 or 58 years ago
  three ox teams came by and went to the High Knob where they camped for three days and
  nights. The wagons had beds on them made of heavy two inch lumber. The men on these
  wagons dug ore around the Knob and loaded their wagons. They went back through the
  valley, heavy loaded. Nobody there tried to stop them to see what they had, but they
  stopped them at Mulberry Gap (TN) and found they had their wagons full of silver ore.
  Nobody knew who they were or what their names were, but I guess they was part of a
  counterfeiting gang that used to work in Tennessee.
       At a certain place in the Nettle Patch there used to be a rifle buried in the ground
  and they said it was buried so that the barrel pointed right towards the opening of Swift s
  Silver Mine.

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