By J. T. Hamilton
Related to James Taylor Adams on September
24, 1941 in Wise, VA. Part of the WPA Project
papers on file at the Alderman Library, The
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
I ve heard my father tell that an old
man named Dow Vaughn used to hunt through
here for Swift s mine. He said that Vaughn
had a map that he said had been made by
Swift. According to the map the mine could be
located by running in certain directions from a
point on High Knob, but that every time that
Vaughn and others who went with him would
go up to the Knob and set up a company that
a human hand would appear right before the
compass and they couldn t see a thing.
The compass finally got so it wouldn t
work and Vaughn just had to give it up.
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