Swift Mine
By Tom Hale
       Related to Emory L. Hamilton on
  August 13, 1940. The WPA Project, The
  Alderman Library, The University of Virginia,
  Charlottesville, VA.
       The Swift mine I ve been told was
  seven mile from the "Burning Spring" in the
  Nettle Patch. Near here was where the gun was
  buried with the barrel pointing toward the
  entrance to the mine.
       Uncle John Powers and some others
  were in there hunting and found a kit of tools
  in a hole in a rock in the Nettle Patch country.
  Another rock had been set over the opening
  where the tools were hidden. This was up a
  branch from the old Smith place in the Nettle
  Patch. They called it Laurel Branch. He said
  they went up the left side of the branch in a
  laurel thicket. The hole in the rock he said,
  looked like it had been cut out and a flat rock
  laid over the hole to cover it up. They found a
  hammer, a crucible and a pair of moulds. He
  had the hammer when he died I ve been told.
  He told me and Emmet White, here at my
  house one Sunday the directions to take to find
  the hole and went there and searched, but
  couldn t find anything.
       I ve heard that Swift and them lived in
  Tennessee. I believe I heard old Isaac Willis
  say this. When I was a kid they told me that a
  lot of counterfeit money had been passed in
  Tennessee. It was silver dollars and half
  dollars. Finally the counterfeiters were caught
  and several sent to the pen. Everybody believed
  that the counterfeiters mined their silver in this
  section to make the money.

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