TREASURE: Jonathan Swift Silver Mines

TREASURE: Jonathan Swift Silver Mines

According to legend, between 1760 and 1769 a man named Jonathan Swift
found and worked an immense silver mine deep in the mountains of what is now Eastern Kentucky. Fate and history soon tore Swift away from his find and, like so many others, he was never able to locate it again.

Today, historians, geologists and modern treasure hunters still search for the Lost Johnathan Swift Silver Mines.











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  1. Richard Helit on August 6, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Very explicit

  2. Sowing Clover Photography on August 6, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I have a photo of myself holding a Spanish coin from the Swift Silver Mine. It belongs to a my friend. His dad was friends with a man who came across the Swift silver mines in the 1980s or early 90s.

  3. richstarx on August 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Love the jacket πŸ‘

  4. Della Hicks on August 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    A little late to the party, but you moving into this genre Sean, is seamless!
    Nothing wrong with branching out, you’ve found another niche. πŸ‘

  5. Kelly Empson on August 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    And the opportunity to see BIGFOOT.

  6. Dorothy Bentley on August 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    If my grandpa had lived he would be 115 years old he told us grandchildren stories of silver in Eastern KY about how the Indians tried to show the white men they could shoe there horses cheaper with silver the grandpa was born and raised in Eastern KY.

  7. Dreaming Dreamer on August 6, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I’d heard the name Jonathan Swift before but nothing about the silver. Very interesting. And one always wonders… could there be a little bit of truth behind the legend? Hmmm….

  8. blank stares on August 6, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    It’s not the Kill, its the Thrill of the Chase.

  9. dialyt130 on August 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Excellent episode! this is something I was unaware of.

  10. CLM1987 on August 6, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Got a place in Bell Co. KY called the furnace ridges that gets its name from Jonathan Swift’s furnaces he used to melt down the silver he brought out of the caves. The old railroad track foundations are still there.

  11. james stubbs on August 6, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Sean…just wanted to let you know you are an excellent host and tell a great story. I have yet to subscribe to anything on you tube but may subscribe to your channel.

  12. ford nut on August 6, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    That coat says 1970s pimp.

  13. Everett Bass on August 6, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve seen his name and Mundy’s name carved in rock I Bell county Ky.
    Swift was operating old Spanish mine that the Indians were also mining.The area abounds with their signs and symbols.Ive been there and have seen where treasure was recovered in the 1930’s

  14. Andy Elf on August 6, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    The definition of a rich mine – a hole in the ground with a liar at the bottom.

  15. Gary Kessinger on August 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I hope you decide against these types of videos in the future. I don’t think it will grow your channel and will most likely cause your viewership to diminish. The unsolved murders and mysterious deaths is what made your channel and I think it’s a mistake to venture off course.

  16. Bonnie Henline on August 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    How wonderful and informing this show really is. Sean mccracken is my favorite. He truely is considerate, thoughtful how he presents each episode. I just love your voice. I think its an excellent program!!

  17. Patricia Slocum on August 6, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    They were the Shawnee’s mines, or at the least Mundy’s mines. Swift just capitalized on them. Thank you Sean.

  18. Tammy Ramos on August 6, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    You have such a soothing voice

  19. heather kampmeier on August 6, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    So my husband that’s been on reality tv show about swift.. someone needs to go dig cause he’s scared he knows where it is

  20. Jane Barnhardt on August 6, 2022 at 9:31 pm


  21. Surviving Sickle Cell on August 6, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Your brilliant Sean it doesn’t really matter what you narrate your untouchable a masterpiece in this field in other words your one of a kind in this line of work even if you narrate to us a telephone book no one could beat you keep up your good work

  22. p salms on August 6, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    I came across your channel by accident, and I’m so glad I did! You have an amazing voice, it keeps me enthralled right until the end. I’m now binge watching every episode. Thankyou for uploading these sorts of cold cases, if it wasn’t for creators like you, these people would be forgotten.

  23. Christine Webb on August 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I thought the silver belonged to the Indians?

  24. LL Collins on August 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Great Video, I love any sort of mystery…

  25. Karen R Scott on August 6, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Love this story a little bit of history thank you.

  26. Stevie GoodGravy on August 6, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    This channel’s narrator 2020

  27. Paul cramo on August 6, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    The BEST in the business. Superb research and top quality presentation.

  28. Random Tidbits on August 6, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I grew up in the area most commonly promoted as being the location of a Swift mine. At this point, the only real things that Powell and Wolfe counties has going for them is tourism. So, encouraging the legend is good for business, so to speak. Even before present day need, tourism was a business deemed to be in the best interest of those who owned property here. The Lexington and Eastern railroad operated what is now Natural Bridge State Resort Park starting in 1895 as a tourist destination even while the last of old growth forests were being clearcut a few miles away.

    Which, makes sense. the Kentucky Union Railroad Company, later to be the Lexington and Eastern and even later, part of the Louisville and Nashville drove a line through here in an attempt to reach coal rich areas. But, the geography was horrible for that. Steep grades that restrict speeds (and required helper engines or limited tonnage hauled) and tunneling that is expensive impedes both construction and operations. They went with a line through Ravenna that was much more favorable to coal hauling. So, they now have an expensive line, built for high traffic, running relatively little – just lumber from Clay City/Waltersville, and minor passengers/freight to Stanton for the most part. So, why not encourage an old legend, drumming up traffic to a resort on land you already own?

    But, it’s hogwash, at least as far as silver goes. I mean, even if you ignore geology, there’s not a human-reachable square foot that hasn’t been traversed to feed the giant machines of industry here. Lumber and iron are two products we’ve put out prolifically over the centuries. Both require trees in abundance – in the form of charcoal for iron production, self explanatory for lumber. On top of export, there were local construction needs – both for buildings and for flatboats used to transport iron products before we had a railroad. Then there’s hunting – still important as ever to locals, even in this day and age. Heck, for that matter, it’s not uncommon for people to just go on walkabout through the woods for no reason whatsoever. That’s how I spent most of my summers as a kid.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good story and your narrating is on point. But, when you look into it, the recorded history is just as interesting.

  29. James Fitz on August 6, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Love the background at the beginning

  30. O. Wildfarmer on August 6, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Good show,relaxing. Holland greets Sean!

  31. Edie Ed on August 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Can these be purchased and stocked with couple hundred ozs of silver and allowed to breathe on the surrounding lands for the purpose creating of weather and ultra high quality berries??? That’s all I’m trying to do asap. You’d get so much rain…..all year long even…..what’s the deal? Yo

  32. Brian Barcus on August 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Greetings from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! It’s fantastic to watch shows that happened locally – places that I could actually visit. Great work, professionally done.

  33. Greg Coyle on August 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Love the theme music!

  34. Larry Bones on August 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome story:)

  35. 𝕂π•ͺ𝕝𝕖 ~ π•€π•£π•šπ•€π•™ π•†π•œπ•šπ•– on August 6, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    *_Tnx Sean_*

  36. John Crypto on August 6, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    its not in kentucky lol

  37. mr Sandman on August 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Can’t wait to play( John Swift’s silver hunts) open world game based on true stories from past in the apalation mountain. With indians ,pioneer ,hunting,fishing,canoe riding rappids. Digging silver deep in mines and smelting silver in camps. Logging and building homes to breaking a horse in to ride or just pull logs.

  38. Locadio Marcucco on August 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    My initials (IRL) are MWV, if I ever become a DJ/rapper, I’m going to take the name Mysterious WV.
    (I’m 69 so there’s much chance of that happening). I think we’re safe from litigation.

  39. dixirose111 on August 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    This story is so intriguing I am ready to go search for the mines myself!

  40. whisper wind on August 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    We learn more from you than anyone could watching the History Channel or ID. You are Absolutely The Best Sean!!

  41. Sandra Sue Taylor on August 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Bristol Herald Courier of Bristol, Virginia gave the history of Swifts Silver.

  42. Zac Pearce on August 6, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Satanic illuminati party prick !!! Don’t romanticize the Canable Elite Prick !!! Total Agenda 21 head !!! If you don’t know what That is ?? Check out David Icke on Agenda 21 The plan to kill you !!!! This is real and now !!!

  43. Joseph Bragg on August 6, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    This would by no means be the first time a Freemason shisterized this country ,if the mine existed it would have been found by now. How many times could this have happened in past history ,seems to me the natives of the time may have had something to do about it. Is it possible filson was a Freemason as well?

  44. Patricia Slocum on August 6, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    It’s a wonderful idea. I believe it is real for this reason: there are very many families with the surname Swift. I say he did exist. The silver, maybe that is true, too. Maybe that is how Swift Trucking started their fortunes. Who knows.

  45. Reagan L. on August 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    The twist to this old legend is where the silver was supposed to be, hundreds of feet below, was a vast wealth of oil waiting to be discovered. Also, where lead is found often zinc and silver are found as well. This is the oldest treasure legend in the US and it is hardly known about. The years were changed to protect the claiming rights, KY was once Spanish and then French territory before it became English then American.

  46. TheBeingReal on August 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    The 1800’s were well known for producing fake stories. Poorly educated people were very gullible.

  47. cecelia clarke on August 6, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Can’t understand why anyone has down voted this presentation. The information presented…the narrator’s phrasing and articulation…all world class.

  48. Varschnitz Schnur on August 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Amazing research, Sean. After listening to this excellent presentation, I believe these silver mines to be akin to the "el naranjal" legend of gold mines in the southwest. According to this latter legend, the gold fell out of the rocks in pieces as big as oranges. These orange-sized pieces then floated down a nearby stream.

  49. Roger Scott Cathey on August 6, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Love that pen and ink illustration of a mountain man by Frederick Remington in the thumbnail. From his illustration entitled "I took ye fer an Injun". Think it was in a Harpers issue.

  50. seais level on August 6, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    There is no such thing as a corner on a globe. And since you used this satanic spell word globe. I give you a thumb down and report this video as misleading spam, and child abuse. God’s creation is flat, stationary, with a solid looking glass dome. Read your Bible and do some real scientific reasurch. Stop believing the lies and foolish wisdom of this world.

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