Waterhouse Gold Discovery


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August 8, 1890, Chattanooga newspaper: "William Waterhouse, a young white farmer of Keith, Georgia, and a party of hunters claim to have found a cave in the vastness of the mountains, which, with great difficulty, they explored. Some distance from the entrance, they found a large cavern, in a corner of which were a pair of small bellows, the leather rotted off, such as were used to blow particles of sand from heavier objects. The most startling find, according to their story, was the discovery of about one thousand solid bars of metal piled against the side of the rocky walls of the cave.

"Most of the bars were six feet long, nine inches wide, and nine inches thick. Others were from six inches to six feet, being of uniform size, as if molded. Each of the bars was coated with copper, as a casing, about a quarter of an inch thick. Persons familiar with gold say the bars are pure gold inside. Young Waterhouse says there is a legend about an old rich Indian gold mine, near a certain place in Georgia, and I have no doubt that this cave was a storehouse of the Indians, and their principal workshop. I am raising funds for an exploration."

When Waterhouse went back to relocate and recover the gold, he was never able to find the cave. As far as is known, this cave has never been rediscovered.



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