Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

For those who don't like weeding their garden. consider this.

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at 10:14 AM
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  • There are 9 cave entrances on the farm, and it seems certain that Jesse James' treasure is hidden in one of them. I haven't gone searching for it, because I figured it would be something to leave for the kids.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Dec 16, 2020, at 11:11 AM
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    Nine? We have three that were explored by MTSU spelunkers but another two may have been filled in. We never got energetic enough to explore ourselves and caves are definitely NOT my strong point.

    BUT, curiosity has always been a part of my nature. Maybe I should excavate the ones filled in. They were supposed to be large enough that horses were hidden in them during the Civil War. My source for that is very shaky, so it could be imagination as well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 16, 2020, at 11:58 AM
  • Most of them are at the bottom of sinkholes so they arent that inviting to explore. One is a chimney that opens on top of a ridge. Cool air comes out of it in the summer and warm air in the winter (this is a joke... the cave air is always the same, it just feels cool in summer and warm in winter). It would have to be entered with ropes, and I wouldn't let anyone do that, because it is a pretty feature with all the moss growing inside... and I am sure it and all the others are connected if someone had a mind to go around down there. I would only let an experienced spelunker explore the caves, because there are a lot of vertical passages that would require ropes.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Dec 16, 2020, at 12:25 PM
  • There was a blacksmith shop on my property during he Civil War. I've found a lot of junk and old tools but did find an 1858 half dime and an old beer token. I'd love to detect your property with you, but it would be more for fun than finding valuables.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Dec 16, 2020, at 12:41 PM
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    One of those drops are exactly what the MTSU kids went into. They were part of a spelunking group and I had them sign a waiver of liability. They said it went down about twenty feet, then some small "rooms".

    One was a V shaped room that they got tired of trying to walk, then a room with another drop. They were going to have to chip away rock to make it big enough to pass and we had previously agreed they would not do that. They dropped a rock and estimated another 30 feet to water.

    espoontoon, I never knew you were a "detectorist".(I searched for the name) That has always fascinated me. I will contact you off blog. Never knew there was a half dime either.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 16, 2020, at 2:03 PM
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