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Article by Jillson on Big Sandy Valley - good summary. Wrong on Ingles material. The Big Sandy was not in flood, and it was the Licking that they went up and crossed over on timber. Here he follows Hale and others who are mistaken.
He had intended as were his instructions
to go to the Falls of the Ohio to find agricultural lands, but being informed
that warring Indians were in
that vicinity, he drifted to the south;
and after merely glimpsing the broad
level stretches of what is now known as
the Blue Grass, plunged into the rugged
foothills of the eastern coal field. Here
he soon discovered the occurrence of
coal, as his journal indicates. "
Wednesday (March) 27, (1751). . . .
On all branches of the little
Cuttaway (Kentucky) Kiver was plenty
of coal, some of which I brought in to
the Ohio Company."12
On the following day he again reports
the discovery of coal as follows : "
Thursday (March) 28, (1751). . . .
set out southeast fifteen miles crossing
creeks of the little Cuttaway (Kentucky)
River. The land still being full of coal
and black slate."12
He evidently regarded these min-
eralogical discoveries as of some considerable
importance, for it is noted
again on: "
Monday, April (1), 1751. . . .
went down another creek to the Lick
where blocks of coal 8 to 10 in. square
lay upon the surface of the ground ; here
we killed a bear and encamped."13
To the one who will read between the
lines it is easy to re-depict the scene
which followed. Gist and his party,
travel-worn through many months spent
in the wilderness of the Indian Territory
to the north, and now particularly "
First Explorations of Kentucky. J. Stod-
dard Johnson. 1898, p. 154.