George Stanton: Lead Found in Hills of Jackson County
LEAD FOUND IN SilS OF JACKSON COUNTY? • \ : ''_ "-w- . Specimens Picked Up Said,tp Be Almost-Ptire Mineral; ^ Murphysboro Republican-Era: The finding of several fine specimens of ead in the Beech Hill in sections fourteen and twenty-three of Sand Ridge township, about five miles west >f Murphysboro, has again renewed ;he quest of the white man for the .ead mines of the Indians in Jackson county. A -legend of the earlier settlers has t that-lead of almost pure quality was mined by the Indians ir. this re- ion in earlier days, but the location of the mine or sufficient trace of the rein has never been revealed to the .vhite men. The Indians mined the ead and sold it at the trading post in pioneer day Br and-from it shot was -nade. A few weeks ago'a little girl visited at the homo of George Stanton in the western part of section 'fourteen, Sand Ridge township, in what is tnown as the Beech Hill country, found what she supposed was a pretty bright rock. When she showed it to Mr. Stan ton 16 declared it was lead of almost pure quality. Going to the place where the child found the lead Mr. Stantou licked up several larger- specimens, inter » specimen of still larger size >as found in section twenty-three .•hich adjoins section fourteen on the south. The residents of that section are low prospecting for the vein which iroduced tho specimens found on the urface. Until the finding of the ore in Sand Ridge township the location of the ost Indian lead mine has been bought to be in Kinkaid township. One legend has it that the mineral vfts taken from one of the dark cavities of the Kinkaid cave, from which mve been removed many Indian relics mil curios.