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« on: February 26, 2014, 10:25:21 pm »
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READING HISTORY OF THE FALLBROOK RAILROAD IN TIOGA CO PA, came across a statement that when the Indians were united here during the colonial times they had a major encampment at Painted Post Ny. I have red that there was a pyramid of stones two to three stories high! It was surmised that it was blown up by the railroad when they ran the track from Pa into Ny for the coal industry here....  not able to find anything else on this subject. I wonder if it was even built by the Indians! If you have any input into this I would appreciate it.....Just another obscure historical monument gone, in the name of progress!!!! what a shame....  thanks

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 03:21:23 am »
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That's a fascinating story and what you have there is a secondary or possible primary source of information on the subject. If you are lucky, there is a bibliography somewhere that cites all of the sources for the book itself. The American Society of Civil Engineers published a lot of their work in journals. Some of them are available here:

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I searched for the terms you see there but you can do your own searches and turn up documents of relevance to your quest. In days gone by, we had to order a book from the library through our local library and if the information was there, we were lucky. If not, it was off to order another book. And I don't mean buy them when I say order. Interlibrary loans were the order of the day. Today, a good portion of the books at LOC are scanned so we can see them instantly.

Good luck in your search. Keep us informed on this one. It sounds like a fun quest.

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 05:47:18 am »
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There is a similar story here in queensland Australia, its called the
Gympie pyramid??  A supposed mysterious site that has been ruined by
treasure hunters... the site is barely recognsed these days.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 02:11:40 pm »
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Great suggestions GD.  Another avenue (especially in PA) are the local Historical Societies.  I was doing some Gemological research in Southeastern PA and found them very helpful.  Lots of old research material, maps and such.  Try to call and talk directly with one of the senior members..

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Great suggestions GD.  Another avenue (especially in PA) are the local Historical Societies.  I was doing some Gemological research in Southeastern PA and found them very helpful.  Lots of old research material, maps and such.  Try to call and talk directly with one of the senior members..
Thanks. I was going to add historical societies to my list but just last month I went to my local society and had to insist that they are the CARETAkERS of the documents, not the owners. They were trying to deny me access to some records I needed to see. Later that day, I was speaking to a friend in Tennessee and he told me he basically had the same runaround from his local society. They are nothing more than clubs and caretakers, not the owners.

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thanks guys for the info! I do read the abstracts from the early newspapers on tioga co. pa historical sites back to the 1870's for local info. I was talking to a friend and he was very knowledgeable about the pyramid,, said it stood where the bronze Indian statue is now in painted post ny..he relayed that after Sherman went through to the east one of the soldiers came back and made a trade agreement with the Seneca and the settlers in the area and it was constructed as a symbol of that accord...will have to check on it further though...he did say there was a inquirey by corning inc.  years ago.
guess it pays to know some of the older folks around here! Grin  im 53! anyway ill post more when I find out more. thanks for reading and posting GD

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 11:47:44 am »
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I've had a similar experiences with historical societies in Michigan.  Because they are a "society", they are usually not government funded and operate like a social club.  Occasionally, they require membership to gain access to records.  This was not my experience with the PA Society in Monroe County.  The were extremely helpful in searching for family records and even directed me to a County employed archivist.  Upon leaving, I freely made a donation to the Society.  I can't help but think a small "donation" might open doors when visiting more difficult Societies.  I have noticed that a lot of the town "old timers" hang out at these historical groups. 

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Do you know of the cliff mine in N. Michigan? I have a friend who I worked with for years and he lives up there.He is always detecting for native copper. There is also gold and silver there though I have never been there. He did send ne a chunk and I will try to Post it.   Frank C

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I have heard of it.. An old copper mine in extreme Northern Michigan, the top of the upper peninsula.  It was a tourist attraction some years ago, it may still be one.  Nine months of Winter and three months of Summer.. Forget Spring and Fall!

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2014, 10:47:30 am »
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Quote:Posted by Frank C.
Do you know of the cliff mine in N. Michigan? I have a friend who I worked with for years and he lives up there.He is always detecting for native copper. There is also gold and silver there though I have never been there. He did send ne a chunk and I will try to Post it.   Frank C


Been there. Lots of places to look for copper. They bulldoze the tailings once and a while to stir up the goodies. Like Beach Pirate says..... go in the summer. They had over 16 feet of snow this year. Try a lake trout cooked on a wooden plank while your up there.    Some native copper may have silver with it.

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