Gurley Lions Club serving the Gurley community since 1948
William (Bill) Walker has been contacted by a national magazine titled Lost Treasure, Inc.
The managing editor wants to print a feature article about The Lost Gold of Keel Mountain (see The Legend of the Lost Gold of Keel Mountain), complete with photos, in an upcoming edition. They will let him know when this particular edition of the magazine would come out so he can advise the folks of Gurley. Bill would like to make sure Gurley gets publicity as well.
Guitar and Vocal: Dan Sachs
|Lost Keel Mountain Gold - The Song
The song, Lost Keel Mountain Gold, was inspired by the colorful story of a legend of lost treasure. The story has passed down through several generations. It can be found on the Gurley, AL website and can also be found on the National Treasure Hunters website. The legend's truth cannot be substantiated, however, it makes for a great tale and only adds intrigue and mystery to the colorful history of the Town of Gurley, and Madison County, Alabama. There are no known records of the event and only the discovery of gold coins on Keel Mountain would ever prove the story a reality.
In the late 1800s, part of the eastern portion of Keel Mountain was owned by the writer's great Grandfather, Elijah Walker, and later his widow, Matilda. The mountain contained a unique chalybeate spring, known for the medicinal qualities of the water. For several years, water was piped down from the spring to various homes and businesses in Gurley.
The vocalist and artist, Dan Sachs, has been playing the guitar and singing and writing songs since he was eighteen years old. His voice resonates a clear, deep, and pure tone, perfect for folk songs and ballads. His musical influence was derived from America's folk music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's and also greatly influenced particularly by artists like Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, and two Mainers, David Mallett, and Gordon Bok. Dan has written over 120 songs, which range in subjects from love to political satire and protest, to history, and to nature. He currently resides with his family in East Cobb, Georgia.
Dan's friend, John Talbott, an accomplished banjo player, accompanies Dan with the song recording. I wish to thank these two talented and gifted musicians for their support and help in recording Lost Keel Mountain Gold for all to hear and enjoy.
This song is dedicated to the fine folks of Gurley and to the ancestors who preceded them. The preservation of a town's history and heritage is one of the most precious gifts we can leave those generations who will follow us. It is everyone's responsibility to keep it alive.
Lost Keel Mountain Gold
Some folks will swear this
storys true, when the Union army clad in blue,
Those Johnny grays they
didnt stop, but pushed their horses to the top,
But a strange thing happened
on that day, Ole Reb, McCain came up that way,
Now greed filled up his
twisted mind, he decided not to share his find,
Keel Mountain is real, and
Gurleyville, but legends grow, as time will tell,
|William Walker 2005|
Read the story of the The Legend of the Lost Gold of Keel Mountain
Published on this site January 17 2006