for lost chapter of American history
evidence may prove
the existence of a Welsh prince
Helen E. McKinney
(March 2008) Author Dana Olson has devoted
years to adamantly delving into research surrounding the legendary Welsh
Prince Madoc. He firmly believes, My story about the Welsh Prince
and the White Indians is the missing chapter of American history.
by Helen E. McKinney
Dana Olson has spoken at
the Irish Rover in the past about the
legend of Prince Madoc, a Welsh
prince who some say settled in
America in 1170 A.D.
So engrossed in the story was Olson that in 1987 he penned
a book on the subject titled, The Legend of Prince Madoc and the
White Indians. Since then he has continued in his quest to separate
fact from fiction about Prince Madoc and reveal the untold story to
many who have never heard it before.
Olson will present a Power Point presentation about Prince Madoc and
the White Indians at 7 p.m. on March 17 at Karens Book Barn in
La Grange, Ky. It is located at 127 W. Main St.
He said this program will be different from other programs Ive
given in the past, because I will be presenting quite a bit of new evidence
that has never been shown to the public before.
Scholars suggest that Prince Madoc and a colony of Welshmen immigrated
to America, making landfall in present-day Mobile Bay in Alabama in
1170 A.D. These White Indians navigated their way to the
Falls of the Ohio and remained there for many years. It is thought they
left the area after a great battle with the Red Indians
on Sand Island and the surviving Welshmen settled along the tributaries
of the Missouri River, assimilating into the Mandan Indian tribe.
In the 1830s American painter George Catlin substantiated this claim
even further by declaring that he had found these missing Welsh Indians.
Catlin documented his findings through paintings and sketches, firmly
stating that they had been absorbed by the Mandan Indian culture. The
tribe was almost completely exterminated by a smallpox epidemic in 1837.
Along their journey from Alabama to Missouri, the Welshmen constructed
stone fortifications. Remains of European designed fortresses in America
support this theory, lending proof to the early existence of Welshmen
in America. Scholars believe neither prehistoric cultures nor Native
Americans erected this type of stone enclosures.
Olson will discuss finds made in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia
that have been linked to other stone fortifications in Kentucky, Indiana,
Illinois and Ohio. One major discovery was made in 1989 by archeologist
Dr. Robert Pyle. Pyle unearthed a skeleton in Wyoming County that was
proven to be that of a white European that predates the discovery of
America by Christopher Columbus by several hundred years, said Olson.
One of the most recent best discoveries, according to Olson,
has been made in Taylorsville, Ky. A stone wall was discovered on a
hilltop known as Anderson Hill, and these remnants are the longest wall
found to date. In pristine condition, the one-fourth of a mile long
ancient stone wall may bring more credibility to the Madoc legend.
Other new evidence unveiled in Olsons presentation will include
discoveries made in the 1920s by two University of Kentucky professors,
Dr. W.D. Finkhowser and Dr. W.S. Webb. The men confirmed the fact that
they had unearthed a large number of stone laden graves in Christian
County. They believed these stones held the descendants of Prince Madocs
view along the Ohio River near
14 Mile Creek in Clark County, Ind.,
may hold what may have once
been a stone fortress used for
defense and a lookout.
Olson believes the Prince Madoc findings have never been
thoroughly investigated in this region of the country.
In the beginning, I was looking for the truth about the crux of
the saga. Since then, I have found out that there is a great deal more
to this which opens up some doors to the information which belongs to
the categories of Ancient History which helps explain why Prince Madoc
and his people came to America.
He knows there will always be skeptics who repudiate the existence of
Prince Madoc and White Indians. But this will not stop him from uncovering
and proving as much of the story as he can.
He is determined to bring to light the story that has long been ignored
and its importance to our regions history. Olson will be involved
in the making of a documentary about Prince Madocs story this
Filmmakers Ron Haskell and Paul Barlow will be shooting footage for
a historical documentary produced through their company, Marconi Video,
that will be shown later in the year at the Indiana Heritage Festival.
Filming will begin in Mobile, Ala., moving north to DeSoto Falls, Ala.,
Fort Mountain in Chatsworth, Ga., then on to Old Stone Fort in Manchester,
Tenn. The crew will then travel to Indian Fort Mountain near Berea,
Ky., and Harrods Creek in Oldham County, Ky. Indiana sites include the
Falls of the Ohio, Devils Backbone, Marble Hill and Wiggins Point.
For more information on Dana Olsons presentation,
call Karens Book Barn at (502) 222-0918.
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