Paint Rock Alabama was first inhabited by Indians, then the white settlers came.
One of Alabama’s most famous lost gold stories is the Yuchi Gold of Paint Rock Valley.
The story says that somewhere just southeast of Huntsville, Alabama may lie a fortune in gold hidden in a cave. According to the local legend there is a cave loaded with gold ingots placed there by Spanish soldiers who were killed near Tuscaloosa Alabama by the Yuchi tribe around 1699.
While transporting the gold to Florida the Spaniards were killed near Tuscaloosa Alabama. The Yuchi Indians took their gold and hid it in a cave in Paint Rock Valley where the Yuchi tribe called home.
Civil War Battles
There were four Civil War battles in Paint Rock. The first battle took place at the rail bridge on April 28, 1862. A 27-man detachment from the 10th Wisconsin Infantry was attacked by what they claimed were “250 rebels” aided by the citizens. Six union soldiers wounded and one Confederate was found dead and one wounded.
A second battle took place near the bridge on April 8, 1864, when 15 men from Company D, 73rd Indiana Infantry, fought a Confederate detachment they estimated at 40 men. One Union solider was killed and one wounded. While the Union claimed to have killed two Confederates and wounded three.
Partisan Battalion clashed with the Federal rearguard near the bridge on December 7, 1864 in the Union retreat during Hood’s march on Nashville. Thirty-nine Union soldiers were reported missing in action.
The best-known engagement took place on the morning of December 31, 1864. Col. L. G. Mead surprised and captured Company G, 13th Wisconsin Veterans Infantry, by burning the bridge down and rolling cannon into the river.
More treasure stories can be found at Alabama Treasure Legends Main Page.