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How Salem's Smuggler's Rock Got Its Name

How Salem's Smuggler's Rock Got Its Name

July 25, 2014

The intrepid explorer makes his way through the deep forest and approaches the rocky ledge. Wiping the sweat from his brow and taking a deep breath, the explorer begins the arduous climb to the top of the ledge. Just as he nears the pinnacle, a chill runs up his spine as he spots a skull lying on a pile of moss. All around the skull are gold coins, a treasure he will never tell the world about.

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