The lost treasure of Zumbro River.

THE LOST GOLD OF
ZUMBRO RIVER

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Where is the lost gold of Zumbro River?



In southeast Minnesota near Oronoco lies the Zumbro River where gold was discovered, lost, discovered, and lost again.

The first to happen upon gold in Minnesota was Holden Whipple in 1856. The legend states that Mr. Whipple was walking along the bank of the Zumbro River when he say something shiny and when he picked it up discovered it was gold.

No matter, how he found the gold, everyone rushed to the area to find his or her fortune. The Oronoco Mining Company was established in 1858 to mine the gold on the Zumbro River. The founding fathers of the mining company included Steward B. Clark, John Stevens, Archibold Ellithorpe, Ebener Collins, William H. Pierce and a few more.

The company created sluices and did discover a large deposit of clay. Cold winter days began to approach and the operation had to cease until spring. Spring came and along with it came flooding which swept away all the appearances of a mining company.

However, the men still had the desire to find gold and reorganized the company once again. In July 1859, they were ready to search for the gold once again.

The dream of gold was short lived. On July 3, 1859, an unpredicted flood occurred and washed the mining company down the Zumbro River. After this, they gave up and went their separate ways leaving behind the gold undiscovered.

Others have tried throughout history to find this vein of gold without much success; only small amounts have been found. One large nugget that was found was placed in a museum, however, the nugget disappeared as each attempt had in the past.

Another spot along the Zumbro River held stories of gold. A small village by the name of Sacramento in Dodge County between Mantorville and Wasioja in 1855 held rumors of gold. However, the amount of gold found was never recorded and when this village lost its bid for county seat in 1857, the village soon became abandoned.

If there is gold along the Zumbro River, no one has had the stamina to withstand all the bad luck that seems to hover around the river and all that seek his or her fortune.


The lost treasure of Zumbro River.

 The lost treasure of Zumbro River.

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