LOST GOLD MINES OF CALIFORNIA
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Lost gold mines of California?
There are several lost gold mines throughout
California. This did happen a lot more frequent than anyone could imagine during
the “gold rush days”. A miner would happen upon a large vein of gold and then by
the time he returned could not find the exact location of his fortune. No one
really knows the reason this mines were not found again, possibly the terrain
changed, lost landmarks, or just confused directions could be the main reasons.
One of these mines is the Lost Cement Gold Mine.
This mine has legend states is in the dense woods close to the Sierra Mountain
headwaters of the San Joaquin River’s middle fork. The story goes like this. A
small group of miners in 1858 found a ledge of red lave similar to cement full
of gold. These miners began to quarrel and one member of the group killed
another with an axe and then Indians took care of the rest and the Cement Gold
Mine has not been found again.
Gunsight Mine, which was found by Mormons near San
Bernardino in 1886, brought them fortune. However, Apache Indians killed of many
of the Adams Diggings miners and the whereabouts of the mine.
Long before gold rush days, in 1827, Thomas Smith
became lost somewhere west of Yuma, Arizona. He climbed a small hill to try to
find his location and at the top of the hill, he found handfuls of pebbles that
were the color of bronze. He placed the pebbles into his saddlebags and rode
off. Several years later in Yerba Buena, which is now San Francisco, he pulled
the rocks out and learned that he had $2,000 worth of almost solid gold. He
tried his best to recall the location but the mine was never found.
Soldier Mine was found when a group of men was out
searching for a kidnapped woman close to the big bend of the Gila River in
Arizona. In their saddlebags they had carried back with them $1,800 in gold.
However, they could not remember the location where they had the gold.
This is probably only skimming the surface of the
actual gold mines that were found and then lost throughout California before,
during and after, the gold rush day.
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