THE TREASURE OF THE
LOST HARDIN MINE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the treasure of the lost Hardin Mine?
In 1849, Allen Hardin or Harding along with two others
was working for a wagon train. When they arrived at a location somewhere between
Mud Meadows and Black Rock they stopped and went hunting for food. They worked
their way along the western edge of the Black Rock desert and quite a few miles
north of Double Hot Springs, when they noticed something shiny in the bottom of
the ravine. Assuming this large slab of rock was in deed lead; they picked up
some of the heavy ore and took it back to camp. They melted down the lead and
made bullets with the ore. Hardin kept a small piece of the ore for later. No
one really knows for sure if Hardin had the piece of ore assayed but many that
saw what he and the others had found swore it was silver.
Hardin moved to Petaluma, California. In 1858, he
found others willing to go on an expedition to the Black Rock area in search of
this silver ore. However, no member of his expedition found even a trace of
silver and to this day, the silver slab that he and the other wagon train
workers discovered has ever been located.
Many people speculate that the ore could have been
washed out of the ground and into the raven where Hardin had found it. If there
was any type of silver ore or any other rich metal around the Black Rock area it
was never discovered. Many mills were built to process ore but ore was never
found to process and the mills were never used.
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