THE LOST TREASURE OF
WATER FALL MINE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of Water Fall Mine?
In the 1850ís it was a dangerous time to be a miner
searching for gold in Northern California. The Indians were tired of miners
entering their land in search of gold. They were known to attack and kill any
white man they saw. However, many men had the dream of striking of it rich in
California with their own gold find and traveled from the east in search of
their own fortune ignoring the threat of Indian attacks.
In one such tale, several men came from the east
and began prospecting in Shasta County. Their trail led across the Sacramento
River at Cow Creek around 2 and one half miles east of Fort Reading. From this
location, they followed another creek east for around thirty miles when they saw
a high waterfall. They climbed atop the waterfall to find a rich gold deposit.
They took as much gold as they could carry and left the area in fear of Indians.
When they arrived at Fort Reading, they asked for protection to help them travel
eastward and hope. The fort could not allow any troops to accompany them and
they soon headed home on their own.
In 1870, one of these men came back to the Fort
Reading area with his son-in-law hoping to find the waterfall and the gold
deposit once again. He stopped in Redding and asked if anyone in town knew of a
high waterfall in the area. He was told that there was one about 25 miles
southeast on Bear Creek close to Inwood. The two men soon arrived in Inwood and
began searching the Bear Creek Canyon for the lost gold, however, after several
weeks the men gave up and went back home, not finding the treasure they were
Some believe that the men were searching at the
wrong waterfall as this one was made up of mostly volcanic rock. However,
another waterfall fits the description located on Clover Creek around 3 miles
from Oak Run and 25 miles east of Redding.
If there is a gold deposit 25 miles from Redding,
to this day it has not been discovered.
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