THE LOST TREASURE OF
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of Owens Lake?
Legends of lost gold and silver mines abound throughout
the California Inyo Mountains; however, none is more interesting than the one on
Above Owens Lake is an old town, which at one time
was a prosperous mining town, Cerro Gordo. During the 1870ís Owens Lake was a
large 100 square mile lake that was 30 feet deep, all along the shoreline you
could see small mining towns and two steamships carrying supplies. Today, the
lake is nothing more than dry earth.
You may have heard previous stories about
wagonloads of bullion that were lost in the lake however; these are not the only
legends of gold that were lost in Owens Lake. The history is quite long about
the battling mining companies and who was in fact the big winner throughout the
years that mining was done in the area. However, there were steamships on Owens
Lake that brought supplies to the area and transported the smelted finds to Los
There are four different versions of the steamships
and how they lost their loads of treasures on Owens Lake. The first goes like
this. A very strong northeast wind began to blow across Owens Lake while the
Bessie Brady steamship was loaded with silver. The strong winds caused the
steamship to lose a complete wagonload of silver bullion into the waters of
The second tale is one of the Molly Stevens, the
other steamship that worked the lake. While the Molly Stevens was headed to
Cartago, she mysteriously capsized and lost silver bullion to the waters of
The next one is almost the same as the second. The
Molly Stevens was going to Cartago filled with silver bullion. Strong winds
began to blow and water began to fill the steamship. The water poured into the
engine, which caused the boilers to explode. The explosion sent Molly Stevens
and her treasure of silver bullion to the bottom of Owens Lake.
The last tale about the steamships does not even mention the name of the
steamship, only that an unnamed shops was sank somewhere along the southeastern
part of the lake due to strong winds.
As of this day, no one has ever recovered any of
the silver bullion, but has found remains of the steamships.
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