THE LOST COPPER MINE
IN THE OZARK HILLS
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost copper mine of the Ozark Hills?
There is a legend all around the Jacks Fork Missouri
area about the lost copper mine. Today, many people have searched and have not
been able to uncover the whereabouts of this copper mine near Current River in
the Ozark Hills.
The legend states that in the middle of the 19th
century, Joseph Slater often ventured to New Orleans with large raft loads of
very high-grade copper ore. During his trips to New Orleans from Missouri, he
sold around $50,000 in about a three year time period.
He lived in a cabin with his daughter close to
Current River in the Ozark Hills, but he never would divulge the location of the
his secret copper mine. He did however file a claim on a tract of land but it
was around two miles from the shaft of his copper mine. The problem came when he
discovered that the land he claimed was owned by another.
He did not want to offer to buy the land afraid
that his secret copper mine would be discovered. His daughter and himself
covered up the entrance to the mine and all signs of digging and decided to move
East until a later time and then try to purchase the land under the pretense of
His daughter and Joseph Slater headed out leaving
the copper mine behind; they made it only to St. Louis. Joseph kept track of the
Missouri mineral exploration and development, but before he could make it back
to his prize copper mine, he died. His daughter married and moved even farther
west. Neither one ever returned to Jacks Fork and the copper mine has never
The Kansas City Star did however on June 4, 1926,
ran a story of the Slater copper mine. The secret mine is believed to be near
the junction of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers.
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