Where are some lost mines in the Pacific Northwest?
If you enjoy mysteries and searching for lost mines
then the Pacific Northwestern United States would be a great place to start.
There are many tales about lost mines throughout the area. Get together your
pickaxe, a mule, and hit the road like many prospector did in the past and you
might be the one to find some of the tales listed below.
In south-central Oregon close by Lost Forest
cowboys were rounding up cattle. The plan was to meet at Sand Springs close by
Lost Forest. One of the group arrived there first and while he was waiting for
the others to arrive, he found an interesting looking rock. He took this rock to
Judge Daly to have it assayed. The judge confirmed the rock was fifty percent
gold. The odd part of this tale is that the cowboy never returned to get the
rock. A matter of fact, he was never seen again and no one knows the exact
location of where he found the odd-looking rock. It is believed that there is
still gold to be near Lost Forest.
Another tale of a lost mine is in the Owyhee
Desert. The legend goes like this, soldier stationed at Fort Harney in the
1870ís were sent out to fight against an Indian uprising. The first night they
camped, they discovered gold nuggets. Since they could not take any gold with
them since they were fighting Indians, they all agreed to come back later. None
of the soldiers ever made it back to the location of the gold nuggets. However,
many people heard about the tale and searched for their find, but it was never
recovered. Around 1910, a sheepherder on his deathbed told of finding a mine
close by the location that the soldierís tale had originated. He never told the
exact spot but gold nuggets were found in his belongings upon his death.
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