Where are some lost mines in the Pacific Northwest?
In the state of Washington in the Cascade Mountains,
there is a tale about a rich mine discovered there in the 1880’s. As the story
goes, a Spaniard was seen at the French & Company Bank with his gold that he had
found. Many tried in vain to follow the man back to his rich find, but he always
led them along and lost them prior to reaching his treasure. After about a year,
the old man quit showing up, however, out of nowhere Yakama Indians started
purchasing goods with gold nuggets. They would not tell anyone where they had
found the gold. Soon, a skeleton was found of a man and of a mule close by
Spirit Lake near Mt. St. Helens. It is believed that the Indians killed the old
Spaniard and stole his gold. As far as anyone can tell, the gold mine is near
the headwaters of Lewis River between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams behind a
waterfall in a cavern.
Jack Breen went into Coeur D’Alene on November 9,
1889, to find partners to grubstake him for a gold mine he had found. He found
two partners, N. R. Palmeter who was the County commissioner and Jack Osier,
both contributed money. Jack Breen after he completed his business with his new
partners headed to the saloon for a few drinks. Word traveled fast, and soon
everyone was buying Jack drinks hoping he would reveal the location of mine.
Palmeter and Osier saw what was happening and asked the Marshall to lock Jack up
in the jail for his protection. The Marshall complied, however, the next morning
the jail caught fire. The Marshall was nowhere to be found and Jack died in the
fire from smoke inhalation and along with him died the location of the mine. The
only information the partners had was that the mine is close by Hayden Lake in
the Idaho panhandle.
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