The lost treasure of lost mines of the Pacific Northwest (Part 3).

LOST MINES OF THE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
(PART 3)

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Where are some lost mines in the Pacific Northwest?



If you travel to the mouth of the Yankee Fork in what is called Sawtooth County you will be lost of one of the famous lost mines in the area.

As the legend goes, Isaac T. Swim found gold bearing quartz here in 1881 all by accident. He was there during the summer and had tried in vain to find anything worth searching any longer. About the time he was ready to pack it in, he noticed some trees that had been uprooted by a heavy storm. He glanced underneath one of them and to his astonishment, he saw something shiny. He took his find to Challis in Custer County to file his claim. He hurried back to claim to work it prior to winter setting in. He stayed only a few days and then along with some ore samples he went back to Snake River country. He spent the cold winter months there.

In June of 1882, Swim took some companions with him to the Salmon River country. When they reached Salmon River, it was high from the spring run-off and he thought it would be best to wait a few days until the river went down. However, the men with him wanted to forge ahead. Swim agreed to cross the raging river alone, stake the claim, and then return to show them the way.

Swim did not return. The group began to worry and started a search for him. They followed the tracks from his house and a bit downstream, the body of his horse was found. His body was not recovered until late in the summer. His partners headed to the location of the mine that Swim had found. No one ever found the gold quartz that Swim had discovered. They did find his marker across the river from the mouth of the Yankee Fork, but could never find any type of treasure nearby.

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The lost treasure of lost mines of the Pacific Northwest (Part 3).

 The lost treasure of lost mines of the Pacific Northwest (Part 3).

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