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I started prospecting for Gold at about 16 years of age, while I was in High-School in Prince Rupert , B.C..
I found a book in the school library, LOST MINES and HISTORIC TREASURES, by Bill Barlee, the son of a Klondike miner, who grew up in the Gold Rich Okanagan and Caribou districts, and later, became one of B.C.’s best Tourism Ministers. In this book, was the story of Slumachs’ Lost Gold, and that story of lost riches, inspired me to get out and find my own gold.
I, of course, started the same as most do in hunting for gold…with a gold pan and a shovel, and whenever I had time, I would head for one of the areas I read about in Bills’ Book, Guide to Gold panning.
I, ultimately, have been to every area in British Columbia where the gold was found, except the Atlin District.
I have stood on the piece of ground where the 73 ounce nugget was found on McDame Creek, in the Cassiar district, and have actually panned on Snow Creek, hoping to find the “Lost Christie Lead”..(unsuccessfully, I’m sad to say.) For those that watched the series “Yukon Gold”, Bernie Kreft, the fellow in season one only, with his two sons, just below the Yukon Border, worked on this famous creek.
I have panned many of the rivers and streams in the Historic Caribou, around Quesnel, Barkerville, Horsefly, and Likely. Also the Thompson River area, and the Tulameen/similkameen area of southern B.C..
I also had the opportunity to do a short stint (6 weeks) working on a placer mine in the Yukon, on Dominion Creek, which is a story in and of itself…I will write about that experience later.
I finally got tired of just prospecting recreationaly, mostly due to getting old enough (60 now) that I didn’t feel much up to all the travelling, so I finally picked myself up a 3 cell claim, shown below, on the Historic Fraser River, at a point almost halfway between the towns of Lytton (at the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers) and Lillooet, on highway 12. It is a beautiful piece of tranquility in a beautiful part of our province, plus, while doing my homework on the property before purchasing it, I found that during the Fraser River Gold Rush, the claim was paying about $42.00 per day per man, which was HUGE money then, as the price of gold was only $16.00 an ounce.
FRASER RIVER GOLD RUSH
I started to develop and work on this claim beginning in the spring of 2016, and will be updating my progress, and adding photos and video as things develop, PLUS hopefully having sacks of Fraser River Paydirt for sale
If it continues to go well, I am thinking of setting the property up so that people who are interested in the “Fraser River Gold Rush Experience”, will be able to spend a day or two on the claim, trying their luck just as the original miners of the 1800’s did, learning about the history and methods used at the time.
If you haven’t yet tried gold panning, I highly recommend it, as it is a good way to get out into nature, and it is a passtime that can be enjoyed by the whole family….PLUS…you never know, you may hit a lucky “pocket” that has been missed, and make a few dollars. So grab yourself a pan, and give it a try, you may find as addicting as myself, and so many others have.
Have fun out there, and may your pan always be yellow!
If you are interested in reading up on how and where to find gold, but, like so many now, don’t want to deal with actual books, there are many Kindle books available on the subject.
Come on back here regularly, and follow the progress any time you want!
SLUMACH’S LOST GOLD MINE;
FACT OR FANCY
Well people, since I brought up the subject of Slumach’s lost gold mine [AKA the Lost mine of Pitt Lake] as being the story I had read as a teen that first got me interested in searching for gold, I thought it would be nice if I wrote a bit about just what this is.
There are people who have heard of this lost treasure, mostly from around the B.C., Canada area, and other groups of full-time treasure hunters who have not only heard of the lost mine, but have spent a fairly large part of their lives studying AND searching for it! Some have gone out looking for it, and to this day, they have never returned!
THE TALE OF SLUMACHS’ LOST GOLD MINE
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story, it began in the late 1880’s, with a Salish Native, John Slumach, from the Silver Creek Reserve, just north-east of Vancouver, B.C., arriving in New Westminster, B.C. with, according to all accounts, a leather poke filled with large, coarse nuggets of gold, some of which still had quartz adhering to it.
Of course, this attracted the attention of a considerable amount of people, but, soon, amid growing suspicion as to the source of the gold, Slumach had spent what he had arrived with, amongst the saloons of the city, and had disappeared.
Over the next two years, Slumach apparently paid two more visits to the city, and each time, brought in a substantial poke of gold, one worth $1400, and another worth $1800, and this at a time when gold was worth $16.00 per Oz. As before, he squandered all of this in the local saloons, and headed back out, and even though several attempts were made to follow him, they all failed, and he again, just disappeared.
Shortly after Slumachs’ last appearance in town, his name suddenly appeared in the newspaper. He was being charged with the murder of one Louis Bee… a half-breed who had insulted him.
After the crime, the woods wise man, took to the mountains, where he evaded capture for nearly seven weeks, when he finally surrendered to two native constables and the local Indian agent, P.McTiernan.
On November 3, 1890, the case was brought to trial, and the evidence against Slumach was so damning, that it only took the jury fifteen minutes to bring in a verdict of “Guilty”, and on January 16th, 1891, the sentance of hanging, was carried out on the gallows in the yard of the New Westminster Jail.
It is said, that just before he was dropped thru the gallows, he uttered the words “nika memloose, mine memloose” or, “I die, Mine Dies”
Soon after his death, reports of his “amazingly rich, lost mine” began to circulate, and of course, attracted the attention of a variety of individuals to the “Queen City”, one of which happened to be W.Jackson, who remained in the city for several days, listening to the various stories, and pouring over the few available maps of the area. He bought himself some provisions, and headed into the mountains north of Pitt Lake. Several months later, when he returned, he was haggard, emaciated, and VERY closed mouthed. He paused briefly in New Westminster, then took his heavy pack, and headed south, where it is subsequently reported that he had deposited some $10,000 in gold at a bank in San Francisco. Sadly, the trip into the back-country of Pitt Lake had so affected his health, that he was never able to return, and as his health worsened, in 1904, he decided to divulge the location of his find to one “Hill”, who had grubstaked him once. There are still copies of this letter in the archives in Victoria, B.C., The majority contain very vague descriptions of the gold creek, and terrain.
This copy of the letter was found among some 1924 correspondence of a R.A. [Volcanic] Brown, a noted prospector of Southern B.C., for nearly 50 years, and is printed in Bill Barlees’ book..”Lost Mines and Historic Treasures”
“Volcanic” Browns’ Letter
“Hill” failed in his attempts to find the lost Placer Creek, and eventually, copies of Jackson’s letter fell into many other hands. There are reports of an accompanying map, but none has ever been found that could be authenticated.
“Volcanic” Brown had started his search of the Lost Mine in 1923, after obtaining a copy of this letter, and, every summer for the next seven years, the resolute old prospector would trek into the rugged Pitt Lake country in search of Slumach’s Lost Mine, and each fall, he would return, convinced that he was closing in on the elusive, fabulously rich Placer Deposit!
In September of 1930, however, Brown failed to return from the mountains, so, in November, a search party set out to find him, and for twenty-seven harrowing days, the search pressed on, and finally, near the Headwaters of the Stave River, they came across Brown’s final camp. The camp was abandoned, and nearby was a collapsed tent, a shotgun, a notebook with some herbal cures written in it, and some cooking utensils. Further inspection found a small glass jar, containing ELEVEN OUNCES of very coarse gold, some with quartz still adhering to it. Of Brown….there was no trace.
Had he found the creek that contained the Lost Mine, or was the gold from another location within the rugged back-country of the Pitt Lake area?
In the decades that have followed, many have ventured into the area behind Pitt Lake, in search of the treasure, some well experienced, some extremely green, and some of these excursions have ended tragically, but to date, as far as anyone is concerned, Slumach’s Lost Gold Mine is still out there, waiting to be found, and the estimates of the gold on the creek, have run as high as $20,000,000.00 in todays gold value.
So, my dear friends, does the story of Slumach’s Lost Gold Mine have any true merit……is it still out there, waiting to be found by some enterprising, (and lucky) gold-seeker, or is it just a myth, perpetuated throughout the decades?
If the “Volcanic” Brown letter is for real, then, of course, the Placer Creek HAS to exist, but if it is a forgery…well…you decide.
There is much written, and many newspaper articles in archives from New Westminster, Victoria, and probably in San Francisco, Along with many books written on the subject, mostly by people who have interviewed people who actually knew Slumach, or Jackson, or even Brown, and other books written by people who have spent years, and some, their entire lifetime, searching for the Lost Placer.
It is, in the end, of course, up to you as to what you want to believe, but if one was to decide to try their luck in the hunt, there is plenty of information to choose from, but remember, the hills and glaciers behind Pitt Lake are EXTREMELY RUGGED AND FORMIDABLE, and have taken the lives of some very experienced mountain men.
Maybe, one day, the LOST MINE OF PITT LAKE will FINALLY give up her secret as to where the gold is, and if it does exist, all stories point to it being extremely rich, with nuggets as big as walnuts, just laying on the bedrock of the still hidden creek, to be picked up by the lucky treasure-hunter……… but until then, one has to just sit back and wonder if it truly exists or not.
Good hunting, and may your pan always be yellow !
GOLD PROSPECTING VIDEOS AND STUFF
WHERE TO LOOK FOR GOLD IN A CREEK/RIVER
Thought I would put this in, since I own one of these myself, and figured you would like to see how it worked.
I haven’t made a video of ME using mine yet, but as soon as I do, I will post it.
Moving The Deck On Dominion Creek, Yukon
My son and I, testing out the new highbanker on the claim.
Here’s one by Jeff Williams, on prospecting roadside culverts. If you like this one, subscribe to his channel and follow him. He’s sort of crazy, but in a real good, fun way, and he (and Slim) do know what they are talking about.
SO, WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAPPEN TO LIVE NEAR WATER?
Cool part about this video—This is a great one to just show the proper technique of Panning For Gold, without the water being in the way, obscuring the view. Only change would be to not shake it as vigorously, but the principles are exactly the same.
Who better to show how to pan for gold, than Freddy Dodge Himself
This is my 152.65 acre Placer Gold Mine on B.C.’s Fraser River. I will be able to access it by sometime in April 2016…maybe a bit earlier, maybe a bit later.Either way I will be adding photos, videos and stories as they happen, and if I do well, I will probably have sacks of paydirt for sale, so that all you shut-ins, or people who are not close to any kind of areas to prospect, can join in the fun and excitement of panning their own REAL, HISTORIC, FRASER RIVER GOLD!
Stay tuned, and feel free to ask me questions, or let me know what you would like to see on this page!
This is simple. I had a fairly lax “settings” on my Comments section, but I ended up getting a ton of spam, crap, and bad backlinks, some of which used my rss feed for porn and other such low-life attempts to get traffic to their site.
I really do not have a problem with linking to your website, as this can be a benefit to both of us, but I will not support underhanded, low-life style tactics to accomplish this. If you are on the up and up, please, comment, and if I am satisfied that it i from a real person, I will approve it
Instead of activating my spam blocker, what i am now going to do, is read each comment, and I will be looking for a word specific to the page it was written from….for example, from this page, I will need the word “Gold,” or “Prospecting,” …something in that vein. If this is NOT inside the comment, I will assume the comment is nothing more than “Bot related spam, and it will simply be deleted.
If this continues to be a problem, then I will just re-activate my spam-blocker, and place a “captcha” section in also.