Wednesday, 29 October 2014

“Lost Mine” found at the headwaters of Pitt River in 1933?

In the Annual Report of the Minister of Mines of BC for the year ending 31st December we read the following on page A-245. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Thanks Roger Kennedy who referred us to this.
There are no 1933 or 1934 newspaper articles about prospects in the Upper Pitt River and so we will never know who spread those rumours that seem to be believable enough to be mentioned in the Minister’s report. It could not have been Volcanic Brown. He died in 1930/1931. 

Southgate River: notes from the Glacier Museum

Still we don’t seem to know what was the fate of Jack Mould who in 2007 disappeared without a trace in the waters of the Southgate River.
Looking around for new information about him I came across an undated posting on Judith M. Williams’s Web site that I thought worth sharing. Click here for the link. 
Shown here is the picture of what was recognized by Mould as the tent-shaped rock and the end of Bute Inlet; one of the illustrations shown in the article.
Ms Williams is the author of Dynamite Stories (2003). I quoted from that book on the Slumach Web. Click here.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Antonson Brothers now hunting for gold themselves!

The Antonson brothers returned from several days out in the wilds hunting for Slumach’s gold and are planning to go out again!  Click here to read the full report in The Province of October 10th.
The picture of the brothers above is from the same article in The Province. Another picture shown with the article is from the Widgeon Creek area at the south end of Pitt Lake. That suggests the brothers are focussing their search on the area where Slumach lived and that he would have known like the palm of his hand.  

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Notes on the Golden Mountains

This was the house the Downies built 
Charles Miller mentions an Abraham Downie as the discoverer of the “Prosser” mine. 
In fact his name was not Abraham but William. He owned a quarter section of land near Rolley Lake. where he and his sons built a substantial house. After William died in 1896, 67 years of age, his family settled in the United States. The 1898 BC Directory shows sons William (Jr.), Daniel, and Hugh as loggers for the Ruskin Mill and their oldest brother John Downie as a carpenter. The 1899 Voters list shows William as a logger and Hugh as a “common labourer” for Ruskin Mills.
The Downie house was where "Mr Wilson" lived later and where Charlie Miller’s father built a chimney of rocks with pyrite crystals.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Squamish Times Today

An article so far unknown to me about the legend of the lost creek gold mine has turned up. This article written by Rose Tatlow was published on the fifth page of the Squamish Times of 2 October 1984. Click here to see the issue
The lovely illustration "Sasquatch with Indian Girl” is one of the pictures shown in the article. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Slumach’s Gold

Aunt Mandy (Amanda Charnley), Peter Pierre’s daughter, told Donald Waite in 1972 that Slumach sold the equivalent of a half a ten-pound sugar bag of gold to a storekeeper in New Westminster for $27. Click here to read the interview.  It was the only gold Slumach took out according to Aunt Mandy’s story.
Gold weighs 18 times more than sugar and half a 10-pound sugar bag full of the stuff would have weighed  90 pounds  or about 40 kilograms. Unbelievable.
Based on the gold price of $18.94 per troy ounce (31 grams) of that time these $27.00 would have been the value of not more than 44.33 grams. The shopkeeper would have paid less than that of course. The amount of gold Slumach would have sold him would have been within reasonable limits--say 100 grams. That of course if Slumach ever found and sold gold at all!


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Map of the Upper Pitt River – 1940

Courtesy Danny Gerak, Alvin BC

 

Click on image to enlarge.