Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Digging for gold (and actually finding it)

Click here to read the story of Darrel Davis’s staggering gold deposit near Trout Lake. Contributed by  Brian Antonson,

Monday, 6 February 2017

Duck Rest in Pieces

Who knows where that map is? 
Back in October 2015 we wondered about that. The answer was that the map “was painted on the wall -- so it was torn down.”
In the Sunday issue of Tri-City News of 9 December 2007 is a report on the history and demise of the Wild Duck Inn that included this photo of Bob Watts. "taking a gander of the duck-hunting map.” Now that we have the map, where did you think that gold was? Thanks to Garth D. for finding that information and for Brian A. for sharing it.
Click here for page 1 of the article and click here for page 2.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Curse of the Frozen Gold made it to the final round for a Canadian Screen Award of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Winners will be announced at CSA awards show evening on March 7th.  The show is up against some big money shows… Fingers crossed! The History Channel must be pleased to be in the running with Netflix and CBC shows.
Best Factual Program or Series (in alphabetical order)
“Curse of the Frozen Gold” – History (Corus Entertainment)
 “Keeping Canada Alive” – CBC (CBC)
 “Real Detective” – Netflix  (Netflix) 
 “Still Standing” – CBC (CBC) 
 “This Is High School” – CBC (CBC)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

T W Paterson -- The Pitt River literally sparked my career ...

Tom Paterson
"This is the river that literally sparked my career as a writer of provincial history. Ironically, thanks to an American television [Bill Burud's] program about a lost mine, the famous — infamous — Lost Creek Mine of the murdering, bluebeard Sumach  It’s without doubt B.C.’s best-known legend of a lost mine with its attendant tales of a jinx and scores of prospectors gone missing in the snow and icebound reaches of the upper Pitt River." 

That is what TW  Paterson writes in a recent article in the Cowichan Valley Citizen. Click here to read the article. 
For half a century T W Paterson's been writing about British Columbia history. Click here to find his writings on the Pitt Lake Gold legend. 
Here is the link to T W Paterson's own Web site. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Slumach's Gold

Brian Antonson will be reading from the books, Whistle Posts West', and 'Slumach's Gold'  this Friday afternoon: September 30, 1-1:30 pm at Black Bond Books at Junction Mall in Mission, BC. This free event is part of the Canada-wide Culture Days celebration.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Veterans

Mike, Daryl and Don, veteran hunters for the mysterious gold, know each other since ca. 1970. Don's publications about the Lost Mine are well-known but not so the writings of Mike and Daryl. Click here to read Mike's Forbidden Treasure  and here to read Daryl's Spindle Quest.