Tuesday, 4 April 2017

New insight into the old legends!

Click here to read tomorrow’s Looking Back column in the "Maple Ridge News" about Fact and Fiction: Slumach and the Lost Creek Mine. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Guytos [?]

“But he [Walter Jackson] fell sick, and being about to die, bethought him of Andrew Hall, who had grubstaked him at Guytos [?] many years before.” That is a quote from an interview with Wilbur Armstrong back in 1915. Click here to read the article. Where was that place Guytos? 

Guytos is possibly, as Brian Antonson suggests, a misspelling of Guyots. He found a Guyots Glacier in Alaska that flows south of Guyot Hills into Icy Bay. Not much mining activities in that area. 

It is perhaps more likely that “Guytos” refers to Guyot Hill in Colorado an area that saw plenty of prospecting and mining activity. 

Guyot Hill, Teller County, Colorado 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

They found it !

Summer 2016...
“They found it"..Evan and Adam walked over it and it wasn't until they headed back two years later that they realized they had found the Lost Creek Mine... so they say...
On a 12-day traverse from Harrison Lake towards Pitt Lake this was the only mineralization they saw. It was in a huge gap in the rock, deep down under the lip of a glacier. The location matched that of  Volcanic Brown's supposed last camp. 
The outcrop of rock is so far the best and most promising find in the search for the lost gold mine!! 
However, when they returned to their base camp after two days of careful examination and exploring  they found their tent crushed by a massive boulder (see below) Was this the curse?!? The ghost of Volcanic Brown? Or is it something else, not even of this earth? Click on the images to enlarge. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Slumach's gold revisited

Fact and Fiction: Slumach and the Lost Creek Mine, written by Fred Braches, is a welcome addition to Slumach’s Gold and earlier publications about the legendary gold of Pitt Lake.
In this 70-page book Braches puts Slumach and his legend in context, clearly separating the facts from fiction – and giving the readers the big picture. His approach is a respectful one, at the same time showing how First Nations people were perceived in days gone by.
For anyone new to the Slumach story and looking to discover more, this is the book to read.
Interested? To order a copy of this limited edition write to Whonnock Books, PO Box 130, Whonnock V2W 1V9, E-mail: books@whonnock.ca or leave a message at 604-462-8942. The book sells for $12.00 plus mailing. Also for sale at Black Bond Books.
Click here to read what BC BookLook reported about Fact and Fiction.    

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)