Sunday, 14 May 2017

Slumach Mining Co. Ltd.

Henderson 1899-1900
A new discovery pushes the association between the name Slumach and the search for mines back to 1897 with the formation of the Slumach Mining Co. Ltd of New Westminster. The use of the name Slumach suggests that there were rumours circulating shortly after his death connecting the old man with that legendary mine.
Those who signed the “Memorandum of Association” for the company on 24 February 1897 are Bartley Willet Shiles, John Morrison and Frederick Robertson Glover. SHILES was mayor and GLOVER city clerk of New Westminster. MORISSON may have been a farmer living in Coquitlam but that has not been confirmed.
Glover had been city editor of the Daily Columbian at the time of Slumach’s arrest, conviction, and execution. His brother-in-law, T.C. Atkinson was Slumach’s defence lawyer.
The objectives of the company were not limited to any particular area or site but covered the entire province. 
Shiles was director of another company formed in 1896 amalgamating a few existing mines in Alberta and BC. The Slumach Mining Company was a tool to search for or acquire potential and existing mines throughout the province, not to look specifically for "Slumach's gold." 
Aside from being listed as a mining company as for instance in Henderson's Directory shown above  nothing was ever reported about the company's activities if any.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Gold Trails & Ghost Towns

Gold Trails and Ghost Towns was a historical documentary show created and produced by Kelowna television station CHBC-TV and hosted by Mike Roberts with historian storyteller Bill Barlee.

Delighted to discover on YouTube the episode "Lost Slumach Mine." Click here to enjoy it!

Saturday, 29 April 2017


This morning Don Waite and Fred Braches joined other authors selling fact and fiction to celebrate independent bookstores (Indies) at Black Bond Books in Maple Ridge.

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: 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)