On one such occasion an entire emigrant train
was massacred by the
Indians. Only one man survived to tell the story. Finally, he made his way to
Fort Crook, telling of how the train was carrying approximately $60,000 in
$20 gold coins. Before he made his getaway, the man witnessed the
competing to see who could throw the shiny disks across the Pit River
Gorge. The "contest” continued until each and every one of the gold
coins was either in the river or lodged into the rock walls of the gorge.
Today, an occasional gold piece is still found
at Bloody Springs in Lassen County. Bloody Springs is located a few
miles southeast of Pittsville above the banks of the Pit River.
Poker Flat Cache
From the 1850’s to the 1880’s Sierra County, California
was crawling with prospectors in search of gold. The northernmost
mother load, dozens of mining camps, with such names as Poverty Hill,
Queen City, Port Wine and Poker Flat, sprouted up as prospectors searched
for the glittering rocks in the streams of the area. By the late
1850’s hydraulic mining began in the region which continued through the
No doubt, during these affluent times, many a prospector and mine owner
made their fortunes. But, they were not the only ones. Those
storekeepers who catered to the miners’ needs also profited. One
such man who gained wealth running his retail establishment was named
Jerome Peyron. The storekeeper was known to have made frequent trips
into the hills behind his store in Poker Flat where he buried his money. However, when a Mexican Gang heard of Peyron’s hidden money, they
converged upon his shop demanding to know its location. When the Peyron refused to tell them, he was murdered by the gang.
To this day, Peyron’s
buried cache has not been found.
Kathy Weiser/Legends of
America, updated June, 2008
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