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Waiting to Be Found
According to legend, some
dollars in gold bars were buried by miners during an Indian attack
halfway between Sugar Loaf Mountain and Coquille.
County - In the area of
Government Camp at base of Mount Hood, a cache of stolen
treasure is said to be buried.
Clatsop County - Overlooking the river in
Astoria is a landmark on Coxcomb Hill called Astoria Column. Before
the 125 foot monument that commemorates westward expansion was built
in 1925, a cabin stood along Coxcomb Hill Road. Here, lived an elderly
man who upon his deathbed, revealed that he had placed $10,000 in a
coffee can and hid in a tree stump near his cabin. The cabin stood
along the edge of a hill. Though at the time of his death in the
1920s, searches were made for his buried money, it was never found.
Mount Hood, courtesy U.S. Geological
Where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, a number
of treasures have been found in the past, leading to possibilities of
- In the
19th century there was a popular campsite for miners and settlers located
on the north
side of the Ochoco River near Skeleton Rock and about two miles east of
Prineville. Legend has it that
buried in the area is an estimated
$50,000 in gold bars and coins.
small town of Days Creek, miners were said to have buried pouches of gold
nuggets in the late 1800s. The old mining camp sits
at the confluence of Days Creek and the South
Umpqua River about seven miles
northeast of Canyonville.
- Over a
dozen lost gold mines are said to be located in the Steamboat Mountains in
the vicinity of Deadman and White Rock Butte, between the South Umpqua
River and North Steamboat Creek.
Douglas County - Located just below
the mouth of Salt Creek was a mining camp called China Bar, named such
because it was worked by Chinese prospectors. The Indians, who had
long called the area home, were unhappy with these intruders and and an on
going war was taking place between the two factions. During one vicious
attack, the miners fled with their gold to a cave near China Bar, but were
chased down by the Indians and killed. Their gold is still said to be
hidden in the cave, which has not been located. China Bar is extremely
remote, located on logging roads deep in the mountains in an area called
Scuzzy Creek in Fraser Canyon.
Harney County Ė In the Owyhee Desert,
an arid region of canyons, volcanic rock, sagebrush and grass, that lies
not only in Oregon, but also in northern Nevada and southwestern Idaho, is
said be a hidden mine. In the 1870s, soldiers stationed at Fort Harney
were called to fight an Indian uprising. While camping in the Owyhee
Desert, one of the soldiers found gold nuggets. With more pressing duties,
they were not allowed to explore further. Upon their return to the fort,
they told of their find, but anyone who searched was not able to locate
the mine again. Some four decades later; however, a sheepherder came upon
the same location. While lying on his deathbed, he told about finding the
mine, but didnít provide the specific location. After his death, numerous
gold nuggets were found with his belongings.
Hood River County
- At Horse Thief
Meadows near the Dalles, $25,000 from a stagecoach
robbery is believed to be hidden.
Jackson County - In the 1860s, an
old miner was said to have buried some $8,000 worth of gold dust near
Jacksonville. He returned years later to get the gold, which at that time
was said to have been in the vicinity of J.N.T. Miller's field. though,
he dug up a large amount of the field, he could never find his buried
thousand dollars in gold nuggets was said to have been buried by a miner
within three hundred yards of the
ghost town of Golden.
Josephine County - In 1878, a German
prospector named Karl Meyer took shelter under a rock ledge during a storm
along Miller Creek. While waiting out the rain, he spied a badger
disappear into a large hole in the nearby rocks. When the rain stopped, he
widened the hole and crawled through into a cave. There, he was excited to
find a large vein of gold. Breaking off several pieces he soon had it
assayed and found it would be worth $415,000 per ton. He then returned to
his camp on Miller Creek but was unable to find the cave. He continued to
search for the elusive cavern for the next six months, without success. He
later died of tuberculosis, having never found the cave.
Lake County - The Lost Forest Mine in south central
Oregon was discovered by a cowboy who was rounding up cattle in the early
1900s. He planned to meet up with other wranglers at Sand Springs near the
Lost Forest. The first to arrive, he found an interesting rock while
waiting for the others. Afterwards, he took it to Lakeview to be assayed
but never returned for the rock or the results. Too bad he didnít return
because the rock was found to have been at least 50% gold. When the
assayer tried to find the cowboy, he was unsuccessful and the exact
location was never known. It was speculated; however, that the gold still
lies at Sand Springs.
Neahkahnie Mountain, by William Sullivan, courtesy
Lincoln County - There is a pirate
treasure that is
said to be buried near Cascade Head near Lincoln City on the Pacific
Tillamook County - Somewhere on the base of Neahkahnie Mountain,
now located north of Manzanita in Oswald West State Park, is said to be a
buried pirate treasure, hidden in the late 1500s. Clatsop Indian legend
says that the pirates buried a treasure chest on the slopes at the base of
the mountain and marked the spot with an inscribed rock. Legend further
has it that the treasure is guarded by the ghost of a man who was killed
and buried with the loot.
Tillamook County - Legend has it that a Spanish ship carrying a
large amount of gold disappeared in a storm in 1679. Through the years, an
number of artifacts have been found on the sandy shores at Nehalem Beach,
leading historians to believe this is where the wreck washed up.
Umatilla County - A
March, 1915 newspaper tells of what was called Old Squaw's Buried Treasure
on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton,
Oregon. The tale was told by
an old Indian woman upon her death bed, alledging that she had buried a
significant amount of gold some two decades before. After telling her
story, numerous farmers and Indians searched for her cache, and one can
containing $1,100 in gold was found on land, that at the time, was farmed
by P.F. Kirckpatrick. Though the old woman insisted there was more, she
was too weak to provide more details and died without the rest ever being
Umatilla County - In
Umatilla Meadows between Pendleton and Stanfield, at a place called Stage
Gulch, a stagecoach was robbed in the early 1900ís. The bandits made off
with about $1,200 in gold but were quickly captured. The two were to be
hanged for their crimes, but before their execution took place, one of
them confessed that the loot was buried near the scene of the holdup.
Though, he surely hoped for a reprieve the pair were hanged anyway. Though
the treasure was searched for, it was never found.
of America, updated March, 2010.
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