Gold Panning Kits
Sometime around 1870, 1871, or 1872 (take your pick) 2 American prospectors named Blackjack and Lemon (Note: No first names are typically given and I am unable to determine if "Blackjack" was just a nickname. J.R.) found themselves hunting for gold in the mountains north of present-day Coleman, Alberta. As Blackjack and Lemon prospected their way up a small river they found slight indications of "color" in their gold pans.
Although nothing to proclaim "Eureka!" about, the 2 prospectors were finding enough placer gold to hold their interest. They continued to sample the river's gravels at likely deposition points until they came to location where the gold indications increased substantially.
Unbelievably Rich Gold Placer
What Blackjack and Lemon ultimately found was an unbelievably rich placer with gold found from the surface and increasing in richness as they got closer to bedrock. This was no small paystreak zone or pocket, but an extensive placer with ounces of gold turned up in every shovelful of dirt and gravel.
In the first few hours after their discovery the 2 prospectors turned miners panned out dozens of ounces of placer gold from their new-found diggings and were seized by the relentless demon known as "gold fever." Now the loose placer gold they were finding was no longer satisfactory to the two men....greed had overcome Blackjack and Lemon.
They were now driven to locate the source of all this gold. Find the source and they would be wealthy beyond belief, like King Midas of old. Grabbing their picks and shovels, Blackjack and Lemon began feverishly sinking test pits along the nearby slopes, not stopping for food or rest and meeting nature's call where they stood.....
I'll continue with the tale of the Lost Lemon Mine in my next post. Until then be safe and keep the faith.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "U.S. Treasure Caches Still Being Found (Part 2)"
(c) J.R. 2009
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