|Argentite aka Acanthite|
Photo by Rob Lavinsky
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Lost Doukobor Mine
In autumn of 1929 lightning struck in Gold Creek Basin and started a forest fire in the area behind Hubbard Ridge, to the north of
. Although the fire was in Flagstaff Mountain the nearest crew for fighting
the fire was a crew of twenty-five Doukobors from Washington
State . The Doukobors were a religious sect that
migrated from Rossland,
British Columbia Russia
mainly during 1899 that were mainly farmers, but many of the men worked on the
railroad while their women did the actual farming.
While the Doukobors were fighting the fire it jumped their fireguard and engulfed their camp in flames. The firefighters ran for their lives. Once the fire was finally extinguished they conducted a headcount and discovered two of their crew was missing. The next morning the missing men rejoined their crew.
The Doukobors told the rest of their crew how they had managed to keep ahead of the flames. During the night they took shelter at the base of a landslide where they discovered a vein of galena, an ore of lead and silver. The men took samples of this ore that they brought back with them. One of the workmen named Ray Wiley recalled later, “It was fine grained argentite – high grade silver ore.
The ore was sent to the CM&S Company’s assay office in Trail, British Columbia where it was assayed at over 1,000 ounces of silver per ton, thus it was bonanza ore. Later in 1930 the Doukobors in company with some geologists returned looking for the rich vein of galena at the foot of a landslide. They were unable to find a trace of the silver ledge, nor even the landslide.
Since that time many other prospectors have searched in
for the lost Doukobor Mine, but all their attempts to find the galena bearing
ledge have failed. Gold