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1.  Active ongoing research into the locations of both the The Legend of the Lost Underground River of Gold of Shuswap Lake and the The Legend of the Lost Spanish Gold Mine at Siwash Creek - Yale, B.C. 

2.  In the summer of 2017, we will also begin filming locations related to The Legend of the Lost Gold Deposit of Pitt Lake, based on the information and locations identified by R.W. [Rob] Nicholson during the course of his research in the mid 1980's.

These projects are being filmed for future documentary purposes.  Some of our research videos are posted in short form on our You Tube Channel

 

The Legend of The Lost Underground River of Gold of Shuswap Lake

One of the earliest written accounts of this legend was published in the September 1972 issue of True Treasure. The article written by T.W. Paterson, reads in part; “Does a cave of gold, its location long forgotten, exist along the 700-mile shoreline of British Columbia Shuswap Lake. According to Indian legend, which historians have found time and again to be remarkably accurate, such a cave, miles in length, hides a blind river, rich in gold, which was worked by native miners of bygone ages.

The clues, alas are scant. The caves entrance is believed to be situated at the mouth of one of the rivers flowing into Shuswap Lake. But to start at the beginning a settler identified as R. Roberts first told of the magnificent cave on the shores of Shuswap Lake many years ago. It had been revealed to him, he said, by a homesteader in the area shortly before World War 1.”


21st Century versions of this story continues on to say; "At the outbreak of World War 1, the homesteader enlisted in the Canadian Army. Prior to being shipped overseas he entrusted his secret location to his friend and confidant R. Roberts. Sadly, the homesteader never returned from the battlefields of France and his name has been lost to history.

In the years following the war, R. Roberts spent time excavating the small passageway shrouded with surface rubble and debris before he was confident enough to enter the underground cavern. After briefly exploring the outermost passageways of the abyss Roberts quickly realized that he was not properly equipped to fully explore the miles of passageways extending deep into the underworld. The lack of light combined with his fear of getting lost prompted Roberts to travel to Sicamous in an attempt to organize a properly equipped expedition to explore the underworld.

Once he arrived in Sicamous, Roberts quickly gained attention in the telling of his tale. He told his fascinated listeners' that he had found the legendary entrance to the river of gold and that there were miles of passageways yet to be explored in the underground maze. He said that fabulous riches were within reach as he could hear the sound of rushing water coming from deep within one of the caverns.  Although Roberts was successful in gaining attention to his discovery he was unsuccessful in mounting any organized group expedition to the site. His lack of success is said to have been attributed to his steadfast conviction that he would only take a properly equipped group and not single individuals to the site."


The story of R. Roberts simply and abruptly ends with his visit to Sicamous. He was never heard of or seen again.  Although his fate remains undetermined, it is widely speculated that Roberts, anxious to explore for the legendary gold, returned to his newly discovered underground labyrinth where he remains entombed.

The Shuswap native mining activities and the possible connection to early Spanish presence in the region forms the basis of this project.  The fact that David Thompson's journal identifies the Shuswap natives owning herds of horses before he arrived, in-itself suggests early Spanish presence in the area.  The significance of native pictographs, geological information, area mining history, pioneer diaries, combined with information offered by Spanish Historian, Donald M. Viles and renowned mineral dowser Mundie McRea are all integral components of this projects research portfolio.  Additional research material not currently publicized will also be incorporated.  Filming will be conducted at all significant locations however the specific location of native pictographs will not be identified in order to maintain site integrity.

Examples of Research Content

Donald M. Viles:  Donald M. Viles was a well known and respected Spanish historian and published author.  His research identifies early Spanish mining settlements and outposts in North America including British ColumbiaAs identified on Viles map location index, the early Spanish mining settlement of Chihuahau, New Spain was located where Chase, B.C. is currently situated.

Mundie McRea:  Mundie McRea was a well known and respected mineral dowser.  His phenomenal abilities and pin-point accuracy was utilized by prospectors, mining companies and geologists alike.  He located copper deposits at the Copper Mountain Mine in Princeton when company geologists and drilling programs were unsuccessful.  McRea's is most famous for his discovery of the lost Sliver Bars in Slocan Lake in 1971; Canadian Financial Journal News Story
Prior to his death in 1987, Mundie McRea dowsed the Shuswap Lake area and pin-pointed the location of the fabled underground river of gold.  According to his partner at the time, this site has never been examined.  The McRea map will not be identified at this point in time however exploration of his site will be included in the documentary. 

Diary 1: Dr. George Mercer Dawson: Dr. Dawson explored the Shuswap area for the Geological Survey of Canada in 1877, 1888 and 1894.  He makes reference to cave systems in his diary of 1888.  These excerpts from his diary are from
pages 31 and 32 of the Shuswap Chronicles - Vol 1 - 1988.

Diary 2:  Spencer Tuck:  Spencer Tuck comments on native paintings he found in the upper Adams River area while exploring there with his partner Billy Burton in 1904.  The paintings depict an ancient battle scene with men and horses.  This excerpt from his diary is from page 11 of the Shuswap Chronicles - Vol 3 - 1990.

UPDATE 1:: Mundie McRea - Dowsed Map
Located subterranean water channel exactly where Mundie McRea had marked the channel course on his map.
     1.  Located subterranean water channel discharge point into Shuswap Lake at the location and depth Mundie McRea had marked on his map.
Using Parabolic Microphones we were able to hear the water running in the subterranean channel in 3 of the 5 locations checked.
     1.  Using a Marine Subsurface Depth Thermometer with a Digital Surface Monitor we were able to locate the point where the subterranean channel enters Shuswap Lake.  This point, over a distance of approximately 50 feet, registered an increased temperature of 2.8
º Celcius.
     2.  Using a Sonar Digital Depth Display System we were able to see a distinct color change in the lake bottom at the same location the temperature increase was recorded.  This color change does indicate a silt/sediment layer produced by the outflow of the subterranean channel.


UPDATE 2:  Related to Update 1 - 2014
Divers dove on the Mundie McRea location identified above.  An anomaly approximately 100 feet wide was identified on the lake bottom.  The anomaly is consistent with a former underwater water channel.  Samples of the bottom sands assayed very high in micro gold.

UPDATE 3:  Related to R. Roberts - 2016
Historical records identify the original Roberts homestead as being located slightly north of Queest Village, less than a mile from where the outflow of the subterranean river identified by Mundie McRea and the divers is located.

UPDATE 4:  2016
A attempt was made to locate the small entrance to the subterranean river as identified by Mundie McRea.  This small entrance or cave may also be the same entrance found by R. Roberts as it is located less than a mile from the original Roberts homestead.  Time constrictions and lack of necessary mountaineering equipment prohibited the completion of the expedition for the season.

 


 

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The Legend of The Lost Spanish Mine at Siwash Creek

The Lost Spanish Gold Mine is believed to be located somewhere in the vicinity of Siwash Creek, near Yale, B.C.  The First Nations legend states, in part; Long before Simon Fraser, the first recorded European explorer arrived in the area [1811], the native peoples had already been visited by strangers generations before.  These early visitors spent all of their time gathering 'yellow rock' [gold].  The visitors gathered 15 mule loads of 'yellow rock' , which they hid in a cave before continuing their journey east.  These visitors never returned and their stash of gold is still believed to lay hidden in a cave somewhere between the Fraser River and Coquihalla River drainages.

Primary information considered for this project:  Vernon Lockwood's discovery of Spanish artifacts in the area during a prospecting trip somewhere beyond the headwaters of Siwash creek in the early 1900's.  The discovery of mining early Spanish mining tools by a prospector in the 1970's.  The research material of Spanish Historian, Donald M. Viles.  Our research also includes rock carvings in the area which are similar to known early Spanish distance and treasure symbols and an extremely old map drawn on the ceiling of a local cave.

Examples of Research Content

Donald M. Viles:  Donald M. Viles was a well known and respected Spanish historian and published author.  Viles research identifies early Spanish mining settlements and outposts in North America including British Columbia. As identified on Viles map location index, the early Spanish referred to the Fraser River as Rio Grande Del Norte, Lillooet, B.C. as El Paso and Princeton, B.C. as Santa Barbara.

Rock Carvings: The origin and significance of the rock carvings located in the general area have never been conclusively confirmed.  Some of these carvings are strikingly similar to known early Spanish distance, mine and treasure symbols.

UPDATE 1:     Rock Carving Site #1 - Early Spanish distance marker # 1.


UPDATE 2 - 2015:  Measuring the distance from the the 6 vertical lines, which we believe are Varas, we used a metal detector to check the location.  At a depth of approximately 2 feet we found rusted soil and very small pieces of metal.  It was more than obvious that something metal had been buried there at one time.
 

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The Legend of The Lost Gold Deposit of Pitt Lake

The legend, as written by R.W. [Rob] Nicholson in his book; Lost Creek Mine - Historical Analysis of the Legendary Gold Deposit of Pitt Lake - Free Download

UPDATE 1 - 2016:  In August we flew to the location of a Tent Shaped Rock that Rob found in the mid 1980's.  Rob firmly believes that this rock is the one that Walter Jackson describes in his letter.  We used a metal detector to check the parameter of the rock and found an old lead-bottom tin can buried roughly 2 feet down on the trail side of the rock.  Watch our on-site video 

Update 2 - 2017:   3 days after posting the Walter Jackson video on our YouTube Channel we were informed that the Tent Rock that Rob found in the 1980's is the same rock that renowned mineral dowser Mundie McRea located in 1976.   Mundie McRea initially located the rock by dowsing a map.  An old gold pan and pick were found at the site in 1976.   Watch our updated video
 


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