The Old Dutchman's Mine
Wednesday May 4, 2005
By Jean Boling
Welcome to As It Was: Tales from the State of Jefferson
Recent rumors of a re-surfacing of Gold Fever in Southern Oregon, bring to mind a tale that exists in almost every gold mining area of the West: The Lost Dutchman Mine.
Seems there was this old Dutchman who used to show up at the store in Williams carrying a pouch full of gold. He's pay his bills, then drink until he was broke.
People tried to follow him to see where his mine was hidden, but he would lead them on a wild goose chase for a few days and then disappear.
Some of the men tried to get the old Dutchman drunk to see if he'd talk. Apparently they got him a little too drunk one time, because the old Dutchman got sick and died from alcohol poisoning.
The old Dutchman's Mine was never found, but in the 1930s a gold pocket was discovered just below the Upper Layton Ditch near Panther Gulch Road. They took about $30,000 worth of gold out of that hole. The entrance is now covered by a cave-in and should probably remain that way.
Was it the old Dutchman's Mine? You'll have to ask those who are out there looking for it today…maybe they'll tell you, and maybe they won't.
Today's episode of As It Was was written by Jean Boling, the program engineer is Raymond Scully. I'm Shirley Patton. As It was is a co-production of JPR and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. To Share stories or learn more about the series visit asitwas - dot- org
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