The Mystery of the Lost Lemon Mine

lost lemon mineSomewhere in Alberta, Canada, in the Crownest Pass, near Highwood River, it is said there’s a gold vein worth millions discovered during the gold rush era, the legendary Eldorado, by 2 prospectors Frank Lemon and a man known as Blackjack.

In 1870 a group of prospectors from Montana came to Canada along Sakatchewan River: two of them Frank Lemon and Blackjack decided to strike out on their own, and left the other adventurers to explore the southwestern foothill of Alberta.

The two men followed up the river spotting small pieces of gold and stumbled across a rich gold deposit.

However, in camp that night of the discover, the prospectors got into an argument. It is said that Lemon seized an axe and beheaded his partner as he slept. Overwhelmed by guilty, and with his gun beneath his arm, he strode away from the mine and went insane.

It was rumored that some Blackfoot Indians witnessed the murder and reported it to their Chief Bearspaw, who put a curse on the area of the deed. It was Sod’s law that the Blackfoot were blamed for the murder rather than Lemon.

Lemon was never able to find the mine again, many others have been seeking for it and someone mysteriously disappeared or died looking for the lost mine. Even Chief Bearspaw’s descendent led fruitless chases.

According to geologists the chances of the story being true are remote, because gold deposits are generally associated with volcanic activity, which is why British Columbia is filled with gold while Alberta is not.

In 1988 a geological technician of Alberta University in his book Goldrush, The Search for the Lost Lemon Mine declared he had found some traces of gold, however in poor concentration to bear out the legend and decipher the mystery.