The legend goes that Indians in the Oregon Coast Range had access to quality gold that they traded with early Oregon trappers and settlers, especially in Gales Creek and Forest Grove. When the mine brought pain to the tribe, the Indians covered it up forever and vowed never to speak of it. A Chinook housekeeper living with the White family on the Trask River floodplain, confided the location to the White’s youngest daughter on her deathbed. There, we get the clue that the gold mine was located in a black canyon where a stream enters into a small lake. I briefly explore the story, history, and possible locations of the mine, including Skookum Lake on private timberland and Blue lake in the Tillamook State Forest using Google Earth and CalTopo.
This video is in no way meant to be factual or a thorough exploration of the story. I don’t endorse trespassing on private property. If you do find the Gold with my tips though, all I ask is 10%. Thanks for watching 🙂