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Defa Ranch Mine

Not long after the Ute Reservation was opened to settlement, Frank DeFa established a ranch along the North Fork of the Duchesne River. Several old men in that area still say that DeFa knew of a secret place where Indians who worked for him obtained gold; they say from an odd looking blue-colored rock. They say that DeFa would ride his old gray horse from his sawmill at the ranch and would go up into the mountains. A few hours later he would return with a grain sack about hall full of that odd blue rock. He would never talk about or reveal the Indian's secret, so no one knew just where he got that unusual rock, but all of those old-timers say there was plenty of gold in it.--Faded Footprints, pg. 76

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