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Lake Mountain North Slope Mine

Lake Mountain was so named because of the lake on top of it. Near this lake, on the north side where the mountain drops off into some dense timber, a group of men on a deer hunt about 15 years ago set up camp. On the second or third day of the hunt one of those men, while hunting in the dense timber of that steep northern slope, came upon an old log cabin and a blazed trail that led him from the cabin to an old abandoned mine tunnel.

Inside the old mine, near the entrance, he found various paraphernalia scattered about which appeared to be of Spanish origin, such as badly rusted helmets and breastplates, mining tools, harnesses and packsaddles, and a 10-inch crucifix made of silver. He had no flashlight with which to explore the depths of the old tunnel to determine what else might have been stored there, so he picked up the tarnished silver cross and returned to camp to inform his friends of his exciting discovery.

Unfortunately, before he could return to the old mine site with his fellow hunters, a freak storm moved in and the deep snow forced them to abandon camp and return home. During the remainder of that fall, one storm after another left a heavy blanket of deep snows upon the mountain which prevented any attempt by this man to relocate the old mine. During the long winter months he could do little more than talk of his exciting discovery, speculate upon what he might find inside the old mine, when he could return, and make plans for an expedition following the spring thaw. But, ironically, his dreams, and the dreams of his friends, were altered dramatically by a strange twist of fate. For, one day, while he was working on his car, the jack slipped and he was crushed to death. Several expedition were later attempted by his family and his friends to relocate the old mine but it could not be found.--Lost Gold of the Uintah, pg. 151

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