Blue Bucket Full Of Gold

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 20 of the June, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


Several gold rushes resulted due to a single story told by pioneers who had lost their way while traveling through eastern Oregon. Prospectors and miners flooded the eastern Oregon region. Some made fortunes digging, flushing and panning the areas extremely pure gold.

Mines were found, jumped, sold and traded by hopefuls with no more thought than was given to buying and selling horses.

One such hopeful arrived in Oregon at age 11 in 1843. His family traveled with the Applegates and settled in the Tualatin Plains. There he attended school with the Joe Meek children, where he learned of the lost Blue Bucket mine. This Blue Bucket story started a rush in eastern Oregon that lasted a good many years.


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