A Guide to Treasure in Utah

A Guide to Treasure in Utah

This book is available in digital format only.       Excerpt from 'A Guide to Treasure in Utah'The State of Utah is immense and varied almost beyond belief green-carpeted vales lying peacefully under the shadow of the Wasatch, a wide solitude of rolling dry valleys with hills marching beyond hills to meet blue horizon, unearthly white desert, tall snow-covered mountains, blue lakes, canyons and plateaus wonderfully fragrant with pines. On July 29, 1776, when the ink was hardly dry on the Declaration of Independence, Father Silvestre Valez de Escalante and Father Francisco Atanasio Dominguez left Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a trip that took them into Utah. Sanctioned and unsanctioned expeditions between Santa Fe followed and soon resulted in the well defined route since known as the Old Spanish Trail. The presence of the Spanish in Utah over the years generated many of the State's legends of lost mines and buried treasures. Utah's importance as a mining state since the arrival of white men there spawned many stories of adventure, romance, tragedy, bitterness, poverty, sudden wealth, and more stories of lost mines and buried treasures—some among the best documented in the United States. Gold, silver, copper, galena, zinc, alunite and other minerals in abundance gave every county in Utah at least one mine, and the state 135 mining districts. Many of these districts were short-lived and are today marked only by scores of decaying ghost towns.

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