A bloke who has spent decades searching for a lost treasure “worth billions” believes that he is finally “getting close”.
Adam Palmer has spent the last 23 years searching for a lost gold mine in the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada.
According to legend, an indigenous man known as Slumach would spend gold nuggets from the mine in the settlement of New Westminster. But he never revealed its location.
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Slumach was hanged for murder in 1891 and his last words were supposedly “when I die, the mine dies”, after he cursed anyone who would try to find his wealth.
Despite there being no proof of the mine's existence, people have dedicated their lives to finding the long-lost treasure trove. There have been no promising leads until now, as Mr Palmer has discovered a mine in the area.
He said: “The old mine we found last year collapsed under a landslide, but we dug it open. We haven’t been able to fully examine it yet – we’re waiting to go back inside with more gear and equipment to get through the blockage, and further down into it. Now we’re waiting to hear back to find out how old it is, based on evidence we found inside.”
Mr Palmer claims this is not the first clue he has come across, and that he finds more evidence every year. He said: “We found an old prospector’s cabin that had mining tools in it and an ancient rock shelter cave with pictographs painted on the walls from hundreds of years ago.
"We found an ancient trail system that has been archaeologically dated to have been used for thousands of years for trade between the First Nations. We believe all this evidence is connected somehow and the secret lies within the history and culture of the area.”
A strange-shaped boulder located by Adam could be another clue. Various historical newspapers have reported that a prospector located the mine in 1901 before he fell ill and died. In a letter quoted by one local newspaper in 1915, the prospector described golden nuggets “as big as walnuts” and said he’d buried some under a “tent-shaped rock”.
Mr Palmer added: “To me, he is the only real, proven account of someone who went looking and may have found it. Unfortunately, he disappeared without a trace in 1931, and to me that is even more mysterious than the lost mine.
“I always say ‘If you find Volcanic Brown, you find the gold’. I’m either going to find him first, or the lost mine, but I think if you find one or the other they will both be in the same location.
“We’re getting close. We’ve narrowed down the search to an area that was known as the location of Volcanic Brown, and we found some evidence there that may lead us in the right direction.”
Mr Palmer’s hunt for the gold is documented in the TV series, Deadman’s Curse, which will debut its second season shortly.
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