Submitted June 2014
This to me was where Mammoth Hot Springs flows into the Gardiner River. Take it (the river) in the canyon down. Gardiner Canyon. Not to far but too far to walk. It’s about 6 miles. Put in below the Home of Brown. The Gardiner River flows into the Yellowstone River. About a mile upstream is Bear Creek. This is where Bear Creek Gulch is which I’m sure most of you know, Joe Brown discovered gold in 1866. Joe Brown had a home cabin up there. You can still see the remains of it today.
From there it’s no place for the meek
True that. Steep.
There’ll be no paddle up your creek
This was an important clue to me. Up your creek! Go up the creek. Go up Bear Creek,
Below the Home of Brown
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, My blaze was a big hydraulic mining scar that is still very visible today. Primarily because where they were blasting, the hillside was mostly SAND. If you want to see the blaze, you can see it easily from google earth, and it looks just like an arrow pointing down. The very top of the blaze is on the Brown mining Claim, which is owned by the Gallatin National Forrest. It’s legal to look for and take gold from a publicly owned mining claim.
Heavy loads = Heavy lodes, they did lode mining in there.
Water High = high pressure water; hydraulic mining, they did that there too.
Look quickly down your quest to cease
I was standing at the top of the blaze, and I walked down and looked downstream. Then I found a stone claim marker that someone had put pink blaze tape around. The claim marker looked just like a crudely made TOMBSTONE!
Dal, please download the picture I sent you. It’s of me and the claim marker. It had the number 5627 on it, which is the survey number of the Brown mining claim.
This survey was done in 1899! What a cool thing to find!
Continuing down the creek, I found more of these markers with pink blaze tape around them. Finally, the last feature that had been blazed with the tape, was a standing dead tree. It was a bearing tree for a corner marker. What to me was fascinating, is this tree was marked with survey number 5629, and you could still just barely read it, this tree was stamped in 1899! How cool is that?
Now hear me all and listen good, Your effort will be worth the cold
You have to cross the creek.
If you are brave
to me this was a metaphor for the stone markers. He used brave in his book in reference to brave dead people and also mentions their grave markers.
In the wood
This is the clue I thought I had, it’s kind of funny, but I thought very Forrestesque! Is that a word? According to the field notes from the original survey, one of the stone markers REPLACED an old wooden marker. In other words, the wooden marked was REPLACED by a newer model! or so I thought.
There were so many other hint like features up there as well. Off of Jardine road there is a little lake called Bitty Lake. Right next to the Brown claim is the Gardiner claim. On the Gardiner claim is a cabin, you can see from the Jardine road. Miss Ford and the gypsy wagon are up there. (an old baby blue Ford country sedan, next to a horse drawn wagon with RUBBER TIRES!) sound familiar?
I have so much more to share, if there is interest I’d love to do so, but I know this post is getting awfully long. So what do you think? By the way, my whole family thinks I’m crazy!
This is Part One of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part Two, click HERE