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Not so fast Roger
December 30, 2000 at 07:35:09
In Reply to: Is The Lost Adams Really Lost ???
posted by Roger on December 29, 2000 at 20:29:51
You have discovered one of the odd twists to this legend that has led many a searcher astray - the fact that there were obviously two Adams and two "lost Adams diggings" in the AZ/NM region up to ca 1864.
The Landreau/Prieto River version was the first, and as you theorize, this placer deposit may well have been rediscovered and worked dry over the years by later prospectors. Unfortunately, Landreau's experiences were published by Emory in 1848, which makes his Adams and his "lost Adams diggings" a valid target, but not the "true lost Adams diggings".
The Adams of legend and the events surrounding his "lost diggings" are unmistakenly anchored in the 1860's (most agree on 1864, but there are variations in the different versions). This is the legend, not the Landreau story, that has eluded searchers for so many years. Although many have claimed to have solved the mystery over the years, no one has provided any convincing proof to the public thus far.
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