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    After Years of Search. Lost Cabin Mine Found in Oregon

    Los Angeles herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]), 27 July 1908.

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    None of the locations in this story match. Goldrun Oregon does not exist based on my research into Oregon ghost towns and historical post offices. Goose lake straddles Oregon/California border south of lake view Oregon. Warren or warren’s lake is no where near this area. Also, that part of Oregon/California not known for prospects.
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    Southeastern Oregon


    Look
    240 Mile South of Onterio, Oregon, 155 miles East of Kalmath Falls,
    45 Mile East of Lake View & 100 Mile North of Likely.
    the Northern Terminus of the Nevada, California,Oregon Railway.



    The Salt Lake tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah), 13 July 1908.

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    Quite a ways from Goose Lake. Good Bet than lake names are wrong. I’ll check with Lakeview historical society see if they have info on Goldrun location. Post what I find here. There are mines in that area just across the Oregon/Nevada state line. So part of the story fits. I have driven the road from Lakeview OR to Winemucca NV several times. Used to be paved. Now graded. No services from Lakeview until Denio Junction. Wide open antelope country. Big promotion in 1950s to build interstate highway from “Winemucca to the sea”. Shortest route from Middle of country to southern Oregon and coast. State troopers only patrolled once a week. Had to carry gas cans and water. 100 mile stretch of high desert between gas stops. We used to hunt mule deer in Steens mountains NE of Lakeview in 60s. Beautiful country and wide open. The corner of Oregon/Nevada/Idaho still pristine country.
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    The last part of the article sounds like a real estate promotion. Thank god it never was settled. Thanks for posting the story. Brings back memories from my youth!
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    The starting points are Lakeview OR and Likely CA. If distances are correct puts Goldrun in area from Adel Oregon northward towards Hart Mountain.
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    Okay, Goldrun was incorporated July 2, 1908 by John W. Lofftus. Township 35, Range 24, Section 30.
    (Listed in the Lakeview City Historical Survey Subdivision Index). Lake County Examiner newspaper from August 20, 1908 ran ad to purchase LOTs for $50 dollars each. (at least 10 references to Goldrun in Lake County Examiner during time frame). Township was located north of Plush (by Hart Lake) near Miners Draw in the Coyote Hills. PLush is 39 miles NE of Lakeview. (Info available from BLM Land Catalog Map from BLM Mining website. Take Hogback Road to Miners Draw, drive NE a few miles and you'll see mining activity. No remnants of the town remain. So the story has legs...Goldrun was a real place with very limited mining activity.

    here's the interesting part. The article in post #1 cites E.H. Loftus as the source of the story...and that he and his brother found the lost cabin mine. Guess who is listed as the owner of the property on the township survey for "Goldrun"? John W. Lofftus. 2 items in the story are verifiable. Goldrun did exist as a mining township sometime around 1908. Based on the Township Survey and the 1908 Los Angeles herald Lost Cabin story, the Loftuss (Lofftus) brothers had filed claims in Lake County Oregon in 1908 time frame. Gives the story some legs...now to find 2 lakes and bald hills...
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    2525 results containing “the phrase "Bald Hills"”

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    your killing me Jeff. here's my process: (1) I am going to start searching timeline, dates, routes of travel for the Loftus brothers to and from Goldrun and pinpoint on a map.
    (2) The "Oregon Wagon Road" ran through that area. Gotta find its path from nearest railroad terminus at the time (Likely, CA).
    (3) Plot potential routes of travel from the (a) wagon road to the (b) railroad terminus.
    (4) Plot ghost towns, mine camps, ranches, military roads/outposts in area.
    (5) Plot shortest routes, days of travel based on terrain, river/stream crossings
    Identify 3 possible routes and then, and only then, start looking for 2 lakes and the bald hills.
    I've been in that country. The lakes very well could have changed. Army Corpes of Engineers very active in southern/eastern Oregon after WW2
    with water projects. Those damn bald hills are everywhere in that part of the country so that's the last clue I will look for.

    Anybody out there want to weigh in please do. There are no bad ideas at this early stage of researching a treasure lead.
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    More documents supporting existence of Township of Goldrun.
    BLM Section MAP with location and newspaper ad selling Lots for $50.
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    report from Oregon Bureau of Mines attached. No activity at mining site as of 1916, ten years
    after 1906 initial reports. Appears that Lost Cabin site failed to produce any notable gold and
    played out rather early on after initial prospect. Will post more newspaper accounts later.
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    My Uncle has a mine/claim in NV. The last time he tried to enter the mine he sent in smoke bombs. At least 20 rattlesnakes came out but many times that remained inside and upset. He has had problems with them for 50 years. Cousins will spend a couple days there once in a while. On a good weekend they will scratch or pan $150, usually $25 - $35. No one will tempt the snakes after a cousin found one at eye level on a ledge.
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    My last post on "Goldrun" and Lofftus gold claims just north of Plush, Oregon. Appears a lot of interest initially,
    several newspaper articles in local and state papers about first discoveries,
    possibilities, land purchases, etc. It all petered out pretty quickly. After reading the newspaper accounts
    and mining record it appears the Lofftus Brothers used the "Lost Cabin Mine" story to initially spur interest
    from investors. there is nothing in the area today. No buildings or equipment. Evidence of mining activity
    only thing left. If you are interested in the boom or bust era of eastern Oregon you can read from articles
    found on website: www.oregonnews.uoregon.edu "Historic Oregon Newspapers". in search menu type in
    "Lofftus" and "Goldrun" to read articles about subject.
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