In the winter months when there was snow on the ground and he could not
make his living from mining anymore. Gordon worked in one of the local
mills and was in an unfortunate accident which left him blind in both eyes
ending his prospecting career. Gordon McClarys mine then faded into
history if it was not for Charles A Miller and his classic book on lost mines in
Southwestern BC The Golden Mountains McClarys mine may have been lost to history forever.
The Golden Mountains is a must read for anyone who is planning on searching for gold in or
around Stave Lake. When one visits sites like the Independence mine and compare it to Millers
words his descriptions of the areas are amazing as there is so much detail you know Charles A
Miller walked the ground himself.
The Golden Mountains
Using Charles Miller as there guide a prospector named Fred Foreman and his partner set out
to rediscover the mines mentioned by Miller and they did locating Mclureys old diggings and
the Walden Mine. A small group was formed and further explorations was commenced on the
McClarys old workings. The group was encouraged by the find and planned on doing a
much heavier sampllng program. But due to personal conflict within the
group the enterprise fell apart allowing the claims to once again be lost
In the Spring of 2005 Fred,Daryl and Ron took a trip back to the Independence diggings.
Pictures taken from that trip can be found by following the links below. In the Summer of 2010 Daryl and Greg Henderson started excavations and sampling
at the old diggings and the following rock samples were found. Also further discoverys were made of a possible archeaological nature where also made during
the summer excavations of the area.
The following sample was taken from the Independence
Standing inside the Independence Mine