Lost Cabin Mine of Oregon …Not a Myth?

Large mining shaft, dug between 2 trees. Now filled in and covered with natural debris.

Well hidden within the Siskiyou Mountains: Several sizable pocket mine diggings sit only feet away, in direct view of the cabin.


   Once upon a time, far out west in a land we all know well, wandered a weary miner. In a dangerous new land, where bear roam and herds of elk run in grassy meadows underneath glaciered snow tipped mountains and trees of gigantic proportions. Pushing his way through the hostile territory of the thick Siskiyou mountains of Northern California, there was a man seeking to find great wealth in the hills of this rugged new land. One day this man did indeed find his fortune in gold. …and this is where the tale begins… in those lonesome mountains of Southern Oregon.



   The tale of a Lost Cabin Gold Mine of Oregon is a story that has since been told for over 150 years. Well known in the early mining days, the tale inspired the hearts of the masses. It may have even caused its own gold rush into the Oregon country, for the tale pre-dates the first documented discovery of gold in Oregon.

   Oregon’s Lost Cabin Mine has been a lost treasure since the first miners stuck their pans in the gravels of this country’s rivers and creeks. What was once lost might now be found…

   The first tale of the Lost Cabin Mine can be dated as early as 1850 with the arrival of a miner who frequented the saloons in the early mining town of Yreka California, which was then known as Shasta City.

   One of the first of the Lost Cabin Mine gold tales of the early Oregon gold rush is the tale of Set ‘Em Up’ s Lost Cabin Mine. This Oregon treasure tale is correlated with the discovery of Crater Lake. For the men who discovered this lake were in search of the very same Lost Cabin Mine. Many believe that another tale of the lost Frenchmen’s’ Mine, known to produce a phenomenal amount of gold in a short period of time, may have also been in a location, one in the same, as Set-Em-Up’s lost cabin mine.

Old sluice box remnants, leaning against a pine tree.

The remains of an old sluice box still lying in the old camp, reminiscent evidence of an earlier time when miners worked the nearby land for gold.


   Many have claimed to have stumbled upon these ruins, generally described as being a dilapidated cabin with a sluice box laying nearby, left abandoned by its owner, and hidden well within the thick of the forest. After finding it though, they could never relocate it again. Or could there be another reason for it not being found again…? Maybe someone did find it, and not just once, but maybe many times over. It is well known that many men put their savings at stake looking for this place. Each time it has been found and lost, father time hid it well, leaving it only for the next adventurous soul to find.

   The creek, the cabin’s location, and the history of the area all date to period. This makes it possible that this could actually be the location of the Lost Cabin Mine of Oregon. After more than 150 years of men stumbling upon this cabin, and continually being unable to relocate this hidden treasure of the Siskiyous, could it be that the illusive hiding spot of the lost cabin has once again been located? Has the mystery finally been solved?

   The tales listed in the links on the left are tales that I believe are, or could be, correlated with this site and the infamous creek by which it resides. This historic area is known for producing phenomenal amounts of gold. Its history is filled with tales of large nuggets and pocket mines of fabulous wealth and fortune. The pictures speak for themselves.

   Like most things lost, we search for it up and down, and here and there, only to find that the thing we lost was right there in front of us the entire time, in plain sight.