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Gold in the Valley of missing men Article.
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:34:42 AM »
Canada's Superstition Mountains
By Howard Duffy.Treasure Aug 1986:

A lost gold strike—headless skeletons—a treacherous river—a nearly impenetrable wilderness. These are the elements of a phantasmagoria (as Edgar Allan Poe might say) of mystery which for years has lured prospectors to Canada's South Nahanni River in the search for wealth, but where the unsuccessful searcher sometimes meets death.

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Canada's vast Northwest Territories lies Deadman Valley, often called the Valley of Vanishing Men or Shangri-La Valley, Its means of access is the South Nahanni River, a turbulent stream of beautiful waterfalls and treacherous rapids, winding through steep canyons. Since there are no roads leading to this vast wilderness area, travel is limited to boat, canoe or flying with bush pilots.
Like so many wild regions, the 'quest for gold has lured prospectors to the Nahanni, many of whom have met grisly deaths in their search for riches. Among the daring treasure seekers were two brothers, Willie and Frank McLeod (sometimes spelled "McCloud"), who found gold in this region, but forfeited their lives in the process. Other hardy prospectors followed them and met similar fates.

There are several versions of how gold happened to have been found in the valley. The one involving the McLeod brothers appears to be the most authentic. Shortly after the turn of the century, an Indian from the Nahanni country had been ...