Now here is the rest of the story. In the 1800s many trappers, scouts, and other pioneers, traveled west to seek out their dreams, Most of the pioneers came west to look for gold. Many of the Native Americans, did find gold but did not cherish this yellow metal, like the white man did, but as time went on they too learned that this pretty yellow "Gold Nuggets' could buy just about anything they wanted, from the white settler, who would do anything for this yellow metal, so the local Indians started to visiting their local trading posts, and started buying up all they could with their gold nuggets.
Now in eastern Utah there is an area that some prospectors came across in Snake Indian country that had good green grass, and plenty of water on the base of a low-lying granite mountain, where you could see iron-stained mesas nearby,
And so this is where the old prospectors stop to do some more exploring, And in this local area the prospectors, found some "Pot Holes" in the surrounding rocks, but when they took a closer look is when they remebered the story that one of the indian women had told them years before, about some glitter coming from several of these pot holes, that were filled with water, as they approched some of these pools, and waded out into one of the larger ones, they too seen some glitter coming from the bottom of the pool, As they scoop up some sand and started panning out some of this gravel is when they found a lot of gold nuggets, So the miners started setting up a permenant camp site. As time went on they figured they had found about $600 dollars worth of gold, Then winter started to set in, So they pack up their gear, and planed to return in the spring,
Just like most of the stories of other prospectors that find rich strikes, they always plan to return. But the same thing happens over and over they just can't not find the same valley or the same mountains, or the same creek, that they stumbled across earlier. and rich strike lost forever.
The old timers and sheepherders, and cowboys, refer to this area in eastern Utah as the "Pot Holes" but never found any gold in the area like old prospectors did.
According to one version of the lost "Pot Holes" gold story, Is the pot holes described are not natural holes such that occur in sandstone formations in many parts of the west, but were excavations made in gravel conglomerate by the Snake indain tribe. This fortune still awaits the prospector who is willing to go out and try to find this glomeerate deposits.
Happy Treasure Hunting
Johnnie & Sheila