I only found one story in my Washington state file. I was in "Lost Treasure" of July, 2007, page 41 - 42. It states that the location in Stevens County was, "not far from the Canadian border and due west of the historic town of Northport..." No names for the Doukhobor firefighters but the date was 1929. 29 men hiked into Gold Creek basin and cleared a firebreak. While they were resting and sleeping during the night the fire jumped their firebreak and threatened thier lives. They made a run for it and two got separated from the rest. They finally found the main group and told them they had escaped the fire by getting into a rock slide clearing and spending the rest of the night. While hiking out one of the men found a vein of galena and broke loose two samples that they carried out with them. Reportedly the samples assayed at "over 1,000 ounces of silver to the ton." They looked for the rock slide area before they returned home to Canada but couldn't find it. The two men reportedly returned for years but never found it.
As far as Gold Creek is concerned it "is a small stream that flows into Sheep Creek, which runs into the Columbia River." The story also mentions that Ray Wiley was a teenager bringing water to the firefighters and he saw the ore samples the men had brought out.
Thats' the basics of the story I found on the "Lost Doukhobor Ledge."
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