In Search of a Legend
Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer and Brian Antonson
Slumach's Gold chronicles what is possibly Canada's greatest lost mine story. It searches out the truth behind a Salish man's hanging for murder in 1891 and tracks the intriguing legend about him that grew after his death. It was a legend that turned into a drama of international fascination when Slumach —
the hanged criminal — was mysteriously linked to gold nuggets "the size of walnuts." The stories claimed that Slumach had placed a curse on a hidden mother lode to protect it from interlopers and trespassers just before he plunged to his death "at the wrong end of a five-strand rope."
Although many have attempted to find Slumach's gold over the past 130 years, following tantalizing clues that are part of the legend itself, none have succeeded - or have they?
Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer and Brian Antonson have diligently sifted through history and myth, separating fact from fiction, but leaving the legend intact - along with the promise of gold yet to be found by some future gold seeker.
October 2, 2007
Available in paperback and eBook editions
“A fresh new look at one of British Columbia’s enduring mysteries.”
Chuck Davis, author of Vancouver Then and Now
“Qualifies as a British Columbia classic.”
Alan Twigg, BC Bookworld
“A great piece of research that reads like a mystery novel or a CSI episode…Slumach’s Gold combines legend, myth, documentation and oral history. It’s a masterpiece.”
Richard Thomas Wright, author of Barkerville and Overlanders