Wednesday, 29 June 2011

There’s gold in them thar hills!

Look what we found!

Oh, if only it was real!

In 1863 Pauline Weaver, a pioneer explorer, led an expedition that discovered gold nuggets the size of potatoes on the top of Rich Hill.   Miners working the hill found deposits in the creeks and the town of Stanton, originally called Antelope Creek, was founded.

Antelope Creek was renamed Stanton for Charlie Stanton the illegitimate son of an Irish lord and a graduate of Dublin University. He met his end in 1886 after making vulgar comments about a Mexican girl her brothers objected and filled him full of holes!

Those prospectors of a romantic disposition could go absolutely everywhere together in Stanton.

 Yeh right!

Stanton is now owned by the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association and they allow you to look around.   Present day prospectors still roam the hills looking for that elusive big strike.

  Have fun, we are!

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