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Earl Dorr and the Kokoweef River of Gold

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Earl Dorr and the Kokoweef River of Gold

california goldMany people know about the California gold rush that started when James W. Marshall discovered gold at in Coloma, California in 1848. For the next century, individuals and companies worked diligently at mining the gold out of the mountainsides and streams of California.

Early miners were able to pan gold out of the rich gravel of California riverbeds. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that in five years a total of 12 million ounces of gold were extracted from California gravel.

During the same time, quartz miners blasted quartz off the hillsides (hard rock mining). Within the quarz were pieces of gold.

Then came hydraulic mining of hillsides and “coyoteing” a shaft about 30 feet into the bedrock of streams, which eventually extracted about 11 million ounces of gold by the time the 1880s where over.




california gold

During the 1890s, the “dredging” began, river bottoms and sandbars in the Central Valley were scoured for gold. Another 20 million ounces was extracting using these methods during the 1890s.

During the 1800s, the Gold Rush transformed California into the highly populated part of the world that it is today.

Is the gold all gone?

400 million years ago, California was under the ocean and served as a collection area for all of the minerals that underwater volcanoes let loose. As the hot magma rose over 200 million years ago, gold-filled fields of quartz formed within veins – and the gold exposed at the surface of the earth eroded and washed into the rivers and streams.

One clue as to whether the gold within the crust of California is truly gone comes from the legend of Earl P. Door and Kokoweef Mountain.

The Underground River of Gold

earl dorrIn the 1930s, prospector Earl F. Dorr went where few other gold prospectors had ever gone – into the dark cave of a mountain in San Bernardino County in California. Dorr learned of the cave’s existence from local Native American brothers working at his father’s ranch in 1934.

They told him how they – brothers Oliver, Buck and George Peysert – explored the caves and allegedly the three of them mined for six weeks and extracted $57,000 worth of gold (at $20 an ounce). During one visit ot the caves, George Peysert lost his life while diving into the river.

Earl Dorr located the small crack in the side of the hill. Squeezing through it, Earl claimed that he eventually experienced the discovery of a lifetime.

On December 10, 1934, Earl wrote a sworn affidavit detailing his amazing exerience. He explained that he spent four days exploring the cave with a civil engineer by the name of “Mr. Morton”.

They brought along altimeters, pedometers and a theodolit. After descending 2000 feet from the mouth of the cave, they came to a huge canyon. They also discovered a cave system filled with stalactites and stalagmites. He described the caves as “one of the wonders of the world.”

He wrote that they discovered a tidal river at the bottom of the cavern, and when the tide was out, the black exposed tidal sands were rich with placer gold.

Dorr took his own collection of ten pounds of sand during his visit, and sent a bit to an L.A. assayer to evaluate the value of the sand. The assayer determined the sand had a value of $2,144.47 per yard with gold at $20.67 an ounce.

The Wallace family formed Crystal Cave Mining Corporation to explore Kokoweef Peak and during WWII mined for Zinc. The company continued searching for the underground river from the 1940s through the 1960s. Earl Dorr died in 1957 during a mining accident, but he never shared the actual location of the entrance the he’d blasted closed.

Several companies have invested into the search for the underground river, including the Schnar family, Kokoweef Cavern Incorporated, and Explorations Incorporated of Nevada (EIN).

From 1985 through 2006, EIN performed the following exploration in Kokoweef Mountain:

-> Electronic Geophysical Surveys
-> Deep Drilling which revealed traces of gold after a 1,100 foot drilling
-> EIN plans a 2,500 foot drilling mineral assay which could potentially penetrate the legendary cavern.

Sources:

Backcountry Adventures Southern California by Peter Massey and Jeanne Wilson

Kokoweef, Inc website, North Las Vegas, NV (Larry Hahn)

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Aspentown

    Thanks for this nice piece on Earl Dorr and Kokoweef, Ryan. Thanks. I’m Earl’s grand nephew, and my father, Ray Dorr, wrote the major articles and produced maps still cited today. There’s much more about Earl and the secrets of Kokoweef than people know. Right now, we’re in opening negotiations with Discovery Channel about the whole story.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for your comment on the story – I found Earl Dorr’s story (and life) absolutely fascinating. I think even experiencing that period of time (the gold rush) must have made for some interesting experiences.

    I found a lot of information that more recently the mountain has been the center of some major disputes as far as investors putting money into trying to locate the gold and lack of successes and have recently started considering a follow-up article about that.

    I can’t help but be reminded of the sort of Gold Rush scams described at Geologist Dan Hausel’s site (http://danhauselauthor.pbworks.com/w/page/16733740/Discoveries) where he writes: “Similar scams were investigated by the author that included Pine Mountain near Casper where 287 million ounces of gold was allegially found (although no gold was present), at French Creek where assays were reported in the hundreds of ounces per ton, and later another scam indicated the discovery of the largest palladium-platinum deposit in the world. A scam in California was reported to have more gold and platinum than had been mined in all of human history. I was also lucky enough to investigate the historical ‘Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 near the Wyoming-Colorado border (right next to a bonafide diamond district).”

    I’m very interested in learning more about Kokoweef and would love to interview you or anyone with the family – I am interested in additional evidence supporting Earl’s claims. Would you consider such a dialog? I hope the folks at the Discovery Channel do their research!

    Please contact me via the email address on my contact page if you’re interested.

  • Aspentown

    I like your approach, Ryan. I’ll look up your contact info and be in touch.

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