Bear Wallow

Triangle Stone Mine
George Thompson  shared the following story in his book "Faded Footprints" on page 122.

An old cabin in Bear wallow as we found it in 1992.  It is much worse condition now.
Could this be the cabin that is close to the old mine?  If so your search might start here.

"Strange things have happened at Bear Wallow, north of Pigeon Water and east of the long ridge separating it from Dry Canyon and Miner's Gulch. Several hikers have seen a well hidden mine portal there. The late John Sprecker of Duchesne was hunting deer when he noticed a peculiar slab of rock, obviously not native to that area. That rock was quite large and triangular in shape, but what set it apart from the common red sandstone was its white color. Sprecker wasn't aware that Spanish miners often placed such stones as trail markers or to draw attention to a particular area. He tried to lift that rock and in so doing discovered that it was balanced so that it could easily be turned sideways. When that white stone was rotated to the side a small vertical shaft below it was uncovered. That stone had been purposely placed to conceal the entry to that shaft. A rotted chicken pole ladder proved that men had once descended into that pit. Sprecker planned to have someone help him investigate that shaft, but unfortunately, he died not long after his discovery, so that its location was lost.

Curiosity sometimes tempts fate, for just last summer that same out-of-place white marker stone was found again. Mark Mason was hiking in the Bear Wallow area when he stopped to look more closely at a symbol cut into a tree; a triangle with a dot in its center. Looking beyond that tree, he was surprised to see a triangular shaped white stone shaped just like the triangle on the tree. He said that he wouldn't have seen the stone if he hadn't sighted past that sign tree. Mason wondered why there should be a large white stone where all of the rock was red sandstone, but like Sprecker before him, he too was unaware of Spanish marker stones and continued on his way. It wasn't until I told him of John Sprecker's discovery of a shaft beneath that stone that he decided to return to Bear Wallow and check out that marker rock, that is if he can find that Spanish tree sign again!

Old-timers around the Duchesne area tell of a Spanish mine at Bear Wallow and a small cabin close to it. The portal of that mine is concealed by stones piled over it, but even though it is well concealed, it is still guarded by an Indian whose only job is to keep "white-eyes" away from the hoard of gold said to be cached there. Two prospectors told of accidentally stumbling onto that old cabin site, and they said that although its roof is sagging, its walls are still standing. Their tale of seeing a human skeleton sitting on a chair inside that cabin might be attributed to too active an imagination, or perhaps too many drinks of Old Blabber Mouth; that is if their story wasn't corroborated by others who claim to have seen the same thing, when they were perfectly sober. A man of some stature and civic responsibility at Roosevelt City, a man who is a teetotaler, told of seeing that same cabin while deer hunting with his father-in-law, who is a Ute Indian. He said the body inside that cabin is still dressed in leather boots and shreds of what were once trousers, but his shirt has completely rotted and fallen away. But most un-nerving to look at is that skeleton's long, stringy red hair, all covered with dust and cobwebs! But steer clear of Bear Wallow, he cautions, for it is certain death to be caught near that old cabin and mine tunnel!"


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