McDame Creek

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McDame Creek is a creek located in the Cassiar Land District of British Columbia. The creek flows southeast into Dease River and is south of Good Hope Lake.[1] The creek was discovered in 1874 by a prospector named Henry McDame. McDame Creek was mined for gold in the 19th century. A camp called Centreville contained cabins and stores and served as a trading centre for miners working on McDame Creek in the 19th century. In 1877 a 72 ounce solid gold nugget valued at $1,300 was found in McDame Creek. The solid gold nugget was found by a prospector named Al Freeman, it was the largest found in the province. This nugget was found roughly where 1st N. Fork Creek flows into McDame Creek.[2]

The Christie Lead[edit]

A gold miner named Christie discovered a lead of gold near McDame Creek in 1876. This gold lead became known as the "Christie Lead". The lead was a run of gold that was 30 meters wide and continuous for almost a 1.5 kilometers. The lead returned $2,000.00 to $6,000.00 weekly. It was located between Snow Creek and 3rd North Fork Creek and ran parallel to McDame Creek. In 1877 the Christie Lead abruptly ran out. Many attempts were made to find where the lead may have continued along the creek. None of these attempts have been successful. Some believe the lost "Christie Lead" awaits rediscovery along McDame Creek.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McDame Creek". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ N.L. Barlee (1976), Historic Treasures and Lost Mines of British Columbia. Canada West Publications.
  3. ^ N.L. Barlee (1976), Historic Treasures and Lost Mines of British Columbia. Canada West Publications.

Coordinates: 59°11′N 129°14′W / 59.183°N 129.233°W / 59.183; -129.233