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The Legend of Snowblind Gulch

Sidebar by Catherine Lutz

Mountain Lore – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

Two prospectors came to Tomichi Valley long before there was any settlement, in the early 1860s. Legend has it that they found up to a pound of gold per man per day. But they were greedy, and stayed in the valley too long that season. Trying to return home as winter set in, they disappeared.

Nobody knows if they were attacked by Indians, or got lost, or got caught in a snowstorm and died. Strangely enough, nobody knows how the legend got passed on, either. But miners in later years searched continuously for “Snowblind Gulch.” Evidence of a sluice was found on Tomichi Creek, but gold never was.