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By Brian Brennan

In his latest best-seller, Scoundrels and Scallywags, Brian Brennan brought us to Albertans who dared to be diverse. Now, in Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta tales Brennan turns his attractions to erstwhile occasions, either sturdy and undesirable, that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years. Brennan roams around the sweep of Alberta heritage, retelling quite a lot of tales for a brand new iteration. From front-page information goods (the Frank Slide and Leduc oil discovery) to lesser-known occasions (the Lonely Bachelors of "Dinosaur Valley" and the Rainmaker of medication Hat), Brennan chronicles many of the wonderful boondoggles and bonanzas that experience helped forge the Alberta story.

Always exciting and sometimes striking, Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta Stories—Brennan's 5th book—celebrates the ups and downs, successes and scams of Canada's so much bright and self sustaining province.

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In the course of a type of lucid periods he drew the map—a tough pen-and-ink comic strip of rivers and mountain ranges—that Lafayette French introduced with him to Alberta within the Eighteen Eighties. within the centre of the map was once a move marked with the note “Gold,” on the head of a circulate with 3 forks. The go, acknowledged French, represented the positioning of the misplaced Lemon Mine, and he vowed to look for it “as lengthy as i've got breath in my physique. ” Riley followed French on numerous prospecting journeys through the years that he labored at French’s excessive River buying and selling submit. He stated that the various journeys ended tragically with a number of of the quest celebration without notice taking sick or loss of life. “Some unusual hoodoo looked as if it would hang-out all those that sought the misplaced mine. ” certainly, undesirable success all of French’s makes an attempt to discover the mine over a thirty-year interval. even though, whilst French took his final journey into the mountains presently earlier than his demise in 1912, he claimed it was once profitable. He wrote a letter to a chum announcing he had eventually situated the misplaced Lemon Mine and was once approximately to develop into very wealthy. even though, earlier than he may perhaps capitalize on his find—or expose the whereabouts of the elusive bonanza—he was once badly burned in a fireplace at his cabin close to excessive River and died quickly afterwards. “If he had really solved the secret which had occupied such a lot of years of his lifestyles, the key died with him,” stated Riley. the quest for the misplaced Lemon Mine persisted with out good fortune in the course of the years after French’s demise. a couple of humans lower back from prospecting journeys to assert they have been as regards to pinpointing the positioning, yet no one ever got here again with any difficult proof of gold latest within the mountains. a number of of those expeditions have been bankrolled by means of Riley, who turns out to were drawn extra to the romance of the hunt than to the prospect that the mine may well truly exist. “It’s an exceptional story,” he stated presently sooner than his loss of life in 1948. “And why smash an excellent tale? ” whereas a couple of gold-seekers endured to enterprise confidently into the mountains after Riley’s demise, the tale steadily pale from public view until eventually January 1989, whilst a geological technician from Edmonton named Ron Stewart introduced that he had came upon gold within the Crowsnest cross. the inside track made headlines all over the world. may possibly this, eventually, be the fabled misplaced Lemon Mine? Stewart used to be speedy to claim he didn’t imagine so. For something, there has been just a microscopic volume of gold within the volcanic rocks that he sampled. Stewart’s discovery used to be a miles cry from the bonanza that Lemon and his companion had supposedly stumbled upon in 1870. yet Stewart did imagine there may be a connection among his locate and that of the 2 outdated prospectors. He figured that Lemon and Blackjack may have came upon their fabled El Dorado someplace alongside the thirty-mile strip of rocks that geologists name the “Crowsnest Volcanics. ” Stewart’s locate ends up in the next query: Why, in the course of greater than a century of looking out, had no different prospectors encounter the wealthy locate that Lemon it appears made? simply because, reasoned Stewart, they have been trying to find what couldn't be noticeable with the bare eye.

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