5 Lost Treasures You Can Still Look For In Ontario
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Ontario has rich history and heritage. There are several odd tales and unsolved mysteries about Ontario that still boggle the minds of many today. The stories regarding lost treasures are particularly interesting - it's crazy to imagine such treasures could still be out there somewhere; unclaimed and worth an absolute fortune.
Here are 5 lost treasures you can still look for in Ontario:
The Gold of Jesse James
Jesse James was an American outlaw of the late 1800s. He is most famously known for running the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was responsible for a string of high-profile bank and stagecoach robberies in the Wild West. Jesse James was somewhat of a Robin Hood; distributing the wealth he obtained from the robberies to the poor whenever he could. He died in 1882 after being shot in the head by a fellow gang member named Bob Ford.
News of his death travelled everywhere, including to Princeton, Ontario - a small town in the Oxford County just 50 km southwest of Kitchener. Villagers of the town saw pictures of Jesse James in the local newspapers and they were able to identify him as a man of a different name - Mr. Richardson. Ever since then, people believed that Jesse James retreated to Princeton under an fake name to escape the American authorities. Today, the rumour persists that he brought his gold with him, stored in a 45-gallon barrel, and buried somewhere in the Mulmur township (2 hours away from Princeton).
The Lost Barrel of Silver Coins
Legend has it that a barrel of silver coins lies at the bottom of the Rideau Canal. In 1835, a boat carrying the barrel of silver was crossing Opinicon Lake when they were suddenly attacked by pirates. The boat crew tried their best to defend the silver but they knew that they would not be able to hold off the ambush.
They ended up dumping the barrel overboard, knowing full well that they were far too outnumbered and would have to surrender the silver. But, when the pirates saw that they did this, they retreated and did not bother returning. When the crew went back to spot where they dumped the barrel, they couldn't find anything - neither a barrel or any trace of silver coins. The crew believed the silver was lost forever; however, many people today still think the silver is still lying somewhere on the bottom of the Rideau Canal.
Main Duck Treasure
This legend claims that treasure from the 1760's lies somewhere on Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario. The area is known to have a high incidence of shipwrecks because of the unique geography of the area. The shipping channel is on the southern side, where shallow shelves of limestone hold up gigantic masses of granite.
In the 1760s, two ships from France were shipwrecked on these limestone shelves. Survivors were able to salvage one chest of gold from the wreckage, and it is said that they buried this chest in the centre of Main Duck Island. Stranded on the island, each survivor eventually died, leaving no one to guard the treasure chest. Today, the treasure is still missing; however, some people still believed that it is buried somewhere in the island.
The Tale of Meyer's Cave
Meyers' Cave lies north of Highway 7 near Mazinaw Lake. It was named after a counterfeiter named Meyers, who is believed to have had his equipment and silver hidden in the cave. He eventually disappeared without a trace, after years of smuggling the silver out of the cave with the help of local Aboriginals.
Several years later, in 1891, miners were stationed near the Meyer's Cave area and discovered a narrow passage that led to a surreal cavern. Stairs were carved out of the rock in the cavern and they descended about 100 feet to a hidden chamber. In the chamber were tools, Aboriginal artifacts, and a pool of water that extended to a subterranean lake that led to a cave full of silver stalactites. It is said that the miners sealed the cave so that they can return to it and claim the riches inside, but there was never any confirmation that they actually did that.
Today, the entrance to the hidden cavern is unknown. However, many still believe that there is a subterranean lake somewhere in the area that leads to a cave full of silver stalactites.
The Davis Lock in Ontario by the Rideau Canal is said to be the site of buried treasure that belonged to Mr. Davis, the past lockmaster. It is said that Mr. Davis had a habit of hiding gold that was meant to be given to the workers for their pay. His hiding spot of choice was the patch of land near the lock station.
After suddenly falling ill and passing away, location of Mr. Davis' gold became a mystery. To this day, even members of the Davis family, who are still the lockmasters of the Davis Lock, do not know where the gold is hidden.
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