Idaho Lost Diggings Miners

Their names were:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. A. J. Miner
  3. G. W. Chadwick
  4. Cyrus Iba
  5. William Phipps
  6. Joseph Dorsey
  7. Jerome Francisco
  8. John Moore
  9. J. R. Cain
  10. W. Churchill
  11. H. R. Wade
  12. A. J. Reynolds
  13. James Carroll
  14. William Duncan
  15. Dr A. F. Rudd
  16. F. Height
  17. W. L. Wade
  18. John Gannon
  19. M. Conner
  20. C. Ward
  21. H. W. Prindall
  22. D. P. Banes
  23. O. H. Purdy
  24. J. G. Boone
  25. W. T. Carson
  26. P. H. Gordon
  27. L. G. Gehr

and 3 others.

In the Silver City Owyhee Avalanche of Jan. 8, 1876, is a notice of the death of Alexander Eddington, an Englishman aged 60, a ‘pioneer of Owyhee,’ who may have been of third party.

In Ballou’s Adventures, MS., Jordan’s name is given as J. P. Jordan. H. K. Wade, who was the first treasurer-elect of Owyhee co., died in 1863.

William Duncan died in 1873 or 1874 in Nevada.

J. R. Cain settled in Boise Valley.

F. Height and G. Iba settled in Utah.

O. H. Purdy remained in Owyhee County, and wrote an account of these matters on the twelfth anniversary of the discovery of the Owyhee mines, in Owyhee Silver City Avalanche, May 22, 1875.

Peter McQueen, ‘one of the pioneers of the Owyhee mines,’ was killed Jan. 26, 1864, by the caving in of a tunnel on which he was working near Bannack City. ‘McQueen was formerly from Wellsville, Ohio, in Columbiana County, and was 36 years of age.’ He had returned from Owyhee to spend the winter at Boise working a claim he held at the mouth of Pearce Gulch. Boise News, Jan. 30, 1864.

Michael Jordan and James Carroll were killed by Indians.


Bancroft, Hubert H. Bancroft Works, Volume 31, History Of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, 1845-1889. San Francisco: The History Company. 1890.

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