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Leechtown Spanish Caves
Location: Jordan Meadows, Leechtown, B. C.
Source: condensed from Lazeo, L. Lost Treasure in British Columbia. Victoria, B. C.: L. Lazeo, 1973. 34.
During a fruitless hunting trip, in the bush near the Jordan Meadows area of southern Vancouver Island, a man named Mullard decides to take a shortcut home. While pushing through thick undergrowth he begins to decend some steps cut into the rock. The steps lead into a large cavern in which there is a rusted shovel, a badly mildewed, leather-bound book, a hand-forged pick, and two, 1" thick bars of gold, 3" long by 1.5", inscribed ORO and dated 1799. Seven steps lead down into a second cavern that has four feet of water covering its floor.
On the way home Mullard is caught in a storm from which he catches pneumonia of which he dies some months later. According to written sources Mullard leaves a letter locating the caves; a tree carved with the initials EM has been found somewhere in the bush; and to add authenticity to the Spanish aspect of the legend, a Spanish bronze cannon is embedded in rough concrete on a bluff overlooking the closest harbour to the lost caves. Also, an old Spanish naval sword has been found in the area. Two hunters came across the skeleton of a horse draped over a stone cairn near the Sooke potholes, and many Spanish, blown-glass bottles have been unearthed in the area.
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