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Frenchman Mine

Abandoned

    In August of 1903, a fugitive named Paul Watelet attempted to enter Canada via Washington State. Watelet was trying to avoid an Ohio arrest warrant for fraud charges in connection to his group, the Colville Group Mining Company, for having misrepresented the company's operations to obtain an investment from a John Carnahan for $4000 (approximately $120,000 in today's money). The warrant named "Count" Paul Watelet in the scheme of obtaining the money by means of false pretense. Watelet was not actually a Count, but rather a Belgian miner from Oakland, California. Sometime In 1905, he made his way to Las Vegas...   ...

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