“Pan In A Can Paydirt” harkens back to Wild Horse Creek’s Gold Rush heyday

by Keith Powell
Picture of cans of paydirt.

Here's a novel idea for gold panning enthusiasts - Pan in a Can Paydirt, using paydirt from the famous Fort Steele Nip and Tuck Gold Mine. — Photo courtesy Keith Powell

Yes, there’s gold in them har’ hills. 

If you were at the recent Cranbrook’s Farmers Market you may have noticed a display table featuring gold in a can from the famous, and some say legendary, Fort Steele Nip and Tuck Gold Mine.

A new venture called "Pan In A Can Paydirt" has been launched by Stephen Lathem of Fort Steele, the owner of the Nip and Tuck Mine, along with Cranbrook business owner, James Deraspe.

The concept is pretty simple – take some paydirt (gold bearing gravel) and package it up in a nicely labelled container and sell it for $25.

The paydirt comes from Stephen Lathem's claim on the Wild Horse Creek above the heritage town of Fort Steele. It makes a great gift for budding and experienced prospecting and gold panning enthusiasts. Or for someone who wants a “solid” keepsake from one of the most historic waterways in the Kootenays.

Just watch you don’t get bitten by the “gold fever” bug.

You can find out more about "Pan In A Can Paydirt" by visiting their Facebook page

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