“The Lost Miners”


"Six miners went into the mountains To hunt for precious gold; It was the middle of winter, The weather was dreadful cold. Six miners went into the mountains, They had nor food nor shack -- Six miners went into the mountains But only one came back."


Burt believes this item to be about Alferd Packer (she spells it "Alfred," but my sources indicate that "Alferd" is correct). In 1873, Packer and five others went out. In the bitter winter that followed, all save Packer died, and it was later learned that Packer had eaten their bodies. He was generally thought to have murdered them as well, and died in prison in 1907. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1873-1874 - The disappearance of the Packer party


  1. Burt, p. 231, "The Lost Miners" (1 fragment)
  2. BI, Burt231


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US