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Lone Graves, Plain, Trinity - Red Mountain Ole
(Chelan)
Trinity, WA 98816
Lat: 48º 04' 29" N, Lon: 120º 51' 05" W   T30N  R16E SEC 27
Contributed by Fred Pflugrath  fpflug@nwi.net
 
The grave of Red Mountain Ole is located north of Lake Wenatchee on Phelps Creek that flows into the Chiwawa River in Chelan County.  The Chiwawa River Road is USFS Rd #311 and Phelps Creek is at the end of the road near Trinity.  From Plain proceed 3.4 miles on Chiwawa Loop Road.  Stay straight 1.5 miles to Chiwawa River Road.  Turn left to stay on Chiwawa River Road (Portions are unpaved).  Proceed approximately 22 miles to Trinity.
 
Red Mountain Ole lived in the Red Mountain District as a miner, prospector and trapper for 35 years.  Thought to be a native of Finland,  A concrete marker was placed on the site, but it soon disappeared.  The "hermit miner" who lived in the wilderness for 35 years had a mysterious "secret mine" He died in Leavenworth Hotel on Wed., July 11, 1934 where he had gone after his cabin on Phelps Creek had burned down on Sat.  He had lived there for 25 years but his real name was unknown.   He was buried on the Phelps Creek on the site of the cabin the following Sunday.  Some say he was also known as John SmithWenatchee Daily World, Aug. 21, 1962
See also Wenatchee Daily World, July 11,1934 and Oct 1, 1921.