It’s grizzlies that worry him, not snakes, and he’s armed with a Winchester, not a bullwhip – but otherwise the persona is unmistakable: Jordan Meeker is the Indiana Jones of the antique gas engine fraternity. Trekking through British Columbia’s Slocan Valley and West Kootenay region, Jordan is an engine archaeologist constantly on the prowl for old iron remnants of the Silvery Slocan, the silver and lead mining era in the late 1890s.
Jordan’s interests are not limited to gas engines, though. He’s salvaged and restored countless items – tools, equipment and household pieces – from abandoned mining camps. Check out videos of him running antique rock drills below.
You can view more videos of Jordan's mining camp finds on his YouTube channel, 4mileengines.