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STATE TREASURES

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

SUBMITTED STORIES FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS

COLORADO

  1. There is a large cache of treasure buried or hidden somewhere in the stone cliffs above the Purgatorie River, about 12 miles from Old Bent's Fort a few miles northeast of Las Animas.
  2. 8 burro-loads of 50 lb. gold bars were buried by the Spanish about 300 feet away from a strange arrangement of rocks, one of which was in the shape of a doll and stood about 30 feet high.  The site is near an early 1800s village in the foothills of the Spanish Peaks.  Most of the Spanish were killed and the cache of gold was never recovered.  This hoard is known as the Arapaho Princess Treasure.  Many believe the doll-shaped rock was located on the N.W. slope of West Spanish Peak, N.W. of LaVeta.  Still other sources claim the site was located on the N.W. quadrant of East Spanish Peak.

  3. There are many tales of treasure caches in the vicinity of Devil's Head Mountain, a landmark that can be seen for 75 miles.  In the area are many wild gulches and mysterious caves in thick timber, which make an excellent hideout for outlaws.  Much treasure awaits recovery in this region.
  4. A wagon train from the Denver mint, loaded with new dimes headed for Phoenix, disappeared before reaching Montrose--from a ranch near Crawford.  4 to 6 wooden kegs of new dimes were loaded on each of the 4 wagons.  Treasure hunters stumbled onto a location at the rim of a canyon where a side wash fell off into the river canyon.  Remains of 4 wagons were found and several gallons of coins were gathered along the Gunnison River near the north rim of Black Canyon.
  5. A 105-year old woman told a forest ranger in 1919 that as a child she could remember journeying to a particular cave where miners would come out with much gold.  She claimed that within 500 feet of the cave was an oaken door, the entrance to the rich Three Steps Mine.  It was near the cave entrance marked by a Maltese Cross.  The 105-year old stated that at a depth of 700 feet you would find huge oak doors which lead to the gold. 
  6. $30,000 in silver coins remains buried somewhere in Irish Canyon in the extreme NW corner of Colorado.
  7. In the 1890s, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch often fled into the remote valley of Brown's Hole to escape from lawmen.  It is believed that much of their outlaw loot was cached here and never recovered.
  8. A cache of gold ore worth $10,000 was buried somewhere in Pat's Hole within today's Dinosaur National Monument.  Worth many times that value today, the treasure has never been recovered.
  9. The Musgrove Corral Treasure of gold and silver coins remains buried along the Cache la Poudre River.
  10. In 1863, a stagecoach carrying an army payroll of $60,000 in $10 and $20 gold coins, destined for Fort Sanders in Wyoming Territory, was robbed by 6 outlaws at Long View Hill, a few miles out of Virginia Dale.  The gang took the strongbox from the stage and headed west towards the wooded foothills, where they blew the lock off of the box, removed the gold coins, and buried the treasure.  The 6 were killed and the loot was not found.
  11. $30,000 in silver coins remains buried somewhere in Irish Canyon in the extreme NW corner of Colorado.
  12. In the 1800's, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch often fled into the remote valley of Brown's Hole to escape from lawmen. It is believed that much of their loot was cached here and never recovered. One of their treasures contained $50,000 in gold coins and nuggets.
  13. A cache of gold ore worth $10,000 was buried somewhere in Pat's hole within today's Dinosaur National Monument. Worth many times that value today, the treasure has never been recovered.
  14. The Musgrove Corral Treasure of gold and silver coins remains buried along the Cache la Poudre River.
  15. In 1863, a stagecoach carrying an army payroll of $60,000 in $10 and $20 gold coins destined for Fort Sanders in Wyoming Territory, was robbed by 6 outlaws at Long View Hill, a few miles out of Virginia Dale. The gang took the strongbox from the stage and headed west towards the wooded foothills where they blew the lock off the box, removed the gold coins and buried the treasure. A detachment of soliders were in hot pursuit and, in a raging gunfight, 5 of the gang were killed and the other escaped, only to be captured a short time later and hanged. The soliders conducted 4 formal searches for the payroll as did countless citizens, but it was never recovered, even though the soliders did find the empty strongbox.


 

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