The Lost Dutchman gold mine, Montezuma’s treasure,
the Oak Island Money Pit – all brilliant examples
of yet to be found fortunes which continue
to intrigue tens of thousands of people across the
While the aforementioned are some of the more famous pursuits,
there is one relatively new quest which has inspired many
to traverse to the Southwest Mountain States in search of a
fortune in gold and jewels.
In 2010, after having triumphed in a battle with cancer, Forrest
Fenn, a former Air Force pilot and avid art collector, hid a treasure
estimated to be worth over $2 million in the “mountains
north of Santa Fe”.
The treasure itself consists of gold coins and nuggets, emeralds,
jade carvings, an ancient golden amulet from the Aztec empire,
and other valuable prizes, all of which are contained in a bronze
chest, for which Fenn paid $25,000.
Fenn crafted a wonderfully cryptic poem adorned with mystique
and adventure – and according to its author, the poem
contains nine specific clues which point to the treasure chest.
And so the world of treasure hunters is now abuzz with hopes
of out-witting Fenn and discovering the life-changing loot.
According to avid researchers, as of the publication of this article,
the treasure remains unfound. Even less than a year ago,
in an interview with Jenny Kile and www.mysteriouswritings.
com, Fenn revealed some rather optimistic comments:
“I applaud those who are staying in the search, and enjoying
what nature has to offer. I will reiterate that the story is real,
the chest is where I left it, and it is not in a dangerous place.
At age 85 I could go back and get it. But any place can become
dangerous for anyone who violates the common sense rules of
Yes, there is over $2 million worth of precious metals and jewels
hidden in the American Southwest.
While the monetary lure alone is certainly worthy of taking up
the chase, many believe Fenn had a deeper hope in transcending
our current world of constant connections to our smart
phones and tablets, reinvigorating the sense of “family time”
without interruption, and getting people out into the magnificent
landscapes of our United States. Interested yet? Here is
the poem – Happy Hunting!
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.
Article provided by: Joe Viglietta, Chief Operating Officer, Vista Host