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Buried Treasure North of Santa Fe..For Real…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-03-2013


Mr. Forrest Fenn is his book, The Thrill of The Chase, has written a poem in that book that gives clues to the place where he buried a Romanesque Box containing treasures and the box  is a treasure in its self as it dates from A.D. 1150. But also, inside the box are several gold nuggets, two the size of your fist….265 gold coins…..and jewels, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, he claims a total value of over $250,000.00. This morning on NBC, I believe, he said it was buried in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe above 5000 feet in elevation. What a clue, as I don’t really know of a location north of Santa Fe under 5000 feet. Santa Fe is about 7500 feet. Espanola is about 5595, Chimayo is 6075 feet. And, remember Georgia O’Keefe, world renown painter lived at Abiquiu, which is about 6027 feet. And get this…..Ok, before I tell you I would like a cut of 10 % if you find it in this general area….alright then, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was filmed in this area…Cowboys and Aliens was filmed in this area and……City Slickers was filmed in this area. Remember the second film where Curly’s brother took the boys to the cave on the treasure hunt, that was up there….That could be where Mr. Fenn got his idea and he could have used the same cotton picking cave….Ok, don’t all of you rush up there at once. There is limited places to stay…I think I will go ahead and head up that way….Ok, you folks just forget what I said, ok…..Just a joke…Ha, ha…..I was just kidding…. Anyway, its still pretty cold up in them thar hills…..Naw, it’s way to cold to come out here now…..Pete Hester ps….update, he said in the poem in the book to “begin where the warm waters stop and take it in the canyon down not far…but to far to walk”….Now let me see, is there a warm springs that drain into a river, like the hot springs at Jemez Springs that run into the Jemez River….Well, I don’t remember a canyon near there….Oh, he did say “up the canyon without a paddle” so I reckon that means a dry canyon, huh? Gee, I don’t know, confusing huh? Well, if my clues help, please consider a tip..Pete




Comments (7)

So! There is buried treasure somewhere north of Santa Fe above 5000 feet in elevation. Let’s see! That would mean it could be anywhere north of Santa Fe and south of the North Pole. There may be plenty of caves and valleys somewhere in that vast espanse of territory that is under 5000 feet in elevation. It doesn’t sound like much of a clue. I’m sure the person who hid it didn’t care to give much of a clue. He wanted to find it for himself someday. With all the movies that have been filmed in the area with so many Hollywood types moping around, the money is likely already in a bank in Bevely Hills by now.

Mr. Fenn says no, that it is still there. The clues are very wide reaching, thats for sure…

What does Mr. Fenn know? Why did he hide the treasure? Was he running from the law? Are the jewels hot? It sounds as if Mr. Fenn and his book is merely a Hollywood creation for a future movie. Perhaps several movies! Personally, I’d rather go looking for the “Lost Dutchman Gold Mine” in the mountainis east of Phoenix. I’d likely have better luck. The lost dutchman’s gold mind probably only existed in the old dutchman’s head and an overly active imagination, but that is better than hot jewels originating from a bank in Beverly Hills that is destined only for another bank in Beverly Hills after 300 million Americans are ripped from their hard earned cash. That is the way Hollywood works, and that is the way Hollywood keeps getting richer.

I may have even better luck instead to re-open the old Bonner Gold Mine, which is unfortunately now underneath the campus of West Georgia College west of Atlanta. That one is already owned by the state. It is untouchable. There is no need to mine gold only to pay for Barry’s future golf outings.

Mr. Fenn owned an art gallery in Santa Fe and developed cancer and it was thought to be uncureable at the time. He sold his shop, buried the treasure, wrote the book and is now cured of cancer. However, he is leaving the treasure there probably in hopes of having a best selling novel containing the clues of the whereabouts of said treasure. And yes, the book sales could far exceed the value of the treasure chest. And yes, he could end up with both.

Thanks for the correct information on Mr. Fenn. As a fresh college graduate, I used to mope around the art shops and exhibits around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos with a friend, who was an art student at UNM working at KAFB. At first, I tried to appear as a somewhat interested companion for her, but I seriously tried to develop an interest in art for myself for the first time in my life. We may have ran across Mr. Fenn’s gallery because I vaguely remember the name. I didn’t succeed in developping much of an interest in art,but I did find out that there was much more to it than I had ever known before. I did wonder how they made a living because I had never known anyone who seriously did art or who really ever spent their hard earned money on that kind of stuff. In those days, I quickly found out that there was alot that i didn’t know. I am happy to learn that my friend Jan eventually graduated in biochemistry from UNM, instead of art, and went on to a successful life in Alaska and Arizona. Perhaps I had just a wee bit of influence on her as well just by appearing interested in her hobby.

I have been reading some on Mr. Forest Fenn. My friend and I couldn’t have visited his gallery in Santa Fe because did not move to Santa Fe until after he retired from the AF in 1970. We did our moping (or look shopping in 1966 to 1967); however, I read the AF Times almost religiously during that time period. It must have been during this period that I ran into the name of Forest Fenn after his aircraft was shot down in Viet Nam over enemy territory, and he was rescued. I don’t remember, but the news of his rescue may have been in one of the AF newsreels shown at one of our Commander’s Call meetings during this period, whether than the AF Times. Either one of the other is the way I first met the name of Forest Fenn.

After thinking about his treasure, I suspect that it is located in the vincinity of his property where the ancient San Lazaro Pueblo was located in ancient times. The present day town of Cerrillos and the Galisteo Basin, where San Lazaro was located, is, of course southeast of Santa Fe, but the original site may well have been slightly north of the present city. The site is above 5000 feet, but there is perhaps a cave or an escavation underneath the larger building leading to the treasure. The treasure itself may well be only an allegorical reference to the lore of the ancient people that once inhabited the site, but it may be a real treasure of these people’s artifacts, gold, and jewelry which they hid in a deep cavern underneath the site from the invading Spanish conquistadors. If it is north of the present city, it cannot be much north, but it is likely slightly north of the Spanish capitol during the Spanish Colonial period.

I do not believe that Forest Fenn is referring to his own treasure, or to his own hard earned money that he hid in the mountains in a box, either underground or whereever. He is referring to the treasure left by the ancient people (or the Spanish Conquistadors). After all, Forest Fenn was an Air Force career officer and a pilot during an era when Air Force lower grade officers did not make that much money. Even if he made it later in the art and curios business, why would he hide it for someone to find? He was Air Force, and Air force troopers are just too selfish to hide a million dollars worth of whatever for just anyone to find. The ancient people’s treasure is likely located very deep, even only a few feet below the 5000 elevation mark, but it was well hidden from the Spanish. The Tano Indians were the suvivors of the ancient people who originally built and settled the ruins of the ancient San Lazaro pueblo During the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, they hid their last remaining ancient treasure because they did not want the Spanish to get a hold of it. Forest Fenn likely knows where it is hid although he may not have ever been able to recover it without demolishing and ruining the historicity of the site. Being a good archaelogist, this he was unwilling to do. Again, the treasure may very well be only allegorical described only in the lore of the ancient people that Forest Fenn has recovered from the site but has not physically recovered or has even proved to have existed. Anyway, the lore makes a good story. His book (or books) that he plans to write about the lore is likely worth more than the treasure itself should it have ever existed. It is likely that the location of the “tresaure” is on either private of government property which would make it inaccessible to the public anyway. Therefore, the main treasure is its value in whatever book (or books) that Forest Fenn has written or plans to write.

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