Sometime around 1910 or so, a older California Rancher
decided he had had enough of Ranching and decided to retire and maybe try some
prospecting in the
When the rancher came through the pass west of
What he didn’t know is that it was a bunch of peaceful Piute Indians, and they couldn’t have cared less about his gold and silver, but no one told him…
Looking at his map he decided he would skirt to the south and travel through another pass and spend the night at a place he had heard of called Mosida, and the following day skirt north and through Lehi, Except… he didn’t quite make it to Mosida. It was getting late in the evening as he traveled through the pass leading into the Utah Lake Valley and for fear of an Indian attack and loosing his wealth, he decided to make camp and bury a majority of his wealth and return for it at a later date.
It would be many years passed when the Granddaughter
of the Rancher returned to the valley. Word traveled through certain circles in
Lehi of a lady seeking to hire men to travel to the west side of
In about 1973 on Easter day, my parents loaded up their truck and headed to the west desert to go treasure hunting again, some of the kids wanted to go and of course I was one of them. My dad being well to do, had a state of the art metal detector with a 30 inch coil, I guess bigger was better in them days. I remember my dad staking an area with wooden stakes and twine. We would cover each square within the grid until every square was thoroughly searched. At this place was several old trenches, side by side, that the hired men had dug. Remnant of these trenches can still be seen today if you know where to look. However, I personally believe they were in the wrong pass.
While my dad and others searched the area I asked my mother what we were looking for, this was the first time I had ever heard the story, she told me that according what she was told, the rancher said that from where he buried his chest, he could see the light from the hotel. The hotel he was talking about was Mosida. Many years later before my mother passed, and we were reminiscing, she told me she didn’t remember saying that and that she thought it was that from where he buried it he could see the lake.
Now how much was actually buried in Silver and Gold we have no idea but the chest contain his personal wealth and the payment he had received for selling the Ranch. Now I have told everything I recall except why I think they were in the wrong pass digging trenches and where I think it is, and why… Someone with the right equipment just might be able to find this one…
Great story. I read California and it instantly had my full attention. Everytime I read these stories I'm on Google maps trying to search out locations. Always a treat! Cheers from Pismo beach!ReplyDelete