Think you're good at cracking codes? Read Forrest Fenn's poem with clues to the treasure:
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.
There’s been equally as much written about Jim and Rezin P. Bowie’s search for the Los Almagres or San Saba Mines, as the mines themselves. Did the Bowie’s, really search?
For some, it became a dangerous obsession: In the process of looking for the trove that was said to be worth as much as $2 million, at least four people have died.
"The ornate, Romanesque box is 10-by-10 inches and weighs about 40 pounds when loaded," as NPR's John Burnett reported in 2016. "Fenn has only revealed that it is hidden in the Rocky Mountains, somewhere between Santa Fe and the Canadian border at an elevation above 5,000 feet. It's not in a mine, a graveyard or near a structure."
Photos show famed hidden treasure found after 10-year search
But the 89-year-old Fenn provided very few details, other than the man who found the loot was from "back East."
Fenn posted three photos on his blog Tuesday. The first, he says, shows the bronze chest on a trail "not long after" it was found. It appears to show a variety of coins, gold nuggets and a rusted key.