Where is the lost treasure of the Poverty Island?
Poverty Island is a small island that can be found in Lake Michigan and even though it is a tiny island in the middle of a lake, there are at many legends centered around it.
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This same legend above is also described in this story. In this legend there were 4 or 5 chests of gold aboard some time vessel and was being chased around the island by the French and the chests of gold were pushed overboard to ensure that the French soldier would not retrieve the gold in case the ship was overtaken.
Many have searched for the fore mentioned treasure to no avail; however, a Chicago group is believed to have come very close to hauling in the lost treasure. As the story goes, the lighthouse keepers son, Carl Jensen watched as the Chicago group lowered a bell into the water and then drag it back up. He was 11 years old when he began to watch the long and boring event. However, after three years of this same process, he noticed as a storm was brewing, the crew beginning to scream, dance, holler, and rejoice. However, at this time, his parents made him come into the house because of the fierce storm heading in.
The storm was so intense the ship sank. The crew survived. No matter, how many have tried to recover this gold, no one has found the true treasure or even the true legends surrounding this mysterious Poverty Island.
THE LOST TREASURE OF
Where is the lost treasure of Princess Sophia?
The fate of Princess Sophia, a Canadian Ocean liner, was in the hands of Capt. J. P. Locke. Off the southern Alaskas panhandle in October 1918, a blinding snowstorm caused the captain to misjudge the course.
Around the 22nd of October 1918, the distress signal was received in Juneau about 40 miles from where Princes Sophia was located. The message stated they were in a blinding snowstorm however, the ship was in no immediate danger, and the captain had confidence in the double bulkheads and double bottom of Princess Sophia to withstand the storm.
The next morning, the Anita Phillips did reach the Sophia or at least were within 100 feet of the ship. Capt. L. H. Bayers, of the Anita Phillips talked with Captain Locke of the Princess Sophia and told his to launch his lifeboats. He explained that his ship and the Estebeth would be able to pick up the passengers by the buoy. The captain refused stating the sister ship the Princess Alice would arrive the next day to give him aid and he still stated the ship was in no immediate danger.
However, the storm became worse sometime after 8pm on October 24. The stern of the Princess Sophia swung around and tore the bow end. The telegraph operator since out a plea for help stating the ship was sinking.
In the morning light on October 25, the only things visible of Princess Sophia were the masts. All was lost. Aboard the ship was estimated over $2,000,000 in personal wealth of the passengers. To this day, the wealth is below the ocean inside the ocean liner for any brave diver to find.
Where is Rattlesnake Dick's Stolen Loot?
Richard Barter, better known throughout the history books as Rattlesnake Dick or Dick Woods, was one of the first to rush to California in search of his fortune during the gold rush. However, he was not one of the lucky ones. He soon turned to a life of a crime and began rustling horses. His luck was just as bad and he found himself in prison, where he stayed for two years.
While in prison, Rattlesnake Dick met up with Cy and George Skinner and some other bad sorts. In 1856, a large gold shipment was going down Trinity Mountains from the Yreka and Klamath River Mines. This is where Richard and his newly found friends decided to make their fortune. The gold was turned over to the group of bandits, which was estimated to be around $80,000 in gold bullion.
George Skinner was suppose to met the rest of the bandits including Rattlesnake Dick at Folsom, however, the gold was too heavy to bring down the mountain pass and George decided to buy half of the loot in the mountains.
On the way down the mountain after burying half the gold, the men were caught up with by a Wells Fargo posse. George Skinner was killed and the rest of his bad guys ran off.
An old prospector, by the name of Adams, had been prospecting just north of Silver City, New Mexico when one day he more or less crawled into town with several gunshot and arrow wounds. He was rushed to the town doctor but there was no hope. While he lay dying he told his friends, who were there that he had been prospecting north of town for several weeks when he saw a red hill in the distance. He traveled to the red hill and was astounded at the gold that lay all over the place. He immediately began to fill his knapsack with the gold nuggets. Once he began grabbing on he could, an arrow struck the ground at his feet. He ran to hide behind some rocks; he glanced around the rocks and saw about 12 Indians. He refused to move from his place of hiding and the Indians keep firing arrows and gunshots at him in an effort to get him out of hiding. He stayed until nightfall when the Indians went on their way. He slowly and cautiously made his way back to Pinos Altos traveling through streams to hide his trail.
Adams passed away within a few hours of reciting his story and was buried in the cemetery. The gold found in his knapsack was essayed to be worth over $7,000. Of course, soon everyone was out searching for this red hill where the gold was abundant. So far, to this day, no one has found the red hill or any of the gold that the old prospector had mentioned while dying.
If you would like to give it a try, you can see what you can find by traveling to Pinos Altos, which is 6 miles north of Silver City on New Mexico Highway 15. However, remember he was north of Silver City, so the gold must be somewhere between Pinos Altos and Silver City. He may have been close to Silver City but since he was traveling by streams to hide his trail Pinos Altos may have been the way he had to go.
Close by Riverside, Arizona on August 10, 1883 the Red Jack Gang held up a stagecoach. This stagecoach happened to be a Wells Fargo stage! The guard tried to persuade the gang into believing that there was no gold aboard the stagecoach, when a female passenger on the coach jumped off the stage and called the guard a liar.
Unknown to the guard at the time, the woman was really Red Jack dressed up like a woman. In disguise, Red Jack watched as the guard loaded the gold and placed it under a seat and this is when Red Jack gave the signal for his men to move. Of course, men, Red Jack and the guard pulled out their weapons and the guard was killed. The Red Jack Gang rode off with $3,000 in gold and currency.
After the area had their fill of stagecoach robberies, Sheriff Bob Paul gathered a posse and tracked down the Red Jack Gang, killing them one by one when found. Red Jack was killed by the posse when he was found hiding near Wilcox, Arizona on October 4, 1883.
It is believed that the Red Jack Gang buried their entire ill-gotten gain close by their Wilcox hideout. This hideout is close to Prescott, Arizona and the person lucky enough to find will find a treasure worth $8,000 in gold coin.
Treasure hunting can be quite easy or it can be very difficult, depending on what you need for a particular search. For some searches, it may be as easy as walking into your own town while for others, it may require special tools and technology. One thing that a few treasure hunts require is the ability to imagine what life was like once ago. Only when you have an idea of how things once were can you continue to search for this particular type of treasure and the Red River treasure is one story that falls into this category.
The Red River lies along the border between Texas and Oklahoma and it is on the south side of this river that lays treasure lost long ago. It was in 1892 that Lewis Franklin Palmore was appointed to be the first marshal in what is today’s Oklahoma. It wasn’t until two years later that he first had an encounter with criminals when four men robbed the First National Bank located in Bowie, Texas. The criminals went north with the money they had taken from the bank and they stopped to rest along the bank of the Red River, which at the time was flooded.
That same night, Palmore received word from the city marshal in Bowie. The Bowie marshal wanted to let Palmore know that the criminals were headed in his direction. Palmore gathered other officials and knowing that the criminals would have to cross the flooded river went to catch them. Just as the criminals were about to cross over the river safely, they saw Palmore’s gang heading towards them. Beginning to panic and not knowing what to do, the criminals dove into the water and swam the width of it while their horses swam alongside of them. Palmore and his crew were ready and waiting for the criminals with handcuffs on the other side. The criminals were captured and charged for their crime. According to the reports, the robbers should have had $18,000 with them in paper money and other ten to twenty thousand in coin. After searching them, Palmore and the other officials found the paper money but the coin was never found.
The criminals were quickly taken to Fort Smith, Arkansas where Judge Roy Parker found them guilty during trial and sentenced them to death by hanging. Nooses were placed around the criminal’s necks and they sat atop their horses waiting to be taken to their final destination. Palmore was beside one of the criminals and while they were waiting, one of the criminals whispered to Palmore that the remaining coin was hidden around the area that was their final campout site. Palmore searched the entire area but he never could find the coin.
It’s believed that because the river and the surrounding land have changed so much, especially in the way of flooding conditions, that one must be able to imagine what the river looked like the day the criminals left to be able to discover the missing coin. Because the river was severely flooded at the time, it is most likely buried somewhere much higher above what today would be a standard surface line. Many have searched for this treasure but to this day, it remains the mystery of the Red River treasure.
Where is the lost treasure of Redbone Cave?
When the Indians ruled the land all over Alabama back in 1720, the Chickasaw Indians took a trapper prisoner. The white trapper was placed in a cave for a short period of time. The cave is said to be Redbone Cave which can be found on the north bank of the Tennessee River close to Muscle Shoals in Colbert County.
While the trapper was held in the cave, as he reported later, the cave was full of gold and silver bars that went from the floor of the cave to the ceiling, along with chests overloaded with golden figurines, jewels, and gold coins.
A couple of finds have been discovered throughout the region and the quest for this treasure increased with each of these discoveries.
Close by the Natchez Trace Bridge in Colbert County, in 1971, two men discovered a gold ingot about the size of a brick, a farmer working a field south of Smithsonia in Lauderdale County found a gold bar that had either Indian or Spanish markings. Many people believe that both of these discoveries were from the treasure in Redbone Cave; however, there are many others that believe they came from different sources.
If there have been any other finds no one is talking about them. As far, as anyone can tell, the treasure the trapper saw back in 1720 is still hidden away in Redbone Cave.
Rampage of the Reynolds Gang in Colorado.
During July of 1864, South Park, Colorado was invaded, would you believe by Confederate soldiers? Jim Reynolds and eight renegade Confederate soldiers plan was to rob gold mines throughout the area to aid in financing the Confederate side.
The first place they hit was a ranch belonging to Adolph Guirand on July 24, 1864. They got away with horses and cash.
Their next stop was Dan McLaughlin’s stage station. The stage station was where the town of Como is today. Here they stole cash, horses, and a gold watch.
As they went over Kenosha pass heading towards Denver, they robbed the Michigan House stage station of all of its horses.
Mr. Berry a local resident in the area, began to tell everyone about the Reynolds gang and tried in vain to gather a posse together to stop them from robbing more stage stations or whatever they had planned. No one would listen. Therefore, Mr. Berry kept a close eye on them alone, by following their movement. He followed them to the Omaha House stage station and then from there the gang headed toward Shaffer’s Crossing.
By July 30, 1864, a posse was finally organized and the Reynolds gang was seen in a forest nearby. All guns were firing in both directions, from the posse and the gang. After the smoke cleared one gang member was dead, Owen Singleterry. A posse member proud of their deed chopped of Owen’s head, preserved it in alcohol and took it back to Fairplay as a trophy.
After this episode, the Reynolds gang, buried all their loot and got out of the area as fast as possible. It was estimated that the gang had taken around $5,000 to $100,000. However, many robberies were blamed on this gang that there is no proof that it was the Reynolds gang.
Right after this, a larger posse of 75 men went in search of this thieving gang. In only 4 days they were found, four were captured and Tom Holliman, another member was captured within another four days.
Jim Reynolds, along with his brother John, and one other desperado made it to New Mexico.
On the way to Denver, with the other five gang members, a fight broke out where three of the outlaws were killed and the other two escaped.
Many years later, John Reynolds during another thieving operation in Taos, New Mexico, he was shot and was near death of gunshot wounds when he shared his story of the hidden loot from 1864 to his new partner in crime, Albert Brown. Just before dying, he drew a map of the location of the buried loot.
Albert Brown headed for the South Park along with some of his outlaws. When they finally made it to the area, a fire had destroyed practically all the landmarks that Reynolds had mentioned. However, Albert did find a headless skeleton, and horse bones in a swamp, which could have been the body Owen Singleterry.
Among many other things, World War II brought about many stories of lost treasure. Whether it was because the Nazis wanted to hurriedly get rid of the loot they had cruelly acquired or whether it was just because they had long distances to travel and did not always want to carry their heavy treasure, it’s believed that much of this treasure can be found in different places around the world but mostly of course, in Europe. The story of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel is just one such story.
Rommel was in charge of the Nazi military in their operations in North Africa. He was stealth and brave and for this he became known as “The Desert Fox.” Already having gained control of North Africa, he was ordered to move through Egypt, taking the Suez along the way and moving into India. However, during this time foreign currency was often held up to scrutiny and Rommel didn’t want his mission being compromised because he was using foreign currency. Because of this, Rommel would not accept Deutschmark’s that Fuhrer had offered him but instead demanded that he be paid in gold and silver coins as well as diamonds. Now that he had currency that was gladly accepted everywhere, his move through North Africa went just as planned.
Rommel though met up with trouble just as he was about to take control of the Suez as well. Here there were British troops that were determined not to allow the Nazis to also take the Suez. Coupled with that was the fact that the American troops, commanded by General Patton, were also due to land in the Suez and were prepared to fight Rommel for the Suez. Because of all of the opposition he would be facing, Rommel was quickly forced to retreat. He first took his troops to Tunisia and then to Sicily however, the enemies kept attacking. He was soon ordered to make his way back to Europe’s mainland so that he could help defend the western front. Rommel had a problem in that he still had too much currency on him to take back. He decided that burying it would be his best plan but because Italy had just surrendered, he couldn’t bury it on Italy’s mainland. So he ordered the money to be sent on a submarine to Corsica where it could then be buried.
It was April 1943 when a crew of Germans used a U-boat to get to the east coast of Corsica. Waiting until after nightfall, the crew disembarked the boat and took the treasure with them. They buried it in the mountains, the bays, or the marquis, no one is exactly sure where. Afterwards, they climbed back aboard the U-boat and headed out onto the Mediterranean on their way home. During their trip, an American ship saw the German boat and started to follow it. Eventually the Americans sunk the German boat and the entire crew sunk along with it. Rommel himself died a few short months later.
There has been no documentation stating that Rommel’s treasure has been found, despite the countless searches that have taken place in the area. Those living in Corsica believe it is still guarded. It’s interesting that not even twenty years later, in 1961, a diving school was established in the nearby area. While a lot of diving took place under the direction of the diving school, the school didn’t have any students. Add to these suspicions that the owner of the diving school was eventually found dead by his own hand spear, and the story becomes even more suspicious.
Folk Lore, legends and tales have always been around with large gold strikes all over the place. Whether these stories told from generation to generation are true or not is just as much a mystery as how the stories began when all parties that found the treasure were killed or died before mentioning their find.
Round Mountain Treasure is another one of these tales. As the legend goes, four French Canadians were trapping on the Snake River close by Round Mountain. American trappers, of course were protective of their hunting grounds and they attacked the Canadians, stealing all their furs and running them from the area. The Canadians did not want to go home empty handed so they headed south into western Colorado. One of the four Canadians found a gold nugget in the headwaters of the Gunnison River.
This is where they thought their riches lied. They set up camp and successfully panned for gold for one month in the creek beds. However, luck was not on their side. Ute Indians soon came upon the Frenchmen and the battle began. The fight lasted for quite a few days until three of the four men were dead. One of the Frenchmen did escape over the Cochetopa Pass, which is west of Saguache. He was sure the Indians would follow so he buried the gold on Round Mountain with the hopes of returning. However, on his back home close to the summit of Poncha Pass the Ute Indians caught up with the last remaining French Canadian and killed him.
This story has been passed down for hundred of years, but no one has found the buried treasure to this day.
As the story goes, a respected and influential family in Tulare County in California had two sons, one with a dream of college and the other the bad sheep of the family that wanted things the easy way, by the way of taking what others had.
Charles Ruggles was the good son. He attended college and of course was much respected, however, his brother John went the other way. While Charles was away at college, John spent his time in prison for robbery. When Charles graduated college, John was released from prison. John had the desire to show his younger brother the easy path in life.
Finally, John convinced Charles into robbing a stagecoach with him on May 14, 1892. Right outside of Redding, California they waited for the Redding and Weaverville stage with the hopes of commandeering a strong box with around $5,000 in gold coins.
The stage with John Boyce as the driver, George Suhr riding up front with the driver and Amos Buck Montgomery, the stage guard in the back came to a sharp turn in the road between Shasta and Redding on what is known as Middle Creek Road today. Just as the stage is headed around the turn, Charlie Ruggles steps out the bushes with a shotgun. He was dressed in a long coat with a bandanna cover his face. He pointed the shotgun at Boyce and ordered the strong box be tossed down. The driver complied, but at the same exact time as the strong box was being tossed over, a gunshot rang out. Montgomery, in the back of the stage using his shotgun shot Charlie in the face and upper body with buckshot. As he was falling to the ground, he fired a shot hitting both Suhr and Boyce in the legs.
John, still hidden in the brush began firing away. He hit Montgomery who would later die. The horses spooked by the noises of the guns took off down the road toward their destination pulling the stagecoach and injured men along.
John believing his brother, Charles was dead or dying, pulled the strong box off the trail and hid is somewhere close by. He knew the law would soon be back so he fled.
As soon as the stagecoach reached the next town, the sheriff and posse headed out to find the brothers and to retrieve the strong box. Charles was found lying in the same place where he fell when he was shot, still alive but badly wounded.
John was long gone. John headed to his aunt’s home, however, as soon as she learned that he had robbed the stagecoach and killed a man she would not let him stay. She told the local sheriff that her nephew had been in her home and that she had kicked him out. On June 19, six weeks after the robbery, John was arrested in a restaurant in Woodland. He was taken to the Redding jail, where he learned that his brother was alive and recovering from the gunshot wounds.
As the legend goes, both Ruggles brothers were handsome and several of the local ladies began to pamper these two with gifts of food and even marriage proposals. The local men already had it in for the two with the murder of Montgomery and they sure were not going to tolerate pampering of murderers, planned on a lynching.
July 24, 1892, around 40 men formed a mob, took over the jail, grabbed the Ruggles brother and dragged them both to a tree near the Redding Blacksmith shop where Shasta Street met the railroad tracks. Here they hung John and Charles Ruggles. No one ever found the strongbox of gold that Charles hid.
April 5, 1933 President Roosevelt issued an executive order over the gold standards, which forbid US citizens from hoarding or Private Ownership. On January 17, 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Gold Act. The Federal Reserve set the price of gold at $35.00 per troy ounce. This helped with making the Federal Reserve stronger and the foreign debt easier to amortize.
A few years earlier Professor Morada had predicted this outcome. His group known as the Trabuco group purchased to buy all the Mexican gold at $20.67 or less if possible, hold it, and then sell it in the United States.
His prediction was that gold in the US could go as high as $40 per ounce by 1935 or 1936. Professor Morada at the time planned a way for the group to smuggle the Mexican gold into the US and sell it for a huge profit. Before he had the deal completed he had already stored around 8 tons of gold and another of his group, Ricardo Artega, had stored 4 tons.
In August of 1933, Trabuco and two other employees drove over the border of the US explaining they were going hunting in New Mexico. In New Mexico, they told officials they had permits to hunt in Colorado. While here, they contacted various crop dusting companies until they found Salt Lake Flyers and one of their best pilots, Bill Elliot. Elliot with the money sent to him for fuel in the amount of $200 visited Trabuco in Kirkland, New Mexico.
A deal was agreed in that Trabuco would supply all the fuel, the groceries and $2,500 per flight to bring the Mexican gold to the US. The rest of 1933 was used to carry the bullion from Mexico to what we call Four Corners. Of course, the Mexicans were patrolling the area to ensure the plane and its contents would go undiscovered.
It was reported that Elliot made 10 flights from August 1933 until November 1933 in order to move all the Mexican gold.
On January 17, 1934, the Gold Act was signed and enacted. This is not what Trabuco had really expected. The order was that all banks, storage refiners, and brokers had to turn their gold over to the federal mint, which would give them paper money in its place at $35.00 per ounce. The bad news was that it became illegal for private citizens to turn in their gold or they could face the illegal storage laws violation that had been enacted earlier. It was also illegal to sell to anyone except for the federal mints. Exporting or selling gold to foreigners was also against the law.
Late in 1935, Trabuco went back to the US to begin selling the Mexican gold. He went back to his group after his visit to explain that selling in the US could be impossible and they should look at a different plan. The reason he came back with this report is that he spoke with private broker in Denver, Colorado that explained no private broker would touch foreign gold.
He learned at Denver, no private broker would touch foreign gold. Trabuco's plan was to acquire a trusted Latino U.S. citizen partner, file a mining claim and filter the bullion through the mine records to the federal mint sales.
A bit of history occurred with several members of the Trabuco group dying from either illness or World War II. At the end of the war, the only surviving member was Trabuco.
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