Forrest Fenn has established a few clues that were not found in the poem or the book “The Thrill of the Chase.”
– The treasure is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM.
– The treasure is not associated with a building or structure. Somehow I took this to mean the home of Brown is not a building or structure but I may have taken this clue too far
– The treasure is not in a cemetery
– The treasure is more than 7500 feet above sea level
– The treasure is in either NM, CO, WY, or MT – specifically in the regions depicted in the official map
My understanding is that the treasure is not buried under ground – it is supposed to be exposed to snow and rain. I’m not 100% clear on this.
Many people are familiar with the old west explorer and fur trapper Joe Meek. Meek went into and wrote about Yellowstone Park.
So could his name actually be the “meek” in the poem? Forest Fenn didn’t capitalize meek in the poem, but we know that FF likes to bend the rules. Could it be that meek is a proper name and Brown was not?
As far as I can tell, the area of the park that Meek visited was near the Norris Geyser basin area.
From what I have read so far, Meek sort of entered the park “accidentally.” He was separated from his crew of travelers when the were attacked by native Americans. He eventually found the group and survived the ordeal.
It doesn’t seem like Meek really spent a lot of time in YS or made a big impact there.
It looks like Meek is really mostly associated with the Oregon area, and of course OR is not in the official map area.
So as of now I doubt that this theory holds up, but who the heck knows? Only FF knows…