Additional Clues

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.

There you go…

Grey Owl – No Fenn Treasure There

OK, here’s my logic on one failed attempt involving the clues that Forrest Fenn gave us in The Thrill of the Chase poem.

– I started near the north entrance of Yellowstone. In another post we covered the connection of Mammoth Hot Springs and the nearby army base. I was guessing this may be Where Warm Waters Halt.
– I moved into the Black Canyon of Yellowstone north of the park, in Montana
– Moving along the Yellowstone River, you can ‘put in’ below the Joe Brown Trailhead (home of Brown?) and continue to move north with the river. Yes, the river runs northward.
– Along the river you may encounter high waters. You may also find heavy loads in a few places – such as Point of Rocks, a fishing spot. OR you may look to the town of Emigrant, MT – a former railroad town. Heavy loads may have been carried on the railroad.
– Then the blaze we are looking for would be found if you are wise. We’ve all heard of the “wise old owl.” This could mean the Grey Owl fishing area. Right inside the Grey Owl area, you’ll find a cement panel on the ground containing a poem dedicated to “Mark.” No last name. Was this actually a mark as in marking the spot? The poem was not unlike the one on the tomb of the French Soldier in “The Thrill of the Chase.” I should have taken a photo or written down the poem. All I can remember is part of the final line – something like ‘only god knows.’

Could this be the blaze? I say no. The area just didn’t seem right. It was pretty small and there was a lot of standing water – indicating it was prone to flooding. As I said before, I don’t think Forrest Fenn would want his body to be a washed away in a flood or be so close to hikers and fishermen. But to be sure, I scoured it anyway.

At one point I found a hollow tree, with a mark in the bark (a blaze) that resembled a hand with one finger pointing to the hole in the tree. I climbed up and looked inside the tree, but there was no treasure chest. And who would want to spend eternity in a hollow tree? At one point I thought “in the wood” meant inside a hollow tree, but now that doesn’t make sense.

In Grey Owl I found a box for an unrelated geocaching club, as well as a plastic yellow easter egg with a Three Musketeers bar inside. I left them as they were. I also found some kind of monument to Grumpy, which I perceived to be a hunting dog as the monument consisted of shotgun shells by a concrete tablet.

There is suggestion that you may need to cross a river or creek to get the treasure. Because the river was so high and fast in June 2014, I was only able to get part way across to a small island, using some fallen logs. You may want to go there and cross more of the river when the water calms, but I’ll be shocked if that leads to the treasure.

So in conclusion, I think this was the wrong solution and place.

But who the heck knows? Only FF…

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Has the Fenn Treasure Been Found?

The official line is that many people have claimed to have found the Fenn treasure but no one has provided solid proof.

I suppose the reason that someone would falsely claim to find the treasure would be to make others stop searching.

But why would you announce that you have the treasure if indeed you find it? I imagine that some people might want to stroke their ego, gain recognition, or possibly fame.

In my opinion, these ideas are all flawed.

If you find the treasure and announce it, you are opening yourself to potential problems. You will probably be sued and investigated to see if you infringed on someone else’s rights. You will probably have to pay attorneys to defend and counsel you.

You also open yourself up to security risks. Some very desperate people have set out to find the treasure. They will surely envy you. They may act to try to take some of the treasure or simply to spite you. We know that some searchers have gone to Forrest Fenn’s house to try to get directions to the chase.

This may seem far-fetched, but if you just look at the history of gold prospecting alone, you should see that people get a little crazy when gold and riches are dangled in front of them.

I’m not going to give legal or tax advice – I am not qualified to do either. But at the very least, you’ll need to take steps to avoid tax problems. Thank goodness attorneys are bound by the attorney-client priviledge.

So the point is that there is a good chance that no one will make an announcement when they find the treasure.

As far as I know, there is nothing like a tracking chip in the chest. Forrest Fenn himself will not know when it is found and removed. We could be searching for decades or centuries after it has already been found.

So enjoy the thrill of the chase. It may be the greatest treasure of all.

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How Now, Brown Cow?

If you read The Thrill of the Chase, you’ll find a story about Forrest Fenn’s childhood Guernsey cow, Bessie. This story goes from page 28-32 in a chapter called Bessie and Me. There is also a photo of the family with Bessie.

As far as I can tell, it is correct to capitalize the G in the name of the cow breed. It is supposed to be named after the island in the UK where Guernseys were originally bred.

Some of you may know that a Guernsey cow is brown, or at least partly brown in color.

So some people might guess this has something to do with the home of Brown in the poem. A quick search reveals that there is a town named Guernsey in Wyoming; but the town is in the far eastern part of the state and way off the official chase map.

There is a Brown Cow dam in MT, but it also off the official map.

I haven’t found any promising instances of Bessie in any of the four states. I probably won’t look too hard.

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