Nov 24, 2012, 02:37 PM
Does anyone know of any documentation about this story? It seems pretty far fetched but I live very near this area figured a little research couldn't hurt. I think starting with the log book of the Far West steamer would the best place to begin. But I don't even know where to look for that or if a log book even exists. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.
Nov 24, 2012, 03:38 PM
If you are refering to the miners gold that was put on the steamer to take back east, but the captain took ashore and burried either near the mouth of the Bighorn. It was burried somewhere between the Little Bighorn river and the Yellowstone river.
If you can find any info I wish you the best.
Nov 24, 2012, 08:07 PM
COMMON VERSION OF STEAMBOAT "FAR WEST" LOST GOLD TALE-JUNE,1876
Capt March of the steamboat "FAR WEST" had supplies to be delievered to Gen Alfred H Terry and his men men on the near the Littele Big Horn River.On the way,March stopped at Williston to pick up a shipment of $375,000 in gold bars to be delievered to Bismarck on his return trip.
Meeting up with Terry,he learned of Custer's massacre,and took on wounded soldiers.
Aware of the extra weight on the "FAR WEST" and the dwindeling supply of firewood,he unloaded and buried the gold bars on the east bank of the Big Horn River while his crew cut firewood.March felt the location was well marked due to the tree stumps left by his men.March then took the wounded men to Fort Lincoln,near Bismarck.
Two months later he returned to the location on the Big Horn to retrieve the gold bars,but as most treasure lengends go,heavy rains had obliterated the site,and he search to no avail.
The Custer masacree happened June 25,1876.
Capt March and the "FAR WEST" traveled those rivers in that time period.
Gen Alfred H Terry was stationed at Fort Lincoln and knew Custer.
As for the gold? That's what legends are all about.
Nov 24, 2012, 11:25 PM
Captain March ghost is looking for the gold bars. Look out for him.
Nov 26, 2012, 12:07 PM
So does anybody have any ideas where I could start researching?
Nov 26, 2012, 12:30 PM
I doubt it exists.Theres 2 different stories and discrepancies in each one .One point is why would captain of a steamer want to be carrying a large amount of gold bars going into known hostile territory.That would be a fools errand.In one of the stories it is stated that he saw many indian smoke columns that night thats one reason why the miners gold nuggets were buried.The problem is the Sioux were long gone by that time,they didnt hang around,there were no sioux in the area.They left the day after battle.375,000 in gold wouldnt take up that much room why unload and bury it.
Nov 26, 2012, 12:48 PM
I doubt the existance too. If the miners were headed for North Dakota from Boseman, they would have gone over Boseman Pass to the Yellowstone River (at present day Livingston MT), and followed that river to the Missori river. They never would have gone out of their way across rough country. Supposedly, Grant missed the mouth of the Little Horn river and went an extra 15 miles or so where he met with the wagon on an old wagon road. The only wagon road was the Boseman trail and it is close to 50 miles from the Little Horn . But, I live a couple miles from the Custer Battle Field and have lived several places along the Big Horn river. So I figure a little pokin around can't hurt! If anybody has an idea where to look for the log book of the Far West Steamer, I would be greatful.
Nov 26, 2012, 01:03 PM
Pokin around doesnt hurt,who knows you at the worst you come across some artifacts.
Nov 26, 2012, 07:38 PM
A RESEARCH START
An account of Capt Grant March and the FAR WEST involvement during the BATTLE OF LITTLE BIG HORN with photos of March and the FAR WEST:
Originally Posted by skeeterd
Another with his involvement with the 7th Calvary:
Nov 7,1901 monologue of Capt Grant March to President T R Roosevelt
Last edited by ECS; Nov 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM.
Nov 26, 2012, 08:31 PM
Thanks ECS. Thats best I've got so far.
Nov 26, 2012, 08:42 PM
Basically a mole that can read maps and use a detector.
Neither of these links seem to work for me.
Originally Posted by ECS
Critical Recovery Midwest
Nov 26, 2012, 08:46 PM
I can't get them to work either. I Maybe able to find the Billings Gazette article at our local library. Maybe it can point me in the right direction.
Nov 26, 2012, 08:47 PM
I would really like to see the monolog of Cpt. Marsh to Pres. Roosevelt.
Nov 26, 2012, 09:39 PM
Skeeterd, you might want to get ''A Guide To Treasure In Montana-Wyoming'' By Thomas Penfield. You should be able to order it from Barnes and Noble in Billings. This book has a quite a few leads here in this area. Give it a try, there are a lot of good leads and interesting stories to check out. If you want to talk give me a PM. My wife is from Hardin.
Nov 26, 2012, 09:47 PM
Were you watching National Treasure 2? They reference this in the movie. It was on TV yesterday.
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