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    Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Howdy, all.

    I'm planning my first real expedition. I'm going explore around Robber's Roost near Inyokern. It's only an hour or two from where I live, and I wanted to get out in the Mojave. I just kind of picked is based on information in the "United States Treasure Atlas, Volume 2" by Thomas P. Terry on pages 154 and 155. It seems that it has probably been explored pretty well, and I really do not have a cache hunting detector, but I just want to get out there.

    I use the Kern County Geographic Information System (http://www.co.kern.ca.us/gis/) and Google Earth to check it out. I can use the APN's off the GIS to get parcel ownership information from a title company website - to check for private property. Things look OK so far, (many parcel owners listed as "USA" - federal land) but I'm a little worried that it is near the California Aquaduct, with property being owned by L.A. County. It's listed as public, but I'm thinking there may be some heartburn about operating near a water supply.

    Anyway's, I was wondering if anybody had any info on the area. I am especially interested on any precise info related to the location of the Freeman Junction stage station - or just general tips on what to look for when determining where ruins may have once stood in the desert.

    From "United States Treasure Atlas, Volume 2" by Thomas P. Terry p.154-155:

    "Freeman S. Raymond operated the Freeman Junction stage station, bar and rest stop SW of today's location of Freeman Junction... It was believed by his relatives and friends that he buried a considerable amount of gold coins... The hoard is probably in the area of the spring in the wash just below the site of his stage station..."

    Any info/advice is appreciated!

    ***UPDATE EDIT***

    Found some more good info here: http://wikimapia.org/country/USA/Cal.../Indian_Wells/

    ***ANOTHER UPDATE***

    Let me know how you think these two skylines match up:

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  2. #2
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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Looks like a pretty good match. Good luck, post the results of your hunt!

  3. #3
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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    lookin forward to your posts!!!

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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Spent the last weekend at the site of the old Freeman Stage stop. It was originally known as "Coyote Holes", and was active from the 1870's through the beginning of the last century. The best known event was a robbery conducted by the Vasquez gang. It was said that they hid in Robber's Roost, a rock formation about a mile south of the stage station, before robbing the station. Amounts vary, but the best information I uncovered revealed that $1700 was stolen. There are other lengends indicating that a stage was swept away in a flash flood that contained gold bullion. It is also said that the stage station owner, Freeman, hid caches of gold around his place. He seemed to have a booming liquor business in addition to is normal activities.

    I was able to camp in the wash just below the level area where the stop was situated:

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    Here's the view of where the stage stop was from Robbers Roost:

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    This is a small cave, now caved-in, which the Freeman's used as a root cellar:

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    I didn't find anything of note, only lots of square head nails. You can make out where the rock walls were. There is plenty of trash around. It is situated right next to the LA viaduct. Had a lot of fun!

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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Very cool hunt! Great photos! Thanks for sharing! HH!

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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Since you want to venture out in this area I thought you might like to see this old reference map. My family "saw" a lot of color around the Jawbone Canyon area back in the '50's-60's. The family has maintained homes in the Randsburg area going back over 60yrs, until 3 yrs. ago when the last one got too old to be alone out there. M

    Map of California and Nevada deserts and Mines, LA Times,1905
    http://digital.library.unlv.edu/objects/LV_Maps/826
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    Re: Planning Trip to Robbers Roost near Inyokern

    Very cool!

  8. #8
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    Good hunt 8K,
    A couple real good treasure finds were made there, one for 50,000 from stage robbery, and another for 58,800 Gold and Silver Bullion in the strong box from 1862 by treasure hunter Frank Fish. Still another cache never found near there I am looking for. Plan to do some scouting again of where its said to have been on my next trip over Walker Pass. Lots of Indian chips where I looked last summer and some really old plank wood with square nails. One of the clues I have is lead me to the old wood. I would recomend if ya camp there again 8K pitch yer tent up out of the washes.. I have been there when all hell's broke loose in the sky.. don't want to have to go look for a lost treasure hunter. Good luck and hit that place again. Thanks for the pictures 8K

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    This is a bit late, but thanks for the replies.

    That is a cool map.

    Good advice also on camping in a wash. I'd be willing to take a trip down a gully if it meant we could get some darn rain, though!

  10. #10
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    Jan 2011
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    Hi 8KCAB:
    I wasn't going to try to revive this old thread but since you already did I'll go with it. My son and I ride dirt bikes at Jawbone and Dove Springs and I have always wanted to spend an afternoon kicking around Freeman Station. Have you found anything good (that you are willing to talk about)? Any tips (that you are willing to share)? I second the caution about camping in a wash. I once saw a flash flood out by Twentynine Palms. Serious stuff, not to be taken lightly. Good luck.

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    why havent I been gold prospecting lately?

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    Great, i like the pictures... im about to venture out to the mohave soon with my metal detector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corvettejk View Post
    Have you found anything good (that you are willing to talk about)? Any tips (that you are willing to share)? I second the caution about camping in a wash.
    No, I didn't find anything good. There's lots of junk around, people have been dumping on the shelf where the buildings were. The legends say that Freeman might have buried caches around his property - 100-some acres. It's also said the gold from the stage that was caught in the flood would be downstream. The stop is located just east up the wash from where the dirt road crosses it. Huge pipelines for the LA aqua duct crops the wash above ground just west of the road. Probably a good time to go now, chilly nights though. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scout View Post
    Good hunt 8K,
    A couple real good treasure finds were made there, one for 50,000 from stage robbery, and another for 58,800 Gold and Silver Bullion in the strong box from 1862 by treasure hunter Frank Fish. Still another cache never found near there I am looking for. Plan to do some scouting again of where its said to have been on my next trip over Walker Pass. Lots of Indian chips where I looked last summer and some really old plank wood with square nails. One of the clues I have is lead me to the old wood. I would recomend if ya camp there again 8K pitch yer tent up out of the washes.. I have been there when all hell's broke loose in the sky.. don't want to have to go look for a lost treasure hunter. Good luck and hit that place again. Thanks for the pictures 8K
    Can you confirm when Mr.Fish found the lost strong box? I've never heard or read anything about it being found. I'd love to hear the details if you know them. I've spent significant time looking there without success, maybe this explains why!

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smorriso View Post
    Can you confirm when Mr.Fish found the lost strong box? I've never heard or read anything about it being found. I'd love to hear the details if you know them. I've spent significant time looking there without success, maybe this explains why!
    Pretty well known that Fish spent several years looking around Robber's Roost. A picture of the find is in his book from 1963:

    Buried-Treasure-Lost-Mines

    He also found a couple of other things in the area that he didn't publicize. One of the reasons for his murder and the robbing of his museum after.

    Mike
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  15. #15
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    Thanks. I'd heard about the robbery loot being found, but had never heard about the strongbox from the flash flood being recovered. Any chance on talking about what he found and didn't publicize? If not, I understand.

 

 
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