UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL
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    UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    TREASURE LEGEND: Founder and lifelong owner of the Nunez Ferry buried nearly $100k somewhere on his estate or adjacent ferry site.

    Today I spent hours at our local library in Pensacola, FL researching the Nunez Ferry that crossed the Perdido River from 1815-1919.

    Besides the EXACT location of the ferry crossing, I discovered many facts about this location from an abstract written by a local historian in 1928. These facts are below:

    Nunez Ferry was established by Henry Allen Nunez in 1815.

    Mr. Nunez helped to construct a road from Blakely, AL to Pensacola, FL that joined the Old Spanish Trail and eventually crossed the Perdido River at his ferry crossing (how convenient!)

    This road was primarily intended as a route for stage-coaches for those wishing to travel quickly from Pensacola to Mobile. Once passengers arrived in Blakely, they would board boats for the short trip down the river to Mobile. The travel time started at 6 A.M. and ended at 6 P.M. - 12 hours to travel 60 miles was not a bad deal in those days considering the terrain.

    Henry Nunez began serving on the Florida Legislature in 1840 while still maintaining ownership of the Ferry.

    In 1849, Henry Nunez was awarded ownership of the land surrounding the ferry crossing by way of a US Land Grant program started by President Zachary Taylor.

    One day in 1861, Henry Nunez was accosted by several bandits while at his ferry site. These bandits had heard on good authority that Mr. Nunez had a vast sum of money hidden on near his ferry and estate. Mr. Nunez denied this money existed repeatedly. The bandits then tied a rope around Mr. Nunez's neck and hung him slowly from an Oak Tree in an effort to force his disclosure of the loot. As Mr. Nunez began to lose consciousness, his wife finally showed the bandits where it was buried under a rose bush. Mr. Nunez was cut free of the rope and regained consciousness but apparently died from unrelated health problems not long after this ordeal (no date yet). The local historian wrote that Mr. Nunez long feared such encounters such as this and may have created a small cache separate from his primary cache in order to convince would-be bandits that they scored his loot.

    A ferry service remained in operation at this location until 1919 when a newly constructed bridge was implemented on US Hwy 90 (Old Spanish Trail).

    Once winter sets in and the brush, snakes, and 'skeeters' start to retreat from the cold (most likely in January), I will be going to this location (15 miles from my home) to do some ground-truthing. Anyone interested is welcome to join me.

    Pcolaboy

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    Sep 2006
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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    hello I am not to far from you well really I am in boca raton but when you are ready to go please give me a ring and you can count on me and my prospecting gear to come along and help, whats the split ratio? I would be happy with 25% if we located anything worthy,or keep what we find if its small.


    my e-mail address is jfelvis238@aol.com


    John

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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL



    Musstag.....wow that is definitely a different version from the one I read at the library.

    That's great that you're checking out the west side. I am close to securing permission from the hunting club that is leasing the east side. They're probably going to charge me $50 to do this after hunting season which I think is more than fair to be honest.

    Pcolaboy

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    Aug 2006
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    A lot of people know of this possible coin cache story. I have been watched by locals from afar.... So its best to go with someone. And I'm sure there are several stories of what happened. But the census taken in 1860 is what got the word around that he had at least $10,100.00 and that info is what got him killed.

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    Wow, you guys are killing me. I lived down in Baldwin County till I was 21. I sure wish I was down that way, I would love to get in on that hunt. A mess of freash fried mullet would be great also! Lots of history there .
    God and country.

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    Dec 2006
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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    I'm late seeing this but I'm in Crestview and would be interested in learning more about this. I was beginning to think that all the great treasures (or possibility of treasure) was anywhere but here on the gulf coast!
    I'm brand new but willing to learn, if you don't mind a newbie along!

    (FarmerCal is also from Crestview and may be interested in checking it out as well !!)

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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    I'm in Baldwin County, Al. Holler and I will be there.

    MichaelB

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    any updates on this anyone on here been looking? I think I might take look if anyone else is still interested
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    does anone know where his house was? I am guessing the west side by looking at sat. Looks like either a boat which looks easiest or a 4 wheeler from the east can't really see much on sat from the trees
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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    Quote Originally Posted by bridgeendfarm
    does anone know where his house was? I am guessing the west side by looking at sat. Looks like either a boat which looks easiest or a 4 wheeler from the east can't really see much on sat from the trees
    I've received conflicting information on where exactly his home was located. On the one hand, Henry Nunez received a huge parcel of land on the Florida side of the river by way of a Presidential land grant in the early 1830's when Florida was still just a US territory. Then in the early 1840's, Henry Nunez was appointed as a Florida territorial representative and after statehood, a state representative. This obviously leads me to believe he lived on the Florida side of the river, at least in some capacity, to qualify for the appointment.

    Presently, the land on the Florida side is now owned by the Nature Conservancy organization but I'm not sure if they lease out the land to hunting clubs anymore. I've made a few phone calls to find out how I can access this area, but my calls never get returned.

    If you find something out, please let me know and I will certainly do the same.

    Pcolaboy

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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    Quote Originally Posted by pcolaboy
    Quote Originally Posted by bridgeendfarm
    does anone know where his house was? I am guessing the west side by looking at sat. Looks like either a boat which looks easiest or a 4 wheeler from the east can't really see much on sat from the trees
    I've received conflicting information on where exactly his home was located. On the one hand, Henry Nunez received a huge parcel of land on the Florida side of the river by way of a Presidential land grant in the early 1830's when Florida was still just a US territory. Then in the early 1840's, Henry Nunez was appointed as a Florida territorial representative and after statehood, a state representative. This obviously leads me to believe he lived on the Florida side of the river, at least in some capacity, to qualify for the appointment.

    Presently, the land on the Florida side is now owned by the Nature Conservancy organization but I'm not sure if they lease out the land to hunting clubs anymore. I've made a few phone calls to find out how I can access this area, but my calls never get returned.

    If you find something out, please let me know and I will certainly do the same.

    Pcolaboy
    you feel up to a boat ride someday let me know
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    I have not found the ruins of the house yet?

    Does anyone know how far off from ferry it was. I do feel I have the ferry spots located.
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    you want to hook up and go?


    The ferry on your map I do not think is his but another one that is at a different place. The ferry on your map is still visible as far as markings, etc
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    ok let me get done with my friend and his needs and lets see if we can find this thing

    how far you from there? I am close myself
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  15. #15
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    Re: UPDATE: Nunez Ferry Crossing- Perdido River AL/FL

    Im about 5 miles, im right by the bridge fl. side....I also found this on line...I think we should meet up and pcolaboy too,and take a look..

 

 
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