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  1. #1
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    Feb 2009
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    50,000 in the Seven Devils

    In SE OK the story is that there is 50,000 buried in the "Seven Devils" range of mountains near Rattan. Anyone ever try this one or know of anyone trying to recover? Don't expect you to tell me you found it, just whether any reliable info. is available. Thanks

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    Oct 2007
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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    Welcome to T-net SEHunter. Although I'm up here in Colorado, I was born and raised in OK. My Dad's family is from SE OK and I lived in Push county for a year, between Ice and Snow. (town names, really) There's several stories about the 7 devils area. Mary L. Carson mentions it in her book saying that $50,000 in gold coins in an iron box was stashed on a big cliff near Rattan by an outlaw before he was hung in Hugo. That narrows it down and you'll probably have that found in a couple of days. (ha-ha) Research, research, research. Check into Steve Wilson and even J. Frank Dobie. There's a lot of resources available, so take advantage of them. Best of Luck!
    Just like Texas in 1880.

  3. #3

    Jan 2007
    Heavener oklahoma
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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    there was a story that the seven devils were located east of heavener ok was not a mt was seven men that were very mean hence the name
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2009
    22

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    Hey RGINN, I'm a Push Co. Resident myself and I actually lived in Snow for a few years myself. I'm gonna try my luck at this one this spring/summer just for S-N-G's. The Seven Devils are not shown on any recent maps but I've got some that show it, just not too sure how accurate they will be. Thanks for the reply and I'll try to keep you updated as i can.

    BLACKFOOT, I never heard that one before, I'll look into that one. Thanks.

  5. #5

    Sep 2007
    32

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    I'm interested to know more about where this story originated from. Obviously some research could be done in Hugo to see if there are any accounts of any outlaws being hanged there... but the money had to originate from somewhere, so tracking that down would probably be a good start.

    The other thing that I think may pose a pretty big challenge is that, although I'm not 100% sure, I'm thinking that the 7 Devils mountains may be in Beavers Bend State Park... which brings a whole 'nother part to the equation. I might be wrong... its damn hard trying to make a map from 1879 coordinate with a topo map from a couple years ago.

    Anyone have any more background information on the origins of this legend?


  6. #6
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    Feb 2009
    22

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    It is very hard to find the exact location, but I'm thinking it would be north of Rattan. I'm going to check on the origins soon and will be happy to share what I find.

  7. #7

    Feb 2008
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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    This is one I would not dismiss. A man from Hugo dug up $30,000
    face value gold in the late '60s as I recall. I knew the man's brother
    and it was written up so I know it happened. lastleg

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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    Well, stupid me, I thought y'all knew where 7 Devils Mts. were. The original ones are about 15 miles or so nne of Ft. Towson, or about 10 miles or so north of RAT-tan. (Pronunciation is important if you go down there) They're west of Little River so they're not anywhere near Beaver's Bend SP. I'm sure somebody owns the land, maybe Dierks. There could be other sites that were given this same name, but this is the one you're interested in. Go search up Alvin B. Johnson's map of Indian Territory, 1883 and you can narrow down the site. 7 hills, west of Little River, N. of Ft. Towson... you should find it tomorrow dude, post pictures! (haha) I lived down there 68-69, and went to school in Antlers. (Bearcats!) We rented a house on the Tucker ranch sw of Snow. Good fishing, and killer places to hunt for arrowheads. One Creek Valley has some treasure stories too; you might check into them. Later!
    Just like Texas in 1880.

  9. #9

    Sep 2007
    32

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    So from the research I've done so far, the gold allegedly came from a bank robbery somewhere in Indian Territory. No outlaw name given, no date given. Surely somewhere there is a record of that much gold being taken, as $50,000 was/is quite a large sum of money. (I'm assuming that the alleged $50,000 was the face value at the time??)

    There is a report of a robbery of the Katy railroad at the Perry Station, which is south of present day Adair. The estimated take was between $45 & $55 thousand, although it doesn't mention what type of currency (paper or gold). Time frame was supposed to be in 1889. Adair is about 150 miles north of Cloudy/Rattan.

    Again it really depends on a time frame of when this outlaw was supposedly caught and hanged. There were very few banks in Indian territory before statehood, at least from the research I've done. This is why train robberies were such a frequent occurence, as they carried large sums of money intended for disbursement to Indian tribes, payrolls, etc. Just a thought.



  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2009
    22

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    Thanks RGINN, That is the area I have marked to search. I've got some Topo maps on order from the USGS for the area and look forward to a little exploring this spring/summer...possibly fall I'm also gonna be looking into the sliver mines on the Kiamichi down here. Thanks for the info and keep in touch.

    Hey ff, thanks for the info. I think the robbery was of a stage. Supposedly the robber gave exact directions to a deputy sherriff with the agreement that if he found it he would let him go. Evidently he didn't find it since the robber was hanged I thought maybe the guy did find it and hung him anyway, but reports from a guy in Hugo who knew the deputy sherriff in question said he stayed in the area and never showed and sign of having any money at all.

  11. #11

    Sep 2007
    32

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    SEHunter,

    That helps to clear things up a little bit. If you don't mind, keep me informed on how your research goes. I'm jealous as hell of you actually getting to go out and search. I would love to get out there, but unfortunately I won't be home for another year and a couple months, so I'm stuck doing all my treasure hunting mostly online. I'm working in Africa right now, so I guess I have to live vicariously through you. I will most definitely have a very extensive research library by the time I do get back to Bryan County though. If you need any help with online research or anything else, feel free to e-mail me. I'm no pro by any means, but I do have a ton of time on my hands... lol.

    Got a trip planned next month to check out a couple of potentially undiscovered OLD shipwrecks here. One possibly from the 1600s... other than that, I'm spending most of my time sweating and missing the wonderful OK weather. Never thought I'd miss it being 35 one day and 90 3 days later... but it beats the hell out of 100 in the winter and 140 in the summer.

    Matt
    wbcfire@yahoo.com

  12. #12
    us
    Feb 2009
    22

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    That heat sounds horrible :P I will definitely keep you updated on the hunt. I'm jealous that you get to hit a shipwreck! I was thinking of doing some research, and planning a week this summer to go dive some wrecks. Stay in touch, and out of the heat.

  13. #13

    Sep 2007
    32

    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    SEHunter,

    Any new updates? Or did you find the gold and disappear?

    Matt

  14. #14
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    Apr 2010
    Tulsa, OK
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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    Quote Originally Posted by RGINN
    Well, stupid me, I thought y'all knew where 7 Devils Mts. were. The original ones are about 15 miles or so nne of Ft. Towson, or about 10 miles or so north of RAT-tan. (Pronunciation is important if you go down there) They're west of Little River so they're not anywhere near Beaver's Bend SP. I'm sure somebody owns the land, maybe Dierks. There could be other sites that were given this same name, but this is the one you're interested in. Go search up Alvin B. Johnson's map of Indian Territory, 1883 and you can narrow down the site. 7 hills, west of Little River, N. of Ft. Towson... you should find it tomorrow dude, post pictures! (haha) I lived down there 68-69, and went to school in Antlers. (Bearcats!) We rented a house on the Tucker ranch sw of Snow. Good fishing, and killer places to hunt for arrowheads. One Creek Valley has some treasure stories too; you might check into them. Later!
    I like to play with Google Earth. I have found seven hills in a row at 3419'20.98"N 9525'6.16"W
    They are not the highest features in the area, but they are quite distinctive. I wonder if these could be the devils.

  15. #15

    Jan 2007
    McAlester, Okla
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    Re: 50,000 in the Seven Devils

    A few years ago I hunted the rattan area and never found any one who knew where the seven devils were. After several trips I gave up on it. Years later while looking at some Topos for another treasure I found the seven devils in south east okla...... Try south east of Stigler, As far as I know this is all private land and permission is needed. May not be the right place and I havent hunted it. I wouldnt tell about it now but my health is shot....cancer...Buck
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