Jan 11, 2011, 07:56 AM
Hughes County, Ok Treasure
In southern Oklahoma, a cache of gold coins, well worth searching for, waits for some lucky treasure hunter.
When the Civil War ended, Warren Mun had lost almost everything he owned. Shermans March from Charleston to Goldsboro, North Carolina, had destroyed the farm that Mun had worked for years to build. Salvaging a wagon, team of mules, a few household goods and his life savings, a quantity of $20.00 gold pieces, Mun loaded up his wife and small daughter and headed west.
Several weeks later he entered what was then the Indian Territory at Ft. Smith. He then crossed the Texas Road north of Perryville and camped at the edge of a small canyon, just north of the South Canadian River. It was while he was camped here that a party of friendly Indians visited the camp.
After they left (Mun was not familiar with Indians and thought they were all killers), the family decided, since they could not outrun the Indians if they came back, that they would bury the gold until they were ready to move on. Years later, the daughter described the hiding place of the coins in these words, My father buried the gold in a cavern beside a dripping spring. I dont know how much gold there was, but when my father took the strongbox from the wagon I could not lift it.
Later that night, after burying the coins, Mun was joined by a group of strangers. Still fearing an Indian attack, Mun decided to travel west with this party, but because of the strangers he was afraid to dig up his gold the next morning. Mun figured to go on to California and return for his gold after he was settled. But because of time, raising his daughter and building a farm, Mun never returned to Oklahoma.
Many years later, after Mun and his wife died, his daughter returned to Oklahoma to search for the gold. There had been so many changes that the daughter, after telling her story to local residents and not finding the coins, returned to California. So somewhere near a dripping spring in a small canyon, a few miles southwest of Holdenville in Hughes County, Oklahoma, near the Canadian River, is a cache of gold coinswaiting.
Jan 11, 2011 07:56 AM
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