May 14, 2012, 09:46 PM
"Scottish Lord" aka "Earl of Blewett", WA (buried treasure chest)
Any others familiar with this lost treasure?--Apparently in what used to be the old mining town of Blewett, WA, there was a Scottish man named Thomas Douglas, son of the Earl and Countess of Angus. He had a chest filled with an inheritance with him which he buried on his property while living in Blewett as a miner himself. He died not too long after and the exact location of the cache was never found by locals who knew of the chest and dug holes near his cabin.
Has anyone ever heard of this story or know of anyone that does or has pursued it?--Was it ever found to anyone's knowledge??
I've been trying figure out the layout of the town and where his cabin was, which looks nearly impossible to find any record of, besides just looking at the one photo that shows a shot of the original town (or maybe just a fraction of the town, who knows!)
Last edited by Mandizzle; May 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM.
Reason: typo--misspelled "Blewett"
May 14, 2012, 09:53 PM
The highway cut right through the old town. I believe most of the town was mined as well. Very raudy town with mines gambled away on the poker table. Good luck with your search.
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May 17, 2012, 09:57 PM
This is pretty much most of the town. At the time, the town was basically centered around the Stamp Mill, which is the large building on the right hand side of the picture. Aside from that, the town had a hotel, 2 saloons, a post office, a general store and a couple dozen shacks that the miners lived in. Most of the cabins were located up the canyon you see in the picture.
Now Thomas Douglas DID live in the town. He is still buried there. Here is some information about him:
Douglas, Thomas 'Tom',
Born - 1850 Perth, Scotland
Died - 18 Mar 1905, hemorage,
Heir to a Scottish earldom which he lost, arrived in Blewett in the 1890's.
The cemetery is near Culver Springs, west side of Highway 97 and west of Peshastin Creek.
T22N R17E Sec 2
To reach go up Olden Gulch, near Culver Springs, Count 275 feet uphill from the bridge. Then turn right along side a magnificent cedar tree and the grave place is just 50 feet away. Look for a giant fir and lovely big mountain ash. Aug 15, 1966, Wenatchee Daily World. Cemetery was located by Kate Bailey and Roy Wilder, both grew up and attended grade school at the Blewett School.
Here is a link to a larger, cleaner version of the above photo:
blewett washington 1895 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Last edited by allen_idaho; May 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM.
May 19, 2012, 07:11 PM
We don't really know if there is a cache of gold coins near his cabin site. The story of the poker game using gold coins sounds unlikely. It is even more unlikely that he would have kept gold coins at or near his cabin after showing them to others.
Tom B. Douglas married a woman named Jenny for love. His father didn't approve, so Thomas and family headed for America. It is unknown where they lived before Tom arrived in Blewett without wife or children. He didn't work, but he appeared to have enough money. He bought the "Jupiter" mining claim, but there is no records that he worked it. Tom made regular trips into Leavenworth and may have had a bank in town. He also took train trips into Seattle and other unknown places. It is possible that his family lived in Seattle.
When Highway U.S. 97 was completed through Blewett, many of the old buildings were in the way and were destroyed. Tom's cabin may have been one of those buildings. A turn-of-the-century map of the Blewett townsite or town directory might exist that would show the location of Tom's cabin and the Jupiter claim. Perhaps his cabin was located on or near his claim. Hodges book, "Mining in the Pacific Northwest" does not list the claim, but there may be later records in the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee that might help in locating his claim.
May 24, 2012, 06:22 PM
If Tom lost his earldom for marrying beneath his class and came to America he may have been a "remittance man" given a yearly stipend
from his father in Scotland. Without a complete biography and description of his allowance who can say what he might have hidden. He may
have bragged of his heritage while sipping Scotch in both saloons enough to produce the inevitable treasure yarns.
Jun 02, 2012, 12:21 AM
Thanks for the input, all. I appreciate it!
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