Hello all! I am just a historian/hiker from Oklahoma who was out for a hike when I noticed this tree. It pulled me down a rabbit hole, which brought me here. I saw this tree and thought it looked odd so I took the picture. I was talking to some friends about it, and they brought up the KGC and Jesse James and Hoot Owl Trees. I am about 4 days new to all of this, so I really don't know much. This tree is in a remote location of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma, an area long associated with Jesse James and buried treasure. I know that detecting is illegal in this refuge, and on top of that I wouldn't know how to decipher any clues to find the treasure, so that is not really my goal here. Right now I am just curious if anyone agrees with my friends that this appears to be some sort of marker tree, or if it just a strangely grown tree. It does appear to have an upside down triangle carved into it and I'm no tree-ologist, but my theory is the tree grew around a rock which caused it to form strangely and be scarred by the rock. So please and thank you in advance, what do you folks think about this thing?