The link goes to a closed blog that only allows you to access if you have permission. Can someone send me the link to these documents please? I looked in the 200 Trails to Gold and the documents are not in there.
You will have to sort these out and enlarge them yourself. I never found the source but there was a book and I think the title was something like 30 Years Searching for Frenchmen's Gold, they might have come from that book. Somebody posted about the book in this thread. I've never read the book though. Let me know what you find. I have an interest in Louis de Villemont.
There is a very recent post in the Colorado forum; it contains a newspaper article about an attempted treasure recovery in the San Juans. The article predates Temple's book by more than 30 years.I cannot find any material prior to the early 60's when Temple published his books about La Ventana. If you know of something I might have missed, please step forward.
I don't think Amy posts here anymore, but this article is interesting, if not a bit conflictory. A quick google search doesn't turn up any Truchas peaks in Colorado north of Ignacio. There are Truchas peaks in the southern Sangre de Cristos range in New Mexico, but that wouldn't jive with the article.
Theres a thread on this site of a feller who found a map on the bottom of a rock here in the slv n it had a star on it I wonder if it could all be tied together somehow also when I did time in Durango I talked to the utes about this story n they said there ancestors robbed some french dudes for there gold and that where they rehid it that it's protected by a giant snake probably referring to a big river it does make sense to me too that the French guys could have amassed that much gold just out of the summit ville platoro area alone I'm sure there was gold everywhere in the rockies back than n that it's very likely that the Spanish n french had struck it rich n had lots of mines n cache sites all over the San Juan n sangre de Cristo mnts the conejos river was full of placer gold all the tributaries that fed it platoro was big time gold silver mine alamosa canon silver mnt telluride mnt summitville area was full of minerals alamosa canon was one of the orginal anchient routes used by peaple as a pass to get through the mnts than the rio grande creede lake city to the north the lagorita mnts were all rich with minerals furtger north u get into buena vista leadville red ckiff battle mnt
Hello Everyone,Its to bad that fellar never made any more comments on that map he found on the underside of that rock. I have a sneaking suspicion that it was located around the La Garita area were he found the map rock. So if the Utes re hid the stash what would have stopped them from recovering at a later time. It seems I remember the Utes telling a tale of a big snake that was below Grand Mesa and some Thunder Birds.
Hi Matt,This article quotes information from Sheepherder Gold without citing it as a reference. It gives the geo zone as a reference, but they got all of that from Temple's book! Poor form on their part.
I have looked for a very long time, and have never been able to find another source for all the claims made in Sheepherder Gold. Literally everything we think we know about the mine near Ventana comes from Temple Cornelius.
If anyone can prove me wrong about that, I welcome it, and look forward to seeing what you have on that.
3fan, regarding "La Ventana", (The Window) Maynard Cornett Adams wrote a book published in 2004. It covers the time period 1684 -1770.He also wrote the Citadel Mountain series, 4 books covering subsequent time periods. I have not compared his book to Perry Eberhart or Temple Cornelius stories. I have all 3 books so a little reading is in order!There is a very recent post in the Colorado forum; it contains a newspaper article about an attempted treasure recovery in the San Juans. The article predates Temple's book by more than 30 years.
Have you tried doing research on "Newspapers.com" ? There is also old newspapers on LOC Library of CongressTreasure Mountain, CO - Lost Frenchmen's Gold
Hoping someone on the forum can help me solve a small mystery, while at the same time generating some interest in and old story that isn't quite as well known as many. I will provide all of the detail I can scrape together and hopefully someone will be able to answer the one question I have:
Where does this story originally come from?
Allegedly posted in a Colorado newspaper in the early 1900s, I can find plenty of references to the article but no conformation that the article in fact exists r a specific bibliographic clue to point me to the original article. The story has been retold for nearly a century, but the original story eludes me. Can anyone help?