Scrapbook Thirty Nine…


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From Forrest-

The Thrill of the Chase has been on the market for several years now and thousands of individuals and families have jumped in to search for the golden treasure. Irene Rawlings, who has a radio program in Denver, first promoted my book, then introduced me to Margie Goldsmith. Margie is the Manhattan girl who snatched the torch from Irene and started writing about the treasure: three times in the Huffington Post, full page story in the Robb report and in the United Airlines Hemispheres magazine. Sparks started flying and I have received 1,200 emails from that story. My book rushed out of print and has since been reprinted three times. I owe those girls a lot.

Then there’s Dal. He’s a frustrated searcher who hides behind a white mustache and lives on a little island where he makes videos and pushes information. I sometimes send him things to place in the cyber file, hoping to correct some of the misconceptions and misapprehensions that always surface when many people seek the same goal.

I am separated from the action now, but am interested in hearing from the players. With the hindsight of reading 21,000+ emails, I see hundreds of people worrying about where someone else is looking. Searchers are rushing to take advice from those who don’t know.

Beware of those who say they’ve found the treasure, and there are at least 31 of them out there. My silence will never be a hint.

Let me summarize a few real emails for you:

A man said he found the treasure and the bracelet that I wanted back was a rusted tin can, so he sent it to me in the mail.

A mayor in a small town wanted to know why I hid so much money that could have been spent building a pool hall to keep teenagers off the streets at night.

A preacher needs the treasure so he can go on vacation because his parishioners are too poor to pay for it.

All sorts of people need open heart surgery, hernia operations, an oxygen bottle for aunt Phyllis “because she smokes and can’t breath.”

Houses are in foreclosure and I could be a hero to so many people.

Some say I am unreasonable because I won’t tell them exactly where the treasure is. “There is no closure from our trip.”

Some want to know how deep the treasure is buried.

Mr. Dunham from South Dakota took his wife and four boys into the mountains looking for the treasure. They didn’t find it but he said they gathered fire wood to justify the trip.

One man said the Forest Service is mad because treasure hunters are making them do the job they are being paid to do.

There were 160 tents on government land in New Mexico where a tent had never been before and the Forest Service had to take rangers away from very important jobs to patrol and keep people from digging and cutting down trees.

Eight year old Marva Jane caught a cold while standing out in the rain looking for “billions of dollars in gold.” Her mother wants to know if I will pay for the family health insurance.

One cute little girl (who sent me her picture) wants to know if the Hope diamond is part of the treasure.

Thirty-two women want to marry me. I usually ask for photos and whether or not they have an airplane.

Another is concerned that if the gold gets wet it will rust and lose it’s value.

Some think the bronze chest will melt if it gets hot in a forest fire or a hot spring, and the gold will spill out.

One man, who claimed a few months ago that he found the treasure is now saying the story is a fraud and that I never hid it.

A few have asked if Mt. Rushmore is the right blaze.

One lady is worried that the gold coins are getting old and won’t be worth as much when she finds them.

An Indian saw the pre-Columbian gold frog in one of the photos in the book and said frogs are bad luck and that’s why no one will ever find the treasure.

A New Mexico archaeologist criticized me because a deer might trip over the “box” and hurt its leg.

NY cops caught a guy digging in Central park near the Alice in Wonderland sculpture because he heard that I could quote some of Lewis Carroll’s book.

Searchers are worried about the gross number of Babe Ruth candy wrappers that are littering the pristine Montana forest, and wanted to know if I feel bad about it.

A family wants to know where they can rent a boat to cross Lake Tahoe because they think they see a blaze on the other side. “Our binoculars are very good.”

A college student wanted to know if I made an environmental impact study before I “dug the hole and put the jewelry vault in it.”

If Margaret’s husband goes looking for the treasure one more time she’s going to divorce him and take the kids. She’s holding me personally responsible.

Two guys got into a argument over a parking spot in Jackson Hole but discovered they were both looking for the treasure so they went out searching together the next day.

A lady wants to know how far her teen age son can walk out into Grebe Lake. “Are there any alligators in the lake and if there are, does Yellowstone control them?”

Another is mad because she was told not to slide down the Firehole River falls with no clothes on.

A few searchers are concerned that the treasure has been found, and asked if I would trust them to go see for sure? They promise not to tell anyone.

A New Jersey couple said their son got lost in the mountains and think he deserves the treasure chest for risking his life.

A seemingly sober searcher from Cimarron said God told her the treasure was two feet deep in the pond beside my house and wanted to know if it would be all right for her to look if she brought her wet suit.

Several people have asked where they could register to look for the treasure and if it was OK to search on Sunday.

One 73 year-old man said that if he was younger he could “line the clues up” and wanted to know if that counted?

A boy said that if he found the treasure his parents would probably make him split with his sister, and wanted to know if I could help.

A man heard that I wanted the bracelet back and asked that I deposit $50,000 in his bank account to assure that I would be an honest man when he found the treasure.

A stalker rang my gate bell on and off for two days. When I dialed 911 and the police caught him he said all he wanted to do was “search my yard and look in my garage.”

A man from Arizona refused to leave my property and when the police came he tried to attack a female officer. He was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed.

A man said his car was unreliable and asked that if it broke down in the mountains, would I come and take him the rest of the way to the treasure.

More than a few people have said they know where the treasure is but are in wheel chairs. They want to know if I will bring the treasure to them.

A man called on the phone to say that he had found the treasure. When I asked him if hot water had discolored the bronze chest, he said, “Thanks for telling me,” and hung up.

I get many emails that have no text, just coordinates or the name of a Town or place.

Someone said they went to where the treasure had been and wanted to know why I moved it.

The great preponderance of folks who are searching seem to be the typically good honest people who relish in memories of their adventures, especially when their children were along. I enjoy getting photographs of the people and where they have looked.




39 thoughts on “Scrapbook Thirty Nine…

    • If only 2013 Robert Williams knew what 2019 Robert Williams would have to live through in the next couple years. 🙁 You are so right.

  1. I enjoyed the one about Lake Tahoe……Apparently they couldn’t see in their “very good binoculars” that a road completely encircles Lake Tahoe.

    The header picture with the island is of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

    • I thought that was Emerald Bay! I live about 75 miles away from Tahoe and you did a wonderful job of photographing that beautiful area.

  2. People are nuts. Its amazing how fast the crazies are multiplying. Just have fun with the whole thing. Enjoy the adventure and don’t expect to find the chest. If you do find it then great but don’t count on it just enjoy the whole experience!!

  3. Now that is funny !! Why was the treasure moved and the other one could u bring it to them!! I like those! Haha forrest wants u to get off your butt and look for it!!

  4. Hey Forrest maybe u could send me some binoculars to ohio while I’m working my but off in college at 42, maybe I could find the treasure here! Lol my car wouldn’t make it out there but I was taught that u work hard for what u want in life….good luck to u treasure hunters!

  5. Everyone has a story, Some legit some questionable. Personally I for one will deal with the cards I have been dealt. Nothing would please me more then someone that is truly in need find the treasure.

  6. I love reading all those emails – very interesting and entertaining!

    And Thanks Forrest, for restating that you have not, and will not, give out additional clues to people who write or call you. You are a man of honor and integrity and it’s reassuring to know that the treasure is still out there and all we need to do is interpret your poem correctly – Which is a lot harder than any of us ever imagined! 🙂

  7. I had to laugh long and hard at the e-mails you shared.

    I’m sure no one can conceive the entertainment and joy you have received from the responses to your exciting shared thrill. Loads of thanks, even if I’m not the one to “discover” it.

  8. Hey FF…I’ve been a flight attendant for 40 years. I know these people… they fly United!!!!
    All the Best
    Karin May

  9. Wow! I really needed that! I haven’t laughed so hard ’till I cried in a l-o-n-g time.
    Thanks for sharing, I’m happy now. — Wait! Did ff hide a clue in one of those e-mails? I’m gonna read ’em again.

    • Slim-
      I think the clue is in the number 21,000. I believe the clue is 21,000 steps from somewhere…maybe from Toledo.

  10. What about that guy that called and said he found the treasure and forrest asked him if the HOT water discolored the chest you think that’s a clue

    • Yup.

      Bronze and water. ..!Phew, that’d be an awful mix, especially hot.

      …Maybe start with a Search on for ‘hot water dispenser bronze’. There’s quite a few, and no ‘discolor’ warnings I can find.

      • I’m not saying its in the water but might be next to or by warm water. Like the end is the beginning begin and end can be where warm water halts

    • I have been reading some of your posts at Chasechat and have come to the conclusion you think you are gonna bully further clues from Forrest.
      Another name for it is extortion.
      You have tried to put his reputation on the line.
      A character assassination along with the Nora Kelly moniker.
      I will answer for Forrest.
      Forrest was badgered by the Today Show into doing the clue a month.
      And the sh**bag producer demanded to know where the treasure was.
      It was not even Forrest’s idea in the first place to go on Today Show.

      And I guess your true colors of being a confidence man have shown.

      You owe Forrest a public apology,now !

  11. Another clue might be the frog email. Some Indians think its bad luck but the majority of Indians say they heal the sick and bring rain. Forrest does mention frog quite a bit . That email also says no one will find it because of the frog,does that mean the treasure is by frogs.

    • JR-
      At that point he was referring to the frog sitting on the map in TTOC book. People have said the frogs position is a clue..Forrest is saying no..the frog will not help you find the treasure..

      • True the frog on the book might not exactly show you where it’s at but doesn’t mean it might not be where there is frogs. My spot where I searched led me to a blaze below the blaze were plenty of frogs with bulging eyes and did research and I guess those frogs might be called wood frogs could be brave and in the wood but I may be wrong just a consideration

  12. Amazing example of how the mind of America works! Entertaining on the one hand,very disturbing on the other.Makes me thankful that I learned early on that a hard days work will not kill you.JR,thanks to Forrest,last winter I learned about frogs.And then I learned some more about frogs.Then on one of my adventures I saw some really weird looking frogs.That’s when I learned more about frogs.Just when I thought I knew all about them I remembered another thing or two about them.Now,when I see the word” frog” I have to stop myself and ask if I really need to go down that road! HAH! Thanks Forrest..

  13. Okay,…. THAT was priceless! Thanks, Forrest. What’s the best way to send you photos of me and my sister searching (twice now) in Wyoming? Would be glad to share them and related stories. We’ve had such fun together searching (and learning) while getting to really know one another (after a 65 year separation). Great gifts can come in unexpected opportunities wrapped as challenges.

    “A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” – Charlie Chaplin

    Adventure on, Forrest!

  14. I think a few of those e-mails may have been sent by me. However, Mr. Forrest Fenn, seeing those perky remarks have motivated me and the young one to head to the hills for some serious treasure hunting. I suppose I should check the weather. Maybe I should rent a four wheel drive vehicle…There’s nothing worse than having rednecks make jokes about folks in little Chevy compact cars ( usually people in cars make redneck jokes) so blending in may be wise. I’m sure I’ll get lost, get wet, get cold, and blame Mr. Fenn for my misery, because it certainly wouldn’t be my fault…Who knows, maybe I’ll pull up in your driveway and beep the horn (beep beep) with a box of goodies. All in all, have a delightful day Forrest.

  15. Hi Forrest! Happy Birthday last week……I just want to say, what if no one finds the treasure and Super Volcano explodes and buries Wyo. Mon. and Colorado? What than? Dang……..Yellowstone not “IF” it is when……

  16. Some of the stories where people showed up at his house must have been interesting. I am glad that he takes all this with such good humor.

  17. I did not see any of my emails thank goodness.
    Pretty some gonna go scoop up that treasure some think does not exist.
    I know it does !
    I can sense it,does that sound crazy ?
    I will give some help just one more time.
    “The train only goes by the banana farm one time and you better grab all the bananas you can”

    Come on you monkeys !
    Put on your banana belt and get going !

    Forrest gave way more than enough info for people to have a good chance at figuring out “where warm waters halt”.

      • Would you do me a favor and tell Nora Kelly at Chasechat to shut her trap ?
        I am sick and tired of reading slander about Forrest.
        He has been tried and true.
        And people like Nora have gotten their way by whining and complaining since they were in diapers.
        Please give her this message for me.
        Nora,Forrest is not gonna confirm for you anything.Either enjoy searching or don’t search at all.Forrest does not owe you anything,not even any further explanation.
        When you see how simple it all really was,you should be ashamed of yourself.
        It won’t be long now.

        • You must be quite confused. I’m not at chasechat, don’t know you at all, and certainly won’t take commands as your impolite messenger-servant (for anything less than a 42 lb box of gold ). Good day.

          • Try reading what I posted again.Maybe it will take you nine times to get it correct.
            There was no commands.Only a polite asking.
            Your price is kinda high for an “impolite messenger” that takes commands.But it is duly noted that you do offer such a service.

            If you have time,maybe you might enjoy reading at Chasechat “scrapbook 39” thread.

  18. I really love this scrapbook as well ! It kinda tells the story of what Forrest has to deal with on his end of the rope…some good interaction and some not so good. My hat is off to him, that is for sure…

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