Sweetpea’s Adventure Part Two…

This is Part Two of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part One, Click HERE

BY Sweetpea


The Blaze

THE BLAZE! It’s much more impressive from google earth

And now,   the rest of the story….
As my search continues, the last clue I had to solve was “in the wood”.
 In my opinion, brave was the metaphor Forrest was using for the corner markers put in place by the surveyors. Again, when I read the field notes regarding Corner marker #7 the surveyor wrote that he replaced the old wooden post marking this corner with a stone, which he then marked with all the claim numbers that share this corner.  So on this stone, this surveyor marked 1-5007, 1-62, and 7-5627, and of course an X on the top of the stone, according to his field notes. Of course, this must be it!

my search partners

My two precious wolf-dogs Ringo and Lilly, oh and my mom and her husband.

Brave AND In the Wood!!

So,  off I went, in search of said marker, and I went RIGHT TO IT!

There it was!

And as described in the field notes 2 piles of stones alongside.
And to my surprise, sitting right on top of one of the piles, was an old wooden post!

If this was the post that originally marked this corner, that meant that post would have just been sitting there on that pile of rocks for around 115 years. My first thought was that post should have been long gone by now.  Also this post was a 4×4 not a 6×6 as was written in the field notes.

miss Ford

Miss Ford

Could someone else have put that post there more recently?…

Maybe so! 
But, move stones and dig,  treasure find did I not! Move stone marker and look beneath it, and maybe dig a little… nada. Look in other stone pile, while I’m here… nope, not there either.
Well, …poop!

Then I looked at the stone again, and noticed something was not right about it.  It was mismarked. It had a 1-5007 on it, and it had a 7-5627 on it and it had an X on top.  But no 1-62,  no instead it had an 11-44 marked on it instead. It was obvious too, that the 11-44 inscription was much more recent than the others.  What the H E double toothpicks is goin’ on here?!

The #44 claim does not share this corner with these claims. 
Could this be a clue?

What was it that Forrest said…..oh yeah,  
 Maybe he switched the markers because this one had become….. thinking,…… thinking,…. AHA!

So, I thought OK,…

I need to go to the #11 corner marker on the number #44 claim.
Where is it?…
Oh that’s interesting, ….   It’s only 250ft.  off of Jardine road!
But before I went down there

I consulted my battered and bruised TTOTC book, looking for the word switch.  Turns out he uses it 5 times in the book.  That seemed like a lot of times to use the word switch to me! But maybe I was biased at the time.

So, off I went,


I thought I would look for the switched marker.  It should have a 1-62 on it, right?  Should it be a stone or a post…..I don’t know,  … ahh, look for either!    Look for an aluminum marker perhaps…. Wait what’s that over there?  Why it’s an old post!  Oh and look, there’s an aluminum marker on it!! How strange is that?
I could barely see there was writing on  the crude marker, but after I spit on it and rubbed it, I could then  make out the numbers on it.
 And can you believe it, there was a number 62 on it!

At this point I’m no longer feeling confident, just eerie.

Plain ole me

Plain ole me

This whole thing is beginning to feel strange.
OK, what am I supposed to do now?         Dig here?!
 Well, I admit that I did.
And if any of you want to go there and dig some more, you won’t need a SHOVEL,  because my pick-axe is right there next to the post, where treasure find did I not!
But if any of you do, just know this, after hounding Forrest for a response and or his mercy regarding my search….he finally did respond.

“I know not what you speak of.”     ……..       was all he said.



30 thoughts on “Sweetpea’s Adventure Part Two…

  1. Love your enthusiasm and fun personality Sweetpea! Nice of you to leave your pick axe for the rest of us. Maybe with cooperation we’ll at least discover..”How deep is a hole!”

    • Sweetpea, I do think you are on to something. My question is: how was the marvel gaze? IOW, how was the view up there? Did it take your breath away?

  2. I couldn’t find a good pickaxe, just pick/mattocks– maybe I should hunt this one 😉

  3. Sweetpea, what a great story…I plan to search this area after I retire the end of next year. I can’t remember where you are from…do you live near there?

    • Hey Cynthia, I’m from a little town named Redstone, CO. I have a little off the grid cabin on 40 acres in the mountains there. But I drive a truck up in North Dakota in the summer. (for now.) I hope you enjoy your search. Sweetpea

      • Sweetpea, do you have a KMZ or a pin of exactly which cabin you’re referring to when you say “you can still see the remains of Joe Brown’s cabin today.” I’m trying to find out if that is actually his cabin or if it’s part of the Jardine Mining Company/Claim.

        Thanks so much in advance!

  4. Hey Sweetpea, we were there in that area in June at the beginning of where Jardine road starts out and we went up the hill/road a little ways and stopped and parked at what looked like a parking area and walked around. We were headed to Bear Creek, but got side tracked because of the rocks that we collected. Darn rocks. Anyways, I’m going there again though next time out.

  5. Great story, and a very good effort. This was one of my first thoughts that might contain the treasures location.

  6. Sweet Pea, I’ve given this a little more thought and I think Bear Creek is wrong. Here’s why. After only about four hours of online research and a quick trip to the library, I had zeroed in on Uncle Joe Brown’s cabin. That was too easy. Maybe I could have backed into Mammoth Springs, but I skipped the first two clues. After all, FF says you have to take each one in linear fashion. I did not, so it was way too easy to get to Bear Creek.

  7. Uncle Joe Brown’s “Home” is actually….a ‘sod house.’ It can be found in a ghost town in the Northern part of Valley County, which is located on the Canadian United States border with Saskatchewan.

    A further search of “Theony Valley, Montana.. (County Seat; Glasgow), should yield Searchers with, what I hope will be some most useful information.

    The following is link to this most significant and historical place:


    Although the ‘elevation’ numbers don’t appear to be in sync; I hope you will give this out of the box location a real shot.


  8. Anyone know of a One Room Schoolhouse nearby? (About 50 miles from West Yellowstone?) Could prove interesting.



    • Um…. any small town within 50 miles of there probably has one. I’m pretty sure there’s one in Norris. And one In Pray. Just check any tiny town that was occupied 100 years ago or more and it’s bound to be an historical location.

    • SL,

      Perhaps the one room schoolhouse that you seek is closer to Cody, from the approach to Yellowstone from Temple, Texas.

      Just a suggestion!

      • Hello Sweettea. The one room schoolhouse you went to, do you believe this would be the one Mr. Fenn mentioned? I’ve read there were once over 2,000 in the state, but not as many now. While reading the discussions last night, I found some links which named some of them, but not all the information I was looking for. It appears Montana and Colorado may have the majority of them out of the four states.

      • (Second try.) Curious to know if this is the same one room schoolhouse Mr. Fenn mentioned. I’ve read Montana had over 2,000 at one time. While researching last night, it appears Montana and Colorado may have the most from the four states to consider.

        • pdenver,

          Chilsed over the east door of Kepner Hall at the University of Northern Colorado, (*old training or laboratory school), is the only ‘ School’ related reference that I’ve found thus far to the following Horace Mann quote “He Who Teaches a Child Labors With God in His Workshop .” (The One-Room Schoolhouse referenced and mentioned by The Flyer, was one located in Wyoming as far as I know.)

          Insofar as any prior /posted “Sod” mention as to a possible description /location for the hoB other than mine; I’ve not found one. ( If someone has an original and related posting , please pen it here).



          Joe Brown’s….House of ” Sod” may actually be it. (I hope you will are able to refer to my HoB above posting made on March 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM.

          Dal/Goofy: If any post should be listed under another Thread,, please feel free.


          • Hello SL. Thank you for the information in regards to Kepner Hall. I had read the quote was on one of the buildings, but never knew which one. The link you’ve provided in regards to Joe Brown is interesting and certainly is a possibility to being the hoB.

          • (Second try.) Thank you for the information about Kepner Hall, and Joe Brown. I read about the quote, but could never find out which building. Joe Brown’s home certainly has a possibility to being the hoB.

  9. Sweetpea, I believe in what Mr. Fenn had emailed you, but I can’t help but twisting things around a little. ‘I know not what you speak of”….Could it possibly be, “I ‘know not’ (know not/no/no./number….know number) what you speak of”? As mentioned earlier, I do believe what he said to be true, but one can never tell. 🙂

  10. Sweet Pea, what beautiful woman (treasure) you are!!! I’ll give you an A for your efforts. I hope you had some fun with your most interesting and thorough approach. I will be heading over there in August sometime and i believe that i too know where the F.F. treasure is. And if not, at least my buddy and I will have a nice fishing vacation! Hope to see you there. If you see someone singing and playing around a fire, it will probably be me! I’ll keep a cold one for y,all!!!!

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