Gold Dust


chestI found some external hard drives that contain files and photos from old laptops that went in the trash years ago. They were from a time when I was acquiring exotics to be part of my treasure. The bronze chest had a name then. It was called Indulgence.

I have other hard drives to search but would like to post some of the artifacts as they surface. All I post are in the chest. I could describe the cultures from which they came but bloggers would analyze my comments into perpetuity. Maybe giant-minded commenters will do those honors. ff




This gold dust from the California โ€˜49er days is now in a glass jar and safely tucked away in Indulgence.


100 thoughts on “Gold Dust

    • GG
      Perhaps you misread; Forrest stated that it was in a glass jar and tucked away inside “Indulgence”

      • Ken,

        I thought I recalled Forrest saying that some gold dust was sprinkled in the chest. I could be mistaken, I’ll go to my notes and refresh my memory. Thanks for the heads up.

  1. Weโ€™ve added a new category called Treasures Bold. You will find it on the right side menu, near the top, under Forrest Shares.

    These posts come from Forrest and to find out what they are about..go to the index here:

    Then you will understand what โ€œIndulgenceโ€ is and where these pics come from.

  2. I’m glad to hear it is in a jar. I was worried that it would spill out while I am taking Indulgence out of the mountains. I thought the gold dust was from Alaska. Or is there more than this particular dust?

    • Slurbs-
      I believe Forrest said that one or more of the nuggets were from Alaska. I don’t remember him saying where the dust was from.

      • TTOTC pg 130 “lots of placer nuggets from Alaska”

        The reference to small vial of gold dust is not in the books. Must be in a scrapbook or interview.

        IMO, based on legal research the gold and gemstones are likely from other places, like Alaska, than the state where the chest is hidden. FF thought of everything possible to make it easier for the finder. He’s a good guy!

        • Woody-
          I don’t think we are going to see everything in that chest. My guess is that he will only be sharing some new things that are in there.
          We’ve seen photos of other the turquoise bracelet earlier…

          I personally think it’s great fun..whets the appetite…makes me want to grab my snow shovel and go looking right now…
          Okay..I was lying about that part…brrrrrrr…

        • I think its going to stimulate more interest in getting it found. ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally am interested in the contents history.

        • I believe there exists plenty of mystery in Forrest’s expertly planned totc and inside ‘indulgence.’ Many similarities to a Romanesque fairy tale. Given f’s expertise in history and lit I’ll bet the poem includes a sub story linked to the area of Europe the chest originates from.
          The Chest backwards is Heches.t which could refer to a local in France’s Pyrenees mountains. A twelfth century chest falls inside a rich period of Aquatinian history with Eleanor of Aquitane ruling her courts of love alongside kings of France and England. Imo the poem includes references to at least two grandparents and Irish lineage. That won’t help solve the location but nice that Forrest pays tribute to his ancestors. Mystery is a wonderful tool for keeping us interested.

          • Nice research anna – ill-structured problem solving is more similar to the real world where you will never know much of the truth only best guesses.

    • jdiggins – warm, chocolate indulgence! On a cold night, I may pick it over gold. lol

      On a serious note, Forrest… I do read and think about what you write. If the hard drives and files went in the trash years ago, have they been sitting in a trash heap on your property or what? Certainly not biodegradable and usable as mulch.

          • JD-
            Yes..Many people still use external HDs with a laptop. Probably more common a few years ago. You couldn’t get a very large HD in a laptop a few years ago, so most folks used an external HD to increase the amount of local space to store large documents…like pictures.

          • Youโ€™re right Dal, Iโ€™ve got a stack of those old hard drives. All of his drives would probably fit on a thumb drive with room to spare.

            Folks still use external drives for backups and extra storage except these days they are measured in terabytes. All of my internal drives, and a few external drives, are static drives (SSDโ€™s) but Iโ€™ve still got a box of 5 ยผ floppies sitting around someplace.

          • I dont have any 5 1/4’s, but I do have a bunch of 3 1/2. I worked for one company that we were still using an 8″ floppy. I also use an external harddrive for one of my virtual machine set ups.

  3. I am finding photographs and notes that had long been forgotten. They are in old external hard drives. I named the treasure chest Tarzan and then changed it to Indulgence. Please don’t ask me why because sometimes I mystify even myself. f

    • ff, please look for a photo of me while you are at it. I’m sure I am or was on one of your external hard drives. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • And who was the original Tarzan? Why that was Johnny Weismuller of course. Can still heard that jungle call of his. Geez them were the days.

    • This should be really interesting and fun looking at pictures of whatโ€™s in the chest.

      But if you start telling folks you know where the chest is Iโ€™ll block youโ€ฆโ€ฆ.Oh wait.

  4. Ah – the pot (Indulgence) gets sweetened with both the gold dust and the special unknown item for the finder. Looking forward to reading more from this category (Treasures Bold) in the future, as well as the Vignettes and Scrapbooks.

    It made me want to read up on the California Gold Rush, which I found out was 50 years after the North Carolina Gold Rush. Lots of interesting tidbits to learn.

    As always, thank you Forrest

  5. So, before I read Dal’s note and Forrest’s explanation, I googled it and landed on Main Street in Bozeman. Just some sort of coincidence, not a clue. IMHO

  6. You called the chest “Tarzan”? That’s funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ Living in the “Gold Country” in CA, and within an hours drive of where gold was discovered here, I find the gold dust from this area a very historically interesting inclusion in the “Treasures Bold”. Love to find it!

    • Hi CJinCA im just up the 49er hwy in Grass Valley i have a vile of that gold dust myself if you ever want to get together and discuss the chase let me know i will give you my email

      • Thanks for the offer 49er but I’m trying to work out my solution for what will probably be my last hunt next spring. Maybe after that we can get together to talk about our individual ideas. What state are you looking in?

        • Well CjinCa im looking behind every sagebrush in the Rockies but my primary state is 56

  7. Lets see here – the word “Indulgence”

    โ€œJust think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No thank you’ to desert that night. And for what?!โ€ โ€• Erma Bombeck

  8. Thanks, Forrest and Dal for the new category โ€œTreasures Boldโ€ Iโ€™m sure it will be interesting to see what all lies within Indulgence.

    Indulgence sits and waits below the stage for me to open its gate, but I hurt my back while searching for the treasure; the funny thing is I was nowhere near the Rockies. I was sitting in my easy chair reading TFTW and when I reached over to put it down on the coffee table I heard a popping sound and immediately felt a sharp pain in my lower back. It felt like a hot knife slicing through my flesh. Darn, this happens just when I was ready to go get Indulgence. Oh well, patience is the key to anything thatโ€™s worthwhile. So Iโ€™ll just indulge in the banter while I try to get my back into shape and head for Lander.

    We’ve had nearly 900 hits on Gold Dust since we posted it around 1pm today. We are likely to have about 8,000 hits on the blog before midnight…and we are at roughly 2,980,000 hits overall on this blog since it’s inception …

    Thanks everyone..

  10. Wow! Almost 3 million hits……..impressive.

    It’s been exactly 1 yr this exact minute that I learned from my brother about Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure, it has been a real adventure. Let me just say thank you Forrest. And thank you, Dal for this most engaging blog.

  11. Forrest, I wanted to share something that you have in common with J.H. Sharp. You both had a hidey spot. I was raised in a vacuum that was pretty much unchanged from the late 1800’s . Bridgeport OH. where Mr. Sharp is from is one street running along the Ohio river dissected by the original “National Highway” once surveyed by a young George Washington. The “bridge” crossed the back river to Wheeling Island (where I lived) Then three blocks to the suspension bridge that crossed the front river to Wheeling WV. It was built in 1849 and after the deck fell was reinforced by Washington Roebling before he worked on the Brooklyn Bridge. It was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Businesses grew like Marsh Wheeling stogies ( in the famous blue and yellow box)Nail factories, Glass, ceramics and pottery. Then Andrew Carnegie developed
    Pittsburgh into the steel mecca and Wheeling just 60 miles down river stopped cold. Even our High school was built in the late 1800’s and was falling apart by the 60’s and 70’s. I mention a little of the history to explain why I know JH Sharps hidey spot was not breached. Under the Bridgeport bridge , was our fishin’ spot. It had to be the same as in Mr. Sharps day 80 years prior as it was the only spot you could stand without sinking 4 feet into the oily silt along the bank. That is also the spot where kids would grab a piece of drift wood and paddle across the river. The water only gets fast or swirls when the level rises, which is probably when Mr. Sharp almost drown and lost his hearing. Us kids hung out under the Bridgeport bridge , fished, played and ate P&J sandwiches. Even though the bridge was rebuilt in 1893 the old trestles were used from when the founding family (The Zane’s of Betty Zane revolutionary fame and great Aunt of Zane Grey) built it. But up under the bridge was a nice cubby hole. and high up on the wall about ten feet above all the other Graffiti was scratched the Name J Sharp. No Middle initial. Could be a relative but as I mentioned the place was not changed much. As kids we were surrounded by history so we took it for granted.

  12. That gold dust Blows me away but the Dragon braclet has to be the real killer…. Not sure If I’m prepared for that… ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. The cards are dealt
    The rules are spelt
    And the pot
    Is the lot
    Of Indulgence
    Panty up
    Ante up
    And hold your face
    Don’t get up
    Or give up
    You’ll lose your place
    Hold your cards
    Tight to vest
    Study the rest
    Can you beat the odds?
    Better invest
    Thought at best
    And even prayer to gods
    Learn to bluff
    Don’t him n huff
    Or lie or cheat or steal
    For in the chase
    You better hold your face
    Or indulgence you’ll never feel.

  14. Impressive when you see a small pile of gold dust. It sure is pretty. I was in an old dig where there are bands of white quartz but the place was unstable. I tried to dislodge a real nice piece of it next to a large rock. The whole inside started shifting. I decided I would leave it right there and backed myself out of there. Gold isn’t worth losing your life over.

  15. Well, I’ve got you other two Gold Country guys beat, I live about 1.5 miles from the gold discovery park in Garden Valley. Been out on the hunt five times now, 2000 mile ride each time. One more in the spring. I lovely time to become rich and famos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Why do you think he called the chest Indulgence? Maybe something on his bucket list?

  17. Does anyone know for certain that Forrest said that the chest could be torched by a forest fire?????

    • Tarzan = Tar Sand? I’m changing the name of the TC to Satisfaction if/when I find it, Indulgence will come later in life….lol, IMO.

  18. I believe the gold dust was used to bring an exact weight to the contents of the treasure chest because even the sound of that #, two different ways, is “special”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Gold dust is close to my story, when I used to wash with a friend in a stream, a tray of precious dust, gold rush did not capture me, but I found one somorod in the form of a tooth fang.

    • So – perhaps things are clicking here. If I use my imagination and play this game well, will I be able to beat it? My cache needs to be dumped soon as so much dirt has mixed in with the gold dust , it is becoming difficult to see the real stuff.

  20. Is this thread the first time Forrest said the chest was named “Indulgence?”

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