A Colorado Theory…

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September 2019

By Richard McKeever

 

First let me introduce myself. I am a searcher of 7 years. I am also 62 years old with a lung condition, who has searched in all 4 states. I have found all kinds of treasures from antiques, to silver dollars, to a 4 pound silver surveyor’s ingot.

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Back in July of 2019 while rereading TTOTC I was surprised by a passage I had taken as superficial before. In the chapter “Gold And More” on page 130, I found it curious that Forrest went into great detail about Siler Bracelet. He skimmed most the other items, yet he went so far as to describe not only that he won it playing pool, but who he won it from.

He talks about winning it from Byron Harvey, who was also a collector of native American artifacts, Byron had a collection of over 900 Kachina Dolls, and was a well known scholar and gentleman. As such I can only believe the pool he played Forrest was Snooker a gentleman’s game.

Fenn Bracelet in Treasure Chest

When Forrest described the bracelet as having 22 beads, it struck me that there were 22 balls used to play Snooker. 15 Red balls, 6 numbered balls, and the Que ball. When setting up the table for the initial break there is a place on the table for the brown number 4 ball called ” The Point of Brown.” So I correlated the Home of Brown as the pool table with the Point of Brown on it.

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I took these measurements and transferred them to a map of each state and nothing popped. I got to thinking and decided to see if I used only the treasure portion of the maps. Colorado was the only state that would fit as a pool table set up.

So I drew a straight line from Raton Pass north to a point on the Wyoming boarder almost where I-25 crossed. From there    I went to the SW corner of the Colorado, New Mexico boarder, from there I went east to about the halfway mark, and the north about a quarter way up where the Point of brown was located on a pool table. It popped! That point turned out to be Pool Table Mountain.

I knew just to the west of there was Wagon Wheel Gap Hot Springs, and jest east of the spring was the 4 UR Ranch where the WWWH’s at the resort’s spa. From there you can go down the canyon to the base of Pool Table Mountain, following in this vein, I continued going down the canyon to a put in that was not on the Rio Grand River. I found that spot as where you put in on US Hwy 160 at South Fork CO. If you turn right you will be heading up Wolf Creek Pass, and towards the Continental Divide, NPFTM. At the divide you are 10865 feet, to high so you keep traveling west to Wolf Creek Road at 10180 feet. Your at the top of Wolf Creek here, NPUYC because you are already at the top, and a waterfall’s. I was unable to search here as my lung condition warranted me to lower elevation. As you turn onto the FS road there is also an overlook, TSWMG.  As I was unable to search for the blaze, I am certain in my honest opinion that this place warrants an investigation. I am also struck by Forrest’s words,” you end up where you began.” translate to read Hint of Rich’s New and Old. This because you are near the top of Treasure Mountain.

-Richard McKeever

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “A Colorado Theory…

  1. Thanks for sharing Richard! I like your “tarry scant with marvel gaze” as an overlook. My own favorite “tarry scant” is a bridge with a view. Just some thoughts. Why stop at blaze if you don’t have to, there’s more poem to explore! To my way of thinking, the poem can easily carry you on past “your quest to cease” if you read your quest as being a waypoint marking the end of something, but not your journey to the treasure chest. And to “take the chest” can easily mean to continue on and follow the trunk or main branch of something.

  2. Richard, thank you for sharing. Have you ever considered bouncing your solve off trusted friends or relatives, who may see a weakness that you don’t? Maybe with that kind of help you can focus your search down to an area equal to that of just 2 or 3 states, in my opinion. Good luck.

  3. Richard McKeever

    Looks like you covered most of the angles.
    The pool game also caught my attention.
    Reason being Forrest stressed how much the bracelet meant to him.
    I have to admit I lost my concentration after seeing the beautiful bracelet in your post.
    I could feel the pull from here. Imagine how far in time and space it traveled. From the place the stones were dug from the earth through the hands that shaped them and carried them to Mesa Verde. Many years later they were dug up again and formed into something beautiful by hands that did justice to this great find. That silversmith put something special into forming that piece of history. I can see how it would be hard to let go of something so connected to the past.

    That’s a really good shot of the bracelet.
    Come on you can tell us, did you really find it.LOL
    Thank you for posting this.

  4. I too feel the hidden treasure is in Colorado, but for an entirely different reason. My solve has to do with the simplest explanation for where warm waters halt and it puzzles me why no one else has done more than touch on that point unless it is for the exact same reason, I haven’t figured out how it connects to the second clue. But then I am relatively new on this hunt and I may not have yet to read all possible solves to clues posted here. I also wonder if anyone has explored Brown’s Canyon as a second clue. – I love that wonderful connection with the bracelet and pool table alignment and the name of that mountain. It’s a wonderful coincidence.

    • I have searched Browns canyon in the past. The main problem is that 95% of the land below the canyon is fenced off closed to the public. I will not violate some ones right to have no trespassing, therefore all that is left is the put in area directly below the canyon and IMHO that has been searched by hundreds of people previously. But new eyes might see what others have missed. Including mine.

  5. Hey whatever works, don’t you hate it when u play pool and the stick totally misses the white ball, at that time I’m like I guess I need some chalk on the end. Ha ha
    Nah it’s just the player.

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