2Many books have been written about the treasures supposedly buried and lost in the state of Utah.
3Fortunes and treasures have been “lost” throughout history in many ways: * The locations of productive mines were kept secret but then forgotten as years passed. * People hid or buried their money or treasures to keep others from getting it, and then they died before digging it back up. * Robbers hid their stolen loot to keep law officials from finding it, but then were unable to retrieve it for one reason or another.
5The McDonald Mine in Taylor Canyon Around 1899, a man named McDonald found alucrative gold mine in Taylor Canyon around thetop of 27th street. He went into the mountainside about 100feet, built a cabin on the floor of the canyon below, and worked themine for several years.He had to leave for California in 1911, and he didn’t return until1937. He was old and sick and couldn’t get around well, so he toldhis two sons how to find the mine, but they hunted for many daysand could never find it or the cabin.The mystery in this story today includes not only the location of the missing mine and cabin, but the reason for McDonald’s return: had he left some treasure still hidden in the mine (or around it) that he came back to retrieve? If so, is it still waiting to be found?
6Call’s Fort; Brigham City Call’s Fort; Brigham City * In 1870, George Witherell was a stage coach driver between Ogden and Corrine. A few days before Christmas, 4 men boarded his coach in Ogden with a heavy trunk, which was placed at the rear of the stage. Just south of Brigham City, the coach was stopped by several tough-looking guys claiming to be “the law.” They didn’t show badges, but they took the 4 men and their luggage and waived Witherell on. No one mentioned the trunk, so it was still aboard when the coach took off. * His curiosity aroused, Witherell opened the forgotten trunk, once he reached Corrine. He was amazed to find it packed with bundles of paper money, along with a small chest full of gold coins. Not above a little thievery himself, he loaded the trunk into his buckboard and drove off into the night with it. It was snowing, and Ed Neal, the stableman, later recalled that Witherell headed toward Call’s Fort near Brigham City, which was odd because it was no longer in use. He returned two hours later without the trunk. * The “lawmen” that captured the 4 men later showed up and demanded the trunk. Witherell swore he knew nothing about it. They told him not to leave town. Scared, however, he decided to hide out for a while in a sheep-herding camp in CO. There he killed an old sheep-herder one night for his gold watch and was sent to prison. He was released in 1887, but within days he killed another man in a drunken brawl, and he was hung from a telegraph pole before law officials could arrive. The secret of his buried cache died with him, and while the paper money would certainly have rotted away by now, the gold coins would be worth a LOT more today!
7Stolen Army PayrollIn 1858, General Albert Johnston’s Army camped near Salt Lake. Old newspaper accounts tell how a lone bandit stole one of the army’s payroll deliveries of gold. An army posse pursued him, and his horse fell and broke a leg. The posse found the horse, but the bandit got away with the gold.* In the morning the posse tracked down thebandit, who was hiding in the waist-highbrush. He was killed in a gunfight, but thegold was never found. He must havehidden it nearby, and since it was a bigenough payroll to pay 2500 soldiers, theremust have been a LOT of it!
8Spanish Treasure CaveIn 1888, a young miner named Herschell Hill was prospecting in Black Rock Desert near Fillmore. A storm came up, and Hill, who’d become lost, found shelter in slit-like opening in a low-lying wall-like cliff. He inched his way through the opening until he entered a room-like chamber. In it were animal hides and rotted leather pack sacks. The sacks were stacked upon each other, and strange yellow grains the size of wheat spilled from them. Hill picked some up, was surprised how heavy they were, and realized they were gold. He filled his pockets with as much as he could carry.When the storm was over, he wandered for a long time before he finally reached Fillmore. He was never able tofind the treasure cave again.Then in 1929, a sheep-herder who hadspent the winter in the Black RockDesert, quit his job and showed up inan Ogden pawn shop to sell a sack fullof gold that looked like grains of wheat.Federal officers wanted to questionhim about the gold, but he disappearedbefore anyone could.
10FYI-- Other Weber-Area Forts in the 1800s: Fort Buenaventura became known as Brown’s Fort after Miles Goodyear moved and James Brown was placed in charge of it.Farr’s Fort was built in 1850 at the mouth of Ogden Canyon where Lorin Farr located his grist mill.Brigham’s Fort, built in 1853, was north of present-day 2nd Street and west of Washington Blvd, on the banks of Ogden River.Mound Fort was located between9th and 12th, west of Wash. Blvd.In 1884 it boasted a population of100 people!
11Now, OUR JOB: Use our research from today to Create a story from the past in which treasure is hidden or lost, andCombine with a story from the present in which the treasure is found!
12Treasure-Story Idea Examples: LOST / HIDDEN by: FOUND by:___________* The payroll robber who was * A girl in a newly built homekilled by another robber on acres out near the lake.* A miner trying to protect his * His 2 great-great-nephewsfortune from thieves after they find his journal.* A trapper who stumbles upon * A group of school friendsa Spanish treasure in cave, who hear of the legend andbut then forgets where it was set off to find the cave.