The Horse of God!

Since other researchers have begun to investigate Templar symbolism and
have noticed their mysterious connection to the “Horse of God”, I offer
the following…..

For those not aware of the origin of the “Horse of God” in treasure lore
I’ll share some information we discovered while researching the connection
between the Arizona Peralta Stone Horse map and the Knights Templar.

I’m sure you all recall the Templar seal of two knights mounted on the
same horse. Researchers have generally said this is a symbol of the
poverty sworn to by the KT. That has proven untrue!

Read for yourself the encrypted message below and make your own
determination of what is said. Our research has revealed that KT adopted
many Arabic and Islamic customs and beliefs. An astute researcher can
follow the thread of where and how the KT gained their esoteric knowledge
and how it was adapted into their symbolism. We are just now scratching
the surface of the immense knowledge that is held by the KT. Now we
believe the KT used two Knights on one horse to signify their belief in an
alternate form of Christianity mingled with Islam and Judaism. The evidence
of this is provided in interpreting the following passage, I think is found
in the Koran. (Paraphrased)
“God created the horse” and said; You, I have made unlike any other. The
treasure of the entire world lies between your eyes. (Note prominent eye
in map horse) You have power without arrogance and beauty without pride.
You will stomp my enemies beneath your hooves, (Horse on seal pawing
hoofs) and you shall carry my believers on your back. (Knights are
believers) Your back is the seat from which all prayers rise unto me. You
shall find happiness everywhere on earth and you shall be favored above
all other creatures, for you shall receive the love of the master of the
earth. You shall fly without wings and conquer without sword.” (Templar
symbolism exactly)
The KT has carried out their plan following this promise from Alah (God).
They buried their treasure using the horse as a symbol to imply that the
treasure is truly God’s. The symbolic horse if properly understood and
interpreted will lead to treasure throughout the world. Is KT treasure there
for treasure hunters to find and keep? Or does it truly belong to a
religious organization having a divine purpose for the gold? That is for
you to decide. If you take the former attitude you must be prepared to
accept the consequences that surly will accompany that decision!

To help you to understand the significance of the horse to KT treasure, I
include two pages from my book SHADOW OF THE SENTINEL below. This
book reveals much of our research on the “HORSE OF GOD” or as the Peralta
Stone Maps say “Cabollo de Santa Fe” (Holy horse of faith)

Please note the pages are copied here via OCR so possible errors in
punctuation and spelling are not the fault of the book or its publisher
but are electronic errors.

Hillbilly Bob
270 Shadow of the Sentinel

activities of Jacob Waltz, the Lost Dutchman, who seemed to have come into
certain wealth, appeared to have had some connection to encrypted tablets
or signposts and who apparently had placed a curse on those trying to find
his gold in the Superstitions.

Bob had no knowledge of a positive link between the events in France and
the KGC. He speculated that they were connected through a
Templar-Rosicrucian-Scottish Rite-KGC continuum. He found a connection in
Holy Blood, Holy Grail. About halfway through the book, there is a
specific reference to the Scottish Rite and to Rennes-le-Chateau.7 Citing
the 1979 French book Treasure of the Golden Triangle by Jean Luc Chaumeil,
and its “privileged sources” of information, the Holy Blood, Holy Grail’s
authors say that Chaumeil noted that “a number of clerics involved in the
enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau—Sauniere, Boudet, quite probably others—were
affiliated with a form of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.” They observe:

… the Masonry M. Chaumeil describes would have been acceptable, despite
papal condemnation, to devout Catholics—whether eighteenth century
Jacobites or nineteenth-century French priests. . . . Rome certainly
disapproved—and quite vehemently. Nevertheless, the individuals involved
seem not only to have persisted in regarding themselves as Christians and
Catholics; they also seem, on the basis of the available evidence, to have
received a major and exhilarating transfusion of faith—a transfusion that
enabled them to see themselves as, if anything, more truly Christian than
the papacy.8

Because the available evidence was at best sketchy. Bob would not draw any
hard conclusions about shared philosophical or spiritual ideas behind the
grid-making under way on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid- to
late-1800s. At best, Bob concluded, both groups of grid- and map-makers
seem to have borrowed from Templar tradition, ritual and lore.

Bob had spent decades exploring how the KGC employed Masonic ritual,
imagery and symbolism: an effective means of communicating with an
informed elite that left others in the dark. He had learned that where
virtually no paper trail exists, as typically is the case with secret
societies, analysis of symbols is the only substantive and effective way
to investigate. That said, he recognized that there would always be
ambiguity in interpretation.

Epilogue—The European Connection 271

He did not have to look far for parallels in symbolism in the seemingly
overlapping pattern of events in Europe and America. Leaving the geometry
aside, Tomb of God describes a large, carved horse’s head observed in the
side of a mountain. The book also refers to encrypted hidden messages
translating as the “Horse of God.” Were the shadowy players in France
aware of the modus operandi of those in Arkansas who had inscribed the
Bible Tree with its central horse figure? Were they in lockstep with those
in Arizona who had engraved the stone tablets with a draft horse (and the
misspelled caption “EL COBOLLO DE SANTAFE”—HORSE OF HOLY FAITH) or those
who had buried the Percheron horse skull in Adamsville? Did the Latin
cipher in Sauniere’s  parchments have a direct parallel to the Spanish code
in the Arizona stone tablets? Were the clues on both sides of the Atlantic
indeed derived from the same symbolic set?

One particular description about the symbolism in the Rennes area was
evocative. Henry Lincoln, co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, reportedly
had come across a rock face, near the historic town, that had been
inscribed with a heart shot through with an arrow, and with a symbolic
name and the date 1891 chiseled below. In his 1998 sequel about the
mystery of the surrounding topographic grid, Key to the Sacred Pattern,
Lincoln says the circumstances overshadowing his discovery of the carved
symbol were disturbing:

“It is to be the first evidence that our movements are being watched. And
the watching eyes, it seems, are unfriendly and even unscrupulous. Our
return visit produces a shock. The inscription is no longer there. It has
been hacked from the rock. My photograph is the only evidence that the
inscription ever existed.”

There was little doubt in Bob’s mind that the KGC depositories and the
grid around Rennes-le-Chateau, as described in Tomb of God and Holy Blood,
Holy Grail, were connected to Templar/Masonic tradition.
He knew of other sites in England and Scotland that could be placed in the
same category, again because of the recurrent symbolism and an implied
geometry centered on a perceived circle-in-square template. And then there
was Oak Island, Nova Scotia, where a suspected treasure—possibly
associated with the Templars and Freemasons—had eluded discovery for
centuries despite extensive excavation in a deep shaft known, yes, as the
Money Pit.10 That no gold or other treasure had been recovered on Oak
Island mattered little. What did matter to Bob were the mysterious
artifacts that had been retrieved and recorded over many years.
Hillbilly Bob

This post is just a taste of whats coming in 2018. Watch for it, we’re just getting started!

John London

Theft of equipment


Hello Money Hunters. Yep, it has been awhile since anything has been added to this website. For that we apologize. Many of you are aware of the reasons for our absence.

Now I bring you something of great concern to us. Around the 10th of September my, Bob Brewer’s, video camcorder came up missing. It’s believed to have been stolen from my mini-van parked at a Gander Mountain store in Texarkana, Texas. The camera loss is of minor importance. It’s the two 16 GB HCSD cards that were in the camera that are valuable. It’s  quite  possible some of the data on these cards are documents regarding clues found and deciphered and even map work from several treasure sites that John and I have in the works.

We feel that someone having access to those documents and maps may decide to post them online and even claim them as their own work. While there is no real worry about anyone using the data to go dig up some of the treasure described therein, it’s possible some of the major lines and locations of clues will become internet chatter.

The reason for this disclosure is to get the jump on someone who might use our data to con someone into believing they know where the treasure is buried/ hidden. There are no “X marks the spot” to a treasure cache on any computer, SD card or even external hard disk drive. That highly classified information resides only in our heads. Unless someone could really read the treasure maps and decipher how all the clues fit things together all is well.

So let me disclose the treasure sites for which the map work might be posted.

  1. The treasure map so called “The Wolf Map” which has made the rounds on treasure forums for years. John and I solved that map years ago. This treasure depository contains/contained several caches. One of those is well covered in my book, Shadow of the Sentinel, Simon & Schuster 2002. This large cache, a stage safe containing as much as $200,000 (face value) in new 1869 gold coins, was recovered in 1995 by a rogue partner while I (Bob) was at home caring for my aged father suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. That gold was the Army payroll robbery loot from the paymaster traveling from Fort Gibson to Fort Arbuckle , (Oklahoma) in 1869. The heist occurred near the town of Mill Creek and was perpetrated by a “Band of Missourians.” At the time of this murderous robbery, the name “Jesse James” was little known outside of Missouri, but it was a Jesse’s gang deed. The loot was taken up Wild Horse Creek,  to near its head then south to Mud (Stinking Creek in 1870s) Creek and buried not far from where the Chisholm Trail passes Monument Hill. That cache was about 2.5 miles east of Addington , OK.

The Wolf Map depository contains/contained several more caches of gold. Another major stash of gold was in the back of a tunnel under the new Chisholm Trail Monument (circa 1930s) constructed on a large hill north of the original Monument Hill of cattle drive days. The newer Monument Hill, where the monument is now, has a tunnel dug into its north face about 40 steps from the Monument. In the early 1900s a house stood on the little flat above the county road and in front of the tunnel. Access to that cache was gained by removing a slab of the concrete walkway on the south side of the Monument. That slab was replaced around 1999 and the tunnel resealed with new concrete. Reportedly, the contents of that tunnel cache was gold coins and jewelry in three containers. Two were one gallon syrup buckets full of small denomination gold coins. The third treasure vessel, a medium size tea kettle containing gold coins, Morgan silver dollars dated 1878-1890s and expensive women’s jewelry with one broach set with a large diamond.

This depository is very large and other caches are northwest and east of Duncan, OK and there are others. Amazingly the Wolf Map depository is only one of three in the region, all of which adjoin each other. When our work is finished in that region we will shock you with facts about how these depositories were designed. We will provide maps to each and the location of several cache sites.

  1. Danville, VA depository, often wrongly referred to as the Lost Confederate Treasury or 40 kegs of Mexican silver dollars. John and I worked this site under the eye of the History Channel’s cameras. We solved the puzzle found in the Green Hill cemetery in just two and a half days. The director of the History program tried to get us to reveal the location of this treasure. We did not and haven’t been able to return to finish that work due to family illnesses. Some on the treasure net forum have belittled John and me saying we had no idea of what we were doing. Well the time is near when the solution to that puzzle will be shown to the public. At that time those on the forum will be shown to be (nicely put) non thinkers!

The Danville layout was the easiest site we ever worked. Everything needed to solve this puzzle is in plain sight. Only thing is you must be able to recognize what the puzzle makers are telling you.

  1. The Find Gun Barrel near Creek map. This one also can be found on the internet. I worked on for this puzzle for several years but was always hampered by the land owners following me around. It wasn’t that I was trying to steal their treasure. Instead I was just protecting my knowledge to prevent them or anyone else to beating me to the loot.

I think its common knowledge by now that I found the first cache of treasure on that site after only being on the land only 20 minutes. I had never been there before when a young man took me there to check it out. I observed some carvings high up on a pecan tree and asked the kid if he ever found a treasure there. He told me no, so I said let’s go dig one up. It was only a small clue cache but was marked with an 1858 Remington Army cap and ball revolver. Next trip there I followed a line to near where another cache was indicated. At that time we were confronted by the ranch foreman and told we were trespassing and that the Sheriff had been called.  The guy had lied to me saying he had permission to be on the property. I thought it was true, since an old man unlocked the gate for us to enter. Turned out he just had the land leased for cattle pasture. A week later the guy and his father snuck onto the property and detected around the area I had pointed out. They found another gun, a Colt Thunder revolver which pointed to the burial of ceramic spittoon containing 60 Morgan’s and 40 dollars in gold eagles and half eagles.

Later the landowners invited me to work with them and a contract was drawn up. After a few attempts to make headway with them dogging my every move, I gave it up. Later they had a group of novices comb the property for clues. They found little or nothing and made no friends with the landowners.

After the land changed hands I got access through the new owners and finished up on that property. It had many signs and clues but the treasure was not on the property but some distance away. The location of three large caches has been proven by other maps dug up in the region. Only one of those caches has been recovered. The other two are still there due to family health problems.

The original treasure map to this site is authentic  and complete enough to find other buried maps and clues. We intend to reveal the solution to this ingenious treasure depository in the coming months, maybe a year or so.

So friends this is some of the information you might see appearing online coming from the SD cards in the camera. I hope there was nothing important on the cards but I am afraid some of my writing will be found. I am working on a true life movie script about my Mother’s family in Oklahoma during the depression era. Also, there likely are some family photos on the cards and maybe some photos of treasure clues. We’ll have to wait and see what turns up.

If anyone should hear about someone having a Cannon Pro Video camera with treasure information inside I would be ecstatic to hear about it.

Bob Brewer


More Research on the 8 Pointed Star

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We have done more research on the 8 pointed star found by Hutton Pulitzer. He is correct in stating that the Mik Macq Indians have used the symbol for centuries ! I does seem odd to us that the symbol can be made on our Template, but we realize that it could be just a coincidence. I have seen several examples of the star drawn by the Mik Macq tribe, however copyright laws prevent posting them here. We will try to get permission to show them on this site, but it will take time.

Bob and I will continue researching the star and other  symbols thought to pertain to Oak Island. Until proven otherwise, we will treat the Mik Macq Star symbol as a very interesting coincidence, in relation to our template!


Please stay with us as Bob and I try to prove what really did occur on Oak Island.

Thanks for reading The Hoot Owl Tree.

John London



Oak Island is a Bigger Mystery Than Anyone Realizes!

Golden Circle Research Reverse engineered KGC template

Since publishing my first book on Knights of the Golden Circle Treasure in 1993, treasure hunters have corresponded with John and I asking for help with treasure sites of interest to them. Oak Island treasure is a reoccurring subject.

We have given Oak Island a good bit of study over the past 20+ years and developed a theory of our own on the mystery. We wanted to make a few comments on the new “Curse of Oak Island” series now airing on the History Channel.

In March of 2014 a Vice President in Charge of production for the contract company shooting the Oak Island series emailed both John and I to inquire as to any knowledge we held on that treasure mystery. We shared our opinion on what the treasure might be and when it was possibly put there. After an exchange of several emails and two or three phone calls John and I both declined a trip to Oak Island due to both of our wives health. However, we did mention that our theory on Oak Island was that there is no treasure on the island itself, but if treasure is involved it would likely be buried on the mainland.

Several years ago, I was sent a drawing that appears to be the same rock carving shown on the 2014 second segment of the History Channel’s “Curse of Oak Island” series. The one the “Commander” calls an 8 pointed star.  The person sending the sketch sought information for Confederate or Knights of the Golden Circle treasure in Nova Scotia. I provided some information on KGC activity in Nova Scotia but had no specific information on any treasure buried there.  A few years later, after finding the “Template” we now use, I noticed the old sketch could be duplicated by tracing lines on the template.

Around that same time John, I and another gentleman obtained about 150 authentic KGC documents, letters and maps. Some of the letters tell of many places the Knights of the Golden Circle buried/hid their gold. Specifically mentioned was treasure buried in Canada.

Since the “template” has worked on several KGC treasure sites all across America its entirely possible it would work in Nova Scotia. The “Commander’s”  8  pointed star is the KGC template disguised by not having all the lines found on our template, but this is a common way the KGC left clues indicating the template is required to re-locate their buried loot.

Since the sketch sent to me did not disclose the location where it was found, we have never tried  to connect it to Oak Island.  Watching the Curse of Oak Island last week prompted me to dig out my old files and compare the drawing to the stone scanned on the program. They match closely enough to dig deeper into what is now a right turn in the mystery. What John and I have in our files could be of interest to those involved in the Oak Island hunt.

John and I  always  were pretty selfish with our discoveries. Seldom do we share anything which could give others much help in searching for KGC treasure. We are considering relaxing our secrecy and sharing some startling facts concerning the organization commonly known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Surprise! Surprise! Some treasure researchers have suspected the KGC was more than just a pre-Confederate organization active before and after America’s War Between the States. That is correct. The KGC was/is a curtain or smoke screen hiding the true organization which is still in full operation. That organization is a diamond with many facets.

We won’t mention the names here or point fingers, but we will share some startling graphics which will open the door to new research for those interested in learning what is going on in the world today.

Golden Circle Research Reverse engineered KGC template


Template with 8 point star emphasized


Map of the District of Columbia





Washington D. C. original map with 8 point star


Fort Knox, gold depository 2013 highlighted oak island 8 pt. star

However over the years we have attempted several times to decipher the “90 Foot Stone Tablet” without reaching a conclusion on it even being a cipher. Some thoughts on the subject are recalled as I write this.

1. What if the stone carvings are not a cipher at all but are a message written in an ancient language.  Dr. Berry Fell  and  Mrs. Gloria  Farley when asked about the writing. Stated it was very similar to some of the North African languages, including Berber, Numidian and Tieinagh . John I don’t think Dr. Fell saw those carvings at least I didn’t send them that I remember. Somehow I got some of his research documents not in his book, maybe Gloria Farley gave them to me with some of the stuff I got from her or maybe it was from her book that I got hold of. Anyhow the carvings on the 90 foot stone and one of Fell’s pages show a alphabet very similar to that on the stone.

2. What if the stone is a complete hoax? In fact, wasn’t that question discussed on one of the segments of Curse of Oak Island. This could use some deeper investigation.

3. The stone 8 point star found by the “Commander” is in great condition for being carved by the escaping Knights Templar in the 1300s. John and I are fairly good judges of rock weathering since we’ve studied many thousand petroglyphs from all over North America. Some of those carvings are not half as old as the Nova Scotia 8 point star may be thought to be. . Most of the carvings we see come from areas with climates much more friendly  to chiseled rocks than that of Nova Scotia and a 150 year old carving on most rock surfaces shows considerable weathering.

4. Halfax was the port most used by Confederate spies and statesmen going and returning from overseas ports. Considerable amounts of Rebel money were sent to Europe through Halifax and its entirely possible the Rebels used a hole in the ground bank for some of their gold. Could the finding of the KGC map overlay symbol near Halifax be the answer to the 8 pointed star and it have nothing to do with the Oak Island deal?

Since the series began last year, we are receiving a number of inquiries in regards to History Channel’s Curse of Oak Island Treasure Hunt.  I suppose we asked for it by our many years of corresponding with treasure hunters asking our take on many of the legendary treasures.  One reoccurring question we get concerns different theories about  the whereabouts of the fabulous treasures of Solomon’s Temple after is destruction by the Babylonians.

The Holy Bible tells us Solomon was the richest King in the world, at that time.

 2 Chronicles 9: 13-29 (from NKJV)

13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;=(666 talents=49,950 lbs. Solomon ruled for 40 years, so could have accumulated 999 tons of gold)

14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. (Must have been considerable amount)

15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold (15 lbs.) went to one target. (Total weight of gold in all targets=3000 lbs)

16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold (7.5lb) went to one shield. (Total amount of gold in all shields=2250 lbs) And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays:

19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.

20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

21 For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

One estimate of King Solomon’s wealth was tallied, by Professor Kitchen, noted Egyptologist and Archaeologist, was 500 tons of gold. But hold on a minute. We have encountered treasure hunters that believe Solomon’s wealth would have been buried intact. Those holding to that idea will be sadly disappointed to learn Solomon’s gold and the Temple treasure was stolen more than once by foes conquering the nation of Israel.

The first Temple of the Israelites, the one we know as King Solomon’s Temple was completely destroyed around BC427 by Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar’s army.

After killing nearly a million Jews and burning the Temple to the ground, Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers looted all the gold, silver and jewels they could find. The Holy Relics that survived the destruction of the Temple were carried to Babylon.


A talent of gold or silver varied from 26 kilograms (57 lb to 30.3 kilograms (67 lb)  depending  on the country or Kingdom setting the standard


Illuminati, Knights Templar, Freemasons, Pythagoras  and  back to the Egyptians,

At the center of  the place on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,  where the Ark was thought to be kept there is today still found a recess in the bedrock cut out in the dimensions of the Ark as given in the Bible and Jewish Torah.  The dimensions of the Sacred Vessel converted to English measurements were: Length 3′ 8″-Width 2′ 3″-Height 2′ 3″. The Ark was constructed of acacia wood and plated inside and out with pure gold. Attached at the top four corners were rings of pure gold, into which poles of Acacia wood were placed to use as handles to transport the Ark. A pure gold lid or cover sealed the Ark and atop of the cover sat two Cherubs, also made of pure gold. Research has not turned up the weight of the Ark or the exact size of the Cherubs,  but  depictions of the Ark drawn by whomever, show the Cherubs about the same height as the Ark itself. I find it difficult to accept the fact that four men could carry such a top heavy object weighing perhaps an estimated 3610 cherubs, cover


Tie the template or the Commander’s 8 point star to the Temple of Solomon. can’t do it!

Can find nothing in the Bible or Talmud mentioning an 8 pointed star or symbol of any sort.

The 8 points shown drawn on the template are symbols for the 8 facets of the great pyramid.

The Scottish Templars emblem as found on their left shoulder and shield shows the depth of the “V” between the points goes only about half the distance to what would be the center of the template or flat layout of the Great Pyramid. So it’s probable the 8 pointed emblem represented the Orders’ full name of “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon.” But the Scottish cross my be just legend according to A. E. Waite, author of the Encyclopedia of Masonry. He claims other Masonic writers are in error stating any cross besides the Patee wide armed cross was never worn by the Templars.

Number 16 is a square number; 4 X 4=16 the design of the template has 4 squares divided into 4 segments each for a total of 16 divisions.



The origin of the number 8 symbolism might well have begun at the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza AKA as Great Pyramid of Khufu. A not so well known fact is the Great Pyramid actually has 8 sides or facets. The facets are only visible on the spring and autumn equinox because only then does the sun rays alignment show the concave portion of the Pyramid’s sides.   The 8 facet design is not understood by leading scientists even today. However, perceptive researchers of symbolism would notice the Pyramids subtle hint of the number 8 being included in its design.

St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City,   Rome is a giant 8 spoke wheel, with an Egyptian obelisk in the center. 

Jesus showed himself alive EIGHT times after his resurrection from the dead

Eight is the number of Jesus, whose name, written in  Greek letters, adds up to 888.


In Masonic lodges, Sirius is known as the “Blazing Star” and a simple look at its prominence in Masonic symbolism reveals its utmost importance. The Masonic author William Hutchinson wrote about Sirius: “It is the first and most exalted object that demands our attention in the Lodge.” The same way the light of Sirius made its way into the Great Pyramid during initiations, it is symbolically present in Masonic lodges.

Oak Island

The  new season for ” The Curse of Oak Island” has just started with episode two slated for Tuesday 11/11/2014. A new player has entered the arena this year. Hutton Pulitzer, ” The Commander”, claims that he can connect all the dots to the mystery! Can he really ? I guess we’ll just have to watch and see what Mr. Pulitzer brings to the table. The show will be entertaining , to say the least.

Bob and I have long felt that, given the opportunity, we can solve the oak Island puzzle! I won’t post any theories or guesses at this time. We do have plans for future articles and Oak Island is surely on the agenda.

We both wish the participants in the new series the very best of luck and success.

If readers have tried to make contact with us recently and gotten no reply, Please try again! I have had a email server change and have hopefully fixed the glitches.

Thanks for reading The Hoot Owl Tree

John London

Gold Panning in the Ouachitas

Friends, recently we had an inquiry about gold panning in the Ouachitas. I can get only a little more specific than what I said in the Arkansas Gold Rush post on this site.

Old timers who were alive in the 1880s “gold flourish” as it was called, told us kids stories of several people finding gold in the streams around our homestead. The tributaries of the Ouachita, Cossatot, Little Missouri and Little Saline in Polk County have the possibility of finding a few colors and in a couple of those streams, tradition holds, nuggets were found.

Reminder needed here is most of the clear, cold spring fed streams in the high mountains are under the protection of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Meaning you can’t do “nuttin” in those waters. No dredging, sluicing, digging of any sort. This protects the little leopard darter and some small mussels that can’t stand muddy water.  

Little of the land in the Ouachita National Forest is private and most of that owned by non-residents who use it for vacation homes. Almost all private land is posted and guarded with cameras. All it takes is a picture of you on the land to get a conviction for criminal trespass.

My suggestion for finding the most likely place to find flour gold or perhaps a few colors is to read the post mentioned, and get old maps of the area to locate the names of the mining camps from the 1880-1915 era.

The most minerals found in Polk County come from the Novaculite (Arkansas whetstone) geological formations. This area is generally Southeast of Mena. The belt trends Southwest to Northeast. This same region is called by the State Geologists; “the Silver belt.” It begins just west of Little Rock to across the Oklahoma state line and actually almost to Atoka, OK.

Several producing silver mines were reportedly operating in this belt for over a century. Also found in this region are lead, antimony, copper, turquoise, cinnabar, barite, bauxite, manganese and the only producing diamond mine in North America, near Murfreesboro on the southern edge of the silver belt.

One tin deposit was claimed almost due east of the Shadow Mountain RV park on U.S. 71. I remember visiting that prospect way back when some of my kin were trying to make it produce. I think the old digging is on private property so I won’t get more specific here.

Once a the owner of a auto repair shop near Mena showed me a small vial of colors said to have been panned in Mine Creek east of Shady near the old CCC camp. This fellow is a genuine nice guy and I don’t doubt his word.

The only gold I ever saw coming from Polk Co…..for sure?.. was a bean sized nugget with gold in a dark gray matrix found by Isom Avants in a small creek near his home. The branch is now called “Nugget Branch” by old timers in the county. Another nugget was said to have been found by Polk County Surveyor, Jim Wood while deer hunting just over the mountain from where Isom made his find, on the north side of Fodderstack Mountain. He was searching for blood where a wounded deer crossed a small branch when he saw something shining in the water. I know this caused quite a stir of activity resulting in some manganese mines being developed up a southern fork of the little unnamed stream. This stream joins Brushy Creek north of Sugartree and east of Smokerock mountains. There is an old mining mill site located at the junction of these streams. Ruins of an old concrete bridge and some big tailings piles make this easy to find. Just beware of hippie school bus dwellers running around there naked as has happened in the past.  It’s a long hike up the canyon to where the nugget was said to have been found, however that location is west of the divide separating the waters of Brushy from those of the Cossatot drainage.

I suggest anyone venturing into these mountains obtain a good Topographical Mapping program so waypoints may be uploaded to a good GPS.  My recommendation would be Delorme Topo software.

Delorme software works wonders for our treasure hunting and even allows John and I to work treasure depositories without ever leaving our office. A good field man with camera, compass, maps and a good GPS is all we require to work KGC/*** treasure sites.

If I can find a digital copy of the map drawn by the Arkansas State Geologist in 1884, I’ll post it on this site. It will be very helpful for locating old mines and prospects in western Arkansas.

As many of you know many of my ancestor’s families produced prospectors, investors, miners who worked the mines of Pike, Polk, Howard, Sevier and Montgomery Counties for many years. Some of my umpteenth Great Grandpa’s brothers were among the first Anglo-Americans to settle in Southwest Arkansas a decade before it was a state.

 I’ll throw in an anecdote here about an old family tradition. It started back in the 1600s around Jamestown, VA. One of my ancestors told his family, “It’s time to move, I can smell smoke from someone’s fireplace.” This tradition was followed though Virginia to Pittsylvania County, then to North Carolina in Buncombe, Co., to Hawkins Co. Tennessee, to Owsley Co. Kentucky, finally to the Ouachitas in Southwest Arkansas.  Most Brewer’s were great woodsmen, hunters, trappers and miners. So if you wonder why I’m a Hillbilly now you know.

Have Fun!

And if you write please include a name. Seldom do we answer anonymous inquires. We don’t mind helping most people but there are some we prefer to leave stumbling around trying to learn treasure hunting. They deliberately try to confuse others by screwing up the facts.  Crossed rifles…What a joke!

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Treasure Hunters, Prospectors, Relic hunters, or anyone who loves the outdoors, Please read the newsletter. Joining this group(PLP)is so important to all of us. If you are concerned about your rights to use public lands, read to the end and sign up.

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Smoke Rock Treasure, A Mystery

Most of the information in his story came from a fascinating old mountaineer named Isom Avants. Isom was a third generation descendant of pioneer families who settled in the Cossatot valley.
    I too, knew Isom most of my life, my Uncle Odis Ashcraft was his neighbor and a very close friend. The Avants and the Ash crafts grew up together and as adults worked side by side in the mines and log woods. Isom searched for the Cossatot treasures most of his life. He knew more about Spanish treasure buried in the Ouachitas than anyone, except the people who buried it.
    As a youngster, I sat spellbound as Isom and his brother Ed told treasure stories at the dinner table or on the front porch of their mountain home near the Cossatot River. 
   Later, when I was grown, Isom allowed us to pitch our deer camp at the edge of his property at the base of Avant’s Mountain. We continued to camp there even after Isom moved to Mena in the late 50s or early 60s. Each year Isom and Ed visited our campfire relating memories from 70 plus years of living at Avant’s Mountain.  Isom had a fondness for good “moonshine” whiskey and we always had a half gallon on hand. The whiskey guaranteed entertainment for a few hours. Ed seldom said anything but backed up what Isom told by nodding his head or pointing his finger at his brother and saying “right, right”. Isom knew every story and legend in the Ouachitas. He knew about every treasure hunter who ventured into the Cossatot/Brushy region from Civil War times to the present. It was no wonder that everyone searching for treasure sought help from Isom.  Most of what Isom told was about Spanish Treasure but Albert Pike’s gold and outlaw treasure was also mentioned.  Portable cassette recorders had not been invented when I last talked to Isom, but I would have given anything to have another chance to record his stories. At that time it didn’t cross my mind to take notes so all I relate must come from old memories. Isom’s nephew and my lifelong friend Bob Tilley have some knowledge of Isom’s stories as they were related to him by his mother, Isom’s sister.
Bob Tilley and I agree on the fact that Isom would never have told a stranger any factual information about a treasure. He was talkative, but sent many a treasure hunter on a wild goose chase. Many, if not most, of the native highlanders in the Brushy and Shady communities were kin to the Avants. Many of them also sought buried treasure. Still most of the secrets they held went to the graves with them. Apparently the family intended to, “keep it all to ourselves”. 
    Today treasure hunters can still be seen hiking the ghost trails of the Ouachitas. Hardly a week passes that some treasure hunter doesn’t run up and down the Cossatot River seeking buried treasure. Rumor has it some treasure has been found but proving it would be hard to do.
     A decade ago, even the world’s most famous treasure hunter, Mel Fisher was seen in the Ouachitas.  Mel and Dayne Chastain were in Mena on business and since I knew them both they invited me to breakfast and spent a couple of days together.
At first Mel claimed he was not treasure hunting but was involved in a gold mine speculation. Mel was involved with a company called Equity AU and was said to have providing collateral for a gold refining mill near Mena.
After I learned more of what was going on, I realized the gold mine and ore refining mill were a cover story for a major treasure hunt.
A major clue that the operation was a treasure hunt came when Equity AU purchased a property right in the center of a legendary treasure site. For nearly a century, this private property surrounded by National Forest, was the focus point of a Spanish treasure legend. The 70 or so acres bought by Equity AU was in fact the very property controlled by my Uncle and his family since the 1930s. It was Edna Ashcraft Lawrence that sold the land to Equity AU. Edna was W. D. Ashcraft’s daughter. She married Dan Lawrence and they’d owned the property since about 1935. Uncle Odis and Aunt Bessie Brewer Ashcraft lived there from 1932 until 1936 when Dan and Edna bought the land. This was the property which was the center of my hunt for Confederate (KGC) gold.

After spending a few days in Mena, Mel Fisher returned to Key West, with a copy of our “The Bible Tree” video. The Bible Tree is now the most famous treasure map tree in America and still stands near the property Mel was involved with. Coincidence? No, Mel was privileged to KGC documents indicating treasure was buried in the Brushy area. When he learned I had been working on the same treasure stash for about 40 years he wanted to know what I had learned. Of course I wouldn’t reveal anything to him until we talked terms of partnering. Mel was battling cancer at the time and losing ground. After getting back to Florida he and I exchanged letters and phone conversations, but nothing was agreed to. Within a year or two Mel succumbed to cancer and his treasure hunt/Gold mining venture quickly came to an end.
Decades ago in these beautiful Ouachita Mountains three young boys were taken prospecting by their favorite Uncle. As they hiked up a hollow, beside a clear swift creek, Uncle Odis pointed to a depression in the ground. This is where the “Mexican” is buried, he told the boys. As they continued to walk, the mountaineer explained that the grave was that of a treasure hunter, murdered in 1884. The man that killed him was born and lived on the very homestead, where the Uncle now lived.
Still Hollow, the canyon where Osborn (some say Raymon)  Vanatta’s grave is located, is surrounded by a rugged old mountain with a enigmatic past. It’s steep, heavily forested slopes are accented with strange rocks coated with a black, soot like deposit.
This mountain, the deep narrow canyon over which it towers, and a beautiful spring fed stream flowing through a narrow gorge, share in common, the name “Smoke Rock”. The name is used here both as a noun and a adjective, for the whole area surrounding the mountain and soot black cliffs on nearby hills are collectively referred to as Smoke Rock. This fascinating terrain is the setting for several of the strangest, Spanish treasure stories ever heard, in or out of Arkansas. Of course, one wonders why such an isolated mountain in Arkansas would harbor such tales of Spanish mines or buried treasure.
    Looking at the geology of the Smoke Rock vicinity is reason enough to consider the plausibility of such stories. Many minerals have been discovered in the area, including gold and silver. Some of which were mined paying quantities.
    The gorge through which Smoke Rock creek flows appears to follow a major fault line and the mountain is one of the very few places in the Ouachitas that volcanic, or igneous rock can be found.

In 1882, a foreigner one day appeared in the Brushy community. Reportedly he was also looking for a mine or treasure buried near a clear stream, the path to it marked on trees and rocks, the signs being arrows, turtles, Indian heads and other carvings. (newspaper article)
The key, to finding what he was looking for, was locating an old tunnel or cave with the entrance sealed up many years before.
 This man, named Osborn (old timers called him Ramon or Raymond) Vanatta, and said he was from Mexico. He was described as a “Castilian Spaniard” standing well over six feet tall, and in a holster on his hip carried a big six shooter. The “Mexican”, as everyone in the community called him, announced he would pay well for some men to help him locate “a lost gold mine.”
The treasure hunter was, on several occasions, observed studying a leather map, it’s lines and symbols drawn by branding with a hot object. The map was kept very secret and would be quickly put away if anyone approached. Only a couple of his most trusted employees ever got to view it.
Vanatta referred to the mountains in the vicinity by their names on his map. These names began to be used by the men who worked with him, and in turn were adopted by residents of the community. Today, only natives of that community still use them. They are not to be found on Forest Service maps. Some of the strange names are Church Mountain, Queen’s Hill, and Gold Hill. (Notes interview with Aunt Edna Lawrence 1989) 
Some of the men who worked with the “Mexican”, lived in the towns of Janssen and Cove. They were Captain J.H. Ward, a Confederate veteran, skilled in construction work and mining. Two brothers, George W. Wagnon, a doctor or pharmacist who later owned a drug store in Cove, and Marion A. Wagnon who lived west of Janssen in the Cecil’s Chapel community. These brothers both lived comfortably in years following their work with Vanatta. They were both older men and may have been treasure hunting just for adventure.  Traditions states that Marion was the powder monkey in charge of blasting and George supervised a crew of laborers. (Newspaper article on part of this legend)  
  Vanatta began his treasure hunt near what later became Camp Wilder. He started by drilling a small tunnel into the bank on Little Brushy creek, but found nothing. Abandoning that place, he moved further up the creek and dug under another bank. It seemed to the men who worked for him, he was obsessed with digging into every place an earth covered bank was found on a clear creek. Later, he put forth great effort to drain a large swamp  on the south side of Smoke Rock mountain. Soon he abandoned this place too. 
     After nearly two years of examining the stream banks of all the creeks in the area, Vanatta finally decided to search a mountain near Big Brushy, close to the mouth of Smoke Rock Creek. When driving a tunnel into the mountain there, a powder charge opened an old tunnel which ran parallel to the new tunnel. The Spanish dug tunnel was not visible, because the entrance had been cleverly concealed decades earlier. Inside, they found very old mining tools, including, drills, shovels and picks. These were later identified as 17th century Spanish. Some of these tools made headlines in a newspaper when they were stolen from the man Vanatta had hired to identify them. (Newspaper story of Deputy Sheriff being sent to Texarkana to recover the tools.)
 Believing he had found the right area, the “Mexican” dismissed most of his help and concentrated on searching Smoke Rock mountain and it’s creek valley

One extremely hot day in June 1884, Vanatta was seen returning to his cabin, leading his well lathered black mare. The saddle bags were loaded so heavily that it appeared they would tear apart.  The young wife of W. H. Hatfield noticed the bulging saddle bags when the Vanatta passed her on the trail. The Hatfield family had kept an eye on the strangers work for two years and now it seemed he had found something.
 The story, as written in 1884 by a newspaper reporter, was a family named Hatfield had a quarrel with the “Mexican” over a mining claim. Vanatta wanted the family to move so he could dig near where their cabin stood.
When I was a boy I was shown The BIBLE TREE which stands only a short distance from that Hatfield cabin. Treasure carvings on that tree indicate a chest of treasure was buried on the mountain just across the creek from the cabin site.(Documents on hand and John Hatfield’s grave stone, carvings on trees etc.)
 After being seen by the Hatfield woman, Vanatta scolded her and in a very threatening manner vowed, “I am going to clean out you people on Brushy Creek, if your spying and snooping around my work don’t stop”.  The woman ran to her brother-in-law’s home, in tears relating the threat to him, Tandy Hatfield, a lad of seventeen or eighteen years of age, was furious over his sister-in-law being threatened and vowed to challenge Valetta’s threat. Emphasis was placed on the fact that Vanatta had recently purchased a new Winchester repeating rifle. Bought supposedly with the intention of using it to settle the dispute.(William Hicks taped interview)
(Note: no record of any mining claim filed by Vanatta exists. He was not prospecting for minerals, but was a treasure hunter hired by a group of investors, “searching for a fortune in Spanish treasure.” (quote from him in newspaper article)
Soon the quarrel with the Hatfield family came to a deadly conclusion. 
 Tandy, because his older brother was in Texas, decided to solve the problem once and for all. Tandy approached a neighbor named John Eubanks asking to borrow his new big bore hunting rifle. At first Eubanks refused but when promised a half of deer when the rifle was returned, he consented.
  Before daylight the next morning the boy was hiding in the rocks above where the “Mexican” had been working on the previous day. Soon the big man showed up and dropped into his trench to begin the day’s work. The stillness of that hot morning was shattered by shots from the large .40-60 caliber Maynard rifle, fired twice by Tandy Hatfield. The heavy bullets tore into the Spaniard’s back, cutting a perfect “X” through his upper torso. (Taped interview with William Hick’s.)  My brother Jack found one of the 40-60 Maynard cartridge cases with a metal detector, behind a large rock above Vanatta’s tunnel, proving the story is true.  A second empty case from the same rifle was found at the old John Eubank’s home site. 

No doubt, Osborn Vanatta died instantly.
It was a couple of days before the bushwhacking was discovered by George Wagnon. He found blood and a fresh grave, a few hundred yards down the canyon from the murder site.
 When the sheriff was notified and went to question the boy, Tandy Hatfield admitted the killing, saying it was justified in self defense. Still, he was arrested and arraigned on charges of first degree murder on August 28, 1884. Just how it happened is not clear, but Tandy was freed from jail, some say a shyster lawyer named Max Patridge arraigned bail.  Others, who should have known, as they were alive at that time, claim Tandy escaped jail and hid on Hanna Mountain for several years with aid from his family.  He raised fruit and vegetables on the side of the mountain irrigating his garden with water from what is still known as “Tandy Hatfield’s” spring. Another story told around Shady has some of Tandy’s family or friends assisted him in a jailbreak and him escaping to Mexico, or New Mexico.  (On tape William Hicks)
 From an interview with John Eubanks grandson; several years later Eubanks, who loaned Tandy the rifle received a letter from him but it was not signed except for a large “X” made exactly like the paths the bullets made Vanatta’s body. The letter was kept by the family for many years and its believed the letter, the rifle and a match box made from fired cartridges are still in the family.  (Tape of William Hicks) and (Carl Lawrence in Mena)
For many years, Vanatta’s murder has troubled me. During the past 62 years, I have visited the grave many times and pondered what I was told about the event. Around 40 years ago I discovered, what I believe, was the real motive for the murder. Vanatta was killed at the entrance to an old treasure vault. I believe he found some of the treasure.
When I located this tunnel it was almost resealed by erosion of the mountainside. Positive I had found the treasure; I enlarged the entrance and crawled inside to find the tunnel empty. I believe the mine was worked again by miners in the 1900s, but the Spanish work is still evident. (Photos and tunnel still there)

After the Vanatta’s death one of the men that had worked with him continued to search for the Smoke Rock treasures.
    Captain James Ward would spent many years treasure hunting and prospecting in the valley. He spent thousands of dollars moving earth and drilling tunnels into the mountainsides. It is not known if he ever discovered any treasure.  He did however develop a manganese mine with the purest lode of that ore ever found in America. (Mining claims and newspaper articles)  
      Ward died on Sunday morning October 24, 1896, (from obit) leaning back in a cane bottomed chair on his porch at Hatton, Arkansas.
Here begins another chapter in the Smoke Rock mystery.
On December 31, 1896 a large group of heavily armed men camped outside of Smoke Rock canyon. They were anxiously waiting for sunrise New Year’s morning. They were there to take advantage of a law allowing the restaking of any mining claim which did not have the assessment work completed on it the previous year. At the signal of a dynamite blast, the crowd made a mad rush to restake all of Ward’s mining claims in the Smoke Rock area. The Sheriff posted deputies to prevent bloodshed as they argued over the claims.
The would be treasure hunters wanted the right to work Vanatta’s and Ward’s old diggings. All of which had been controlled for years by Ward, who paid armed guards to protect his work sites at all times. The courts spent a great deal of 1897 deciding the rightful ownership of the newly filed claims. (Mena Star article)
From then until 1932, little documentation can be found on persons searching for Smoke Rock’s treasures. Although plenty of stories both from newspapers and oral tradition tell of an active gold rush during this period when hundreds of prospectors roamed the region searching for gold and silver.
In the surrounding mountains  prospecting  continued for years and numerous mining claims were filed on minerals found in the area. No doubt most of these claims were cover for treasure hunting activities.
A man named William C. Dobson is the next in the line of treasure hunters to come to Smoke Rock mountain, he or one of his kin may have at one time worked with Vanatta and Ward, for he was born in the town of Cove in 1866, and lived in the county for many years.
   He returned to Polk County from the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, where he’d pursued the Lost Dutchman Mine for several years. He and his wife Laura arrived at Grandpa, W. D. Ashcraft’s place on Brushy, on a Sunday morning in the spring of 1932.  After staying a few nights with the Ashcrafts, they moved to a miner’s shack across Smoke Rock Creek from Queen’s Hill.  Two of the Ashcraft boys guided him to the mountain he sought. (Uncle Odis and his cousin Bud. same story by all Ashcraft’s)
The description I have of Mr. Bill came from several people who knew him. The old man had a large growth on the back of his neck which allowed him to wear any size of hat since it could only fall down to the growth. He constantly chewed tobacco and the juice ran out both corners of his mouth, dribbling on his shirt and overalls. He was very energetic and went everywhere in a hurry.
 William Dobson, Mr. Bill as he preferred to be called, searched up and down the creeks looking at signs on Beech trees before finally deciding to dig around the base of Queen’s Hill.
 He repaired the old cabin near the mouth of Smoke Rock creek and then went treasure hunting. He would work long hours every day even Sunday.
 In 1933, he asked my Uncle and his Father to go to Mena, the county seat of Polk County, to sign as witness to his filing a claim on his diggings. Dobson’s claim covered an area from the base of Queen Hill on the South side of Smoke Rock Creek to the Southeast side of the Little Smoke Rock Mountain on the North side of the creek.
 Bill Dobson and his wife depended on their neighbors for transportation and much of their food. They bought milk, eggs, and butter from my Aunt Bessie Ashcraft and later her Sister-in-law Edna Lawrence. One day while visiting Edna, Mrs. Dobson confided in her that, Bill had an old map, drawn on lambskin, which showed that an immense treasure of Spanish Gold and Silver bars were buried somewhere near their cabin and that they would soon find it. (Aunt Edna 1989)
 Gene Stevenson, who worked for Dobson, also saw the map at Ernest Nelson’s home near Hatfield. It was an old map drawn on leather. After showing the boys the map and explaining what they would be doing at the treasure site, Dobson hid it somewhere in the barn on the Nelson place.)
 Mrs. Dobson passed away in 1936, but Bill continued to search for the Smoke Rock treasure for several more years.
      Dobson hated to leave his work, but occasionally would go to the little town of Hatfield, about 12 miles west of his claim, to purchase supplies and hire help. Sometimes he would spend the night in town with a local merchant named Tutt Harris, and then ride back to his diggings with Jimmy Harris when the supplies were delivered.
  When digging under the cliffs of Queen’s Hill, the old man found a rusted metal helmet, and later a large machete type of sword, badly rusted and the handle missing. (These finds were given or sold to a man named James Slote, who ran a small private, sort of museum near Hatfield, and they remained there until his death a few years later, then since have disappeared.)  
  These finds only whetted Dobson’s appetite for treasure and he hired a full crew of local boys to help him with his work. Raymond and Bud Ashcraft and Odell Lawrence from the Brushy area, Jimmy Harris, Gene Stevenson, Dave Stone, Gene Foley and others from Hatfield.
 Old Dobson also had some partners in his venture, a man named Hamilton initially filed an adjoining claim in the area, later he transferred his claim to Bill Dobson. Others named Dobson were also involved. A son, Joseph Dobson, was a world famous pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and is believed to have funded the treasure hunt. Someone named C. L. Kenworthy was a partner for several years. (Evidence discovered in my research on these partners, leads me to believe that Kenworthy very likely found at least some of the Smoke Rock treasure, probably without Bill Dobson being aware of it.)  
   In the end, it was, only Bill who continued to search for the treasure. He worked in the area for nearly fourteen years, with winter breaks to return to Arizona in pursuit of other treasures.             
Then on June 7, 1946, while a young hired hand named David Stone, was working near the cabin. Bill was at a new site up Smoke Rock creek a few hundred yards away. Around lunch time Dobson was heard yelling and came running toward camp. When he reached the foot bridge crossing Smoke Rock creek, he lost his balance and fell into the stream. As the younger man pulled the old treasure hunter from the water, he was told by an ashen white, almost incoherent Dobson, “I have found it! I’ve found it, wait till you see it”! After Bill calmed down he said, “I’m going to show you something that will shock the hell out of you”. (Or words to that effect). The old man said he’d rest and then take his co-worker to see what he had found. “I covered it back up, but you’ll soon see it”!  Those words were to be his last, for he had no more than said them, when he clutched at his chest, his eyes rolled back and making choking sounds, he collapsed into the creek again, dead of a massive heart attack.
Dave Stone, who was said to have a keen sense of humor, later told his wife, that old man said he was going to shock the hell out of me, and he sure did.)
 Dave summoned Raymond and Bud Ashcraft to help, and the old man’s body was taken to Mena.  In the time it took to complete the trip and give the statements to the sheriff, a sudden summer thunderstorm dumped heavy rains in the Brushy area, causing a flash flood. The high water erased all traces of where the old man had been digging. To my knowledge nobody has ever found out what shocked the old man to death.
    Since Dave Stone did not know exactly where Dobson was working the find is probably still hidden.
I know of only two clues which give a hint of where Dobson was digging, both of them to remain secret at least for the time being.
 A large beech tree near the Dobson cabin was cut down and burned for wood by the old man to eliminate the treasure signs carved on it. I was told those signs were a huge snake crawling down the tree looking toward the base of Queen’s Hill, one of the snake’s eyes was a square box, and the other a cut out circle. The tip of the tail was almost six feet from the ground.  According to Dobson,  another important tree on his map was a hollow Beech filled with stones.  One day after a spring storm Linda and I went to Smoke Rock Creek and found a large Beech had been broken down by the storm. A hollow snag about 6-8 feet high was all that was left of the tree, we found that filled with stones. That tree was within 100 feet of Dobson’s diggings.
 After Dobson, several other treasure hunters have spent a great deal of time on and around Smoke Rock Mountain. I have spent many years in search of Smoke Rock’s elusive Spanish treasure and have explored every nook and cranny on the old mountain. My detector has covered every place which even remotely resembled a burial site.  My wife and I have now located at least three of the treasure’s cache sites (empty of course) and believe two more exist. I am expecting that someday more of the treasure will be removed from the area, hopefully by me, but I won’t be disappointed if it never is found.  
   The evidence I have uncovered during my experience at Smoke Rock proves the treasures are real. I believe artifacts found in that vicinity prove the Spanish were there. They include a bronze trombone like  pistol, a small handmade wood working or mining tool, and a crude horseshoe rasp.
Some distance from Smoke Rock, a slug of silver apparently spilled at what probably was an ancient smelter, suggests that ore was reduced there. Also found in that area were many pieces of glazed pottery, large amounts of charcoal residue and slag from metal refining. Even one complete human skeleton was found in 1903 among all of the smelter debris. (Newspaper)  
As mentioned before, the trench where Vanatta was murdered is the entrance to an old tunnel. It is clearly marked as a treasure site. His grave is located just a few of hundred yards away. Evidence indicates the vault was probably opened about the time of the murder.
There is a well marked Spanish treasure trail leading to it.
My theory about this tunnel is that someone knew what the “Mexican” had found and with the help of the Suttons and Hatfields, tried to make it appear the killing of Vanatta was justified. Court records show four people had to put up their property as a bond to ensure they would testify for the state against Tandy. It’s possible all those were involved or at least knew more about the murder than was said. Two families left the mountains soon after the crime. One immediately bought many acres of prime Texas (not proven rumor) land. Tandy either changed his name or never returned to Arkansas. (a possible candidate for Tandy is J.P. Smith, a character in this mystery that appears here about 1900, with no known past, he was a close friend to Jonathan Hatfield, Bill Wiley, John Avants, Will Ashcraft and others. All that is known about him is that he may have married a widow living on Long creek and died there. I can’t find a grave for him. 
To continue this baffling mystery.
Another Tandy Hatfield, a nephew of the accused murderer, and son of his brother Jonathan Hatfield, became a well known goldsmith owning a large jewelry store in Texarkana. How a hillbilly could learn the art of goldsmithing while living in the Ouachita Mountains still remains a mystery. Besides where would a poor woodsman get the gold to practice his trade? Also a mining claim in his name produced green crystals with which he made emerald settings for his jewelry… But that is another story in itself.
Copyright Bob Brewer 1993-2012


The Persher Code

Why hasn’t the Lost Dutchmans Mine been located despite so many clues available as to it’s whereabouts?  Let’s open our minds a wee bit about treasure and treasure stories.  As you see from this message below (written several years ago by a well-known researcher), if the truth ever comes to light, the LDM and many other targets may have solutions hidden in plain sight, so to speak.

The persher code! The Knights Templar invented this code to send messages back and forth during the crusades! That was the stated purpose. It is not actually a code, but a style of writing where the true message is hidden within the obvious story being told.  After the KT “went to sleep”, persher was used in most of their writing. This continued right up through the early 20th century by the old Confederate Knights and is still being used today by authors wanting to record a message to those initiated and keep it secret from others who may read the story.
Many of the books about the Confederacy, old west and war history might be written in this style. If you pick up a newspaper from the 1870-1920s reporting weird or unbelievable stories, especially if they pertain to Lost mines or buried treasure, they are most likely written in persher. Take most of the Spanish treasure tales and analyze them carefully, looking for clues and you’ll come away knowing they are coded.
In order to read between the lines you must already know what you are looking for or it will just sound stupid or silly.
The Lost Adams Diggings is a prime example of persher. The true story is there but everyone takes it at face value. The first few lines of a later version of story, after the first newspaper mention in the 1890s introduces Gotch Ear, the Mex-Ind that led them to the gold. If you are looking for the code and know that Jesse James was the Comptroller of the KGC the name would trigger you to think of JJ. Got-ch or Got yah! with the ear. Every serious JJ researcher ought to know that the Missouri Jesse James had a deformed ear. If you study a few different photos of him this is apparent. Note also that few of his photos show his right ear.
So, that is persher.  Adams had no front name, as was said by J. Frank Dobie in his version of the story.  Of course any astute KGC researcher would know that Adams County, Mississippi was the HQ of the KGC as long as Gen. John A. Quitman was alive.  It was from Ft. Adams, in Adams County or Natchez, that the first KGC agents were sent to California at the beginning of the gold rush in 1849.  Jesse James father, also a KGC agent, went to the gold fields in 1850 to join up with other KGC members already there, who were establishing KGC control. Another connection with Adams county is Jacob Waltz, the original Dutchman of AZ LD fame. He also hung out in Adams County when the KGC was getting its feet on the ground.  It might interest some of you to know that the Jacob Waltz’s base of operations at a time was Adamsville, AZ and that it got its name from a man named Adams that had a grist mill on the Gila river.  Several other KGC treasure areas are at places named Adams.  It goes on and on in this way.
Much persher is used in dealing with the Lost Dutchman. Hmmmm! Did you know there was a Dutchman with Adams?  Does that make you wonder about anything?  You do know the route that Adams party took would have led them very close to the Superstitions!  I know some of you will argue that point but if you read carefully Drago’s version of the story, which is pure KGC persher, you will see I’m right on this.  I won’t go so far to tell you the Adam’s deal is the same as the LD, but I’ll hint that they may be connected.

We’ll stop for now. There is a lot of info for you to digest. You just might want to re-visit some of the “sure thing” treasure stories from your past and see if there isn’t a bit more to them.


Deceptive treasure hunting information on the web

Friends, we are concerned at the amount of false and purposely deceptive treasure hunting information now being promulgated on the Internet. 
Before the debut of the World Wide Web (WWW)   treasure hunters obtained their knowledge and skills in one of two ways. Either way it took years of hard work to become the least bit successful. Novice treasure hunters could beat the bushes searching for treasure lore or apprentice to an old timer learning lore, dished out little by little. Those truly in the know are careful not to train competition too quickly.

So most of you realize by now, true, useful treasure lore is nearly impossible to come by. 

The reasons seasoned “money hunters” remain silent on their work are many. First, we know never to let a motor mouth hang around. Today’s electronic age has created ego maniacs. They are compelled to compete in every facet of life. Facebook , Twitter and certain forum boards have destroyed our old timers’ trust in secrets being kept.
 In fact, we’ve proven its a sure bet, if we reveal a secret to someone, it will appear online as soon as they boot up the PC.

True treasure lore is protected to prevent unscrupulous people from finding and trashing treasure sites. In our consulting work several of our clients destroyed historic treasure clues soon after we pointed them out. This is unacceptable!
Real treasure hunters should be historians and archeologists. We record everything we find so even after we are gone our work can be studied.
We know every trick in the book used by people trying to fish information from us. We gladly share our lore with trustworthy people. It just takes time.
If you are only after the gold your education won’t come from Ouachita Treasure Consulting and/or Golden Circle Research! 

New topic: Then there are confused “experts” who publicly decry our work. They post their rants on forums which readers may or may not reject.  Our concern isn’t about us. The attacks on everything we say and do might prevent sincere, honest, hard working treasure hunters from accepting new ideas which would help in their work.

John and I are not about to lower ourselves by responding to those attacks. Instead we have decided to let our readers research leads we provide.

In the future, at random times, we will post a link,  which if followed will lead to a clue explaining something about KGC or Rebel Treasure. Here we will post your findings and/or questions on the subject.
We will respond with comments and answers where possible. 
Return frequently to this site for clues to reading maps and interpreting +++ treasure clues.

Question: What has chess to do with +++ treasure?