Listen Now: Famous Rocky Mountain Treasure Finally Found
It took ten years but “X” finally marked the spot for one lucky treasure hunter.
In 2010, a writer and artifacts dealer from New Mexico said he hid one million dollars in the Rocky Mountains. He offered clues on how to find it in a twenty-four line poem published in his autobiography the same year.
Forrest Fenn says he packed the bronze chest with gold dust, rubies and emeralds, rare coins and pre-columbian animal figures. All items that fetch a pretty penny on the open market. Now three hundred and fifty thousand treasure hunters later, one has struck gold, literally.
Fenn says the man who found it does not want to be identified and the discovery was confirmed with a photograph. He says he launched the challenge to get people to explore the mountains out west. But some people became so obsessed with finding the treasure they quit their jobs and spent all their time searching the area.
Fenn has mixed feelings about the discovery and says the person who found the treasure should hide another one. And don’t forget the map.
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