The fact there hasn't been any conclusive evidence for this being a hoax, and that the 1885 pamphlet is a genuine document, keeps searchers looking for either the lost treasure (or proof of it's existence), or finding a reason for the publishing of the story.
It would seem the remaining two codes of the pamphlet, once deciphered (if possible), will provide answers.
Jenny, an honest question about this specific hunt. Wasn't it pretty much proven that it was a scam?
I have read articles and watched documentary videos where the cipher was analyzed by cryptography experts and they found discrepancies, and one point the person got lazy and just kept duplicating the alphabet during the coding of one paper. What is your thoughts on that? They claim it was a scam to just make money.
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2017 12:43:54 GMT -5 by wymustigo
Hi wymustigo, Yes, there are those who believe it is a scam. But there are also many who still believe there is something to the story. Nothing, either way, can be proven. There could be other reasons, like double encryption or proof of concept, for why the strings are found in B1. This is part of the 'proof' many point to say 'scam'. But no one knows for sure.
I'll be writing more on this all later....hope to cover more of this in detail then....
Post by vahistorydigger on Jun 24, 2019 16:20:12 GMT -5
This mystery is located only a few miles from me, a friend and I have discussed it but not devoted a lot of time to it. I plan on changing that as my son grows older and I get closer to retirement. That area of Bedford has changed considerably, highway 460 has moved considerably since it was a wagon road heading west then again with the coming of the railroad and civil war. Bufords tavern is still in the same place so it remains the anchor for the search, I look at the mountain ranges bordering the Montvale area and cant help wonder which one conceals the treasure. One day.