Post by cloudcover1 on Jun 20, 2020 20:55:35 GMT -5
Taken from my posts on my blog. I created the blog solely to tell my stories of hunting for Forrest Fenn's treasure and then never made one single post until now. I've been searching since 2011. Since it's unlikely anyone is going to see those posts, I thought about making a thread here so hopefully it will get read.
This is my first post on a blog I created in 2013. I know, I’m kind of a late starter. And to post for the first time After the treasure was found makes me laugh. However, there is a need within me to tell my story. Well, my last solve anyways. I’ve had several over the years, one in which I felt I couldn’t be wrong. I clung to it for years, never wanting to give up on it, not allowing myself to consider other options……
Then in 2017, the forward to Forrest Fenn’s new book, “Once Upon a While” was released before the actual book and one sentence that Douglas Preston put in there changed everything.
“The final clue, he said, would be where they found his car: in the parking lot of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.”
Almost Immediately, a reminder came up. While everyone seemed pre-occupied with the notion of not going anywhere a 79 or 80 year old man couldn’t go, how about thinking about where a 58 year old man diagnosed with terminal cancer can get to after parking his car in a place far enough away that no one could figure out where the bronze box and also his body were just from the location of his vehicle. And with no help from anyone. After all, he said the spot did not change. Where he was going to put the treasure and himself back in 1988 was in fact the same place he did put the treasure decades later.
So, I considered that car parked at the Museum of Nature and Science. Denver is not in the Rocky Mountains. It’s right by them, but it’s not in them. Treasure is not in Denver, can’t be and for a multitude of reasons. How does Forrest get out of Denver, without his car, no help from anyone and bringing as little attention to himself as he possibly can? Public transportation seems the obvious choice, rentals leave a paper trail and no one is supposed to find the treasure by tracing his movements. they are supposed to find it by correctly interpreting the poem. But which mode of public transportation did he use? You think he hitchhiked? You think he took a taxi? I don’t. I don’t think he got on a plane either. That leaves the bus and the train. Neither mode would get me to my beloved spot. Well, a bus. I don’t think a bus goes to El Valle though but I could be wrong about that. And if it did, someone would have surely noticed a man, not from El Valle, get off and start trekking into the Carson National Forrest on foot. People in small hamlets notice things like that. And he would have had 10 more miles on foot to go before he came to the hiding place. The train did not go anywhere near there. I was left with the uncomfortable reality that it wasn’t really feasible for Forrest to have chosen this spot to die in.
Of course, he would have hid the treasure first, then drive to Denver. I don’t even have to justify why I would say that. That’s just common sense. He’s not going to lug that 42 pd box around without his car trying to get to the end location, especially when he doesn’t have to.
Before I expound any further on how he got out of Denver, let’s back up to Mr. Preston’s statement. The final clue would be where they found his car: in the parking lot of Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science. Now, you could start trying to figure out what was in the museum and how to connect it to Fenn, or you could do a quick google on the history of the museum. Now I’m going to do this part all from memory just because I don’t feel like looking anything up. It’s really hot outside today and I’m sitting under the swamp cooler trying to cool down. I’m feeling lethargic and googling sounds like a lot of work right about now.
It appears that the curator in 1926? wanted a nice exhibit of an extinct bison to display at the museum. He knew about the rancher George McJunkin and his discovery near Folsom in 1908 after that terrible flood that almost swept the entire town away and contacted someone in Raton to go have a looksee. I think poor George had passed away by then. I say poor George because the discovery didn’t generate that much attention in 1908 and Denver’s museum’s interest in it wasn’t until almost twenty years later. The curator ended up sending a team of people to excavate a site in Wild Horse canyon? or arroyo? and they discovered the remains of an extinct bison in conjunction with spear points. Folsom points. I can’t remember if this one also had a spear point found in situ between the ribs of this ancient buffalo because they messed up the first time. They removed it from its location and sent it to Denver. The curator was upset. The prevailing theory of the time was that man had not been in the Americas more than 5000? years and nobody wanted to modify that opinion, not the academic community anyway. This would probably account for the only modest interest in the Folsom site when George came upon the washed out bank on the arroyo years before.
The team was sent in again and they found the remains of another bison and this time, for sure, spear points were found between the ribs of this animal. This time the discovery and the site was investigated by the leading paleontology scientists of the time and the site was accepted as evidence that man had been here 10,000 plus years. The google search stated that the discovery put the Museum on the map but in fact, it was Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science that put the Folsom site on the map. Despite the reluctance to accept new ideas about ancient man in the Americas, it was coming. Numerous sites had been found across the U.S by then. But it was Folsom that became famous and without the Museum, that might not have happened.
This is the last clue, I thought to myself.
Now, the Folsom site isn’t really in the Rocky mountains anymore than Denver is. Like Denver, it’s pretty close, but no cigar.
But wait…Forrest has said, I think on the Jenny Kyle site, that his family went over Raton Pass every year on their way to West Yellowstone, from Temple. Guess what I’m thinking. I’m thinking about that one room schoolhouse in Wyoming that Forrest’s father drove 50 miles out of their way every year to show his family what was written over the door. “He who teaches a child labors in God’s workshop” Forrest said in his book TTOTC, that his father was very proud of that. He was also proud of his eight year old son finding his first arrowhead in a plowed up field in Texas. His father always remembered the look on his son’s face when he discovered it. Marvin Fenn probably knew that it was at that moment that something awakened in his young son.
So, here’s a question. Do you think that Forrest’s father, the teacher, might have had more than one spot he drove out of his way to every year just to show that spot to his family? Here’s another question. Is it possible that the desire to show his family the Folsom site(this is just my speculation) determined the route Marvin Fenn took every year and was this the reason they went over Raton Pass?
There are two trails that I believe Forrest Fenn had become very attached to. One is the route that the Fenn family took every year from Temple to West Yellowstone. And the other is the Santa Fe Trail. Forrest lived at the beginning of one trail in his early years and now lives at the end or almost the end of the other. These two trails converge in one place and then move away again. In only one area in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe.