New Mexican Millionaire Sends Treasure Hunters on $2 Million Chase
84-year-old Forrest Fenn of Santa Fe, New Mexico is simultaneously an eccentric millionaire, a best-selling author, a crotchety old man, and the lunatic who just might make you rich.
Back in 2010, he buried a treasure chest with $2 million worth of gold, coins, and gemstones somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He wrote his memoir, called "The Thrill of the Chase", which gave clues to finding the treasure.
No one has found it in the five years that around 30,000 people have searched, he says some of them have gotten within 200 feet, but it's still out there.
"Mostly my motive was to get kids off the couch and away from their texting machines and out in the mountains."
If you want to try and find the treasure for yourself, this poem from "The Thrill of the Chase" contains 9 clues in bold:
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is drawing ever nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.