Another treasure that
was said to have buried is thought to be located between Burney,
and Hatcher Pass. The $175,000 cache, said to be hidden not far
from Highway 299, has never been found.
cache, worth some $200,000. is said to be buried somewhere between
Susanville and Freedonyer Pass near today's Highway 36.
and his gang
often known to hide their stolen loot in the area of their robberies. On one occasion
Manual Garcia, known
as "Three-Fingered Jack," robbed a stagecoach along the Feather River. The strongbox was said to have contained some 250 pounds of gold
nuggets worth $140,000 at the time. Allegedly, the pair buried
the strongbox on the banks of the Feather River in a canyon a few
miles south of Paradise,
California. According to Wells Fargo officials, the stolen gold has never been
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Treasures Near Vallecito Station
Allegedly, a stage was traveling from El
to San Diego with a box of gold coins in the 1860’s. In addition
to the driver, the stage also carried a guard to protect the money. However, when the stage reached Yuma,
the guard fell ill and
continued on without him. Somewhere in the area of Carrizo Wash,
between the Fish and Coyote Mountains, the stage was held up by
bandits, who killed the stage driver and fled with the box of gold. According to the tale, the
outlaws buried the gold on the south slope
of Fish Mountain but were unable to retrieve it because there were so
many soldiers in the vicinity. The buried coins are said to
remain there to this day.
In addition to this
stolen cache, others are also said to be buried near the
Station, and numerous lost gold mines are allegedly in the area
Lost Bell Mine, The Lost Bill Williams Mine, and the Lost Squaw Mine.
Vallecito Station is now located in the
Regional Park in San Diego County.
Holden Dick's Stolen Loot
March, 1881, when a freight wagon carrying several hundred pounds of gold ore
was traveling through Modoc County, it was stopped by a lone bandit. The ore from
was destined for
and heavily guarded by three men. But, this did not stop the an outlaw
named Holden Dick. Immediately killing two of the three guards, he forced the
stage to stop and the remaining guard and driver quickly surrendered.
Ordering them down from the stage, he sent them walking in a southerly
direction. In the meantime, he boarded the wagon, tied his horse to
the back and drove north where he was said to have buried the
loot on the western slope of the Warner Mountains.
The vicious crime went
unsolved for years until a Pitt River
known as "Holden Dick” began to trade small amounts of gold ore in
Susanville and Alturas. In between appearing in the saloons of
mining camps, spending his money freely, the
would disappear into some of the most rugged sections of the South Warner
Mountains, only to return again with a goodly supply of gold ore.