Colorado Treasures Just Waiting to Be Found
Arapahoe County - A cache of gold
ore worth $10,000 was buried somewhere in Pat's Hole within today's
Dinosaur National Monument. Worth many times that value today,
the treasure has never been recovered.
Costilla County – The
of the paymaster of Fort Garland was stashed on Trinchera Creek.
El Paso County - Near Monument,
between Colorado Springs and Denver, the Butch Cassidy gang is said to
have stashed $100,000 from their bank robberies.
Paso County – An
outlaw gang called the "Bloody Espinosas" terrorized the San Luis
Valley in 1863. Supposedly, the gang had received a vision from
the Virgin Mary and tried to drive the Anglos out by robbing them. They were said to have buried their treasure near the present-day town
of Cascade in Ute Pass on the slopes of Pikes Peak. For a time, the
gang eluded capture but were finally conquered by an army scout from
Fort Garland who rode back to the fort with their heads in a sack.
Garfield County - Train robbery
loot hidden near Grand Valley remains undiscovered.
Gilpin County - A chest
filled with gold was hidden on Ralston Creek Road between
City and Denver.
Huerfano County - Two barrels of
coins belonging to Henry Sefton were lost at the Gomez Ranch in the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Lake County - Some of
James' stolen wealth is said to be hidden in Half Moon Gulch,
Larimer County - The Musgrove Gang, headed by Lee Musgrove, were
thieves and rustlers who ranged from
Kansas. Noted for their barbarity, they were said to have killed
at least twelve people during their raids. However,
lawman Dave Cook went after the gang, and one-by-one, either killed or
arrested each and every one of them. Lee Musgrove was finally caught
by Cook in Wyoming Territory and was jailed in Denver. On November
23, 1868 a crowd stormed the jail and lynched the
outlaw. The Musgrove Corral
of gold and silver coins is said to remain buried along the Cache la
Otero County - The site of Bent's Fort on the old Santa Fe Trail is
supposed to be where much
Lincoln County -- In 1847, $100,000 was stolen by
bandits in Sacramento,
during the California Goldrush. It is said that the gold was hidden
in a gulch several miles east of Clifford in Lincoln County. The
spot was supposedly marked by three stones, each bearing the date 1847. This story was further supported when a
flat stone bearing the
inscription "D. Grover and Joseph Fox Lawe, Aug. 8, 1847" was discovered
near Clifford many years ago.
Moffat County - In the 1890s, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch often
fled into the remote valley of Brown's Hole to escape from lawmen. It is believed that much of their
loot was cached here and never recovered. Located just south of
Wyoming, along the Utah-Colorado
border, it was rumored that the only law was that of the fastest gun.