Treasure At Black Dog Trail Crossing
Along the Black Dog Trail in north central
there is said to be hidden, several pouches of gold from the
Gold Rush. In 1850, after having struck it rich in
eight men from Virginia were making the long trek home when they camped
near the Black Dog Trail Crossing on the
River. This area was widely known to be inhabited by the Osage
who guarded their land with war-like ferocity.
For those unwary Virginians, that night was no
different as they witnessed the advance of an oncoming Osage War party. Seeing no chance of escape, the men quickly buried the bags of gold near
the river bank, wedging a broken rifle in the fork of a nearby tree to
mark the spot. After the attack, seven of the men lay dead, but one,
though severely wounded, managed to survive.
After several weeks
the weary and injured traveler made his way home to Virginia where he
eventually died as a result of his wounds. However, before he took his
last breath, he told his family of the hidden gold and where to find
The family was unable
to travel to
for several years to look for the hidden cache. When they did
return, they spent several weeks searching the crossing. The
rifle was long gone from its place within the fork of the tree and the
terrain bore no trace of the battle that had been fought there. Disappointed, they returned home to Virginia, empty handed.
Old records support the story of the
miner who had survived the Indian attack to return home to Virginia. To this day the gold has never been found. The Black Dog Trail
Crossing is located northeast of Newkirk,
Oklahoma in Kay County.
Long ago, a group of
outlaws stole a government payroll from Fort Sill at Lawton,
Oklahoma. As the bandits were being pursued by the Fort Sill cavalry, they
reportedly crossed Otter Creek two miles south of Cold Springs at a
known historic crossing. Panicked by their pursuers, the
outlaws buried their cache in the creek bank at the crossing. However, another version reports the bandits as having buried the loot
below the narrows, which would have placed them more like seven miles
south of Cold Springs,
of America, updated October, 2015.