Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Treasure Maps:

Over the years I have acquired many things connected to Jesse James, including treasure maps. Some maps were handed down through my family and some were not.
Evidence will be presented showing that my great-grandfather belonged to the secret order known as The Knights of the Golden Circle. The KGC buried caches of treasure all over the United States, some of which are alleged to be reminiscent of the treasure cache seen in the movie National Treasure.

This version of the Wolf Map is pictured in, Shadow Of The Sentinel, by Bob Brewer and Warren Getler, Simon & Schuster, 2003. I can only assume the version pictured below is a copy of the original map.

The so-called "Wolf Map" has been around since the 1930s. According to Dwight Traina, (a treasure hunter from Lawton, Oklahoma) the map came from a cast iron teakettle buried in the Wichita Mountains of Southwest Oklahoma. Joe Hunter, a City Marshall of Rush Springs, Oklahoma, dug up the tea kettle in the 1930s. This tea kettle was rumored to have been buried by world class outlaw Jesse James.

 Wells Blevins inherited another of the treasure maps from a member of the (James Gang) outlaw band (inset and redrawn). Although many of the landmarks were discovered, the gold of the 'Madrugada Estrella Mapa Oro' has never been found. (Source: Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales by Steve Wilson.)

Source: Getler, Warren and Bob Brewer, Shadow of The Sentinel: One Man's Quest To Find The Hidden Treasure Of The Confederacy, Simon & Schuster, 2003
What are SOME of the signs and symbols that MIGHT indicate that you are in a KGC depository area ?  Consider these Signs & Symbols :
Giant rock carvings or shapes (animals, faces), Crosses, Hearts, Bells,  Horses, Numbers, 33, 777, Dates, Priests, Pyramids, Radiant Sun, Eyes, Jack O'Lantern Faces, Names, Initials, D, JJ, Bible Passages, 3-Toed Turkey Tracks, Rock piles/monuments, Trees in weird shapes (disfigured),    Blazes on trees, Odd-shaped rocks, Rocks that seem out of place,         Shallow buried metal objects, Small caches,