The Lost French Gold

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  • Hidden on Alamosa River
  • Treasure Mountain
  • Wolf Creek Pass
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  • Adventures of the French
  • Bennett Peak
  • Bishop's Rock
  • Mysterious Weminuche Mountains

Hidden deep within the wilderness of the Rio Grande & San Juan Mountains lays perhaps the most important treasure in American history. For hundreds of years it’s been rumored that various groups of French soldiers, explorers, and miners, buried vast amounts of gold treasure. They were continually fighting off Indians and Spanish soldiers. They endured diseases, malnutrition, and the elements. But this did not stop them. The goal was to eventually take it all back to France!

Some groups were rumored to have as many as 350 men & 450 horses…

Researchers claim this massive undertaking occurred between 1756-1803. The largest group of French were said to have left from New Orleans around 1799. They mined and then processed the gold in camps spread out from Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado to the headwaters of Arkansas River near current day Leadville.  They possibly traveled as far west as the Gunnison valley.  It was thought that this group was secretly financed by Napoleon Bonaparte. And perhaps even more fascinating is the rumor that in mid 1700’s, a large battalion of French soldiers reportedly left Canada hauling vast amounts of gold into this area while traveling to the Presidio in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Estimates  put the total amount of gold at 3 1/2 tons! Others claim that it was 3,516 20 ounce ingots. To this day, it has never been documented that the gold has ever been found!

Virtually every version of this legend ends with the demise of the entire group. Stories differ, but the end brings gruesome details of slaughter, starvation, death from the elements, and even horrific cannibalism.

Different authors, historians, and treasure hunters have all speculated on the location of the elusive stash. Numerous stories, rumors, and opinions abound. Many believe the story simply could not be true. Others speculate on it’s exact location. However, the details of this legend inevitably intersect at Treasure Mountain.

This website is dedicated to the research and perhaps retrieval of “The Lost French Gold.” It is also the story of our groups trials and tribulations. Ultimately, the authors of this website believe that this legend is real and numerous details have been documented in an attempt to find the location. Our motto is Dare to Dream!

Below is one of our new & ongoing projects. We are directly comparing the most famous versions of the legend in an attempt to assist you in your hunt. Perhaps we can help each other!

Story Comparison Link


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