Hidden deep within the wilderness of the Colorado Rockies 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 in some of most extreme areas of the San Juan and Rio Grande wilderness. They were continually fighting off Indians, while enduring diseases, malnutrition, and the elements. But this did not stop them. The goal was to eventually take the enormous treasure back to France!
Researchers claim this massive undertaking occurred between 1756-1803. Some groups were rumored to have as many as 350 men and 450 horses. The largest group of French were said to have left from New Orleans around 1799. This group was rumored to be secretly financed by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. They mined and processed the ore in gold camps that were created for the task. These camps were spread out from Wolf Creek Pass to the headwaters of Arkansas River near current day Leadville. They possibly mined into the Gunnison valley. The gold was then buried in 3 locations for later retrieval. Perhaps the most fascinating rumor was during the mid 1700’s, a large battalion of French soldiers reportedly left Canada hauling vast amounts of gold into this area. Their destination was the Presidio in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Virtually every version of this legend ends with the demise of these groups. Stories differ, but the end brings gruesome details of slaughter, starvation, death from the elements, and even horrific cannibalism.
Estimates about the amount of gold vary. But over a 3 year period of time, it is claimed they processed approximately 3 1/2 tons of gold! Others say it was 3,516 20 ounce ingots. Regardless of the totals, it has never been documented that the gold has ever been found or recovered!
Different authors, historians, and treasure hunters have all speculated on the location of the elusive stash. There are numerous stories, rumors, and opinions. Many believe the legend simply could not be true. However, others speculate and search for it’s location to this very day. What is known – the details of this legend inevitably intersect at Treasure Mountain.
This website is dedicated to the research and retrieval of “The Lost French Gold.” It also records our groups trials and tribulations over the past 16 years. Ultimately, the authors of this website believe that this legend is real. There are enourmous amounts of detail that have been documented searching for it’s location. Our motto has always been Dare to Dream!
Below is one of our ongoing projects. We are directly comparing the most famous versions of the legend in an attempt to assist in the hunt. Perhaps we can help each other? We also encourage you to join our group via the Forum that we created for this project.