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So do where do you think the general area of the treasure is hidden?
Treasure Mountain Gunnison Area0 Votes · 0.00%
Treasure Mountain to Mt. Alberta Areas6 Votes · 31.58%
Cat Creek to Jasper Areas2 Votes · 10.53%
Stunner to Platoro Areas1 Vote · 5.26%
Upper Weminuche Valley Areas6 Votes · 31.58%
Music Pass to Sand Dunes Areas1 Vote · 5.26%
Bishop's Rock Area to Mt. Bennett Areas3 Votes · 15.79%
Bonanza Mining Distrit to Del Norte Areas0 Votes · 0.00%
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The damage done to the elephant head is exactly what I was saying. You can still see some of the holes left after they blasted it. The symbol must have been very important in reference to the next symbol/clue. It either points to Bennett or back to Corona. One morning, several of us sat around the kitchen table making a large map of the area. I took a ruler and marked every position known to that group and made straight lines to the top of Corona. None of us could figure out what the significance was for the elephant head in relation to that area, nor why it was destroyed. The amount of rock blasted away (rough estimate based on length x width x height x depth) was over 20 tons or perhaps a little more. It was clearly huge. Again, much like the boot, it was extremely large. It would take a very coordinated and massive undertaking to blow up the boot. I can only assume the same for the head. They apparently were able to do it without getting caught. Since I never got to see the head before it was destroyed, I only have what is told to me by others. It faced Bennett (over 4 miles) and a rock formation straight north (within 1/4 mile). It has been searched in every direction by numerous people including yours truly. The damage took out what ever meaning it had. Old timers claim that it is very dangerous for anyone to be snooping around that area because it is automatically assumed that you are looking for the treasure.  Not sure that I have anything else to add to that because there are rattlers everywhere. I am to busy looking out for them than to notice someone scooping me out from a distance.

Just letting you know that almost everyone who ever lived in the valley has some relative who was in farming or sheep herding. Lots seems to be around Gesterfield. He was not famous around the valley. The valley has issues like everywhere else. Generations of poor folks that drink to much and end up on meth or heroin. Domestic violence everywhere. Brown sugar, mexican mud, legalized pot - whatever messed up the valley. You gotta watch out for cartel gangs everywhere. Everyone who matters knows about it. The valley is one of if not the poorest part of CO. Everyone has guns. Lots of times the problem happens when aunties and uncles from Kali send there kids with legal issues to the valley to stay with family and get them out of trouble. They get bored with nothing to do and cause more trouble. It is what it is. Cat creek is close to Del norte and Monte. Your gonna get bored stupid gang bangers with nothing better else to do jacking around out there. Good thing is, no one really is looking for treasures just want to get high and not be hassled. The past if almost forgotten. The danger couldn't be much different than Chicago on a hot summer night. Only difference, probably safer in Chicago - more cops!

I met a gentleman in 2015 at the Walmart in Alamosa. He was conducting studies for CSU Pueblo (I am pretty sure Pueblo). They were studying generational poverty and it's impact on domestic violence and alcoholism. That is the best I could remember. It might have been the other way around. Honestly, never really thought about it because I was always looking for gold. That is how my conversation with him started. Yes, domestic violence is a major issue. The black heroin issue is well known. I asked a friend who had lived there her entire life (68 years old) about all this. I was very depressed after she told me her stories. Yes, very serious problems. 

All I know is that anyone looking in the Cat Creek or Dry Creek areas need to be aware of their surroundings. Just think safety - always. I do worry about my safety but perhaps not as much as I should. I never approach or talk to strangers in the high country unless my dogs are close and my sidearm is visible and loaded. My real fear is snakes - cause they are very real! I could deal with them much better if there were no rattlers. Snakes, ugh!

All the contacts that I have in the SLV had come from some sort of agricultural or ranching background. Sometimes, if your lucky, you'll come across a herd up towards Platoro (way up high) and the surrounding areas. It is very cool. Those are real cowboys! Tough as nails. They last one I encountered whistled at several of his dogs and they cleared the road so I could go through! Waved at him as I went by, but didn't move a bit to waive back! It was him and 8-9 dogs. He whistled again after I passed, and they seemed to all come back onto the road. I stopped on ridge and estimated 600-700 sheep, maybe much more. That Caballero knew what he was doing. I was extremely impressed. Like the miners and explorers of old, they aren't very men like that anymore.

As coronavirus  2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, I am hoping that we all stay as optimistic as possible. This is so different than anything I personally remember in my lifetime. I am hoping that everyone is doing well and maintaining the best that they can. I will continue to work on the website. I will be waiting patiently for positive progress that I believe will come in the near distant future! May God bless you and yours always. Keep in good spirits and keep our chins up! Things will get better! 

It was one month ago when we had our last post. It appears (very optimistic) that some things in life will get back to normal in the following months. Several new items need to be added and I am certain that there are people who are itching to wander back into history and discover new clues about this treasure. "Stir crazy" - that does not even come close to the way I have been feeling! I am so looking forward to breaking out the gear and looking for the gold!

Just wanted to pass along that we learned that Rick Manzanares had passed away last year. His knowledge of the valley was very much appreciated. He brought a very interesting point to the deep French ancestory in the SLV. Research established that indeed there are deep roots in the valley pertaining to the French and their culture. Obviously the Spanish and Indian influences are known. We believe it was Ron Kessler originally showed Rick the keyhole SW of Monte Vista. We picked this up from Platoro. The year inscribed by the keyhole was 1744. The keyhole aims directly back to Mt. Blanca. 

Added Bernardo Sanchez to the comparison chart. Several stories discuss his participation in the legend. There needs to be extensive research on this man. Have personally been to Taos Junction and Tres Piedras areas trying to find relatives. All that is in Taos Junction is a building that I believe was a bar at one time. The main restaurant in Tres Piedras which is directly north yielded virtually nothing except opinions.

Added 200 Trails to Gold by Samuel B. Jackson. We are using just the pages from 320-324 for research. We purchased a hard cover copy of the book. There are several stories but this one is the one we are researching.

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