Where is the Gambler’s Gold at McCann’s Summit?
Tybo, Nevada was a mining town back in the 1870’s and
1880’s. Of course, like many mining backs on payday the saloons were a very big
A gambler from Belmont learned when the miners
would have their paychecks and went to visit the small town of 1000 residents.
He stayed for two long days and accumulated over $3,000 of the hard-earned money
of the miners with a run of very good luck. On the third, however, he began to
think about the rumors he had heard of what miners could do if they believed
that a man was not using only good luck to win all their money.
He put all of his winning in a canvas ore sack,
made it to the stage near the edge of town and headed to Belmont. The driver of
the stagecoach, remember how the gambler seemed a bit worried.
When the stage arrived at McCann’s summit, a
resting spot for the horses, the gambler threw the driver a $5 gold piece and
asked the driver to wait for him at Charcoal kilns about a mile down the road.
He left the stage and went into the trees.
The stagecoach driver stopped at the kilns and
within 10 minutes, the gambler came from the tress. He did not have the sack of
money with him and explained to the driver that he would come back later to
retrieve the sack once he was sure that the miners in Tybo were not after him.
The gambler never returned. He met with bullet when
he met with a poor loser at poker. As far as anyone knows, the sack of gold is
still buried in a hand-dug hole between McCann’s Summit and the kiln.
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