Stories of lost treasure seem to be never-ending but
one of the most dismal most frustrating for those involved is perhaps the story
of Tim Cody’s lost ledge.
In 1908, Tim Cody had set up a camp at Stewart
Springs to search the area for ore. The camp was fifteen miles away from Goldyke.
Huge values of ore had just been found in Goldfield, Tonopah, and Rawhide and
Cody was a prospector who was on the hunt for more treasure.
Once his supplies ran low, Cody was forced to set
out on foot to Goldyke to get more supplies. It was a very cold, overcast
morning the day he left. The dreary day soon turned to a winter storm and Cody
became lost. Searching for shelter he found an abandoned mine shaft and spent
the night there to escape the harsh weather. The next morning had clear skies
and calm weather so Cody set out once again to Goldyke. After he left the
mineshaft, Cody climbed up on a ridge to try and determine where he was and what
direction to head in. When he was halfway up the ridge, he found a piece of land
in a quartz outcrop that seemed to hold large quantities of gold. Cody took one
of the pieces and continued to climb the ridge.
Once at the top, he could see Paradise Peak and
Rawhide Peak to the west. These landmarks however, did not help him and he once
again became lost. After some time, he finally found Goldyke.
After returning from Goldyke, Cody tried time and
time again to find the quartz outcrop that held all this gold but he could never
find it again. It’s said in 1949 that he gave three men a map of where he
believed the crop to be but they had no further luck in coming across the
treasure. Not surprising since Cody himself couldn’t find it again and so a map
drawn by him would be quite useless.
Nobody has ever made a claim of large amounts of
gold in the area where Cody became lost. It may take another lost, wandering
soul to stumble upon the treasure and rediscover it.