During the 1870s, there was a lot of mining happening
in Nevada. The lead-silver smelters were very busy and charcoal was needed to
keep these operations running. Three ovens were built on top of McCann Summit.
The ovens were constructed in a unique beehive shape and it was from these ovens
that the wood contractors turned pinyon trees into charcoal and then sell it to
One day, a contractor from Portugal was owed quite
a bit of money from a Tybo smelter. He collected his money and made his way back
to Tybo so that he could hire more contractors for woodcutting. Along his way to
Tybo, he divided his money and took a section of it to hide along his travels.
He did this same thing with any money that he received as he was saving as much
money as he could so that his family could one day come and join him in America.
After hiding his money securely enough, he continued on his way to Tybo. Close
to the spot where it’s thought that he hid his money, he was found dead, where
his horse had thrown him. The contractor died instantaneously when his neck
One of the contractor’s workers later stated that
his boss would always go northwest of a dugout that was across the street from
the beehive ovens. Based on the length of time that his boss would always be
gone for, his worker guessed that the money would be approximately
three-quarters of a mile away. There were also no trees that were built around
the ovens, as they had all met their fate with the wood contractors much
Many people have fled to the McCann Summit to search out the contractor’s money.
The total amount of money is thought to be approximately $5,000 but someone has
yet to find it. Tybo has become an abandoned place that only holds traces of
life lived long ago, including this lost treasure. However, for any treasure
hunters that want to try their hand at it, the treasure can be found somewhere
near the three ovens that still sit atop McCann Summit in Nevada.