In March 1881 there was a wagon that was filled with
hundreds of pounds of gold. The wagon was coming from Nevada and heading to
Sacramento however, it was stopped by one robber in Modoc County. Although the
wagon was guarded by three burly men, the robber simply killed two of them and
the third guard and the driver were soon to surrender. The robber forced the
driver and the guard to get out of the stagecoach and begin walking south. The
two men did so and after hitching his horse to the back, the robber set off in
the direction of the Warner Mountains. It was within these particular mountains,
on the western side, that it’s believed that he buried the stolen goods.
Talk of the crime soon passed and the mystery of
the treasure was long forgotten when a Pitt River Indian, who came to be
referred to as “Holden Dick,” started appearing in the local bars and
businesses. Holden Dick would stay for a time spending time with the townspeople
and then he would disappear into the mountains for a short time. When he
returned, he would have large amounts of gold ore with him.
The story began that he was operating a secret mine
in the mountains. Each time upon his return, the townspeople would try to
befriend him and get him to tell them what he was doing up there in those
mountains. But Holden Dick would never tell. They took it so far as to have
Holden followed in the hopes that he would lead them right to the secret mine.
One day one man named Samuel B. Shaw started asking so many questions and
irritating Holden Dick so much, that Holden shot and killed him. Holden Dick was
soon arrested for the murder of Shaw and was taken as a prisoner. One day, four
guards of the jail took Holden out to the street and took turns beating him and
kicking him, looking for an answer as to where his secret treasure was. But
still Holden Dick would not talk.
Authorities eventually determined that Holden Dick
did not have a secret mine but in fact knew where the buried treasure was from
five years before. After some investigation, there was a cave discovered that
believed to have been the home of Holden Dick when he went to the mountains from
time to time to live and set up camp. However, the last of Holden Dick’s stolen
treasure still has yet to be found. It’s thought to still be in any one of the
canyons that comes from Eagle Park on the western side of the mountains. Holden
Dick also once built a very basic wall that blocked the entryway to the cave but
it’s thought that it hasn’t survived throughout the years.