THE TALE OF THREE LOST TREASURES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The tale of three lost treasures.
In 1863, the Customs House was in Port Angeles, Victor
Smith, at the time, had convinced President Lincoln to move the Customs House
there instead of leaving it in Townsend. Many rumors of embezzlement and fraud
were all throughout the country with Smith at the center. He did however, get
what he envisioned and had the Customs House in Port Angeles, actually part of
the home was designed for his own personal use. Nevertheless, his dream did not
last long. In December of 1863, a landslide in the Olympic Mountains made the
dam burst and the water destroyed the majority of the town including sweeping
the Customs House into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At the time of the landslide,
the Customs House had inside $1,500 in bank notes and numerous $20 gold coins
valued at $7,500.
In January 1864, President Lincoln removed Smith
from the office as a Customs Collector. Smith still had a few friends however,
at the Treasury Department, which of course gave him a prestigious role as a
special agent. With this role, came the transportation of large sums of money.
On a return tip to San Francisco, Smith was given the responsibility of
transporting a large amount of payroll funds to San Francisco. The ship left New
York and headed to San Juan, along the way it wrecked on the Roncador Reef close
to the Isthmus of Panama. The survivors lived off the supplies for 11 days until
rescued. However, during the rescue the strongbox with the payroll funds
After this adventure and returning home, Smith was
transferred to the Brother Jonathan. He was once again entrusted with $200,000
to pay troops at Fort Vancouver, Walla Walla. The ship during heavy storms hit a
rock on July 30, 1865 and began to break up. Only 19 people survived the storm
and all the gold and money aboard was lost at sea. Victor Smith did not survive.
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