Where is the lost treasure of Flagstaff, Arizona?
As with all old western towns, Flagstaff had its share
of outlaws. Henry Corey and Ralph Gaines were two in the winter of 1881. This
pair stole eight large bars of gold from the Tip Top Mine, which is close to
Gillette, Arizona. These bars were three feet long and four inches wide so to
say large is a bit of an understatement for gold bars. They buried the gold bars
close to a cabin at Rogers Lake.
Then instead of being satisfied, they headed off to
Flagstaff. In Flagstaff or close by, they robbed a stagecoach and took $25,000
in silver and gold coins. Once they had this loot in their hands, they traveled
back to their cabin and dug up the gold bars. They divided their loot into large
wooden kegs. Out on Rogers Lake, they chipped a hole in the ice and lowered the
kegs into the water below.
The sheriff soon heard that this pair was hiding out at a cabin at Rogers Lake
and gathered a posse to catch the outlaws. Henry and Ralph were a bit smarter
than the sheriff and left before the sheriff and his posse made it to the cabin.
The left behind this large amount of loot they so desperately wanted.
Before Henry and Ralph could make it back to Rogers
Lake and their fortune, Ralph was killed during a fight and Henry was arrested
in Globe, Arizona during a holdup and sent to prison.
Henry was released 24 years later and search for
the stolen loot along with another friend. Henry died in 1936 without ever
finding his treasure. The treasure today is still out there in Rogers Lake and
if you visit during the summer months or when there has not been much rain, the
lake is dry and could be search easily.
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