Where is the lost treasure of Trinity County, California?
There are many tales all over the west of lost gold
mines, stolen treasures, hidden loot and Indian massacres where many lost their
lives. All of these stories whether they were Indian attacks, settlers crossing
flooded rivers, or just individuals forgetting directions tell of lost items
that have to this day stayed hidden away.
One such story is that of the county sheriff of
Trinity County. He was crossing a creek close by Weaverville when he lost one of
his saddlebags with $1,000 in gold. He offered a reward and many of the local
miners began the search. The even tried to locate the saddlebag by building a
makeshift dam to divert the water from the creek in hopes of recovering the
saddlebag and claiming the $250 reward. Even when they water was diverted the
saddlebag was never found.
Many Indian attacks occurred along the Pit River
route, as wagon trains would enter. Indians normally would kill every person and
leave their belongings behind. Bloody Springs was one such place the exact
location is a blurry according to the person telling the tale. Some say the
treasure was hidden by the Indians close by Pittville while another tale
explains the Indians threw the shiny gold pieces across the Pit River Gorge.
An army mule train traveling through what is now
the Castle Crags State Park was headed north to pay the soldiers stationed at
the northern forts. They were attacked by Indians. As the legend goes, the
Indians used the mules for food and then hid all the gold in a cave. Several
years later when there were very few members of the tribe left alive, one old
woman of the tribe known as Nancy left the camp and ventured up Castile Creek.
She would disappear for days, but on her return, she would have $20 gold pieces.
She never told anyone where she would secretly go and where she found the gold
pieces. She was a very sly woman and all attempts at following her met with
dismay. She died without ever giving the location of the hidden gold.
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