Where are the lost treasures of Kiowa County, Oklahoma?
The Wichita Mountains stretch from about the mid of
Kiowa County from the North Fork of the Red River into Comanche County close by
Fort Sill. Legends claim that the Wichita Mountains are the oldest mountains in
America. If there are treasures scattered through these mountains, maybe a few
of the tales from past generations can lead you to the fortunes.
April of 1541, Coronado left Mexico along with 30
soldiers and crossed the Red River searching for Cibola, the Seven Cities of
Gold. An Indian guide told of this city and by his directions that searched for
this wonderful city. As the guide described the area, he called it Quivira. He
stated that Quivira would be found where there was a river in Flat County where
canoes were able to travel with over twenty rowers on each side. He went on to
describe – Their Lord sat under a golden awning. The lord would take a nap under
a beautiful tree where golden bells hung quietly ringing with the breeze until
the lord fell asleep. No one ever mentioned finding any treasures or the Seven
Cities of Cibola.
At the mouth of the Devil’s Canyon, lies a small
Mexican ghost town. If you are seeking gold around this area, you will be met
with ghosts that guard the treasures. As the legend was told by Don Diego Del
Castillo and his crew of Spanish miner that traveled here in 1650. The Spanish
explorers traveled through Devil’s Canyon, which they called Canyon Diablo. This
area between Flat Top Mountain and Soldier Mountain as legend goes is home to
lost Spanish gold mine, smelters, an old church, a brass cannon and the treasure
from a Spanish ship. Part of this mysterious 768 acres today, is protected by
the Quartz Mountain State Park.
Legends have always abounded about the ghost in
shining armor that protect the hidden treasures which include a brass cannon
filled with gold and a silver casket full of the church’s treasures. The cannon
was supposed to be buried somewhere in the canyon. The Spanish missionaries that
lived in the area in 1629 claim the casket are buried in a hidden cave.
During 1806 a mysterious and quite frightening
incident occurred when a group of well to do Mexican were camping near an old
village in Devil’s Canyon. During this time, there were some prospectors there
searching for two old mines they had heard were there, Black Shaft and Tunnel
Shaft mines. The Mexicans had been in there campsite for around 4 weeks when in
the middle of the night the prospectors hear a large blast at around 10pm, and
five more blasts about 20 minutes apart. The next morning, as the prospectors
were reading themselves for another day of searching did not claim any
responsibility for the blasts. They decided to visit the Mexican’s camp. When
they arrived, the camp was completely empty and there were no signs of any type
of blasts in the mountains.
The finding of the mines or any treasure was not
reported from any of the expeditions.
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