Where are the lost treasures of Kiowa County, Oklahoma?
After the Mexican explorers and miners, not much is
mentioned for around 100 years and then more tales begin to surface around
Devils Canyon and the Wichita mountains. A man by the name of Lugert was out
hunting in the area when a snowstorm hit. While he was on the flat area
described in part two between Devils Canyon and Bird Canyon, he found a very
large hole in the ground. He kicked all old log down into the hole and estimated
the depth to be around 40 feet. He went home with plans to return later to
discover what might be down in the mysterious hole.
He gathered some friends and went back to the mesa
as soon as the weather permitted. However, once they were on the mesa, the hole
had mysterious disappeared.
Other tales of treasure on or around the Wichita
Mountains include a tale of $100,000 of gold bullion buried at the Twin
Mountains, which is about 10 miles southeast of Roosevelt. Many have searched
for this gold and even found small clues such as the initials JJ and BDL,
but the authenticity of the rock with these initials was never proven and of
course, the gold has not been discovered.
How this mysterious gold bullion was buried here is
as mysterious as the gold itself. One legend claims that Spaniards while
traveling through the area were attacked by Indians but buried all their gold
before they were killed. An elderly Indian woman was found digging on Twin
Mountains and claimed that she was there and took three mules with her that were
packed down with gold. She claims that as the Indians were leaving the area with
the gold mules, they were attacked by Mexicans. She states that the Indians hid
the gold on the west side of Twin Mountains and escaped the Mexicans. However,
when they returned to find the gold they could not find the location in which
they had buried the treasure.
Another tale which might explain the initials JJ
is one of Jesse James and his booty in a cave in the Wichita Mountains.
No matter how the legends began, many believe there
is a wealth of gold hidden away in the Wichita Mountains in Kiowa County in
Oklahoma. Many of these are from Indian attacks, battles from Spaniards and
Mexicans, and many lost mines. Who knows for sure what lies deep in the
mountains. Does the ground change as soon as an entrance is found, do the ghosts
help to hide the treasure, or could it be that weather and time has changed the
looks of the mountains?
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