Jesse James's buried gold


Jesse Woodson James

Jesse Woodson James was a notorious American outlaw of the 19th century, ironically son of a Baptist minister, Reverend Robert James. Born on September 5, 1847 in Kearney, Missouri, Jesse James had to see his father die when he was eight and his mother Zerelda marry again twice, before his life was definitely altered by the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Missouri was divided between Unionists and Southern sympathizers when Frank James, Jesse's older brother, left home to fight for the rebel cause in 1861, before he went outlaw. In 1864, Jesse James joined Frank as a "bushwhacker" fighting under such commanders as "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and killing Unionist sympathizers when he was only 16 years old.

Frank and Jesse grew up fearless and developing skills with horses, shooting, and what it was called "the fine art of disappearing in the woods", knowing perfectly well their surrounding countryside, including all the roads, deer trails, and river crossings. Over time, this knowledge was not only useful to their robberies but to make bigger the legend of Jesse James' buried gold.

After being involved in several massacres, wounded near the end of the Civil War and getting his family banished from the state of Missouri by Union authorities, Jesse James and his brother joined their old friend in outlawry, robbing countless banks.

Jesse gained fame by himself after robbing the Daviess County Savings Association in Gallatin, Missouri in 1869, and shortly after claimed as the American Robin Hood after his train robberies and techniques described by contemporary newspapers.

Eventually, Jesse and Frank married and moved to Nashville trying to live peacefully under other names, but Jesse returned to crime in 1879 with a new gang. Jesse James was killed on April 3, 1882, after secret negotiations of the Ford brothers with the Missouri governor, who put up a $10,000 reward for each of the James brother, dead or alive around the legal limit on state-offered rewards.

After his death, rumors of Jesse James's survival proliferated and later were associated to a buried chest of gold. Some people believe he lived in Guthrie, Oklahoma, as late as 1948, while others are convinced he lived in Granbury, Texas, until 1951 when he died at the age of 103. Although Jesse James' body buried in Missouri was exhumed in 1995 after a court order was granted.

DNA analysis gave a 99.7% match to Jesse James death in 1882, but Frank James could not identify the body of his brother a few hours after Jesse James's death. The mystery of the gold equally remains unknown. Some legend situate Jesse James' gold in Devil's Canyon in southwest Oklahoma but others claim it is buried near Paragould in northeastern Arkansas.

The Constitution Tribune of Arkansas told a story revealing a buried treasure which bandit Jesse James was said to have buried. That chronicle in February 28, 1940 was used as reference 13 years later, the Dixon Evening Telegraph, reported seven digger farmers in the Black river near Paragould charging $1 a person to watch the treasure hunting operation. Gold still not found

Jesse James's buried gold

Jesse James's buried gold

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