More than a decade ago, antique collector Forrest Fenn hid a bronze chest full of more than one million dollars worth of gold, jewels, and other valuables in the Rocky Mountains. The 89-year-old millionaire from New Mexico aimed to create a treasure hunt for one lucky person to find.
Now, ten years later with many failed attempts – some even fatal – one lucky man from the east has found the treasure. Many have spent their lives searching for this chest, some even quitting their jobs to dedicate more time and resources to the hunt.
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The golden clue is found in a 24-line poem in Fenn’s 2010 autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase. The poem led the treasure hunter to the exact spot. On the treasure’s location, Fenn stated, “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than ten years ago.”
When asked if he is happy the treasure has finally been found, he said, “I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over.” Safe to say, the lucky finder definitely has a story for the books!
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