Friday, February 26, 2010

Jesse James and the Knights of the Golden Circle: the Albert Pike Connection (Part 3)

(This U.S. Forest Service map shows the national forest areas of the Ouachita Mountains. Note: Large parts of the Ouachitas are now under government management.)

Pike's Connections to Secret Societies

In my previous post on Albert Pike ("Jesse James and the Knights of the Golden Circle: Albert Pike and the Knights Templar," I established the fact that Pike himself was a Templar. Now I have more to tell you about Albert Pike, his connection to secret societies and orders, and his familiarity with Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains.

Pike had important "connections" in various secret orders (Scottish Rite, Masonic, Templar, etc.) in a number of states, cities, and areas, including:

Atlanta, Georgia

Charleston, South Carolina

Indian Territories (which included large parts of Oklahoma)

Little Rock, Arkansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Nashville, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

Some researchers claim that Pike was also well connected in, of all places, that hotbed of Yankee oppression, Washington, D.C. As you can readily see, having a network of secretive connections like this would facilitate Pike's ability to further the ends of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC).

Pike "Secrets" Himself in the Ouachitas

After his dismissal from the Confederate Army, Pike secreted himself in Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains near a place called Greasy Cove. Many treasure hunters and researchers believe that Pike spent this time developing very elaborate plans for establishing a series of KGC caches, troves, and even large-scale repositories locally and elsewhere, including states far to the south and west.

Treasure Hunting

In order to accomplish this herculean task Pike needed assistance, not only from his distant contacts in the afore-mentioned locales, but also from local KGC "operatives" and those in adjoining states or territories. I personally suspect this is where and when Jesse and Frank James (as well as other Confederate "partisan rangers" like the Younger brothers) became directly involved in hiding KGC caches and troves. (Note: This is strictly my own opinion, nothing more or less. J.R.)

A Large Stash of Gold Coins?

At some point while Pike was ensconced at his home near Greasy Cove word began to circulate among the locals that he had a very large stash of gold coins on or near the property. Whether true or not (and I suspect it was true) this assumption would further establish the fact that Pike was indeed a very busy man who was intent on ensuring the KGC was well financed.

However it wasn't long before things literally went "south" for Pike when word began to circulate about the possibility of a large stash of gold coins hidden in his home or nearby. Again, I believe this to be true because it fits in with Pike's secret associations and his firm intentions to keep the KGC up and running.

Either way, Pike's home was eventually raided by persons unknown (Union troops or sympathizers? Confederate "partisans" from Bloody Bill Anderson's crew? Or?). Pike managed to escape in the dead of night before the raid because he was tipped off by friends in nearby Caddo Gap.

A Treasure Waybill?

Now I have a possible treasure waybill for you, so listen up:

Lead 1: After Pike fled his home near Greasy Cove he stopped his buggy in Caddo Gap to thank his friends (or informants) for their tip off about the raid. These same friends or informants later stated under oath that Pike had paid them with "handfuls of gold coins." If indeed true, Pike was traveling loaded down with gold specie.

Lead 2: Pike's home near Greasy Cove was a "two-storied frame house with rock chimney" that was situated "along the Little Missouri River" directly adjacent to "Little Missouri Falls."

These 2 leads may help, then again, who knows?

But if you find yourself in Arkansas near Little Missouri Falls I suggest you keep your eyes peeled for evidence of KGC treasure signs or symbols there as well as any signs from there to Caddo Gap. Oh, and you may want to take a good metal detector or 2-boxer along with you.

Good hunting.

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "5 Treasure Hunting Pitfalls to Avoid (Pitfall 1)"

(c) J.R. 2010

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