Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jesse James and the KGC: Treasure Signs and Symbols (Part 2)

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Renewed Interest in KGC Treasure Caches

As I mentioned in previous posts on this topic, many treasure hunters and researchers believe that Jesse James, his brother Frank, and perhaps other members of the James gang may have been members of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC). The KGC is known to have used selected individuals or members as "Sentinels" who were responsible for burying treasure caches and for guarding or watching over those caches.


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Needless to say, all of this hullabaloo about Jesse and the KGC (including a Discovery Channel TV program on the subject) has created renewed interest in possible KGC treasure caches. In truth, a number of smaller KGC caches (or James gang robbery caches...take your pick) have been recovered in recent years by astute treasure hunters who have done their research up front.

More Treasure Signs and Symbols

The main purpose of this series of posts is to provide you with familiarity of some basic KGC treasure signs and symbols. To that end, here are more of those for your examination and study:

Tree Blazes: Simply carvings cut into trees, blazes can cover a staggering array of symbol types, including names, initials, "Xs," hearts, arrows...you name it. However, remember that trees (just like us humans) have fixed lifetimes. So I suspect many tree blazes more than 150 years old are no longer around.

Daggers, Knives, Swords: These symbols often have multiple meanings. If the blade symbol is pointing downward it can mean treasure is here or nearby; if the blade points upward it may mean that you must press farther on; and if crossed blades are used it may mean "X" marks the spot or beware, danger is close.

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Window Rock: Window rocks are fairly common here in the Southwestern U.S. where I live. Typically these are geologic formations where erosion has, over time, etched or "eaten" away the center portion of the rock formation leaving an open area or "window." In a treasure context window rocks are directional signs or views to treasure caches when one stands at a certain position and looks through them. The problem here is that many window rocks are simply natural elements without any real treasure significance. That said, if you are on a proven or researched treasure "trail" and come across a window rock formation, take heed. It may provide a critical clue to the location of a treasure trove.

All-Seeing Eye: A very ancient symbol, the omniscient or all-seeing eye is a very common Masonic symbol that was adapted and used by the KGC as well. A good example can be found on the reverse of any U.S. one-dollar bill. The eye's meaning can be different things to different people, including an "inside" message or direction to a KGC member or "Sentinel." For the rest of us mere mortals, the eye is open to interpretation from a treasure hunting standpoint. "You are being watched," "Look here," "Look beyond," "Search inside," etc.)

(The "all-seeing" eye as part of this Masonic crest.)

Strangely Shaped Trees or Tree Limbs: These sorts of natural signs are immediately noticeable to the practiced eye and often appear out of place or unnatural. Oftentimes these sorts of trees or tree limbs were deliberately disfigured to act as treasure pointers or locators. Pay particular attention to older trees that have limbs forming a prominent "U" shape with the base of the "U" pointing to the ground. Sometimes that means "Treasure is buried here" while in other instances the "U" acts as a "sight" much like a window rock.

That's all for now. Be safe out there and, as always, good hunting to you.

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