Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jesse James and the KGC: Treasure Signs and Symbols (Part 1)

(The young Jesse James as a Confederate partisan guerrilla, circa 1864.)

Interest in Jesse and the KGC is High

There's no doubt that interest in potential Jesse James treasure caches is high these days. Television shows about Jesse and the boys, the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), and searches for James Boys/KGC treasure caches have contributed to this frenzy as have a series of books by KGC expert Bob Brewer. A fundamental premise shared in much of this interest is the theory that Jesse and Frank James (as well as selected members of the James Gang) were KGC members.

If you're not familiar with the KGC let me provide you with a brief description. In essence, the KGC was a secret society founded by a number of prominent and/or die-hard Southerners to promote Southern (i.e., Confederate) interests in the Western and Southwestern U.S. as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The KGC was extremely well funded and it's been postulated that the Knights (or their agents or "Sentinels") stashed thousands of small-to-medium sized treasure caches throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Some KGC Troves Worth Millions

Some expert treasure hunters and researchers believe KGC agents also buried extremely large and very elaborate treasure caches or troves in the areas mentioned above, with some of these "pointed out" via an elaborate grid system of signs and symbols covering broad expanses of territory. A few of the larger KGC troves or repositories are supposedly rich enough to run into the millions, tens of millions of dollars, or even higher.

(KGC design from a gravestone.)

Frank and Jesse James are said to have functioned as "Sentinels" for the KGC and I cannot discount this premise. One reason is that a number of small "payroll" type James Boys stashes have been recovered by following KGC treasure signs and symbols in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas (and other locations which I won't publish here).

KGC Treasure Signs and Symbols

Although by no means a comprehensive listing, here are a few KGC treasure signs and symbols. If, by chance, you come across any of these individually or in combination while in the field...take heed:

Pyramids (Carved or etched into trees or rocks, or constructed with loose rocks or stones.)

Small Metal Objects (Typically buried less than 12 inches down....some of these can include zinc or tin "Mason" jar lids and tops. If you hit one of these, search carefully in the hole you dug and for some feet around the site....this could be a KGC "payroll" site containing gold and/or silver coins or a pointer to other directional items.)
Names and Initials (These don't have to be initials like "JJ" or "FJ"...they can represent real names or fake's the initials themselves that are the key, not necessarily a person. However, "JJ" or "FJ" initials should be documented and followed up with a deliberate, careful search in the immediate area.)

Stone Maps or Directions (The famous [or infamous...take your pick] "Peralta Stones" are good examples of stone maps. Typically, these consist of flat, sometimes specially shaped rocks or stones with a map or directions etched into them.)

Hearts (Usually these were carved into trees, terrain features, or large rocks or boulders. Pay particular attention to these if they are obviously quite old and not some modern, lovelorn couple's heart and arrow routine.)

Turtle (The turtle [tuerto] treasure sign was used extensively by the Spanish in the New World and was adopted by the KGC as well. The turtle's head usually points toward a cache or treasure trove. If you find a turtle carved into stone or a tree, treasure is probably nearby in the direction being pointed out.)

These are only a small fraction of the signs and symbols used by the KGC to identify and locate their treasure caches. Many, many more exist and there is often an overlap between KGC signs and symbols and those used by the Spanish, so bear that in mind.

Good hunting to you.

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Vermont's Lost "Indian Joe" Mine"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012

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