Kernels of Truth
It seems every time I turn around these days there is something new on television, in the media, or online about Jesse James and his possible relationship to the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) and KGC treasure troves. Although much of what I have read or seen is overblown and sensationalized, there are kernels of truth to be found in all this "static" by discerning treasure hunters.
I live in New Mexico, a state that's said to contain a number of KGC treasure repositories. Although I am a pragmatist first and foremost and have my doubts at times, I tend to believe that KGC “operatives” probably were busy here in the Land of Enchantment from the 1860s to the early 1900s.
KGC Active in New Mexico?
Why do I believe this? First of all, the key U.S. Civil War battle in the entire West was fought at Glorieta Pass which lies just a 10-15 minute drive north of my home. Additionally, it's a verifiable fact that many Southern (Confederate) sympathizers were in New Mexico Territory at the time and many remained here after that bloody war of brother against brother ended in 1865.
Dickies Work Clothes
Thus, the premise that the KGC was active in New Mexico is not only likely, but a reasonable certainty. Additionally, sources state that after the Civil War, Jesse James spent time here and actually visited cattleman John Chisum at the old Chisum Ranch just east of Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (As an interesting aside, Fort Sumner is also heralded as the place where Billy the Kid is buried.)
Jesse James and a Possible KGC Trove
Of course we all know that Jesse, Frank, and perhaps other members of the James Gang (including the Younger brothers) were thought to be members of the KGC and in fact, may also have been KGC “Sentinels” or operatives. It should come as no surprise to anyone that one task assigned to KGC “Sentinels” was the burial and protection of KGC treasure troves and caches.
Although I believe the information has been out there for quite a while, it’s only been a few years now that I came across both general and detailed information relating to the potential location of a substantial KGC trove that Jesse James may have helped bury here in New Mexico.
$80,000 in Gold Coins
Call me selfish, but since this one is close to home I'll keep the salient details to myself. I can tell you this though...the general location of this purported KGC treasure trove is only a 3-hour drive from where I now live just outside the New Mexico state capital of Santa Fe.
(New Mexico cattleman John Chisum.)
The KGC stash that Jesse James is said to have stashed here contains at least $80,000 (face value) in gold coins. At today’s gold and numismatic prices this KGC trove of gold coins could be worth millions of dollars. Yes you heard right. Millions.
“You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play”
It’s been some time now since I’ve hauled my aging rear end out on an extended treasure hunt. Perhaps it’s time do a bit of additional research, and see if I can’t pinpoint where Jesse hid this KGC stash in the Land of Enchantment.
Like they say about the lottery, “You can’t win if you don’t play.” I can tell you one thing...the odds of finding this KGC trove are much better than those offered by the lotto.
Good hunting to you all.
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