Hidden deep within the wilderness of the Colorado Rockies lays perhaps the most important treasure in American history. For hundreds of years it’s been rumored that various groups of French soldiers, explorers, and miners, buried vast amounts of gold treasure. They were continually fighting off Indians and Spanish soldiers. They endured diseases, malnutrition, and the elements. But this did not stop them. The goal was to eventually take the enormous stash back to France!
Researchers claim this massive undertaking occurred between 1756-1803. Some groups were rumored to have as many as 350 men and 450 horses. The largest group of French were said to have left from New Orleans around 1799. They mined and processed the gold in camps they created for this task. These camps were spread out from Wolf Creek Pass to the headwaters of Arkansas River near current day Leadville. They possibly mined as far west as the Gunnison valley. The gold was then buried in 3 locations within the rugged wilderness of Colorado for later retrieval. This group was rumored to be secretly financed by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Perhaps the most fascinating detail was that in mid 1700’s, a large battalion of French soldiers reportedly left Canada hauling vast amounts of gold into this area while traveling to the Presidio in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Estimates put the total amount of gold at 3 1/2 tons! Others claim that it was 3,516 20 ounce ingots. Regardless of how much the totals, it has never been documented that the gold has ever been found!
Virtually every version of this legend ends with the demise of the entire group. Stories differ, but the end brings gruesome details of slaughter, starvation, death from the elements, and even horrific cannibalism.
Different authors, historians, and treasure hunters have all speculated on the location of the elusive hoard. Numerous stories, rumors, and opinions abound. Many believe the story simply could not be true. Others speculate and search for it’s exact location. However, the details of this legend inevitably intersect at Treasure Mountain.
This website is dedicated to the research and perhaps retrieval of “The Lost French Gold.” It also records our groups trials and tribulations. Ultimately, the authors of this website believe that this legend is real. There are numerous details that have previously been documented and are proof that the legend is real. We are searching for portions of this gold that have never been found. Our motto has always been Dare to Dream!
Below is one of our ongoing projects. We are directly comparing the most famous versions of the legend in an attempt to assist in the hunt. Perhaps we can help each other? We also encourage you to join our group via the Forum that we created for this project.