Rocky Mountains treasure worth $1m found after decade-long hunt

Forrest Fenn, an antique collector, hid the bronze chest in the wilderness over a decade ago, and he developed a treasure hunt for people to find it.

Rocky Mountains treasure worth $1m found after decade-long hunt
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A treasure chest full of gold, diamonds and other valuables worth over $1million has been discovered in the Rocky Mountains.

Forrest Fenn, an antique collector, hid the bronze chest in the wilderness over a decade ago, and he developed a treasure hunt for people to find it. 

Hundreds of thousands of people looked for it. Moreover, many other people quit their jobs and made use of their life savings. At least four people died. 

Now, Mr. Fenn says a “back east” man was able to track down his hidden treasure.

The website now displayed an orange banner saying, “Fenn’s Treasure was found in 2020-the chase is over.”

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“It was under a canopy of stars in the thick, forested foliage of the Rocky Mountains; and had not moved from the position where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” said Mr. Fenn, an 89-year-old millionaire from New Mexico, in a post on his website.

He added that he didn’t even know the man who discovered it; But that in his 2010 autobiography The Thrill of Chase, a 24-line poem led the man to the exact place. 

Mr. Fenn also informed his local paper, Santa Fe New Mexican, that the man did not want his name published; but verified the discovery by sending a photograph. 

Mr. Fenn said he packed the 20 lbs (9 kg) chest with pre-Colombian animal figures, prehistoric hammered gold “mirrors,” ancient Chinese faces carved from jade, as well as rare gold coins and antique jewelry. 

Questioned how he felt about the found treasure, Fenn said to the paper, “I don’t know, I feel kind of happy halfway, kind of sad halfway because the chase is over. 

For the explorer who found the treasure, Fenn’s website mentioned a range of potential next moves, like whether to sell the treasure or even recommend re-hide the treasure. 

His only request: “Whatever you choose-keep the chase thrill alive, and keep the legend on.”

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