Treasure in the Arizona Mountains

Treasure in the Arizona Mountains

This video was made after hunting for a treasure from a story that was told to me by an old guy named John, who I mention in my book Random Tangents.
We will take you up on the Mogollon Rim, above Payson, Arizona, and tell the story and discuss where I have searched and where I still think the treasure could be.
The story takes place at the end of the civil war when two confederate soldiers stole a wagon and loaded 16 kegs of gold coins from a cache that was buried by the Confederate Army. Making their way across Arizona to join up with some Confederate sympathizers in California they were attacked by an Indian war party.
They headed into the mountains and buried the 16 kegs of coins before being killed by the Indians.
Years later, in 1935, two Mexican fellows hunting close to the Mogollon Rim Road happened to find the kegs only taking a few of the coins before covering them over again. Unfortunate circumstances kept them from ever coming back but one of them finally told the story 35 years later. Follow along with me as I attempt to find the treasure.

For more treasure stories you may enjoy my book, “Random Tangents: Embracing Adventures in Life”:


  1. Rockey Tellman on November 22, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Miller is directly related to Jesse.

  2. magprob on November 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Excellent Story! Thanks.

  3. Jeffery Schirm on November 22, 2021 at 11:20 am

    You should have told him , yes that’s right where bigfoot attack you !!

  4. Raymond Michielini on November 22, 2021 at 11:24 am

    recently came upon your channel im loving these stories

  5. Rhonda Christine The girls on November 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

    I still got the case when gpa went hunting in the 80s

  6. William Davis on November 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Love Arizona it has everything you could want, history, folklore, desert, mountains and history galore

  7. Ken Rego on November 22, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Old News Bud ! Treasure was found and Sold to a Team in Germany for a Very Large Sum Of CASH! True Story

  8. Diane Lewis on November 22, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Great story and interesting.
    Thank you.

  9. Jason Pettit on November 22, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I’m calling bullshit on this one ..

  10. Brad Stoner on November 22, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Unique thing to me is that if this was the Confederate Army that buried those coins, then the coins are of gold that most likely was mined in North Carolina and Georgia. Both states were the prime producers of gold for the South at that time. The coins probably include coins minted by the only private mint that ever existed in the US, that being the Christopher Bechtlor coins. He was an immigrant from Baden, Germany and he brought with him his knowledge of goldsmith and metal working. So much gold was being found around the area that he decided to make gold coins for people who wanted to have a reliable exchange of value for their gold. He minted coins with set values that could be exchanged in lieu of weighing out and bartering. The US government came in and set up their own mints in Charlotte, NC and Dahlonega, Georgia thus putting an end to the Bechtlor coins. Surely, this confederate treasure would contain some of these rare and valuable coins. They would be worth a fortune today.

  11. David J. LeBaron on November 22, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I like the way you set up the map, and mark it for me. I will scan that one with my Eagletraun, on GoogleEarth. If I get a hit, then I can go to the area, and use the Gravitraun.
    Another wagonload of Confederate gold wound up in Washington State, where I live. I’m looking for it. Hope to find it soon!

  12. Frank Hartman on November 22, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Why is all of the treasure lost in Arizona? Can’t some be lost in my backyard!!

  13. george scott on November 22, 2021 at 11:44 am

    their horses probaly all died and they had to bury the gold==because they were mean to those horses back in those days

  14. Jordan Wiens on November 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Great story! Well narrated. Makes me want to hunt for some gold!

  15. tom iden on November 22, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Any soldier would went for the high ground, look for the highest peak that gave them the best protection and view of their surrounding area.

  16. John Ganshow on November 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Lost Dutchman of the Mogollon…

  17. Perry Presley on November 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

    The confederate treasury went missing in Wilkes County Georgia at the end of the war. It has never been found.

  18. trackman174 on November 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

    A lot of folklore about treasure throughout the country. Always fun to hear about them and wonder if theyโ€™re true.

  19. Roy Rice on November 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Already found. They have just kept their mouths shut!! I donโ€™t blame them! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  20. Frank Hartman on November 22, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    There seems to be all kinds of lost gold in Arizona

  21. TheJadeeast on November 22, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Iโ€™m getting a metal detector

  22. brian massey on November 22, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Soo have you guys found anything? Whats an update on your searching.

  23. Rich on November 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Only one thing baffles me. Why only take 20 coins? Why not take as much as you can carry? Doesn’t make sense to me. Also wouldn’t there be records of a missing confederate shipment of gold? Just based on those two things I think he was just telling a good story.

  24. Mr. Bill of course. on November 22, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Nobody hasn’t found John Mosby’s lost Confederate treasure here in Virginia either. Time to get my metal detector out and plane ticket to Flagstaff. Good story.

  25. Rockey Tellman on November 22, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Greg, My family established "Miller" County, Missouri. True

  26. Roy Tallow on November 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Still out there ! ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ

  27. Riddle Gunner on November 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    We already found the coins amigo

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