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. David J. LeBaron on May 20, 2022 at 2:42 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!

  2. Zach Works on May 20, 2022 at 2:42 am

    A good tale well told! You had me running the math on the volume of Civil War-era powder kegs, the weight of gold coins, and how much a typical wagon could haul with the team you described. Thanks for the mental workout and the added excitement of the prospect of treasure to be found.

  3. UTuber on May 20, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Nice areas, that’s a huge area to search for some lost barrels of gold.

  4. Perry Presley on May 20, 2022 at 2:44 am

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

  5. Brandon Musser on May 20, 2022 at 2:45 am

    I grew up in strawberry wow I didn’t know there was any gold out there

  6. magprob on May 20, 2022 at 2:47 am

    Excellent Story! Thanks.

  7. TheJadeeast on May 20, 2022 at 2:47 am

    I’m getting a metal detector

  8. loaded fun on May 20, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Mr. Hawk…. Im hoping you carry a side iron on your excursions. You never know what wildlife or wild humans you may come across in dem der hills.

  9. Rockey Tellman on May 20, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Miller is directly related to Jesse.

  10. C on May 20, 2022 at 2:50 am

    Great story and not a disbeliever but if 16 barrels of gold were transported and hidden buy two people that would have to been a pretty monumentous feet right !

  11. Roy Tallow on May 20, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Still out there ! πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

  12. tom iden on May 20, 2022 at 2:53 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.

  13. Riddle Gunner Manuel on May 20, 2022 at 2:55 am

    We already found the coins amigo

  14. x7slim8x on May 20, 2022 at 2:56 am

    My stomping grounds

  15. Frank Hartman on May 20, 2022 at 2:57 am

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

  16. Mobsters Inc on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am


  17. Brad Stoner on May 20, 2022 at 2:59 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.

  18. Steven School Alchemy on May 20, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Arizona is fun.

  19. David Windle on May 20, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Really nice story, if only I could find this outcrop!!!

  20. Rich on May 20, 2022 at 3:02 am

    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.

  21. Rockey Tellman on May 20, 2022 at 3:02 am

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

  22. kenneth johnson on May 20, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Lmao the reason it will never be found is because it never existed gold fever is supported now by a wise story / tale

  23. William Davis on May 20, 2022 at 3:03 am

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

  24. John Ganshow on May 20, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Lost Dutchman of the Mogollon…

  25. Raymond Michielini on May 20, 2022 at 3:08 am

    recently came upon your channel im loving these stories

  26. Diane Lewis on May 20, 2022 at 3:09 am

    Great story and interesting.
    Thank you.

  27. george scott on May 20, 2022 at 3:09 am

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

  28. Ken Rego on May 20, 2022 at 3:10 am

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

  29. Bob Beach on May 20, 2022 at 3:10 am

    thanks again

  30. Charlie Laudico on May 20, 2022 at 3:12 am

    Love the area! I found numerous mines around that area!

  31. jay gwilym on May 20, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Sergio Leon wrote this story

  32. Jordan Wiens on May 20, 2022 at 3:13 am

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

  33. gomeljohn9 on May 20, 2022 at 3:14 am

    ANy update since 2020? I’ve been there numerous times. Crawfish out at Potato Lake. Interested if you hvae anything else on this treasure. I know better than to ask if you found it. πŸ˜‰

  34. Mr. Bill of course. on May 20, 2022 at 3:14 am

    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.

  35. Roy Rice on May 20, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Already found. They have just kept their mouths shut!! I don’t blame them! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  36. brian massey on May 20, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Soo have you guys found anything? Whats an update on your searching. The Validity of the Gold Coins being there is what I really question bc if you truthfully think about it even if your talking about a lot of gold coins being there in existence you’d think that if they are gone you’d think that some were left over due to the size of the kegs and loseing some over the rim of the kegs when they were poured out to touch and look at. I’m just really in denial if they existed at all bc of finding none over the years. Even if you found one GD you could make something of it but nobody has found none since the story was told. Soo the genius of this story is the Kegs are buried and if they can be found. Do you think he got his directions mixed up with where he was when he found the Kegs of Gold? I just think they are in a different place from where he stated he was at.

  37. Davey Bass on May 20, 2022 at 3:17 am

    I know this story. I lost my Dad, to la oro del diablo in 93.

  38. The Dude on May 20, 2022 at 3:20 am

    I’m calling bullshit on this one ..

  39. trackman174 on May 20, 2022 at 3:20 am

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

  40. Bret daCosta on May 20, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Actually it was the payroll for Fort Apache not confederate but Cavalry. Lieutenant Summerhayes was leading the first resupply mission on "Crooks Trail" from Camp Verde to Fort Apache. The year was 1874 and a wagon was lost over the cliffs when two mules separated from a team of six leaving four mules and a wagon to plummet over a cliff several hundred feet and not retrievable. This is documented in a book by Margaret Summerhayes called "Vanishing Arizona". Seems Margaret was fond of the mules a was saddened to hear four had perished along with a wagon. Not knowing at the time what was in the wagon she found it to be the wagon that held her fine china and silverware she had brought from New England. The wagon also carried the $3,000 plus payroll in $20 Gold Pieces and Silver Coins it also had a cargo of Winchester Repeater rifles.

  41. Frank Hartman on May 20, 2022 at 3:22 am

    There seems to be all kinds of lost gold in Arizona

  42. Polymath Perspective on May 20, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Logically because there was so many kegs the place these are buried are in fact near a wagon trail or a road nowadays. People bury things near springs cause manual labor works up a sweat. It makes perfect sense that the spring is near a road. People camped at springs years ago and still do.

  43. Kenny Hawk on May 20, 2022 at 3:28 am

    Hey kinfolk lol. We may be related . People have asked me a long time am I related to Tony hawk πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  44. Stacy S on May 20, 2022 at 3:31 am

    If the hoard is ever found, does the finder have legal right to the treasure?

  45. Dion Peek on May 20, 2022 at 3:33 am

    I was once working an old building in Missouri removing some bricks from an old chimney and I found a 1914 Indian head nickel and then I was able to retire

  46. Steven Beach on May 20, 2022 at 3:36 am

    Good LUCK U ALL Happy Gold in Az..!!??!!

  47. Rhonda Christine The girls on May 20, 2022 at 3:38 am

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

  48. Craig the Scott on May 20, 2022 at 3:41 am

    My great grandfather found Union Army treasure at Fort Lowell Tucson AZ back in the early 1900’s when the fort was still standing. My great grandfather found a 1865 Springfield 50-70 rifle that was hidden up in the rafters. I still have it, it’s been in our family for over 100 years.

  49. Scotty Mcgregor on May 20, 2022 at 3:41 am

    What’s that smell…. O πŸ‚β™‰ bullshit

  50. Jeffery Schirm on May 20, 2022 at 3:41 am

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

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