Friday, May 8, 2009

Spanish Gold and Silver in Oklahoma

In Stephens County, Oklahoma near the town of Comanche lies a large cache of Spanish Gold and silver bars. For those of you that have read Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales by Steve Wilson this won’t be new but for those of you that haven’t………..

Near the town of Comanche in Oklahoma is Mud Creek. Somewhere on Mud Creek there is said to be buried “14 jack loads” of Spanish gold and silver bars. I think we established several months ago that a jack load is somewhere between 135 and 150 pounds. That would mean that on the low side, you are talking about over 1800 pounds of precious metal languishing in the ground somewhere. With gold at over $900 per ounce, you’re talking about one hell of a retirement party!

Back in the early 1900’s there were signs to the treasure that could still be seen. These signs included carvings of a snake, a half moon and a turtle. We all know what a turtle means when you’re hunting Spanish treasure right? It means TREASURE is near! Other markings in the area were the carved letters of MINA, EMA and VWC. There was also a carved cross found.
These symbols and others were carved into trees and rocks in the area around Mud Creek. I’m sure that most of the trees the carvings were on are gone now but I would think (or hope) that some of the rock carvings would still be around. The letters and the cross were all carved into rock but they were well worn back in the 1970’s.

In 1905 there were two “Mexicans” that showed up in Comanche who said they were looking for the “14 jack loads of gold” but they apparently didn’t find anything and left empty handed.
Stories from “old Indians” in the area say that the Spanish had a settlement near Comanche and soldiers from the settlement would leave on occasion with several empty wagons and return with the wagons full, leaving deep ruts in the ground when they returned. A normal person could attribute some of these trips to bringing ordinary supplies to the settlement however, there could probably be one or more of these wagon trains that had something else in them. Something that required a smelter.

A previous treasure hunter searching this area is said to have found an arrastra about five miles south and east of Comanche. Why would the Spanish need a rock crusher if they weren’t processing ore?

Mud Creek is more east than south of Comanche (about 9 miles east) but nothing says the Spanish would have hidden their treasure close to the settlement or even close to where the arrastra was. Oh, I might mention that there is an East and West Mud Creek along with just Mud Creek. A little more research on this story just might bring a big smile to your face. After a lot of digging of course!

Did I mention that Comanche, Oklahoma is less than 25 miles from Marlow? June 13th is right around the corner!


Anonymous said...

Do you happen to have a picture of the "silver doll" found near lost canyon, 3 miles east of comanche lake? Im doing some research on the subject and someone mentioned lead plates found with writing on them. do you know anything about this? Is this legend true at all? Ive done extensive research on this "lost canyon" and cant find anything. do you happen to have the coordinates?

David Smith said...

I have found a donkeys head carved into a rock with a bears head chiseled out above it. What does it mean, the word jack has been chiseled out in between. any help would be appreciated.