A real-life treasure hunt came to an end recently when one of the treasure’s hunters, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the $1-million dollar prize.
The life-changing find was confirmed by 89-year-old Forrest Fenn, the man who hid it.
Back in 2010ish, Fenn, an art and antique collector from Santa Fe, New Mexico, buried a bronze chest filled with gold and other valuables. As Fenn tells it, he left the 20-lb chest and its 22 lbs. in contents hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It took two solo trips to get the job done, Fenn says.
He then gave clues to its whereabouts online and in a poem in his autobiography, “The Thrill of the Chase.” The internet tells me hundreds of thousands of people hunted for Fenn’s treasure over the last decade. Many quit their jobs to devote their lives to the treasure hunt, and as many as five people died hunting.
Now the hunt is over after Fenn received a photo of his hidden treasure chest from its new owner. “I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over,” Fenn said upon announcing the discovery.
For more on the story and all of the lawsuits around it, do some additional reading here.
Speaking of treasure hunts, Matthew Mitchell has a real-life Treasure Hunt coming to Kentucky to play for his women’s basketball program. While hosting Kentucky Sports Radio’s morning radio show on Monday, our own Ryan Lemond, bless his heart, made this embarrassing attempt at comedy while mentioning Mitchell’s bluechip recruit from Tennessee: