By John Howard
From page 30 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
In the 1860s, two prospectors were working a rich gold mine somewhere west of Fort Collins, Colorado. History has forgotten their last names. They were known only as Hans and Mike. One day they quarreled, and Mike killed Hans.
The gold claim the two men had worked was somewhere west of Fort Collins, up the Cache la Poudre, in the Shining Mountains. Soldiers at the fort thought they could scare Mike into revealing the mines location by threatening to hang him for killing his partner. But they apparently strung him up too long, for the mock hanging backfired and Mike lay dead, too.
In 1899 a small boy was lost in the mountains. When he found his way home, he told of staying at an abandoned cabin high in the mountains where interesting, shining rocks lay on the table.