State Treasure - Oklahoma

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 50 of the November, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


The Boggy Creek Treasure
CHOCTAW COUNTY – In northwest Choctaw County there is a buried outlaw treasure of gold and silver specie, watches, and jewelry worth $140,000 at the time it was cached during the early 1900’s.
The leader of the gang is said to be the only one who knew the location. When he was later killed by Indians, the treasure became lost and never recovered.
According to this old legend, the outlaws buried the hoard in a wooden cart near the ghost town of Sand Bluff. The location is described as being “a few miles back up between the forks of Muddy Boggy and Clear Boggy Creeks near a lake.” The treasure is said to be buried “between the lake and the river.”
My research of this treasure cache may help narrow your search. The lake mentioned above I believe to be Grassy Lake, which sits 1.4 miles northwest of the confluence of Muddy Boggy and Clear Boggy Creeks. If the treasure is buried between the lake and the river, then the search area covers an area roughly 6/10ths of a mile in length and a quarter mile in width where Clear Boggy Creek runs parallel with Grassy Lake.
Grassy Lake is found less than 4.5 miles northeast of Boswell, and roughly 3.8 miles south-southwest of the ghost town of Sand Bluff, which is located at the intersection of East 1990 Road and North 4060 Road. This area is rich in legends of buried treasures.

The Brush Hill Treasure
MCINTOSH COUNTY – According to Creek legend, there is $100,000 in gold specie buried at or near the old Indian village of Brush Hill. The treasure consists of U.S. $20 gold pieces, which were paid to Creek Chief Hopoithle Yahola early in 1861. The money was an annuity payment by the U.S. government per treaty, which was to be distributed by Chief Hopoithle Yahola to his people for being removed from their homelands to Indian Territory.
When the Creek chief returned to Brush Hill he found it abandoned. His people scattered as Union and Confederate fighting moved in their direction. The chief decided to bury the money until he could reunite his people. With the aid of a friend, the payment was placed in a large trunk then buried in a pit excavated by four black men. When the task was completed, they were killed.
The legend states that a young Creek boy named D.L. Berryhill saw the entire event from hiding. He was discovered and chased away.
Late in 1861, a group of Creeks were traveling to Kansas when they were attacked by Confederate guerrillas. Many were killed, including Chief Yahola’s friend who’d helped bury the gold. Shortly after, Chief Yahola died in Kansas. Berryhill was the only living connection to the treasure.
Years later, Berryhill spoke about the treasure. He entrusted the story and location to a fellow Creek friend named Joe Grayson of Okmulgee. He said the gold was buried “near the fork of a road a short way from Brush Hill.” Some say Berryhill and Grayson never looked for the gold.
Others claim Grayson did visit Brush Hill and searched for the treasure, but never found it. Either way, so far as is known it’s still there.

The White Shield Treasure
ROGER MILLS COUNTY – In southeastern Roger Mills County off Highway 34 sits several millions in gold ingots, according to this Comanche legend. In 1890, a friendly Comanche was trading at the Cheyenne-Arapaho Agency Trading Post on the Washita River.
When he went to pay, he produced a primitively smelted gold ingot that was 90% pure and stamped with a cross.
The proprietor recognized the engraved cross as a Spanish symbol commonly used to mark silver and gold bars. He asked the Comanche where he’d laid his hands on a Spanish ingot, and the Indian said he dug it up on a small island on White Shield Creek. He further explained that any time he needed to make purchases he’d go dig another one up, adding that there were hundreds.
The Comanche said some Mexicans had buried them there years before and his people had always known about them. He said his grandfather led a war party that attacked and massacred a large Mexican pack train. The Mexicans sought refuge on the small island. After dark, they buried their gold and escaped into the night. The next day the Indians caught up with and slaughtered them.
The proprietor pushed the Comanche for more details, which made the Indian suspicious. He paid for his goods and left, never returning again. The proprietor had heard a similar story involving a Mexican pack train that passed through that area before whites arrived. They got waylaid by Indians near Carpenter Town after burying a shipment of gold destined for New Orleans.
A short time later, the proprietor and friends arrived in Carpenter Town on White Shield Creek. From a nearby ridge, the proprietor spotted what appeared to be an island, which he described as a “gooseneck curve” in the creek that almost completely surrounds a body of land, making it look like an island.
There he also found the ruins of ox carts used by the Mexicans to haul the gold.
The proprietor and his party dug holes, but came up empty handed. Years later, a teacher believed he could locate the treasure. In a letter to his wife, he told her the location and described finding the hoard.
He explained that the cache was dug up less than a mile from the highway and that he was going to Elk City to rent a truck and return to recover the gold. He mailed the letter, rented a van and spent the night in a motel.
The next morning he was driving northbound on Highway 34. At 9:45 a.m. he was killed in a head-on collision. Two days later his wife received the letter, but had no interest in a treasure hunt. There are no reports of this treasure having been recovered.

Spanish Legends
[4] - JACKSON COUNTY – This old Spanish legend states that when word that the Indians were going to attack the mission at Twin Hills, they emptied the church of its treasures and placed the collection in a “silver casket.” The treasure was hauled to a point along the north side of the Red River, about 12 miles south of present-day Altus, and buried. For unknown reasons the treasure was never recovered.
[5] - LEFLORE COUNTY – The Lost Spanish Mine (also known as Lost Indian Mine) is an ancient lost silver mine reported to be located a few miles south of Heavener on Round Mountain. This is an error. Heavener is 3.3 miles southwest of Round Mountain. The actual mine is said to be on the north face of the mountain roughly 3/4 of the way up. The only landmark is a bench or shelf that circles that side of the mountain's face.
[6] - MAYES COUNTY – According to legend, two underground rock Spanish treasure vaults marked by a lone, tall tree are “on the rugged side” of Bald Mountain in northeast Mayes County. Each is said to hold 320 Spanish gold bars.

Sources:
Terry, Thomas P., U.S. Treasure Atlas, Vol. 8, 1985, La Crosse, WI, Specialty Publishing Co., p. 826, # 857B
Revis, B.G., “Trilogy of Gold,” December 1995, Lost Treasure magazine, p. 46
Jameson, W.C., The Hidden Mexican Gold Ingots, 1998, Little Rock, AR, August House, Inc., p. 118-122
Terry, Thomas P., U.S. Treasure Atlas, Vol. 8, 1985, La Crosse, WI, Specialty Publishing Company, p. 804, # 250B, 825, # 824A, 820, # 703B.