In 1856, war between Utah and the federal government appeared imminent. Brigham Young and the Mormon elders decided to gather the wealth of the Mormon Church and to protect it by finding a suitable hiding place. They dispatched several converted Indians to find an appropriate place. A large cave was found between the present towns of Pioche and Ely in what’s now the state of Nevada.

In Utah, every attempt was being made to convert every possible asset to gold. Goods were sold to passing travelers, banks were being liquidated, and church members were being drained of all possible cash. Over $1.5 million dollars were collected, mostly in gold.

Relations with the federal government seemed to be improving until news reached Brigham Young of the infamous Mountain Meadow Massacre. For reasons still unclear, the members of an entire wagon train from Arkansas were slaughtered, leaving only a few of the very youngest children alive.

Brigham Young now felt that even the cave would be unsafe. He ordered that the gold be transferred to the Mormon town of San Bernardino in California, from where, if necessary, it could be moved quickly to Mexico.

Twenty-two wagons with an armed escort of forty Utah militiamen traveled to the cave to remove all of the gold. They decided to take a route that would bypass any settlements to avoid any detection. To do this, they would have to travel across the uncharted area of south-central Nevada.

However, the desert proved to be too much, even for these hardy men. They soon found themselves critically short of water and all efforts to locate water proved futile. Finally, they decided the best solution was to go back to the last water they had passed. So, leaving the gold wagons and horses to the care of the teamsters, the forty militiamen headed back.

Several days later, the militiamen returned only to find the teamsters murdered, the wagons burned, the horses stolen and the gold gone. The Piutes had wiped them out to a man. There was absolutely no trace of the gold. After a diligent search, the militiamen returned home. Subsequent searches by the Mormons proved equally fruitless. None of the gold has ever surfaced, as far as anyone has ever been able to tell.

The gold is still out there for someone to find. By today’s value, the gold would be worth over 30 million dollars. However, the aesthetic value would be much, much higher.

The gold is too heavy to have been moved very far without the wagons, so it would have to be hidden close to the massacre site.

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13 thoughts on “THE LOST WAGON TRAIN TREASURE…………..

  1. Sin City Designz

    Hello, I am very much interested in anymore information on the original articles on this story,
    I would like to do some investigation to proving the authinticity of this story ultimatly leading to finding out which american indian tribe was involved or if they wern’t but yet the militiamen escort who had left the wagontrain to go for water. please contact me @

  2. The Piutes were the Indian tribe involved, this also would have been only a small raiding party of 12 Braves or less…

  3. One more thing to remember, the gold was loaded into 22 wagons for transport…it would take an army of Indians to move that amount of gold by horseback, If they had a way to secure it.

  4. Shea622

    Sounds like there was no way a band of Paiute Indians did this and hide this amount of gold this fast before the militiamen returned. I bet dollars to donuts that the mormon Militiamen decided to take the gold for themselves or it was a cover up by elders of the church that wanted a soft cushion to fall on if the federal government sent troops to squash the Mormons. My guess it was either greedy militiamen or elders of the church involved. Forty men including the teamsters could of taken the gold anywhere, hid it, and then burned the wagons going back to Salt Lake City or wherever to report a massacre. My questions are these. What does the church have on record as far as this is concerned? Were there bodies found later buried near the site? I see conspiracy all over this depending if the amount of gold is accurate or this actually happened at all. The Mormon church keeps records of everything in their history VERY precise records so I would be surprised what is accurate and what isn’t.

    • Like I stated in an above reply…it would take an army of Paiutes to move that much gold…I tend to lean towards a cover-up by the elders of the church so they could keep this for themselves in case of a quick departure from the area was needed. Native Americans were an easy blame as they were blamed for everything.

      • Shea622

        The LDS church blamed the Mountain Meadow massacre on the indians even dressing up as indians just in case they weren’t successful killing everyone! You are right! I firmly believe the elders would of hidden the members valuables and gold for a quick get away in case of invasion by the Federal Government. The LDS were in no position for an all out war with Federal Troops in 1856. They would of lost horribly and would of discredited the LDS church cause every paper back east would of slandered the church. I feel certain that there was a wagon train of “valuables”, but I can’t imagine that there were 22 wagons of gold, but maybe the church had that much with its members. It does seem far fetched though cause the leader Brigham Young, elders, and members had barely settled Utah in 1847. Amass 22 wagon loads of gold in 9 years? Maybe…. I am sure if there were 22 wagons of gold and it was a Mormon Leadership cover up, that they retrieved it. If the militia men got greedy and decided to take it for themselves maybe its still hidden. Doubtful. After researching the Paiute, the indians had no use for gold and would of just killed the Mule skinners, taken their guns, and things the indians could use, but not the gold.
        If there is a large amount of gold hidden still, which is doubtful, its probably hidden just southwest of Las Vegas in a cave that the entrance was blasted shut or rocked up.

      • Clinton Barber

        Sitterly was in charge of militia men

  5. Shea622

    The elders would have to report to its members what happened to the wealth that the church took whereas they entrusted the elders to hide the wealth before federal government troops came and an all out war ensued. I bet the elders including Brigham Young knew exactly what happened to the gold blaming it on the innocent Paiute indians that probably weren’t even in the area.

  6. Jim

    When I was living in SLC,Utah, I happened to pick up a magazine that had an article on the lost treasure. But, but it involved more than gold, there was also Jewel of all kinds from the men and women of that time. True the Indians did kill all in the wagon train, And it stated that it ,the wagon train, was in Red Rock Canyon. Hidden in a cave ,and full of rattle snakes. Two men did find it ,but died shortly after the find. Bitten by the snakes. The finding was proven true by what these men had in their possession. I wish that I could tell you the name of the magazine, because there’s information in it to prove this side of the story is 100% true. Good luck.

    • Often there is information that shows certain myths and legends have true backgrounds…there used to be good treasure magazines back in the 50’s, wish they were around today.

    • Shea622

      People love to read about lost treasure specially on land where us land animals have a chance of finding it. I’ve always wondered just how many of these tales are true and if so how much of the truth has been stretched to make it sound way better than it actually is? I suppose finding any lost treasure would be amazing! Maybe owning a treasure magazine is where the real treasure is? HMMMM!

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