It’s infuriating how well so many different locations fit within the poem! And, at best, only one of them is right. Yet, they still seem to fit the poem to a T. Which implies that perhaps the poem is way too vague and hard to solve…
So, let’s take a look at another extremely elegant solution to Fenn’s Treasure: Kirwin, Wyoming.
Within yards of each other at Kirwin, you find all sorts of places with names that are meaningful to the poem: Kirwin lies on the Wood River (in the wood). It’s at the base of Brown Mountain and Brown Basin (home of Brown). Bald Mountain is on the other side of the river (bold in Old English is bald).
Is Kirwin, Wyoming where the treasure is hidden?
The local features form a double-omega (colophon). Dollar Mountain and Francs Mountain are nearby ($ or trove or treasure or riches). Spar Mountain is nearby (word-origin of spar is a long piece of wood, like a paddle or spear - no paddle).
Kirwin is a ghost town (no place for the meek and the end is ever drawing nigh). It used to be a mining town (heavy loads). But, that describes virtually every ghost town in the rockies.
Then there’s Yellow Ridge, Chief Mountain (brave?), Amelia Earhart’s cabin is the first cabin you see on the trail. Brown Mountain Campground is just downstream from Kirwin.
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
Almost everything around Kirwin seems to fit the poem somewhere.
The Amelia Earhart connection seems too good to be true. Her cabin was never constructed. They only managed to build it 4 logs high by the time she disappeared. And, as such, she never got the chance to live there. The area wasn’t her ancestral home or anything, it was just a nice place she’d visited and wanted to buy a cabin in.
Could the cabin be the home of Brown?
There’s a ranger post right beside it which appears to be brown.
Kirwin, Wyoming is definitely one of the more elegant Fenn Treasure solves. But, is it the correct one?
But, we’re still leaning towards the Joe Brown put-in, which is nowhere nearby.
Map of Kirwin, Wyoming and the surrounding areas
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In The Canyon Down|
|Not Far, But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place For The Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh...|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put-In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|