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The Joe Brown Boat Launch and Put-In

Things like the following are why you come to this website!  We give you the hints and clues that none of the other sites would even dare.  We are getting so annoyed with not knowing the answer to the riddle, that we’re willing to give up all of our research, even if it means losing the treasure, just so that someone solves it and lets us know the solution.

So, what is the best solution anyone’s reached so far?  

It’s not any of the ones you read about online (except here, of course), it’s actually the Joe Brown Put-In.

If you were to leave Mammoth Hot Springs, the last warm waters heading north out of Yellowstone are at Boiling River, Just inches over the Wyoming-Montana state line.  Boiling River is at the top of Gardner Canyon.

If we drive down the canyon, not far, but too far to walk (about 10 or 15 miles), we come across a very good Home of Brown:

The Joe Brown Put-In!  Right on the side of the highway is the boat-launch officially known as the Joe Brown Put-In.  It’s at the bottom of Joe Brown Creek, and Joe Brown Trail - which go up Dome Mountain (Dome of Brown?).  

Right beside Joe Brown Creek is Slip N’ Slide Creek (slides and sliding is mentioned a few times in the book).  

Nearby:  Sliding Mtn East, Sliding Mtn. West, High Mtn.

So, if the Joe Brown Put-in is the Home of Brown, where is ‘no place for the meek?’  Well, we have two good candidates, one in either direction:  The Devil’s Slide on Cinnabar Mountain, and Sphinx, Montana.

The Devil’s Slide is a rock formation on the side of Cinnabar Mountain - and just so happens to be the exact place where Joe Meek was run off by Indians a couple hundred years ago.  Also, a place named after the Devil is nowhere meek people would go.  Plus the connection with death (end is ever drawing nigh).  Not coincidentally, the ghost town of Aldridge is right at the top of the Devil’s Slide.  Aldridge also has a cemetery (no place for the meek).  Next, we come across the town of Electric (heavy loads), which also has an old gravel pit (heavier loads) and was the power-station for all the local mines (heavy lodes).  And Beattie Gulch (gulch = precipitous cleft occupied by a torrent = water high).

Going the other way, if we were to actually ‘put in’ at Joe Brown’s, the very next thing we’d float past is Sphinx Mountain and Sphinx, Montana (no meek here).  The Sphinx is famous for being immortal (end is ever drawing nigh).  The next place we come across is Tom Miner Creek (no paddle, just a pick & shovel - up ‘your’ creek, the creek is named after someone).  Just heavy loads and water high…  Not 100 yards further, you pass an electrical station (heavy loads) and under the Tom Miner Creek Road Bridge (water high).

Possible Interpretations:

Put in - to enter a place, especially water/port/harbor, Joe Brown Boat Put-In,

In his book, FF says a map of the Gallatin National Forest once came in very handy - Joe Brown Creek is in it.  Joe Brown found gold in the 1800's near Bear Gulch (near Gardiner, MT) - it's right by Mammoth Hot Springs.  Lone Indian Peak nearby.  Rock Creek meters away (the location Meek was expelled from - but a different Rock Creek meeting a different fork of the Yellowstone - coincidence?).  Stouten Creek ends just downstream and on your left (no place for the meek - end is ever drawing nigh - no paddle up your creek).

Other Ideas...:

The Joe Brown Boat Launch and Put In is probably the most elegant solution out there for the Fenn Treasure.  Bar none.  It’s not perfect, but we haven’t seen anything better.  Yet.  

But, people have apparently checked all over and around the put-in itself, with no supposed luck.  So, the put-in doesn’t seem to be the location for the treasure.  But, it does seem to fit beautifully as one of the clues.  Perhaps even better than the Lamar Ranger Station.  So, don’t discount Joe Brown as the Brown from the ‘Home of Brown’.  Or, do so at your peril.  Plausible.

The Verdict:

Map of the Joe Brown Put-In, Sphinx, Montana, and Slip and Slide Creek area