Woman claims she’s solved Forrest Fenn riddle

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 6:00 pm | Updated: 11:51 am, Wed Feb 25, 2015.

Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure sends searchers on a spiritual journey that should renew their faith and open their hearts to a larger life, according to a North Carolina woman who claims to have solved the local writer’s famous poem.

Pam Shetron, who has published her interpretation of Fenn’s poem on a website, said Fenn is a hero and has cleverly taught people about faith and what’s important in life — that the search, the friendships and the path are more important than money and physical riches. She said the poem leads to the Christ of the Mines Shrine in Silverton, Colo., but there is no treasure box at that location — just silent, peaceful spirituality.

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  • Pamela Shetron posted at 8:00 am on Wed, Apr 22, 2015.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    Again, Mail Mouse, I would check your source of information. It is my understanding Mr. Fenn did not receive any profit from the sales of his book "The Thrill of The Chase."


  • Pamela Shetron posted at 7:52 am on Wed, Apr 22, 2015.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    Mail Mouse,
    My research came from various sources which I assure you are correct. One source is a native Silverton resident in his 80's. He provided me with a wealth of information. The kind of information you can't find on a Google search or Google Earth.
    I encourage you to check and recheck what you are claiming to be false information. I think you will find I am correct in my statements.
    My explanation on "the treasure chest is wet" is a moot point.


  • Mail Mouse posted at 3:20 pm on Tue, Apr 21, 2015.

    Hero Posts: 2

    I think he just came up with a genius idea to sell a ton of books. Came up with a witty poem that could take people to a thousand different locations around the Rocky Mountains. Forrest got the attention he wanted along with profits.

  • Mail Mouse posted at 3:09 pm on Tue, Apr 21, 2015.

    Hero Posts: 2

    Home of the Brown = brown gravy (Sounds like a huge stretch) BTW its very unnaturally polluted from acid mine runoff (human created) and there is no historical reference of it being called "Brown Gravy". Even if that was the case the home of the brown gravy is the Ross Basin (15+ miles away) where Cement Creek begins. I've never heard anyone refer to the end of creek/river as its home.

    The train depot is on 10th street and you have to walk by 4 other streets before reaching Blair st. or close to the middle of town.

    What reference did you find for "put in" being a military term for stop/halt? The "put in" you refer to is also the end of the line for that railway so i'd find it extremely odd to be called a "put in" by any stretch of the English language.

    The last street before the shrine is 15th street, you walk over it on the trail from 10th street that turns into Keystone street.

    Bluff street = river bluffs? Bluff street is in reference to the rocky outcropping west of town with a couple dozen old mining scars on it. Has nothing to do with a river as the only river is the Animas south of town.

    So whats your explanation of the "treasure chest is wet"?

  • Pamela Shetron posted at 5:21 pm on Fri, Mar 20, 2015.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    Hi Gadi,
    I'm certain if you covered this story and became updated on the facts, you may change your opinion.


  • Gadi Schwartz posted at 12:18 pm on Fri, Mar 20, 2015.

    Gadi Posts: 1

    My opinion, wrong state.

  • Barbara Truax-Richards posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Mar 18, 2015.

    basha0810 Posts: 4

    This story was WAY too long.

  • anyone posted at 7:21 pm on Fri, Mar 13, 2015.

    anyone Posts: 22

    "Woman claims she’s solved Forrest Fenn riddle"

    ie., "Woman could not solve riddle. Made up a bunch of stuff instead."
    It's all good though as long as she had fun, visited new places, and learned new things.

  • Pamela Shetron posted at 2:47 pm on Sun, Oct 19, 2014.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    @Desertphile - If I had a $100 for everyone who claimed they have found the treasure, I would throw a party celebrating the spirit of the Chase and those who enjoyed it!!

  • Pamela Shetron posted at 2:42 pm on Sun, Oct 19, 2014.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    @ James Wilson - We are each given 86,400 seconds every day. I found it interesting you chose to spend some of your allotted time mocking a well respected and talented journalist. TTOTC may not be for everyone, however, most everyone in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas have benefited. Since the launch of Forrest Fenn's books (TTOTC & Too Far to Walk), tourism has skyrocketed and local business are flourishing.

    If this story by Bruce didn't peek your interest, perhaps my anticipated documentary will. If not, you can always spend your time at The Plaza checking on that ant hill you spoke of.

  • James Wilson posted at 10:55 am on Sat, Oct 18, 2014.

    Thank you Masked Man Posts: 114

    Way to "fill up the page", Bruce. There's a new ant hill forming, just off the plaza. Perhaps a 3-part series?

  • David Rice posted at 8:50 pm on Wed, Oct 15, 2014.

    Desertphile Posts: 9

    I wish I had $100 for every time someone has told me they solved the clues and know where the treasure is.

  • Walt Disney posted at 10:36 am on Fri, Jul 25, 2014.

    Waltdisney Posts: 1

    Hey Forrest, still looking. I can't begin to even guess it's exact value, but it has to be worth alot. But, nice to know where others are in the process.

  • Pamela Shetron posted at 1:31 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    awhisperer Posts: 6

    I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding my solve. Please email me at pamela@awhisperer.com or visit my blog at www.awhisperer.com Thanks! Pam

  • tofi2 posted at 1:07 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    tofi2 Posts: 2

    interesting deductions ... but I do not think she is on the right trail ... or she would have the treasure

  • David Rice posted at 11:33 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Desertphile Posts: 9

    I wish I had $100 for every time I've heard about someone who "knows where the Fenn treasure is."

  • David Rice posted at 11:30 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Desertphile Posts: 9


  • Andrew Lucero posted at 5:48 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 286

    Soooo, in other words, she didn't find it....I tell you what, if you really want to know where Mr. Fenn's treasure is, here is a hint -- Look no further than his bank account!


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