A Millionaire Orchestrated An Elaborate Treasure Hunt (And It Was Just Found)

By | June 16, 2020

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After 10 years, Forrest Fenn's treasure has been found. (arstechnica.com)

Who hasn't dreamed of deciphering a cryptic map and discovering a hidden treasure chest worth millions of dollars? Of course, finding the riches would be amazing, but there is also something very alluring about the process—the thrill of the chase, if you will. The Thrill of the Chase is, in fact, the name of a book written by eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn that included a poem with enigmatic clues he claimed would lead a clever treasure seeker to a chest of gold and priceless artifacts. As it turns out, the story was true. Just last week, Forrest Fenn's treasure was finally found. Forrest Fenn's treasure was real after all.

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Forrest Fenn loved the American West. (snowbrains.com)

Who Is Forrest Fenn?

Forrest Fenn is an 89-year-old man who has led an eventful and adventurous life. A native of Texas, Fenn grew up exploring remnants of the Old West and learning stories of frontier America. As a young man, he served as a fighter pilot during Vietnam, where he flew 328 combat missions in the span of one year and earned the rank of major. Twice, his plane was shot down, but Fenn managed to escape unscathed and was awarded the Silver Star for his heroism. When he came home from the war, he opened an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico that specialized in Native American art and artifacts, amassing a vast fortune for himself.