King Montezuma’s Aztec Gold
King Montezuma’s Aztec Gold
Although the Aztecs were renowned for their ruthless cruelty, and mass blood sacrifice, they initially welcomed Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés, into their world. It had been prophesied that a white god would appear in 1519, and here he was, standing before the Aztecs. Cortés wanted to seek gold, and the obliging Aztecs led their new “god” straight to their treasury.
The conquistadors were staggered, and it was stated that all the richest of the world were to be found in that room. It didn’t take long for hostility to break out, and the Spanish killed King Montezuma. They went straight to his treasure room, but the riches were gone and the room was empty. But, Cortés and his men were not going to give up that easily. They hadn’t traveled that far and battled to give up on the biggest hoard they’d ever laid eyes on. They tortured the Aztecs to try and discover the whereabouts of the hoard, but not a single Aztec cracked.
Since then, a couple of credible discoveries have been made, one being a map which was stolen from Mexico City which suggested it led straight to the treasure in a sealed off mountain in Utah. An entire community closed up shop and took to the mountain to try and uncover the treasure, but they were unsuccessful in their search.
It is said the Aztecs may have used a strategy called a “Water Trap” to hide the gold and jewels, this is a strategy of digging an underwater tunnel let digging up into a cavern so the secret room is above water level. Some say Aztecs may have drained the lake to dig the water trap and then flooded it, others suggest the lake was not a lake when they arrived to hide Montezuma’s gold, and they created it by flooding. They then killed each other where they stood so their spirits could protect King Montezuma’s gold for all eternity. This theory provoked a family to purchase and search the suspected area and lake in hopes of uncovering a secret passage to the water trap and the treasure itself, but all have failed to locate the treasure, and most only find tragedy.
The location of Montezuma’s Aztec Gold is unknown but, many believe it is hidden under, or adjacent to, the pond on the Three Lakes Ranch, Utah. The Three Lakes Ranch is privately owned by the Child family and has been for over 30 years. Their father purchased it for $1,500 after suspecting the gold may have been hidden there. In 1999, the family searched for the gold, but at the start, none were successful. A professional dive team from San Francisco, California were even hired, and took over $100,000 worth of equipment to the lake but each time, a mysterious event occurs which stopped their exploration.
The divers would experience constant equipment malfunctions, which they could not offer an explanation for. Further more, after entering the lake, divers would scream and claim to see ghostly figures as well as being choked under the water. There was no shortage of new divers willing to undertake the challenge of uncovering whether or not the adjacent cavern was accessible from under the lake, but each time a diver entered the lake, a similar event occurred. Every single dive ended in failure. Later, it was decided that they would drain the lake, but the federal government refused to allow this. They informed him his lake was home to a critically endangered sub-species, the Kanab Ambersnail, and killing just one of these snails would earn a fine of $25,000, although some reports claim it was $50,000. The Aztecs used a golden snail in their religious rituals and there’s a theory that the Aztecs planted one of these snails where they planted King Montezuma’s gold so it restricted access to the gold via the lake/water trap.
With the lake approach not being an option anymore, Child decided to drill directly into the cavern which was set just off the lake. They drilled a 4 inch wide hole into the top of the cavern, and when they pulled the drill out, they were stunned…
There were lumps of solid gold in the soil. You can imagine their amazement. They decided to lower a camera down into the cavern to get a better look at what was in there, again, they were staggered. They saw a statue and a mound of materials, but it was too dark to make them out. What’s more interesting is that one of the men on the site spotted an Indian, with a spear, stood on top of a mountain looking down on them, but at a second glance, they were gone. Could they of woken an army of Aztec warriors who were assigned to protect Montezuma’s treasure?
They required a larger drill to gain full access to the cavern. The driller went home that night and mysteriously died of a heart attack. Three weeks later, his wife died, too. His drilling rig still sits on top of the cavern, his brother refuses to come and pick it up. In Sept 2002, Child died in a traffic accident, which was in itself, mysterious. He hit a horse in the canyon, but it is believed to be related to the curse which was cast upon the gold by the ancient Aztecs.
It is said that the treasure belongs to the native american people who are direct descendants of the Aztecs, and one day the chosen one will come and pick it up. Montezuma’s Aztec Gold is considered to be the richest cache of gold. Today’s value? It’s estimated to be worth over $3 billion.
What do you think about the story of Montezuma’s treasure? Do you think it is on the Child estate or do you think it is hidden far away in another location? Let us know in the comments below.
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