Unsolved Mystery of the Beale Cipher
He then left a small box with a local Inn keeper named Robert Morris, before leaving town, never to be seen again. The contents of the box stills puzzle experts today.
The wagons are said to contain thousands of pounds of gold and silver bullion, and jewels.
The treasure was originally obtained by Beale while prospecting in Colorado in 1818, just one year before he allegedly buried the hoard. The loot many have searched for is said to be worth in the region of $100 million today.
Although, there seems to be no information on who the riches originally belonged to or where they came from before Beale discovered them, so that value may be far different than what the cipher claims.
Morris passed on the box containing the cipher to a friend before he died, that friend spent two decades of his life trying to decode the message in hopes of finding the riches the Beale Cipher apparently led to. He managed to decipher one line of text and discovered that the location of the Beale fortune was located somewhere in Bedford County, VA, USA.
Over the years, many have been arrested in groups and alone for trespassing and digging in the area. There was even one report of a woman that apparently dug up almost an entire cemetery at Mountain View Church in 1983 because she suspected Beale had hidden his riches there.
Another man believes the treasure is hidden in a mansion in Philadelphia, but after being denied access to search the property, his theory may never be answered.
Some people say they’ve cracked the code, but can’t access the area they believe it to be in, some say they’ve decoded a small part of the Beale Cipher, and some have attempted to search for it, but to no avail. Others claim it is simply an elaborate hoax and there is no buried treasure linked to Thomas Jefferson Beale.