King Montezuma’s Aztec Gold (Lost Treasure)
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 there 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, as 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 to claim the immense wealth, but the riches were gone and the room was empty. However, 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 treasure, but not a single one of them cracked.
Since then, a couple of credible discoveries have been made as to the whereabouts of Montezuma’s treasure, one being a map which was stolen from Mexico City. It allegedly 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.
The Aztecs may have used a strategy called a “Water Trap” to hide gold and jewels, this involved digging an underwater tunnel horizontally then vertically into a cavern, allowing a newly made secret room to be above water level, but inaccessible and invisible without going under the water. Some say Aztecs may have drained the lake to dig the water trap and then flooded it, others suggest they used a similar strategy to dig a secret passage, then created a lake by flooding. The Aztec warriors 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 a suspected area which had a lake on the property, 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. 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 they did, a mysterious event occurred 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 by an invisible force. There was no shortage of new divers willing to undertake the challenge of uncovering whether or not the 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 Wildlife Federation refused to allow this. They informed the treasure hunters that the 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 for the death of a single snail. The Aztecs used a golden snail in their religious rituals and there’s a theory that the Aztecs planted these snails where they hid King Montezuma’s gold, so it restricted access to the 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…
According to Child, there were lumps of solid gold in the soil, so they decided to lower a camera down into the cavern to get a better look at what was in there. They saw a statue in the shadows and a mound of materials, but it was too dark to make out exactly what they were looking at. What’s more interesting is that one of the men on the site spotted an Indian holding a spear on top of a nearby mountain, looking down on them.
Not willing to give up, they persisted to find the truth of what laid in the dark cavern. To get any further with their search, they required a larger drill to gain full access. After setting everything up, 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 because 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.
Legend states 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 one of the richest gold caches in history. Today’s value? It’s estimated to be worth between $3-4 billion. No matter how much it is worth, it seems impossible to access. Could they of woken an army of Aztec warriors who were assigned to protect Montezuma’s treasure?