Here’s one I actually hadn’t heard of — looking for Montezuma’s treasure in a Utah pond.
Producer Mike Wiest along with landowner Lon Child and a crew of filmmakers are setting out to tell the story of Three Lakes, Montezuma and the treasure hunters whose attempts of recovering the gold have been foiled.
The pond is surrounded by mystery, which is what Jubal Productions hopes to uncover.
“No one’s gone there yet. We’re only talking 140 feet away from shore,” Wiest said. “It’s so close, yet no one’s gotten there and no one’s ever documented it.”
Now, the production team is raising funds to send remote operated vehicles, particularly submarines carrying lights and cameras, into the cave. The ROVs are well-situated to high water pressure and immune to human fears of the supernatural that have impaired scuba divers in the past, Wiest said.
The footage is intended for a documentary about Montezuma’s treasure. The crew believes there is something there and that something, possibly supernatural, like the spirits of Aztec warriors, is protecting it. Wiest even mentions possibly sending in a scuba diving exorcist! Absurd.
Lost treasures always have a mist of mystery about them. Why are they lost? Why can’t we seem to find them when we know where they’re supposedly buried? Oh, yeah, it’s protected by a supernatural entity. How convenient. This story sounds remarkably like the search for the Lost Dutchman mine. It probably doesn’t exist but is a fanciful legend that has been sustained through repeated telling to hopeful treasure seekers.
People have long been in a frenzy to find the gold reported placed by The Aztecs who drained the pond (how?), buried the treasure in a chamber inside a rock face and then allowed the pond to fill up, blocking any access to the treasure. The mysterious treasure is said to worth up to $3 billion according to the legend. In 1989 Brandt Child, Lon Child’s father, bought the land and surrounding area and planned to have the lake drained. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service put a stop to his plan because an endangered species lived in the area: Snails.