cubfan64 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:23 pmRyan - thanks for continuing your story. I swore I wasn't going to interrupt until the end but I just want a quick clarification of where we are right now based on your previous posts. Please take a look at my takeaway and let me know if I'm on the same page as you or not...
1. The stone maps that we know from the Life Magazine as well as museum were created completely from beginning to end by Travis using the "Ground" and "Barn" maps as some sort of guides - not reproductions of those maps per se. but with some basis.
2. The small grey stone (key stone) fits inside another set of stones that have nothing to do with nor do they resemble at all the stone maps Travis carved.
3. You believe the grey stone set of maps was the set of stones mentioned in the newspaper account of Grijalva
4. You believe the grey stone set of maps is the set of maps purchased from Charlie Miller by Travis for ~$8000 - or at least those are the stones Travis wanted to purchase
5. I'm not sure about this part, so correct me if I'm wrong... You believe based on Travis' manuscript that Charlie Miller and someone else discovered those grey stone maps in Roy Bradford's old camp shortly before he died and that the grey stone maps were in the possession of Adolph Ruth at some point.
Let me know if I interpreted things correctly so far...
Thank you for your intelligent and respectful questions. I always look forward to intelligent dialogue - as it is absolutely the best way to communicate and get to the bottom of things.
1. I have not found any reason to believe the stone maps in LIFE Magazine, nor the museum, ever touched the hands of Travis Tumlinson. The textual based carvings, as well as the remainder of all the other carvings, do not represent the artistic ability nor style of Travis Tumlinson. Key reference here is "The Lobo Stone". That is the last known carving of Travis Tumlinson on July 7, 1960. I believe the stones in LIFE to be reproductions made by Clarence Mitchell as the most likely source. Whether Mr. Mitchell commissioned those stones to be made, or did them himself, I do not know. I feel the same about the the stones in the museum. In one of the videos I made, years ago, after being given access to the stones with the case removed ( Thank you George! R.I.P ) I would compare the stones in the museum to the stones in LIFE Magazine and was able to present striking differences. Further - D.A. investigated the museum stones throughly and I agree with their professional opinion that they were modern day creations.
2. Yes, that is correct. And further expanded, the key stone has nothing to do with the stones in the museum nor LIFE Magazine.
3. According to the article published by the Phoenix Daily Herald on Oct 4, 1887 - Rafael Grijalva is noted to have only 1 stone, not a set as you mention in your question. The description is that it is a smooth, square stone bearing letters and figures. One could possibly argue the point that Mr. Grijalva came into Phoenix with more than one, and only chose to talk about one - but that is conjecture.
4. When I described Charlie Miller and the great odds of Travis purchasing a collection of stone maps from him, this is what I wrote as part of this thread.
"After years of research – contemplation – talks with the family and Lynda – all signs point to Charlie Miller being the originator of the Stone Maps, or recovered them from the tunnel that Travis mentioned. It is my belief that these are the small grey stones that I have frequently mentioned..."
I have a collection of photographs of a series of stone maps, that are grey, and those are the stones that I believe were the result of the $8,000+ transaction. I will also offer to the community that stone maps were popping up everywhere. Whether it be the Latin Heart, Bilbrey Crosses, etc. Is it possible Travis got scammed? Perhaps, but unlikely.
5. According to the writings of Travis in CFSG, Travis worked with Charlie Miller very early on, by recommendation of Rhodes Wilson, a childhood friend of Robert Tumlinson. Due to greed of Robert Tumlinson, he suggested that Charlie Miller be fired as a way to have one less person involved in their financial split of possible treasure recovery. This also aligns with the telegram that was sent, among many other things in which I will touch on in a later post, including another telegram in which I hope to be able to post here on DUSA. Further, it was Charlie Miller and Rhodes Wilson that went into a the tunnel, after being given the "go-ahead" from Mr. Bradford. The ultimate answer to your question is yes.