This is a very long reply so I must ask your indulgence;
Jim, where have I ever stated that I, personally am any kind of an authority on the Peralta stones? If anything I have said quite the opposite, on several occasions. I am not offended by your blunt approach, so I hope you won't be offended by the same. Your own research has convinced you, and you presented a fair case in your article. To put it in simple terms, I am not convinced. That I am not convinced <or anyone else for that matter> should not preclude anyone
else from being convinced they are genuine, or of using them to search for treasures. I mean this - so what if any particular person says "it isn't so
" if you are persuaded it IS
so? It is not like they are trying to stop
you from pursuing the quest. I have a bigger problem with certain private clubs whom ARE trying to put a stop to all treasure hunting and all prospecting for that matter. Maybe you even heard about the movement they had some years ago, with the slogan "Mine Free by '93
"? That I have a real problem with.
Silent Hunter wrote
Thanks for the link Roy, but I was asking Tom if he could post the story in this thread. Not a link by someone else or you I could have done that.
Well it was done for the benefit of our readers, so that in case Tom could not or chose not to allow it to be reproduced here, they could easily read what we are talking about. I was not trying to answer FOR Tom, I am sure he can speak for himself. No offense intended, just thought it might help our readers understand what it being discussed.
silent hunter wrote:Roy I have seen with my own eyes the stone maps come alive!!!! I have stood at the spot of the author. I have also used several other maps that fit the same area.
You can take any one of the maps out there and adjust them too match up in any creek or canyon. But to be able to use several different maps in one area, is very difficult at best. I have spent alot of my time out there with many Dutch Hunters. We would pack in for days only to come to a horse head that only they could see, or a cave that ended up being nothing but erosion.
I had already followed maps made on coronados trip to Zuni. I followed them from Zuni to Four Peaks then into a creek, and was making my way to the same spot Jim found using the stone maps. I also used stone maps, they were just to large to bring, some the size of small cars LOL!!!!
That is what has made me so interested in Jim's interpretation of the Peralta Stones. The landmarks I look for at every site,. If you look at my Zuni maps you will always see a circle of stones marking a intersection within the great circle of trails.
I am glad that it worked for you, and still wish you the best of luck. I would love to hear about you striking it rich and finding that "pot-o-gold" so to speak.
What bothers me about all treasure maps is several things; for one, if it is in the 'public domain' as the stone maps are, what proof do we have that whatever treasure they may have led to hasn't already been found and removed? If not, why haven't any of those whom have used them, found it? There almost has to be something wrong with every treasure map, something that the creator(s) did purposely so as to protect it from the 'wrong' person finding it. If you can figure out what that key thing is, great - otherwise a person could spend a great deal of time on it without making progress. Life is short, and in my case I have limited amounts of time to spend on treasure hunting so have chosen to follow other methods in which I have more faith, like good old fashioned prospecting methods. After all, every single mine ever found, had to be found in some way, and most often it was found by prospecting in the first place. No matter how well hidden, nature erodes away ore deposits and this produces a 'trail' that can be followed.
Good luck and good hunting amigos, I hope you find the treasures that you seek - even if it was found by using the Peralta stones or Ruth's map.