Mar 212013

Put in below the home of Brown.  That’s the sentence in the poem which seems to be one of the major keys for the finding of Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure.  It’s the eighth line in the poem:

As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

‘Put in’ could suggest the 1150 AD bronze chest, filled with over a million dollars worth of gold and jewels, was ‘put in’ ‘something.’  That instead of this poem line referring to the searcher, it is referring to the chest.  Many feel it is possible the treasure is concealed in a cave, stone crevice, or old mine.  It was ‘put in’ there (below the home of Brown (where you may be standing at this point?).

Assumingly, some feel it could also mean ‘put in’ a stream or creek.  For those who haven’t seen the latest Gadi Schwartz video, this seems to be what Gadi and Dal were thinking.  They are shown looking in a stream.  Or maybe they just liked the line on page 4 of the book which said, “My church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play.”  The dreams of finding the treasure are ‘in the mountains and along the ‘river bottoms’?

The term ‘put in’ can also imply a few other meanings. However, wherever the chest rests, the person who eventually discovers it will have also unearthed the meaning to ‘home of Brown.’

There is an interesting point to bring up here.  A few people are aware of the fur trapper Joe Meek and are following leads about him for the subsequent line of the poem, “From there it’s no place for the meek,…”

If meek refers to Joe Meek, and Brown refers to a proper name which needs capped (like Meek), then why didn’t Forrest capitalize meek?  Too obvious?  Or is Joe Meek proven wrong because Forrest doesn’t capitalize it?

I find it hard to decide.  I like the Joe Meek line of thinking, but it would seem ‘questionable’, because it isn’t capped, like Brown is; If Brown is capped for that reason?  I suppose this is one of the riddles.  Obviously, by capping Brown, Forrest is drawing attention to its importance, but why?  Does it refer to a proper name, place, or thing?

Thinking on that always gets me sidetracked, because since I can’t decide, I go back to the ‘put in’ and the fact Forrest could have put the treasure in a stream.  I don’t like thinking that!  But it does seem like a perfect place to hide a treasure, so that no one is going to just happen to come across it (unless you are looking for crayfish, which I actually do like to do with the kids..(wouldn’t the finding of a chest of gold instead of a crayfish be a surprise)!).

Plus, on page 137 of the book, Forrest mentions, “Bronze is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it won’t rust or deteriorate in any way.”  Now he was talking about the making and hiding of his bronze bells, but the chest is bronze, as well.

The thought of it being in a stream, even though I imagine a small one; one which ‘there’ll be no paddle up your creek’ because it is too shallow, has me looking for a good pair of waterproof boots.  Any suggestions? Lol…

Could the possibility it is hidden in a stream, also be a meaning behind, “Your effort will be worth the cold?”  To be searching in a stream certainly would get a bit cold after awhile.  But if you found the treasure, it would be worth it.  And to back up just a bit to the Meek line of ‘From there it’s no place for the meek.’  Psalms 37:11 says, ‘the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.’  However, the poem line says it is no place for the meek.  Could this imply ‘it is in the water?’ (not the land in which the meek will gain title)

There is one other thing about this ‘put in’ a stream possibility.  Although I would like to think ‘it’s not in a stream’, (for I don’t know why)…. I read the following sentence in a book Forrest mentioned in The Thrill of the Chase.  It is:

“To be suddenly connected through a rainbow arc of rod and run of line to something as purely wild as God’s own trout produces astonishment at the cellular level and, at least for a moment, blurs the border between man and nature.  It is a bond which renews itself time after time and is the addictive essence of the sport.”

Right before the poem, we all know it says, “So I wrote a poem containing nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure.”

Forrest loves to fish, if his ‘rainbow’ is that of the rod and line (like the above passage relates), at the end of his rainbow… a stream…..could be the treasure.

Darn, we might get wet fishing for gold!  Of course, it still might be in a nice, dry, warm, place on land.  Who knows?  Only Forrest.

Best of luck to all…..

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Another possible interpretation for the line of ‘put in below the home of Brown’.


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 March 21, 2013  Posted by  The Thrill of the Chase  Add comments

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  1. I think the original thought is that it’s under water. Once you’ve thought about it a while though, you start to realize water high can mean other things. Maybe it’s near a waterfall, but not in the water, near a water tower, maybe it’s saying you have to walk through the water to get to the other side. The chest has a wood liner and his love for antiquities comes to mind as a reason he might not want it soaking in water for 1000 years.

    As for Brown and meek. He says non fiction only has to be right 85% of the time. So I don’t think we can go by any grammar rules…especially when he’s told us that he is willing to bend when it comes to grammar. There is also some Browns that have to do with Yellowstone that I’ve had friends mention to me. One is Gary Brown who would have been a ranger in the park when Forrest frequented it as a child. His cabin is now the Lamar cabin where they do something with buffalo and teach classes I believe.

    • I wasn’t even thinking of water high in the above post yet…I would agree there is probably some more meaning to that. I was still on the ‘put in’… lol. Assuming Forrest was referring to putting the chest in something…which may or may not be the case…but if it did, and following that line of thought…..what could he put it in, in the rocky mountains? Cave, crevice, petrified tree, under a rock, stream, or so on?

      In looking for support for any possibility…..I found support for putting it in a stream….not that I wanted to…and I always know with interpretations, it all could be wrong. I don’t want to mislead anyone…only sharing my thoughts.

      The Brown and Meek situation is interesting. It’s possible meek hints at both. Thanks for the Brown ranger info… many Brown’s…..

  2. What about the Brown Construction Co. in Taos, NM. (Home of Brown).

  3. brown trout below El Vado Dam. “Home of the Brown Tout.”

  4. Entry point. Home of Brown and where warm waters halt. Warm waters halt during most season below a Damm. Swim on top fish for brown at bottom. Or Hot springs that flow into a cold river. This is entry.
    Final exit or find point is at the blaze. Bright place on rock where a rock slide cant cover it.

  5. its too far to walk. He has known the place for years. So quit thinking its only where an old man can walk. Its to far to walk for take a horse or boat. raft canoe.

    BUT WHAT IS IN THE WOOD. Maybe the tall pines.

  6. My interpretation is the treasure is NOT in NM., it’s in Wyoming. Below the home of Brown, could be Grizzly Bears, also where warm waters cease…The roads around Grebe lake where he used to fish, are closed for the winter….my guess is it’s up there!

  7. The visual thought that I get is it is hidden in a secret place that ONLY Forrest Fenn knows about. Think about that for a second. So the first place he states is a WATERFALL where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down not far but too far to walk. This waterfall is high enough that it takes the water into the Canyon down below it. So where around the bottum of the waterfall you want to look for a place thats incorporated to Brown Trout. Go into or around the Waterfall,you will be waist high to stacked Rocks that are big and heavy loaded stacked on top of each other. it is no place for the Meek,the waterfall has a cavern or cravause,look for a stand where the blaze is,the chest sits on top of it. Forrest Fenn has said himself that some people have come close to finding his treasure. Which Waterfall has this secret cavern in it or Cravause around it remains the question. I believe it is somewhere that has a vault like structure inside or around a waterfall. Pay attention to details. The waterfall is 5,000 feet above Sea level,it has’t do something with being close to water but not in water. The Mecanism to the poem is a WaterFall and what connects it to the treasure. I believe it will be found. It will be in a waterfall or around it and it’s a secret place where ONLY FORREST FENN KNOWS ABOUT IT.

    • I took that as the treasure is old to him since he’s had it for a while, but it will be new for who ever finds it, but i really hope you’re right on this one. That changes everything, you wouldn’t be digging for some chest but looking for a hidden entrance to a cavern.

  8. I have a few very good ideas of my own which I will not share. :-) But the line that says ,”And hint of riches new and old.” This is saying that there is more in this location then just his treasurer( new) but also there is other treasure(old). I honestly think he found the location of another hidden treasure but never told anyone about it ans put his own treasure there.

  9. It’s hard for me to believe he would put a valuable box worth what $25000.00 (without the treasure) in a river that would be under constant punishment from rocks, logs and any other debris flowing down stream. Bronze would seem to be a soft metal composed of copper and tin and could easily be destroyed by high water and the forces of nature in short order. If my effort will be worth the cold is in a river then why put in brave and in the wood?

  10. Eeeeehhhhwwww . . . . white lightnin’.

  11. Forrest was recently on TV saying it is NOT in a grave! He has also said on many occasions that he never said it was buried, period. Quit digging up historical site and tearing up public lands. He is 70+ years old. He did not hike into the wilderness with 42 pounds and dig a 3 foot hole!

  12. Don’t forget about trains and stations. Ma Brown ran the broading house at Scribner MT

  13. Wow, just found this page. I have thought so many off the same things as you posted. I really think this is going to be found soon. So much to read into, and so much to take in…Im ready to go look soon.I feel good about this…Thanks for your page.

  14. Best of luck to you Cynthia!

  15. Yellowstone, or near it. The place is dear to him. It is above 5,000 ft above sea level. •Highest Point: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)
    •Lowest Point: 5,282 ft / 1,610 m (Reese Creek)

  16. Forrest fenns treasure is in a hallowed out tree with
    A blaze or marking on the tree as he said
    “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
    Look quickly down, and your quest to cease.”
    ~ The Xiled One

  17. F.F’n: I hope we don’t have a Brown Out,…white lightnin’ is blazin’ RIGHT!:

  18. Fenn specifically said it is exposed to rain and snow and not in the water

  19. A ranger cabin is a structure and it seems like everyone is messing with his poem and not starting at the beginning.

  20. I like to think that Home of Brown is the home or Brown Trout and Put in is a fishing term for getting in the water. I truly doubt that a fisherman would use the term “home of Brown” and “Put in” and not be referring to Brown Trout…But I could be off base.

  21. “Put in” has always been a term I’ve heard as to when/where you put your skiv in a creek, river.

    • Not too far, but too far to walk…. then it says to “Put in” because you can’t walk there, you have to go by boat.

      • Also, I’m interpreting it as saying that maybe it’s just across the creek/river. It’s not too far, but in order to walk, you’d have to go very far to get across it.

        • Me…that was my thought as well…Further, home of Brown sounds like a fish hatchery to me. So put in below the fish hatchery, cross the river and go up a small tributary with a waterfall (water high). Further, it must be on public property…so a fish hatchery above 5000 feet on public property that raises Brown Trout (a non-native species that has been eliminated from many of the hatcheries and river systems). A correct interpretation of the starting point could really narrow down a search.

          • Also, the term nigh can mean “to the left”…it does not have to mean in close proximity…

            • “Just heavy loads and water high.” heavy loads to me means big rocks and water high is a waterfall. Therefore, the sentence: “There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high.” Is a clever way of saying leave your boat because you have to walk up the left side of the waterfall.

              • I just wanted to add something here as a few people I think missed something very important. In Fenn’s second book “Too Far To Walk” he mentions in the preface that to him, too far to walk is 10 miles. He later said in an interview that he didn’t realize that was published, as he thought he took that line out of the preface. He gave an unintentional hint in the book.

                But he also states that sometimes he purposely messes with people. Like when he said it is at least 300 miles West of Toledo. Someone asked if he meant Toledo KS or Toledo OH, and he said Ohio. Well, that’s kinda obvious as it is some 600 miles from Toledo to even make it into the mountain range states where he said the treasure may be.

                Also, people talk about him lugging up this heavy 42 pound box. He said himself that he made two trips from his car, in one day, to hide the treasure. He said he first took the box, then went back to his car, and came back later that day with the contents of the box.

                As he said before “If you find it, it will be intentional, and it will be because you followed the clues.”

                Personally, I think it’s near a big trout fishing hole somewhere near Silverton Colorado. As There is a meek creek some 15 miles north of silverton, and Silverton was once known as the brown are due to the high influx of prostitution etc near Blair street, etc…. BUT, I could be completely wrong on my theory.

                I know this: a lot of people will lose their minds looking for his treasure. (On a side note, he recently said in an interview in February of this year that his clue about the box being wet isn’t really a hint at all. He said “It’s in the rocky mountains. You could bury something 6ft underground and it’d still be wet. It’s not a clue about water at all.”) Just something to ponder!

                • One other thing. He said at another time that the BLAZE he is referring to can be seen at night with a flashlight…. has a ton of stuff on this, as they talk to him quite frequently and he usually does his interviews with these guys. They have spent literally years trying to find it and haven’t been successful. He did say that one of the guys came within 200 feet of the box, but he wouldn’t say which one.

    • Hi Me
      I do believe you are right…about put in…a boating and aviation term. But didn’t forrest say he walked in with the treasure? Could that mean in involved some walking…..He kidded about a bike too, at one point. Lots of questions. I think if he used a horse and horse trailer to get near to his spot. It would of brought too much attention to himself….Someone would of said “Oh Yes Forrest came and got a horse and was gone locally for a day or two….around this time.”..So I say….No to horse….
      From everything I have gathering in the last few years. I think its up a small creek….not on a human trail and most likely 200 feet or so off a main road and or trail.

      Just my thoughts…Lou Lee Bear

  22. pOST HIGh

  23. below the house of brown.og. Brown is a name he respects. the cheif say don’t bother the house of brown. the brown family has been around way before this guy. witch became his play ground of artifacts and gold. daniel brown was actually mr. fenns friend. he says put in at the house of brown then thats where i would start down the canyon. he refers of the fire. if you find the fire look down. well if he refers to the sun risesing at the time of day and shinning on the mountain that glimmers and looks like a flame. but you would have to be ther just at the right time of day. good luck with that.

  24. I seen a post on facebook about Fenn’s Treasure Hunt and I took a look at the poem. It was very interesting, so I decided to do some research on this guy and this hidden treasures worth millions. I started to decipher the poem and didn’t want to think to far outside the box and remember this guy was at least 80 years of age when He hide the treasure. I have my theory. I’m new to this poem as of Today. I have no time to travel, plus I’m not a water person or a Hunter. I am more than willing to to give my theory to anyone whom is interested.

  25. His rainbow probably refers to trout so I would start by finding where he liked to go trout fishing

    • Many have thought its all about the connection with fishing. Could be…Rainbow, Brown. We don’t know for sure. He fished Gallatin, Madison, All rivers in Yellowstone…Lakes etc….I feel like if I could spend a whole summer devoted to hunting, I could figure it all out. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent, in the past few years on this, but it is much; Reading old maps, books and more books. Charts, water ways, divides, canyons, everything under the sun…..Wishing for the perfect solution!
      The perfect clue or sign leading the way…..

      Lou Lee Belle,

      Modern Day Miner, Treasure Prospector, chased by Brown Bears in Jellystone Park and lived to tell the tale, from Whoville :)

  26. I plan on going this June (2015). Anyone who thinks they know where it is email me. I’ll give you half if you successfully help me. I’ll need money for supplies and so I know you’re not throwing darts at a board. jabutus(a) (replace (a) with @.) I wrote it that way so Web crawlers don’t find me.

  27. The treasure is in a river / river bank. You must wade upstream from the boat “put in”…..and wading upstream in strong current is certainly “heavy loads” against you body as well as “water high”.
    It is from this view – out in the river looking back at the bank…(that a fly fisherman can relate to)… that you will be able to see the “blaze”. It will be quite “cold” because you must search in winter when the water level in the river is low enough to expose the blaze & treasure.
    See the poem titled: In The Wood by H.E.Clarke. It describes a journey that ends in winter. Fenn’s clue “if you are in the wood” – means if you are there in winter time……and early morning when the first light beams into the canyon with a “halo” like glow, (again taken from the Clarke poem)….That is the “BLAZE”. (so your search must be on an early winter morning with no clouds…sunlight must create the blaze as well as shine though the water to give you a glimpse of the chest. Fenn says don’t “tarry”, because you will be wet from reaching down into the water to grab the chest – and you must rush back to your vehicle before you freeze.)

    That’s the way it is…………….unless I’m completely wrong – and in that case, Never Mind!

  28. Home of Brown could be Brown House Pottery and Lodging in Montana

    I think the creeks in the area start and stop, so “There’ll be no paddle up your creek”. There are dams and reservoirs in the area, where warm waters halt Lots of canyons..

    Sorry, never been there. Follow the rainbow.

  29. i think someone should go to trappers lake colorado ill bet why life on it. if i had the money id go get it myself..good luck to you all

  30. hi

  31. Well, we all seem to have found our “treasure” just as Fenn would like us to do. Adventures in the outdoors, being with family or friends. I truly believe that the actual treasure, the one he hid, has been found and that that person has kept it quiet as so not to ruin the adventure for all that it has inspired or will inspire.

    If it has not been found, would hope that everyone enjoys the thrill.

  32. I think the treasure is in Wyoming, in the Medicine Bow Park because, in his latest interview, he said it is W. of Cleveland and N. of Santa Fe. The longitude and lattitude lines meet at Browns Peak in the park. There is a canyon with a road that goes along the rim and down into the canyon. He also said the tresure is above 5000 feet and below 10,200. There are elevations in this specific area that are EXACTLY 10,200 feet, narrowing down the area considerably. This is the one place that has all the clues.

  33. oh!!!! so close but yet so far. your thinking right, but wrong conclusion. try this line of thinking. FF said in an interview with the daily beast that the chest was “exposed” to rain, snow and could be scored by fire.
    also he said, it can be safe from mud slides, floods, earthquakes and “I can not think of any better place for my bones to rest for a few millennia”.( yes that’s the exact spelling ) so if a chest or any object can last and be safe for that long a time period! why would you think that a “ranger station” would last or stay in the same place. a millenium ago the USA wasn’t even founded, names and place of cities roads and even yes mountains and canyons have change names even in the pass 200 years.
    Not saying that the poem is not giving you directions to the chest, but reading it like a road map is the wrong approach. in my humble opinion, anyways. so in conclusion if some one was to search for the trove 1000, 2000 or more years from now why would it be at Mr. Browns home? Hell … Rome is not the same Rome of 2000 years ago

  34. Seeker ….can you show me the link that says that? because I can’t find it. I mean actual words. Not interpreted meaning.

  35. Thank you, somebody had to say it! Everyone is so caught up in it being the ranger station. I doubted that from the moment I read it because like you said, the building isn’t permanent and isn’t capable of enduring all those disasters…. I have an idea of what “home of Brown” refers to, but I am not ready to let that slip as of yet…

  36. Iron Will…it was a columnist that said Forrest told him the chest was “exposed”

  37. still hidden someplace and fenn said need a flash light to find it so that cant be the box out in the open.


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