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

  23 Responses to “Forrest Fenn’s Poem Line: Put in Below the Home of Brown”

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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.

  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. 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


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