Karl Steinheimer's Lost Treasure

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In my continuing efforts to prove my worth to this wonderful treasure hunting site and fulfill all requirements for the privilege of posting here, I present this as a very interesting and powerful lead for a near legendary treasure...Proceed at your own risk  [round]

Although several searches have been made for this fabulous treasure, no report of its being found can be learned.

Karl Steinheimer, according to the most accepted version of the story, ran away from his home in Germany at an early age and became a seaman. Among the pirate commanders he served was one Luis de Aury. This much is recorded history: Luis de Aury, slave smuggler and privateer, was made civil and military governor of Texas in 1816. He is said to have taken Steinheimer with him and placed him in charge of slave runners. When de Aury and Steinheimer fell out a few years later, Steinheimer drifted around Mexico and finally became involved in mining ventures that produced a sizeable fortune for him.

When Steinheimer learned, in some unexplained manner, that the childhood sweetheart he had left in Germany was in St. Louis, and unmarried, he was determined to see her. Terminating his affairs in Mexico, he packed his gold and silver on 10 mules and with two Mexican companions, started north for Texas. In San Antonio, Steinheimer debated about the danger of continuing through the hostile Indian country, but after a delay of a few weeks, the party set out, avoiding all trails and picking their way through the little-known country.

Reaching the place where three small streams joined to form a single river (Three Forks), Steinheimer decided that his luck might run out. Taking no chances, he unpacked the treasure and buried all of it here except one small sack of gold, which he kept for expenses. In an oak tree, some 50 feet away from the burial site, he drove a large brass spike to mark the spot. Turning the pack animals loose, the three men set out on their horses, heading in a southeasterly direction.

After some 15 miles of travel, the party came to a group of hills rising from the broad prairie. While resting here, the three men were suddenly attacked by Indians and Steinheimers two companions were immediately killed. Badly wounded, the German found concealment in some brush atop one of the hills, where he buried his remaining gold with the exception of six Spanish coins.

During the fight the horses had bolted and Steinheimer was now afoot in a strange and Indian infested land. Wandering northward, Steinheimer was finally overtaken by a party of friendly strangers, but his wound was critical and he knew he was going to die.

Steinheimer dictated a letter to his sweetheart in which he related his experiences and the location of the treasure. This he gave to one of the men in the party and secured a promise that it would be delivered to the girl in St. Louis. Shortly afterward, and at an unknown place, Karl Steinheimer died.

In due time the letter was delivered in St. Louis, but for some unexplained reason, it was a number of years before relative s of the girl made a search for the brass spike driven into an oak tree and marking the burial place of a vast fortune. No treasure was found, but the conclusion was drawn that the three streams referred to in the letter were the Nolan, Lampasas, and the Leon, which unite not far from what became the town of Belton to form what is now the Little River.

Here must lie the vast fortune. In consequence, it is decided that the smaller parcel of gold could not be over two or three miles from the town of Rogers in Bell County, as near it are the Knobs, a small bunch of hills lying between the Santa Fe and the Katy railroads at about the charted distance from the three forks, in Falls County, Texas.

No evidence exists that any part of Steinheimers wealth was ever found. Research has proven that Karl Steinheimer did exist and accumulated a fortune through slave-running and mining, and was killed by Indians after hiding his fortune. The only problems in searching for this cache, sine it is not on State or Government owned land, are the heat and the rugged terrain. But ten mule loads of treasure (not an unusual amount for Steinheimer to have accumulated in those days of free mining in Mexico) worth approximately $1,000,000 today, is well worth the effort in searching.

Let the race to the treasure begin!!

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Hello therandyman

Thank you for the interesting story. I  have not heard that legend before.

Hardluck  [great]

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Somebody saddle my horse... ;D

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Hello therandyman

Are you intending to search for it?


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I wonder how many people have been out there searching for it already?

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Richard Ray:
My father and I looked for it, found it impossible and gave up. However, it's pretty country .. I spent plenty of time sitting on the side of a hill while he searched...
   Richard Ray

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Glad you had a good time out in God's country!

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Ridge Runner:
Therandyman , I enjoyed that and i was gettin pictures in my mind, I can a good reason to go there jus needs about 10 of ya to grid the area . I'd go just for the adventure even if all i did was flatten batteries fer a month or two
thanks fer that

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I'd sure like to see a copy of the letter / map that was sent to Marie Nicole.... something tells me the details of that story are not exactly right otherwise she would have found the treasure.  I live in the area the story is speaking of and have my own theory but this is something that I just started researching so time will tell.

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Nice=LET'S GO=  thanks [wise]

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