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Buried treasure at Olde Town

TREASURE, THAT’S PIRATE STUFF! Well, maybe. Even though Indiana is several hundred miles away from the nearest ocean, there is a tale known by a few people about hidden money tucked away near the Olde Town battle site, near Adamsboro.

Indiana, as well as the entire Midwest, was controlled by the French prior to 1763. The French never settled the land like their English counterparts. Instead they built forts, ran trade routes, and sent missionaries. Whereas the English and Americans would never be on good terms with Native Americans, the French normally had a much better relationship, but not always.

The Native allies had become restless near present day St. Louis. The French answer was a pay off. A runner was sent form Kaskaskia to Marquis du Quesne at Montreal. Think of travel in the 1700s. No roads whatsoever, just paths through the dense forest. This runner had to cover more than 1,300 miles. As you can imagine, there was a substantial passage of time before they received the message in Montreal. Father Cardon was dispatched with four soldiers and four Indian guides to make the return trip. The sum of money being carried was $10,000 — a whole lot in the 1700s. You can imagine what came next.

Money has been a motivating factor in many devilish schemes hatched throughout time. The four soldiers wanted part of that money. Their plan was to kill the Father and split it. It seemed easy enough. With the lack of settlement, a murder and the eventual escape appeared feasible. Who was going to catch them? Father Cardon, however, uncovered the plot near Olde Town. He frustrated them by burying the money in a pot near the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek, on the north bank of Eel River. Now the soldiers needed him alive, at least until he provided them with the location of the money. He kept an accurate description of the place, intending to retrieve the money at a later date. Unfortunately the Father took sick. He returned to Montreal and eventually Europe, never to return to the Olde Town site again.

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