History and Art to Interpret Forrest’s Poem

Here are some places to check out on the web followed by some commentary.  Placing the pictures in this blog is not allowed as the photos are copy written but just highlight and search and it will take you to some very photos.  I left the comments on the photos here for you to read.

1) Night falls around what was then Ranger Gary Brown’s home. Originally published in “Yellowstone Wildlife in Winter,” National Geographic magazine, November 1967
Today, this structure serves as the Lamar Ranger Station, which provides housing for the Lamar ranger and emergency visitor services. Built near the turn of the century, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

2)1883 Arthur Brown “Yellowstone” Watercolor Painting   $75,000 – $125,000

Photograph by William Albert Allard

3)Yellowstone National Park
With famous rivers like the Firehole, Madison, Gibbon, Slough Creek, Lamar, Gardner, Pebble Creek, Cache Creek, Hellroaring, Soda Butte, and of course the headwaters of the Yellowstone, our first national park offers anglers endless angling opportunites throughout the summer and fall.  for big lake browns that are in the process of “running up” to spawn later in November…More Yellowstone National Park Info

4)Big Blaze looking back to Big Brother (Alpha)

Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 were unprecedented in the history of the National Park Service

5)The photo below, taken in late September 1988 shows the fires smouldering in the Lamar. The valley shows no signs of the great fires today, but Specimen Ridge in the background will for a half century or more.
The fires of 1988 smouldering in the Lamar; The photo was taken at Rose Creek.

Copyright © Ralph Maughan.

The following have pictures and terms about cottonwoods as a blaze.  Very beautiful.

6)Kay Witherspoon 2007 “Autumn Embers ” 11″ x 14″ oil on Linen $2400Fall Foliage in British Columbia, Cariboo Region Fall Colour

7)The Cariboo Region in central British Columbia is ablaze with yellow cottonwoods in fall.

Chris Harris / Getty Images

Wish you could see pictures on this page.  It is worth seeing.

Top are three browns and the Rangers sometimes refer to the Valley as Brown Valley do to the large number of bears in the area. That makes four Browns.  But do any of these Browns lead us anywhere?

How about Brown trout? No. That would be any area from here to Alaska.  No help at all really.

How about a brown building?  Too many brown buildings in the mountains to be useful.

How about brown trout and brown buildings?  No help yet?

A clue to last over a hundred years something historical something that narrows down the search.

How about Ranger Gary A. Brown?  His home was in YNP that’s a good clue.

What else about Ranger Brown?  He was the assistant head director of the Yellowstone Nation Parks.  Oh, Fenn spent the best summers there in YNP.  Ranger Brown started a museum is Fenn into museums?  Yes, check out the Will Bill Cody Center in Cody just outside Yellowstone and not too far from Lamar Valley.

Any other Browns?   How about Arthur Brown he painted the watercolor of Mammoth Hot Springs.  It was appraised in Billings Montana not far from Yellowstone.  The painting itself has a very interesting history it may be fun to look it up if you’re a history buff.  The story even has some railroad history.

Years  writing,  a legacy at hand plus one maybe two million dollars in the mix would Fenn  just be writing junk?

How about the blaze is it the sun? No help.

Is it a sign on a tree?  This would be very helpful, but first where in the Rockys do we look.

Is it a wise person who finds the blaze or is it by study we find the blaze?  To keep from being left out of the chase I hope it is through study.

Any historical blaze around?  The 1988 Blaze in Yellowstone change the U.S. Forest Dept’s policies on Forest fires.  That’s historical.  It also came close to burning down Silver and Cooke City in the NE corner of YNP just missing the Roosevelt Hotel.  The fire started just north of Gary Brown’s home and it crossed the Lamar river  just down from Brown’s old home.

How about the wolf who lived there named Big Blaze oh and don’t forget Little Blaze.  The Lamar Valley wolf pack has lots of followers.  Check out Blaze the wolf in Yellowstone it is very cool.  He is no longer with us and that is sad.

Ok, you decide, have you heard of better clues?  Why not share them.  Is there anyone as redundant?  I keep finding clues that shout Yellowstone, Lamar Valley and Lamar Ranger Station.  If there were something that backs this up it is the lack of info about these clues.  No one is talking about these clues maybe because they are keeping the good ones to themselves.  I don’t blame them but I believe they are too late.

If you do find the treasure couldn’t you just take a picture on a dated news paper for the rest of us.  It would have saved me a lot of money on travel etc..  After all I love to chase things that I have some chance of catching.  Fenn knows but he ain’t talking.   Maybe my interpretation of his poem is much better than his.

6 thoughts on “History and Art to Interpret Forrest’s Poem”

  1. Really good work on this interpretation, Capt. Very sound. Question however: Do you think it’s so good that it has to have been it? If yes, why post anymore? This thing is done. Why devote any more time to this?

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    1. I will take this blog down May 30th. I am keeping the blog going until then as a good friend has asked me to leave it that long. Until then I will enjoyed maintaining the blog. this is all new and exciting stuff for me.
      The box shaped impression left in the hole was not natural it was the perfect size and shape and in the right place. I hoped to get some resolve. Now I must say I agree time to move on.

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  2. It is not sound statistical reasoning to conclude that the lone place that you concluded was “the spot” was in fact the right place and that the treasure had been removed. A statistician would want a list of possible solutions and would find a way to rank the entries on the list and would then begin the search at the highest ranked spot and work their way down. You’ve created a list of one, searched it, and implied that there are no other entries on the list and that therefore the treasure is gone. I am working on an entirely different solution that in my opinion is at least as convincing as yours as far it goes. I have yet to find “the blaze” so whether mine will end in the money or not remains to be seen. I am amazed at the number of synonyms “blaze” has!

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    1. John
      Right you are, to think that the poem couldn’t include other places is not sound. Down the river in the canyon where I first looked, I think is wrong, so there you go. Hope you get lucky. Hope a quantum-physics mathematician doesn’t get involved he’d have me go back just incase it was popping in and out of reality. lol

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  3. Why exactly did you disturb the impression left by the ‘box’? Seems to me that if it were there, you and the info you are giving, you would have left it for others to find and conclude as you did that it has been found …

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    1. Paul I should have left the impression just as I had found it. I was caught up in the moment and was hoping I would feel something just under the surface of the imprint. Looking back I don’t think leaving it untouched would prove anything; I could have reproduced an impression and no one would know the difference.

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