Sneaky Pete's Permanent Address
In Nevada, United States
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The first coordinates of this Multi are after a winding curve so use caution when slowing down. Also when you make the turn, the dirt may be washed away at the edge of the road. You will may need a 4X4 to climb the first hill.
To get the full effect we recommend that you do this at night, also park at the second set of coordinates and walk the final leg.
Special thanks to anneke13, geobuford, MooseMob, otbfix, thumpertoo, and Vegas5 for all their support during this difficult time.
This is a story my neighbor told me, he heard it from his father when he was very young. It’s a story about a man named Jesse Clanton from Liberty County, Montana. In the year of 1864, on his 22nd birthday, with his new horse named Slow Leak headed west towards Nevada. It took him 3 months to make the trip, stopping in mining towns and camps to re-supply or earn a little cash. At one of these camps is when he earned the name that he’s best known by, “Sneaky Pete”. Pete seems to have been quite the lady’s man and when the miners were at work he had a reputation of visiting their cabins or tents and working on things that their wives felt needed fixin’. After word got out of his exploits the men of the camp gave Pete two options, he could leave either on his horse or on his back after swinging from the end of a rope. Pete quickly chose the more favorable option and quickly headed out for southern Nevada. Pete arrived near El Dorado canyon in the spring of 1866 with all the equipment that an enthusiastic prospector would need. As the tale was told to me, Pete met up with a Hekawi Indian named Oscar and his brother Little Stick (it is unclear how he got that name, and it’s probably for the best). The three of them set out exploring the canyon, periodically surfacing in the towns of Nelson and Pahrump. They say that Pete and his new partners finally found something in the mountains; the word was they rode into Pahrump and headed straight for the saloon. After some Redeye whiskey Pete’s lips started to loosen up. He started bragging about their big find; he said it was the biggest strike the valley has ever had. When asked for proof Pete reached into his pack and produced a gold nugget about the size of your fist he said that they figured they had about 90 pounds of gold that they had it hidden on the trail outside of town and they came in to celebrate. Pete also made it no secret that they were headed out first thing the next morning to Goldfield to file a claim. That seems to be where they made their unfortunate mistake. After about a month some of the town’s ladies of lax morals started to wonder why Pete hadn’t returned to town for more celebrating, they decided to telegraph Goldfield to see if they could help, the reply was not good, you see Pete never filed a claim. The Pahrump Sheriff gathered a few men and proceeded on the trail to Goldfield. Two days into the trip they found Pete, Oscar, Little Stick, and even Slow Leak massacred on the trail. The Sheriff and his men buried what they could find of old Pete and his friends along side the trail were they fell. It’s kinda strange but they never determined who or what committed the heinous act or if Pete truly found riches in the mountains. Some say he can still be seen roaming the area of his death looking for the gold they were carrying. A little odd tidbit, according to Hekawi Indian lore if someone is killed and they have unfinished business with the living or do not have family to morn the passing, their soul inhabits a serpent and will protect their grave forever.
Fair warning; if you go out trying to find Pete’s last known location and hope to find his gold. Keep your eyes and ears open for the sights and sounds of Pete and is Indian friends traveling on the trail to Goldfield.
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Last Updated: on 11/26/2013 6:24:00 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:24 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum