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Trabuco's Lost Gold

In the early 1930s, Leon Trabuco, a Mexican millionaire arranged several mysterious flights. Some say the flight was an attempt to hide his gold in order to wait for the selling price to rise. But unfortunately, before successfully selling the gold, a few years later Trabuco was found dead with a mysterious condition. The gold location was lost along with Trabuco's life.

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In 1933, Trabuco and four other men bought up much of Mexico's gold reserves to resell in the United States. Leon believed he could use the Great Depression of the United States to increase his fortune. Convinced the United States would soon devalue the dollar and that gold prices would skyrocket.

At a makeshift Mexican foundry, gold coins and jewelry were melted down and cast into ingots. In less than 3 months, he and the partners had collected almost 16 tons of solid gold.

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However, the chance to make huge profits carried huge risks. The gold had to be smuggled into the United States. If the men were caught, they faced long prison terms.

Trabuco searched for a safe place to bury the illegal treasure. In the heat of the summer, he hired a pilot named Red Moiser to make several covert flights into the New Mexico desert for Trabuco.

It is believed that Trabuco chose a region near the Ute and Navajo Indian Reservations in New Mexico. Red Moiser allegedly made 16 flights, carrying one ton of gold each time. Pick up trucks then transported it to a secret burial site. Trabuco never revealed the location to his co-conspirators, and he never made a map. Records indicate that the final shipment was delivered on July 14, 1933.

When the Gold Reserve Act of 1934 passed, the price of gold soared, but instead they waited for prices to soar higher. The group decided not to sell the gold, hoping the price would go even higher. But they were not aware of an executive order related to the Gold Act. It declared that after January 1934, private ownership of gold within the US was illegal. and Trabuco was unable to cash in on his scheme.

The gold seemed to bring bad luck, Trabuco was unable to sell the now illegal gold. Within five years, three of the partners had died untimely deaths. When Trabuco died, he took the location of the gold to the grave.

Treasure hunter named Ed Foster has searched for Trabuco's Treasure in the desert around Farmington, New Mexico for over 35 years. He is convinced that he found the 1933 landing strip used by Red Moiser at a plateau called Conger Mesa. He has spoken with a Native American lady and Navajo woman who was six years old in 1933 who both recalled a plane that would land and take-off from there.

Around 20 west of the Mesa, near an old Navajo home, stands a building unlike any other on the reservation. Ed believes it was built by men Trabuco hired to guard the gold.

Ed also found another intriguing clue: a date and some words etched in the face of a stone outcropping. He calls it Shrine Rock, and believes it may be the key to finding Trabuco’s treasure. It reads: “1933 16 ton.”

A triangle of land was formed with the corner being , a landing strip, a house and the Shrine Rock. Ed believes the gold could be hidden away somewhere in the vicinity of these three points.

But still he had no luck finding a single Trabuco gold using a metal detector over the years. Another Treasure hunter Norman Scott believes that with available technology, it is only a matter of time before it is discovered.

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