Forest Fenn treasure hunt
There's a small chest hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains containing a $2 million fortune. Forrest Fenn, who lives in New Mexico, hid the chest, full of coins and antiquities, amid a battle with cancer, fearing he would not conquer the disease. He survived, and he's gotten to watch treasure hunters scramble to decode a poem which he created as a treasure map. Unfortunately, at least two deaths have been linked to the hunt.
Buffalo Bill Cody
He is perhaps one of the most legendary figures of the Old West. William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was born in the Iowa Territory in 1846. The showman made millions traveling around the country and Europe putting on a Wild West shows. He is also credited with founding the town that bears his name, Cody, Wyoming. He died in in Denver in 1917 and was buried on Lookout Mountain near Golden.
Posthumously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the Colorado woman was perhaps the state’s first celebrity. Born in Missouri, she relocated to Colorado when she was 18. She is well known for surviving the Titanic disaster and helping several other passengers get off the sinking ship, too. Her Denver home is now a museum.
The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 with state-of-art amenities at the time. The Estes Park icon inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and numerous tales of ghost sightings.
Born in Utah, Butch Cassidy came to Colorado in 1864 as a ranch hand. While living in Telluride, he and others robbed San Miguel Valley Bank, making off with over a half million dollars (adjusted for inflation). The Telluride robbery set off a series of crimes that Cassidy and his gang committed all over the region until his escape to South America. He died in 1908 during a standoff with Bolivian authorities.
Colorado State Home and Training School
Opened in the early 1900s with just a handful of patients, the Arvada facility quickly grew to having the capacity to care for nearly 1,000 patients. The State Home and Training School for Mental Defectives, as it was called in those days, closed for good in the early 90s. The facility was left abandoned for many years after its closure and became somewhat of a lore with neighborhood kids. In reality, the institution had a much darker history with several allegations of abuse and misconduct over its 80-year history.
He’s accused of an unspeakable crime, but what really happened may never be fully known. The story goes that Alferd Packer was leading five men on an expedition through the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the harsh winter months of 1873 when he killed all five and ate their flesh. He told authorities that one of his travel companions killed the men, but he was ultimately convicted of the crime. The conviction was eventually overturned. Researchers have questioned many elements of the story over the years.