2 Girls 1 Podcast FORREST FENN

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Searching for the hidden treasure of Forrest Fenn

There's gold in them thar hills!


Matt Silverman

Internet Culture

Published May 13, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 12:46 pm CDT

There’s a box of treasure worth millions somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and a global online (and IRL) community is devoted to the search. The treasure was hidden by Forrest Fenn, a collector of antiquities and nature lover, who — after cancer threatened his life in the ’80s — decided to have some fun with the wealth he’d accumulated.

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He wrote a poem full of cryptic, geographic clues that are now a worldwide obsession. And while Fenn says seekers have gotten close, no one has uncovered the real fortune… yet. Entire families have uprooted their lives to join the hunt, and a fervent online community deciphers clues and poses new theories daily.

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This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk with Dal Neitzel, who documents the treasure hunt extensively online, and has become a key resource for all things Fenn. Neitzel shares his stories about meeting Fenn, the most plausible cartographic theories, the risks of treasure hunting (some seekers have died), and the scammers who try to trick Fenn out of his hidden fortunes.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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*First Published: May 13, 2019, 7:30 am CDT