In the early 1860s outlaws robbed a Pony Express rider carrying 40 lbs. of gold in saddlebags. The posse surprised them at their campsite on Fields Creek in Oregon, about 1 1/2 miles up the canyon, where a deep side canyon enters from the east, at the base of Alvord Mountain. Years later, one of the surviving bandits confessed on his deathbed that the gold was buried at the campsite, not far from the old Harvey Nance ranch house.
The Buried Gold of Swan Lake
After robbing several stagecoaches, running from Jacksonville, Oregon to California over the Siskiyou Mountains, one of the outlaws confessed that he had buried a huge cache of gold coins, in the dark of night, about 190 paces east from the back door of the old Swan Lake post office in Oregon, which served as a stagecoach stop on the route between Lakeview and Klamath Falls, in the 1800s.