Adirondack Mountain Treasure

By Gerald T. Ahnert
From page 24 of the October, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © October, 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Hunters sometimes find more than they were hunting for. Long ago in northern New York's Adirondack Mountains, a hunter stumbled on a cave with a golden treasure inside. Being far from home, the hunter decided to return for the treasure later, but he was never able to locate the cave again.

The cave is believed to be on Mount Discovery, about two miles due south from present day Lewis, Essex County, New York. The mountain is just a mile from Interstate 87.

Mount Discovery got its name not from the discovery of gold, but from the fact that a guard posted on a lookout tower atop the mountain discovered that the French were coming down Lake Champlain. The tower was used during the French and Indian War in the 1700's, and iron rings and pieces of iron are still found there.

The lookout may have been posted there for more than one reason -perhaps to guard something hidden in a cave atop Mount Discovery. The mountain is but a short distance from the narrows of Lake Champlain, and directly across the Lake lies old Fort Cassin on the Vermont shoreline.

The hidden cave may yet be found by a modern TH'er who will make Mount Discovery truly a mountain of discovery.