Markers and Symbols

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Several authors believe the Spanish and later the Mexicans made monuments, signs and others markers
to enable them to return to the same locations even after extended periods of time.
Such authors include, but are not limited to Gale Rhoades, Charles Kenworthy and Mike (Hawkeye) Pickett.
Some of the ideas I will discuss here can be documented from their books while others are only my opinion.
Call it food for thought, if you will.


Those who knew the mines, whether in the 1700's, 1800's or later marked their mines and treasures!
These markers are sometimes very obvious even to the untrained eye, while at other times are less noticeable.
Non-the-less they did leave markers, signs, symbols and the like.

The first symbol I will talk about has been nicknamed the cat face by someone other than myself.
The name seems to be very descriptive and has stuck. The cat face is very common in the Uinta Mountains.

For the latest updates about catfaces click here: catfaces.


This cat face is in the
Rhoades Canyon area.

One of the newest catfaces
I have seen said 79 by it.
Did that mean 1979?
If so it would be interesting
to know the story behind it.

It has been our
experience that when
one is looking at a
cat face he is on the
way or path to a mine.

Sometimes the mine depression can
even be seen from the cat face.

This symbol
appears to
indicate one should
travel to the left to
locate the mine.


There is an impressive variety of markers from simple blazes, such as slash marks on trees,
to cat faces, to the elaborate rock monuments seen below.

These monuments were designed to be seen from long distances and sometimes lead the searcher for miles.

Other markers were designed to be seen and deciphered at a much closer distance.
For example this marker can be seen from the road in Brownie's Canyon and looks like a lizard's head.


I have always been skeptical that the Spanish made markers until I looked through this hole which
has the appearance of having been chipped through this rock to resemble an eye for the lizard.

This rock formation is called
the guardian. If you look
closely you can see an ear,
a nose, a chin, and a mouth.

Is this a coincidence?

I don't think so.

There are actually several
faces in this rock formation
depending upon which angle
you are viewing it from.


As you can see markers come in all shapes and sizes.


Out of all the symbols
the eagle seems to be one
of the most important.

Several maps show it as
the marker that leads one
to the richest mines.


The scar on the pine tree next to my dad was 2.5 to 3 inches deep.
Keep in mind that according to individuals I have interviewed, the Mexicans
were working their mines in the Uinta Mountains into the early 1900's.
Which means these symbols could easily be from that era,
and were part of their map system.

It only makes sense that if indeed they had rich mines they would
make and leave markers so they could return to them.

I ponder that if from time to time new symbols and markers are showing up are the Spanish
descendants coming back occasionally and checking on their mines and treasures.

I ask only that you consider the possibility these ideas could be true,
and as you explore this beautiful land to keep your eyes and minds open.


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