Sublett Historical Marker



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The Ben Sublett Historical Marker:

There is a historical marker in Odessa, Texas, dedicated to Ben Sublett. it can be found at 220 North Grandview Ave. It was erected by the State of Texas. The marker helps give credibility to the Ben Sublett stoy.  This historical marker helps establish the fact that Ben Sublett was not a myth, or old-wives-tale, but a true historical figure that had somehow found gold.  Such historical verification by the State of Texas helps encourage modern day treasure hunters that searching for the treasure is a valid endeavor.  The treasure existed, and to my knowledge, no one has yet to find it since Ben Sublett's Death.  Below, we transcribe the information on the historical Marker:


The State of Texas Official Ben Sublett Historical Marker

220 North Grandview Ave, Odessa Tesas

State of Texas Historical Survey Committee

William C. Sublett

Born in 1835 in Alabama.  Moved to North Texas before the Civil War, in which he served as a Confederate. After his wife died in 1874, he went to the Texas frontier to hunt buffalo.  Taking his three young children with him.  in 1881-1882 he supplied game to the Texas and Pacific Railroad construction crews.  Such hunting was important to the development of West Texas, and to the transcontinental railroad construction.

Settling later in Odessa, Sublett built near this site a dugout and tent home, and homesteaded a 160 acre claim. To support his family, he hauled wood and "water-witched" to locate wells for settlers.

In the 1880's he attracted notice by using gold nuggets to trade for supplies.  In explanation he said an apache Indian had directed him to a mine in the the Guadalupe Mountains, about 150 miles west of here. Periodically he disappeared and returned with Gold, but efforts to follow him to the mine always failed.  He once took his young son there, but the boy could not find the way later. In 1889, Sublett sold his Ector county property.  He died January 6, 1892 in Barstow without disclosing the location of his mine.  However, stories of his treasure still lure explorers into the Guadalupe Mountains.




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