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Is there gold in Victorio Peak? Historian to talk about local legend.

Jim Eckles stands on Mt. Aden, southwest of Las Cruces. Eckles, a historian, will be giving a talk about Victorio Peak, in August at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
Jim Eckles stands on Mt. Aden, southwest of Las Cruces. Eckles, a historian, will be giving a talk about Victorio Peak, in August at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

LAS CRUCES – The monthly Culture Series returns to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in August and the first lecture focuses on one of the enduring mysteries in the region.

Historian Jim Eckles’ talk at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 is title: “Victorio Peak: One Hundred Tons of Gold or Just One Hundred Tall Tales.” The presentation, hosted by the Friends of the Museum, will be in the museum’s theater and admission is free, although donations will be accepted.

Milton Noss claimed he descended into Victorio Peak in Doña Ana County in 1937 and discovered a huge tunnel. At the end of the tunnel were rooms with skeletons chained to the floor and gold bars stacked like firewood — the math led to claims of 100 tons of gold. In 1939, he collapsed the entrance when it was dynamited to make it larger. Since then, Noss himself, various family members, and a horde of others tried to regain access to the fabulous treasure. Newspaper accounts talk about billions of dollars in gold hidden there.

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