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Image 5 Verse 12 Solution

Page history last edited by Oregonian 1 month, 2 weeks ago



  The casque associated with Image 5 and Verse 12 was buried in Grant Park in Chicago, IL, somewhere in the near vicinity of these coordinates: 41°52'41.2"N  87°37'20.4"W.


  The outline of Illinois and a few well-known landmarks get us to Chicago.  An image of a bowman and a reference to "L" (Lincoln) get us to Grant Park.  Two intersecting lines of trees pinpoint the spot and a distinctive fence feature provides the confirmation.



Detailed Solution

The solution given below will present clues from the verse and the image in a way that narrows down the search area to that specific point.  Bits of the original image are shown in the left column in cells with a tan background.  Lines from the verse are in the same column but with a yellow background.  (For more detail about any particular clue, check the page for Image 5 or Verse 12.) 
Clues Interpretations
  The middle-left of the image shows the reversed outline of the state of Illinois.
  The tower that forms the windmill at the upper right is based on the iconic Chicago Water Tower.
  The greenish-blue figure pouring water appears to be based on part of a sculpture called Fountain of the Great Lakes at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The sculpture consists of five women representing the five Great Lakes.  Water moves between the women in the same way as it moves between the lakes.  The particular woman shown in Image 5 represents Lake Michigan (which would be a clue towards Chicago).


Those three bits from the image are enough to narrow the search to Chicago, Illinois.

(There are probably also latitude & longitude hints in the image, but the numbers are too obscure to be certain.)



1) Where M and B are set in stone

The names of Mozart and Beethoven are engraved on Chicago Orchestra Hall at 220 S. Michigan Ave.


  The silhouette of the figure on the horse is very similar to a well-known public statue called The Bowman that stands where Congress Parkway enters Grant Park in central Chicago.  The statue depicts a Native American on horseback shooting an arrow, but the sculpture was deliberately made without the bow and the arrow, apparently  to focus attention on the form of the human figure.


2) And to Congress, R is known


__R__oosevelt University's Auditorium Building is located on Michigan Ave. and Congress, directly behind "The Bowman."


3) L sits ...

  "L" would be a likely reference to President Lincoln, who had strong ties to the state of Illinois.  There is a statue of Lincoln seated at Grant Park

located on Van Buren Street east of Michigan and west of Columbus Dr.

Seated Lincoln by Zulema (zoblue), on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License Photo by  Zulema (zoblue) on Flickr.


3) ... and left

4) Beyond his shoulder

5) Is the Fair Folks'

6) Treasure holder

  If we have reached this point on foot (coming from the Bowman statue), we are facing the seated Lincoln.  Going "left" means we should look beyon Lincoln's right shoulder, where there is a grove of trees. 


7) The end of ten by thirteen

8) Is your clue


  Refers to a row of 10 by 13 trees in the park behind Seated Lincoln.

  The pattern of warts on the individual's face might be a map of some kind.  The casque was found in an area of Grant Park where the trees are planted in straight rows and columns.  It may be that the wart pattern indicates a gap in the plantings where the casque was buried.  The different sizes of warts might also represent different sizes of tree trunks.


9) Fence and fixture


These lines are drawing our attention to the confirming image in Image 5.


The arch depicted was an arched piece leaned centered up against the fence post by the train. It was out of place and the obvious marker.


The design shown on the castle wall is very similar to the distinctive pattern of fencing used along the railroad tracks on the western edge of Grant Park.  There is an arched "halo" of fencing behind each sturdy gatepost where two lower stretches of fencing meet. 


The lower photo shows the actual fencepost where the casque was found.  (This post no longer has the arched section of fencing, but probably still had it in 1983.)  The view in this photo is looking west, across the fence and the railroad tracks, toward the stairs that lead up to Jackson Drive.


10) Central too


This refers to Illinois Central railroad tracks, located adjacent to the site.


11) For finding jewel casque

12) Seek the sounds

13) Of rumble

Train tracks run directly by the casque site, under the bridge.

The train tracks were directly behind/beneath the fence feature.

Street view 196 E. Jackson Dr Chicago for view of approx location.



14) Brush and music

Brush - The Art Institute of Chicago is one block away, across Jackson Drive on the other side of the tracks.

Music - Petrillo Band Shell is directly behind Art Institute in Grant Park.

Rose gardens nearby.



15) Hush.

Perhaps because the digging was in a very public place.



Final Location: 41°52'41.2"N  87°37'20.4"W

(Latitude: 41.878116, Longitude: 87.622337)



Additional Solution information



Chicago Solve thoughts and experiences of Eric Gasiorowski

One of the original 1983 Chicago casque finders


To see his thoughts and walk-through of the Chicago solve Click Here


Posted in the comments section of this page on June 14, 2018. 

(Posted here for archive purposes).



Expedition Unknown: Burial location


On the Travel Channel show Expedition Unknown, two of the original casque finders walk through the solution with host Josh Gates.


When asked where they dug their final hole, they pointed to the approximate spot indicated in the picture below, which appears to line up directly in front of the Fence and Fixture icon.

Editor's Note: Location should be taken as an approximation since they're going from a memory from 35 years ago.



Original photo of the casque in its burial spot. (From Feb 2018 news story below)

According to their story, they dug a HUGE hole but still did not find it. One became frustrated and threw the shovel into the hole.

When he did that, some dirt slid off the side revealing the casque. Despite their huge hole, it was off further to the side than they thought.

This is a picture they took. It appears that the top of the plexiglass box is only 12 inches or so below the surface.



Feb 2018 local Chicago ABC news story. An additional walk-through with one of the discoverers. 

Also contains original archival news footage from 1983 when the same station covered the story. Select screen shots also below.




Screen shot of what looks like a photocopy of a map the kids made, assumed to be for use when they asked Byron Preiss for help. 




The Scotland and Ireland immigration link.


Chicago has a great many citizens of Irish descent, second in number only to New York City. (Boston has a higher percentage , but fewer number owing to it smaller population size).

Ireland is of course also called the Emerald Isle and the jewel for this puzzle is an emerald. Ireland is also inexorably linked to the color green. 

Chicago's annual St Patrick's Day Parade is legendary (which currently begins in Grant Park, the location where the casque was unearthed in 1983). It is particularly famous for the Chicago tradition of dying the river near its route green.


Byron Preiss was not just an author, but a history buff. Several of the puzzles seem not just to be a tour of a certain location, but a tour through history. It is by understanding the history of the monuments and locations that Preiss presents to us in this puzzle that a strong connection to Scotland and Ireland can be established. 


Park for this puzzle: Grant Park, (re)named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant in 1901)

(Interestingly, prior to 1901 it was named Lake Park, which is also the name of a park in Milwaukee, WI. Many think Lake Park is the burial location for the casque in that city).

Grant surname origin: Anglo-Scottish

U.S. Grant ancestry origin: English & Scottish


Closest street to burial location: E. Jackson Dr.

Jackson surname origin: Anglo-Scottish


Benjamin Franklin Ferguson and The Ferguson Fund.

Benjamin Franklin Ferguson was a wealthy Chicago industrialist, who upon his passing in 1905 established in his will a $1M fund which the Art Institute of Chicago would administer for the expressed purpose of commissioning monuments commemorating worthy Americans or historical events to be placed in the parks and public areas of Chicago.


Ferguson surname origin: Gaelic (Scottish/Irish)


Elements featured in this puzzle that relate to The Ferguson Fund:

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Can be seen from the burial site, just on the other side of E. Jackson Dr.
  • Fountain of the Great Lakes. This was the first work commissioned with the fund in 1907. There is a relief of Benjamin Ferguson on the rear panel, now hidden from view.
  • The Bowman. Also commissioned by the fund. 


Abraham Lincoln: The Head of State

  • The 'seated Lincoln' statue referenced in the verse was created by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  Born Dublin, Ireland. Father, French. Mother, Irish.
  • Commissioned by funds donated by John Crerar.  Of Scottish descent. Mother and father were both born in and emigrated from Scotland to America. 





Comments (25)

Eric Gasiorowski said

at 6:48 pm on Jan 21, 2018

Greetings all,

I stumbled across this wiki, and would like to know if you would like me to walk through the verse, as Dave and Bob and I broke it down and deciphered it back when we originally worked it out. there are some differences than what is listed here. Historically who can say which is the right way to read it. But bare in mind that this was done with pen and paper and going on-sight as a teen, and taking a literal interpretation of what the rest of the team and I saw.

NYBass said

at 3:11 pm on Jan 23, 2018


I'm surprised no one has responded yet. OF COURSE we'd like you to walk us through the verse. That'd be hugely helpful!!! Thanks for offering to do this.

Cheshire said

at 4:53 am on Jan 27, 2018

Same! I’ve been looking back at the found casques for a better method to look at the SF one so please share your experience!!

DanaSkully said

at 1:14 pm on Feb 1, 2018

I have been researching and guessing how you came to your conclusions - it's be great to hear it directly from you!

Gem said

at 1:22 pm on Feb 1, 2018

Of course!! :)

Jess said

at 9:43 am on Feb 12, 2018

A thousand times yes!! :)

AlexK said

at 12:33 pm on Feb 6, 2018

new to this image and verse and just looking for puzzle patterns for the NYC Casque...
Question: Did anyone notice or point out the symbol for Pi in between the warts?

Jess said

at 2:01 pm on Feb 21, 2018

My biggest query about this solve was how they figured out the painting and verse were solved. There’s nothing in the verse I can see that specifically pins it to Chicago. Was it just that they happened to come across the M&B (man and beast) monument and went from there?

Joshua Thomas said

at 1:25 pm on Feb 24, 2018

Im wondering the same way. I haven't found a concrete way to match the images with the verses

Jess said

at 12:49 pm on Feb 25, 2018

Maybe “fence and fixture central too” matches the verse and image? The fence and fixture is smack bang in the middle of the painting...

Jess said

at 4:00 am on Feb 26, 2018

And “L sits and over his left shoulder sits the fair folks treasure holder” could mean the leprechaun, too (who has an emerald on his left shoulder).

johann said

at 4:41 pm on Mar 8, 2018

lat long could hidden in windmill 'flaps'

KJRP said

at 12:39 am on Apr 2, 2018

Here is the Image 5 Verse 12 Solution SUMMARY that I created for all to peruse and provide feedback, if any: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Aj6CTZMg5bIuVIzUm3xtABHRZevKO0Sc/view?usp=sharing

JulieM said

at 11:53 am on Apr 2, 2018

Good work, proves they are not in order

KJRP said

at 2:32 pm on Apr 2, 2018


Eric Gasiorowski said

at 9:06 am on Jun 14, 2018

Greetings all,
sorry about the long delay in posting, life happens, ill run through what we did when we made our run for the Chicago site. Please bare in mind its been a long time and this is my end of the story..
the verse..
[ Were M and B are set in stone ]
as a group we were working on the verse, Mr. James had the first copy of the book and if memory serves me right had indicated that the he found the verse. asking family and friends had gleaned the statues in down town chicago in grant park..
[ and to congress, R is known ]
a map that i purchased at borders books of downtown Chicago showed that Congress ran right between the statues. talking with a friend at the time, his father who worked for the railroad chimed in and stated that the railroad ran right by there..
[ L sits and left beyond his shoulder is the fair folk treasure holder ]
when i took the train into the city and was standing on congress and next to the statues, i could easily see Lincoln sitting, so i walked out to the statue and looked left over his shoulder.
[ the end of 10x13 is your clue ]
<<<< this is were things fell apart since counting out trees didn't add up and the next line caused me to focus in the wrong area.. ( only about 20 ft from the final spot lol ) i had veered off a literal interpretation which had led me to the statue and thought that fence was the spot
[ fence and fixture central too ]
i meant this to mean the fence line and the ornamental part of the fence to be the combined answer to the spot ( notice how i am making the theory match the verse, and not literally interpreting the verse)
[ seek the sounds of rumble ]
standing in the area i could constantly hear the trains passing by.
[ brush ]
art institute was visible from the were i stood
[ and music hush ]
i talked to a park employee who said that the lincoln statue was the old band shell that was redone with the placement of the statue.
<<<<<END OF PART 1>>>>>

Eric Gasiorowski said

at 9:29 am on Jun 14, 2018

<<<<<PART 2>>>>>
The clues except the end of 10x13 were literally lining up and very direct if you looked at them in the terms of writing of it was a sight and sound form were the treasure was buried. Mr. Wrobel took all our information and mailed what we had to Mr. Preiss, who saw immediatly what was wrong with the missing trees. our final trip back with that information locked in the verse and we recovered the treasure that fateful day.

You'll notice many of what people think was important and how things were supposed to be interpreted to solve the puzzle don't line up with my story, and my breakdown of the verse is different from many peoples view of how it should be read. It worked for me and the group, and ultimately i am part of a rare group of 5 people who can say "we solved it..."

some ideas about going about solving verses and the pictures,
i am still of the mind all these years later, that Mr. Preiss stood on the final location of the Chicago treasure site, did a 360 and took in the sights and sounds and built the verse off of that. the verse and the picture associated with it have what i consider the following information:
1 - global information on the site ( ie state, monument, important information to lock the state or city location }
2 - area information on the site ( clues that give what i call " the walk to the treasure." or how to walk the verse out to its completion)
3 - buried area information ( the final 50 to 100 square feet of the hunt )

A final note about how and when this was solved. this was done pre internet and pre GPS, sounds crazy i know but i think personally looking back all these years that the intention of Mr. Preiss was to use a very direct interpretation of the verse to match the environmental sights and sounds. just a thought lol

P.S. i have been working on Milwaukee for almost 10 years off and on as time permits, i believe i am within 50 square feet of completing it, who knows, this might be the year lol

happy hunting all

Michigander said

at 10:02 am on Jun 15, 2018

Thank you for posting this Eric!!! I am in agreement completely with your ideas about the solves. Enhancing pictures, looking at them with different technology available today, just makes no sense. I think that he did what you said. Stood at the spot and gazed around for what stood out that you would see and the sounds you may hear. It's very exciting to hear from a person who actually found a casque!!! Appreciate your time.

skeller@... said

at 12:54 pm on Jun 15, 2018

Nice to see someone else that can realize that, I have been saying for sometime that is not the way to go but....

Linda S said

at 10:12 am on Jun 15, 2018

yes thank you Eric, I think that we are not seeing it at Preiss did, technology has taken that sense away from us. I hope you locate another casque, it must be so exciting to find a treasure like these. I am finding new friends, I think that's my treasure in this whole search, well good luck to all.

Kang said

at 10:45 am on Jun 15, 2018

I echo those sentiments, Eric. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences. The club of people who can speak with authority having made an actual find is tiny indeed. Thank you for helping the rest of us!

Michigander said

at 1:18 pm on Jun 15, 2018

Yes Skeller, I have seen your posts and have always felt that way too. Wish I had brilliant new input, but I don't so I avidly read all of your posts. As I've said before, I think that most solutions on this wiki are correct. Wish I lived close enough to go explore one of them. Can't wait until SF is found, if ever. I've poured over it so many times. I still think it is at the top of the stairway by the tree. It had to be asphalted over at some point. Good Luck to everyone and keep on searching!

skeller@... said

at 4:13 pm on Jun 15, 2018

:-) I seldom write anything on this site to much criticism. No one wants to consider a new way of looking at the puzzles. This is one of four I have solutions for and every time I try to tell someone they just stop writing to me they think the solutions are to easy!! I guess we will never know

Audimike78 said

at 1:40 pm on Jul 30, 2018

when looking at the State of Illinois the small hook coincides with the Cahokia Mounds. may be a play on words

Kang said

at 7:01 pm on Jul 30, 2018

I think you've hit the nail on the head with that one. Good find!

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