Charles Hackley’s Treasure Map to the Confederate Gold

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The History Channel is home to such television hits as American Pickers and Pawn Stars. I thoroughly enjoy that one show where a couple of Michigan boys are hunting for treasure — The Curse Of Oak Island.

And likewise, the spin-off series, The Curse of Civil War Gold. This series hits close to home. By that I mean three miles from where I am currently sitting, my back yard. Muskegon Michigan is the epicenter of this treasure hunt.

This story begins at the end of the Civil War. Confederate Union president Jefferson Davis is captured by the North, and it turns out all of the bank vaults are empty. So where did all this gold go? Civil War buffs will discuss this topic with the same enthusiasm as the topic of Batman at Comic-Con.

This fresh theory is introduced by a deathbed confession; an eyewitness account of a boxcar plunging into the water from a Lake Michigan train ferry.

Enter: Charles Hackley. In a nutshell, Hackley came to Muskegon in its early days as a lumbertown, became wealthy, and shared his wealth with Muskegon as a well-known philanthropist.

The belief is that Charles Hackley had something to do with this Confederate gold and it may have contributed to his wealth.

The video at the top of this page is one that I made as a lighthearted parody/satire. The germination process of the idea was completely involuntary. Therefore I carry no responsibility for its content. Besides, it’s all in fun.

Without any “spoiler alert” warning, I will add that there really is no treasure map. However, there is an Easter Egg. 🙂

– Jon

July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

This month there are two choices for Picture Michigan desktop Wallpaper.



July 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper • Abstract Fireworks


July 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper • Presque Isle Lighthouse


Traditionally I would make July wallpaper from a fireworks scene. That is the case again this month, but with the option of another choice to split the time or simply choosing one over the other.

The second choice is an abstraction of the Presque Isle Light meat Alpena.

– Jon


March 2018 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper — Grand Haven Light

The month of March can offer any of the four seasons on any given day. That is, depending where you may find yourself in Michigan.

This visit to the Grand Haven Pier was a memorable one. I’ve walked this pier hundreds of times in all the seasons. The natural decorations were breathtaking! Muscular ice wrapped the entire structure like it was science fiction!


March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar -- Grand Haven Light
March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — Grand Haven Light


November 2017 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper – da Vinci Horse in Grand Rapids

Leonardo da Vinci started the project over 500 years ago. The commissioned statue would have stood in Milan Italy upon its completion.

I have always called this piece the “da Vinci Horse.” Incorrectly so. It is one of two original casts made in 1999, this one being “The American Horse,” at the Frederick Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, near Grand Rapids. The first of the original casts is in Milan, called, “The Horse.”

Other names include Leonardo’s Horse, Gran Cavallo, and Il Cavallo.

Since these 1999 installations, other duplications with varying names have emerged.

This picture here, of the American Horse, is something of a work in progress. It seems fitting. Leonard’s vision took more than five centuries to complete.

– Jon


November 2017 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper
November 2017 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper da Vinci Horse in Grand Rapids