Chapter 4 – The Mountain Man

Chapter 4 – The Mountain Man

Chapter 4 - The Mountain Man

“I tell you what,” said Mountain Man as he took another big bite off his turkey leg. “If the Trail don’t kill you, it’ll make you that much tougher, and smarter.”

Bob managed to track down the fabled Mountain Man and his one-room shanty. The man’s home was organized.  But his stories . . . not so much.

“You gotta explore them trails around here, Bob. Each is a journey and a treasure of its own . . . Guidebooks mostly exaggerate the Indian threat, Bob. . . and that’s how they fixed ’em wagons, Bob . . . yep the Trail lives on!”


After an hour or so of seemingly random phrases uttered by Mountain Man, the rough, but friendly, host agreed to look at Bob’s items.

“Walter was a friend of mine, you know?” said Mountain Man.

“What?” Bob had never heard Walter mention him. “How’d you know Walter?”

“How’d I know Sallie Hester? Or Margaret Frink? I just did. I’m a people person, Bob. Yeah, old Walter was a fun coot, I tell you what. We had some good times together exploring the trails and whatnot.”

The more they talked, the more Bob was convinced that Mountain Man knew something of Walter’s treasure. He wrote down notes as fast as he could on the blank pages of Walter’s manuscript.

“Well, it’s time for my bed now, Bob.”

“But it’s only 6 pm,” said Bob.

“Well then it’s definitely past my bed time. I’m old and tired. My bones hurt, Bob. But each Chapter of my life seems to get a little better. Yep, I say every one is a little letter.”

Bob pushed Mountain Man a little further on what he might be keeping to himself.

“I already told you everything you need to know, Bob. Just connect the dots and you’ll find your treasure in good time.”

Bob’s disappointed frown finally got the best of Mountain Man.

“Look, kid. I’ll make you a deal. There’s some fine trees up by the Franks’ old house up by the hospital. Go there and ask around for some acorns. Don’t stink ’em up with that messy cottonwood cotton, though. I got a recipe I’m working on here. You bring a sack back to me and I’ll help you find what you need, Bob.”

Bob looked at Walter’s title for Chapter 5. Now he was happy.

Starting location for this Hunt

chapter 4 map

BBQ on the Bricks


In Chapter 4, Bob tracks down Kearney’s Mountain Man who begins to tell Bob stories of Kearney’s rich history. Bob then questions Mountain Man about his knowledge of Walter’s treasure. Mountain Man agrees to help Bob find his treasure, but only after sending him out on a hunt for some ingredients that will complete the secret recipe he’s developing.

Your mission is to visit the “BBQ on the Bricks” going on Saturday in downtown Kearney. Remember, this is the same location where Bob Kringel once owned his camera shop. Taste the different foods and various ingredients downtown. Explore and shop. Look for clues. Somewhere, there is the hidden treasure you are seeking.

If you uncover a Nebraska Treasure Hunt token, keep it. Redeem treasure tokens Here. Redeem bonus tokens for Points by clicking “Rewards” in your Kearney App and then “Earn Points.” Read policies for possible hiding locations before starting your hunt.


One new Treasure Token has been hidden downtown that is redeemable for a $100 gift package from the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. The first person to possess the token is entitled to redeem it. 5 new Bonus Tokens have also hidden that are redeemable in Kearney App Rewards for 200 Points each. Each can be redeemed only one time for Points. If you see the Nebraska Treasure Hunt logo, a code may be nearby for Points. If you spot Mountain Man, talk to him. He may give you a clue.


There’s no need to wander away from downtown to find the treasure or earn Points.

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