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Expedition Unknown searches for Henry Plummer’s Gold in season three premiere

Expedition Unknown searches for Henry Plummer's Gold in season three premiere
Gold rush reenactors on Expedition Unknown as Josh searches for Henry Plummer’s Gold

On this season three premiere of Expedition Unknown, Josh Gates is on the hunt for Montana sheriff Henry Plummer’s lost gold.

His search takes him deep into mysterious cave systems and sees the adventurer blow the lid on a mine that has been closed off for more than 100 years.

Josh and some local guides look at a map as they try to find the gold
Searching for the treasure. Credit: Travel

Plummer was born in 1832 in Washington County, Maine and was a prospector, sheriff and later the leader of an outlaw gang.

He was always off on some adventure seeking his fortune starting at 19 when he headed to the gold fields of California. Later he ended up in Bannack, Montana where gold has also been found.

The abandoned town of Bannock, Montana was once a boomtown on the back of a gold rush
The abandoned town of Bannock, Montana was once a boomtown on the back of a gold rush. Credit: Travel

Over the course of his life he killed many men, though the killings were always found to be in self defense.

Indeed it was shortly after one of these altercations that he was elected sheriff of Bannack.

Josh Gates in western gear
Josh Gates dresses up for the part and the period as he explores Bannock

However, soon after his election as sheriff the rate of robberies and murders went through the roof. With thousands in gold dust and nuggets being stolen from miners, merchants and travellers on the road.

Eventually a posse was formed and members of the gang assumed to be carrying out the robberies were rounded up and summarily hanged. One of these confessed that Plummer was the leader and on the morning of January 10, 1864 he was caught and met the same fate as the men in his gang.

What legends says has never been found is the gold the gang stole…

Watch Expedition Unknown – Plummer’s Gold at 9 PM on Travel Channel.

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