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Where is Flynn’s Folly?

10 May

Prompted and invigorated by zacal’s great find – “Let’s Hunt for Treasure” – I would like to ask all of our authorities “Where is Flynn’s Folly?

Given reports that it was a mountain only about 300-miles NW of Fairbanks, with an 8000-ft-plus peak, even “on the Geodesic Survey”, it should be rather easy to pinpoint. I, however, have not been able to do so. Anyone know? Or, was this a mountainous exaggeration by Errol and/or Ernst?

If accurately described by Errol and Ernst, I believe it may be in the Brooks Range, in or just outside what is now Gates of the Arctic National Park – perhaps near the Koyukuk River or Nolan Creek, perhaps further west in or near the Noatak National Preserve. There is a range of possibilities.

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— Tim

 
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  1. zacal

    May 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Very good!

     
  2. shangheinz

    May 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Just in: Chicago Tribune fom June 25th 1952.
    “Flynn will return to Jamaica to supervise the renovation of his hotel. He`ll be in competition with his wife, Pat Wymore, who`s leased and plans to buy a strip of beach called FOLLY, on which she`ll build a Hotel. A pal just back from Jamaica says Errol lives like a nabob on the island.”

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      May 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Well, travelheinz, at least I had the right hemisphere. Jamaica, the Arctic, I knew it was one of those places with the famous bobsled teams.

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