In 1838 these once native settlers to the land set out on what became known as the Trail of Tears, one of the bloodiest events in America's short history. All Cherokee were forced to go to the western United States, losing more than 4,000 along the way.
"They had always marked trees as a way of communication, but they were now being used to hide the gold," said Morgan. "They hoped they could one day get the more than $50 million in raw gold that was buried. The Cherokee never knew when they would be forced to leave–-there was only enough time to grab some clothes and maybe a few other things."