History Channel show on Confederate Goldwar gold in Michigan theory airs TuesdayAccording to a lighthouse keepers deathbed confession years later, part of the stolen treasury was allegedly put into a train car on a barge, and was deliberately pushed off a ferry into Lake Michigan.

Work on the show began about a year ago with a Skype interview, said Joe Lessard, executive producer of The Curse of Civil War Gold and senior vice president of Prometheus Entertainment.

Its rfetched, said Annoesjka Soler, executive director of the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon told MLive in a previous interview after hearing Dykstra and Richards present their theory.

Dykstra and Richards theorize that Muskegons most wellknown philanthropist Charles Hackley was part of a plot to hide and transport the Confederate Treasury millionworth of gold and silver from Irwinville, Ga., to Muskegon, Mich., after Michigan soldiers captured Davis.

We dont feel there are a lot of cts in there cited from primary literature, she said. Theyre going to have fun with it … Im sure it will bring up a lot of interest. Its very speculative, a lot of conjecture tying a lot of loose pieces together.

History Channel show on Confederate Gold in Michigan theory airs Tuesday

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The show follows Dykstra and the team as they visit the scene of the original heist, search bank vaults for secret tunnels believed to be constructed to help launder the loot, and ultimately to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

That grew some very long legs very long legs, Dykstra said previously of MLives coverage of his theory. It got the interest in moving things along.

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The Confederate Gold theory was the subject of an MLive series of stories last year.

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In , the Union Armys Michigan th Cavalry captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Muskegonarea history enthusiasts Kevin Dykstra and Brad Richards theorize that those soldiers confiscated millions of dollars worth of Confederate gold and silver from the president, and then carried out a plot over several decades to smuggle the loot nearly , miles back to Michigan using the railway system.

The sixepisode show will follow Dykstra, Richards and Marty Lagina of Historys No. series The Curse of Oak Island as they search for the treasure.

MUSKEGON, MI A Civil War mystery and treasure hunt with Muskegon at its center is the focus of a new History Channel show.

Discoveries made throughout the show could rewrite history, said Lessard, who grew up in Owosso and attended Michigan State University.

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They further theorize that Hackley used his share of the take to donate numerous buildings and endowments to the Muskegon community, including Hackley Park, Hackley Administration Building, Hackley Public Library, Hackley Art Gallery and Hackley Hospital.

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There were some discoveries throughout the production compared to what was shared with MLive last year, Dykstra said, but he couldnt give any details.

Many historians have called the theory into question, especially because they say it was disproven that Davis had the treasury with him when he was captured.

The Curse of Civil War Goldpremieres on History at p.m. Tuesday, March .

We came into this project shrugging our shoulders, and smirking at each other, he said. As the season played out … the theorys got legs.

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Dykstra was previously the cilities director at Calvary Christian School in Fruitport, but has transitioned to a voluntary role.

The show promises to finally decipher one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Each episode is about one hour long.

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It was fun. It was exciting. It was not like work at all, he said.

PrometheusEntertainment of Los Angeles produced the show.

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