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In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

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The Lost Bismuth Lode

By Ann Folsom
From page 48 of the April, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I took a deep breath, wished my same wishhard, like always and blew. All ten candles went out.

Its going to come true, Ann! I hoped so. I wanted Dad to find that mine! Maybe this would be his lucky year.

We lived in Redlands, Califor... (1547 Total Words)

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The Lost Boy Mine

By Ken Weinman
From page 16 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Aspen is the county seat of Pitkin County, Colorado, and is located in the west-central part of the state, 30 miles west of Leadville. It is a famous resort town today, catering to the rich and famous, but back around the turn of the century, an i... (1402 Total Words)

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The Lost Cabin Mine

By Trini Concoles
From page 54 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the most famous lost gold mines in the Territory of Wyoming is the Lost Cabin Gold Mine, said to be located somewhere in the Big Horn or Owl Creek Mountains. In 1919, the Wyoming Historical Society published an account of the Lost Cabin Min... (655 Total Words)

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The Lost Cathedral Stope

By Mathew J. Doner
From page 14 of the January, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The morning air was cool and fresh compared to the heat of the day before. A nice breeze was blow­ing in from the southwest over the mountain called Sandia. The Indians from the Pueblo Pa-ako were mov­ing slowly up to the Spanish camp ever so... (1677 Total Words)
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The Lost Cathedral Stope

By John M. Townley
From page 39 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Somewhere in the San Pedro Mountains of northern New Mexico, two men crawled uneasily through an all but collapsed network of hand-dug tunnels into a large underground cavity where gleaming masses of native gold covered the walls and roof. The sample... (1449 Total Words)
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The Lost Chinaman Gold Mine

By William Klette
From page 53 of the August, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hop Sing was a tough man as well as stubborn. But toughness alone is no match for a .44 caliber bullet, and Hop Sings stubbornness only ended with his death and the start of a search for a lost gold ledge that has persisted to this day.

In ... (1118 Total Words)

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The Lost Cities Of The Taklamakan Desert

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 18 of the September, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After subduing his enemies in Greece and Macedonia&#44 Alexander the Great set out to conquer the Persians. Following his ancestors footsteps&#44 he landed at the tip of Anatolia and marched through Troy.

He took the Persian City ... (2658 Total Words)

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The Lost Colorado Canyon Mine

By James Mccoy
From page 28 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Most treasure hunters agree that Death Valley Scottys claim of owning a gold mine in Death Valley was a cover story for his having acquired a vast amount of money through an understanding with Albert M. Johnson, a wealthy eastern insurance man. Alber... (1572 Total Words)
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The Lost Dupont Mine

By Gene Kivett
From page 31 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first outsider to learn of the lost Dupont gold mine was a Catholic priest. He learned of the mineand of the large cache of $20 gold coins buried near it, and of the murder of one miner and the weird self-mutilation of anotherthrough an odd co... (2760 Total Words)

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The Lost Dutch Oven Mine

By J.R. Lindermuth
From page 63 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No one would deny California has earned the right to call herself the Golden State. Even before John Sutters fabulous discovery, tales of wealth just around the corner were as common in California as flies around a jug of honey.
The gold rush ... (1181 Total Words)

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The Lost Dutchman

By K. Kiaber
From page 9 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dear Long John:
Re the Lost Dutchman Mine, I think True Treasure readers should know what the clues were that Jacob Waizer gave as to the lo-cation of the mine.
Jacob said, The old military trail can be seen from my cave, but my cave can n... (122 Total Words)

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The Lost Dutchman Mine

By Reggie Gould
From page 16 of the February, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Legends of the Lost Dutchman Mine have been written about for over 100 years. There are over 57 books and a large number of websites dedicated to this famous treasure. The mine is located in Arizona, east of Phoenix, in the Superstition Mounta... (1854 Total Words)

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The Lost Dutchman Mine Revisited

By James E. Mulkey
From page 32 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Lost Dutchman Mine is possibly the most famous lost mine in the world; in fact, the story has become a legend. There have been 100's of magazine articles about the Dutchman and his lost mine, along with numerous films and television programs on t... (1598 Total Words)
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The Lost Dutchman Mine Revisited

By James E. Mulkey
From page 36 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
While doing research on the Kanaka Burial Grounds, I accidentally came across this lost treasure story. I believe this to be the first time this story has been made public. I am one of the research staff at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, whi... (862 Total Words)
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The Lost Ewing Mine

By Kerry Ross Boren
From page 46 of the March, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch rode in and out of Browns Hole on the Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming border in the late 1800s in quest of their own brand of treasure. But unknowingly they passed through a narrow, precipitous canyon which concealed m... (2083 Total Words)

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The Lost Goatherder's Treasure (Part 1)

By W.c. Jameson
From page 14 of the March, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas are notable for several important reasons: the 8,75 1 -feet altitude of Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in the Lone Star State; the Butterfield Overland Mail and stage coach company constructed a route thr... (1398 Total Words)

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The Lost Goatherder's Treasure (Part II)

By W.c.jameson
From page 24 of the April, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many others heard the tale of Jesse Duran's incredible discovery, and soon the hills between Rader Ridge and Juniper Spring were covered with treasure hunters. In spite of all the efforts to locate the treasure, the mysterious cave still remai... (1857 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Bars of Tres Piedras

By Ken Weinman
From page 31 of the April, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the evening of August 9, 1880, two members of the infamous Porter Stockton Gang got involved in a shootout in the frontier town of Cimarron, New Mexico. Before the local sheriff and his deputies could arrive at the scene, the two outlaws fl... (2458 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Cache Of La Poudre Canyon

By B G Revis
From page 29 of the March, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cache La Poudre in French means stashed powder and, in a canyon by that name west of Fort Collins, is one of the most authenticated lost mines in Colorado, oddly known as the Lost Dutchman.

Long before Fort Collins was a city, it was a fort... (1211 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Mine of Coker Creek

By J. Marty Godfrey
From page 42 of the February, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is probably the only legend of a lost gold mine that indirectly led to a multi-million dollar industry. The area at the intersection of the state lines of North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia is called the Great Copper Basin. Today it i... (623 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Mines Of The Sandias

By Matthew J. Doner
From page 44 of the March, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Sandia Mountains stand majestically over modern Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have been sentinels for centuries. The Palo-Indians used to camp in their shadow not only for protection from the weather, but for the game and fresh water that abun... (1493 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Nugget Spring

By W. C. Jameson
From page 51 of the September, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Charles Curtiss accidentally discovered one of the most unusual deposits of gold in North America, a deposit that apparently yielded a large fortune. Because of the sudden and unexpected death of his son, Curtiss was forced to abandon the site and... (1843 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Of Keel Mountain

By William Walker
From page 26 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Legends stay alive because there is always that shred of hope and small possibility they could be true, or at least true enough to be partially believable.

The great thing about legends is they usually start with a grain of truth. They are ... (3260 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold of Shunk

By Margaret Zotkiewicz
From page 8 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thurmon Dresbach was a typical farm boy of his era. His family had moved into the former Great Black Swamp area of northwest Ohio and settled down to make a living.
Life on an Ohio farm in the mid 1800’s was a lot of work. Thurman would h... (2126 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Of The Ashtabula Horror

By Mike Hudson
From page 28 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was Dec. 29, 1876, and the bustling holiday season was in full swing in the lively lakefront city of Ashtabula, Ohio.

A major Great Lakes shipping port, Ashtabula also boasted a number of rail lines, including Cornelius Vanderbilts Lake S... (2116 Total Words)

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The Lost Gold Placers of Cibola

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 8 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We have all heard of the seven lost cities of gold called Cibola. Well, I have found another lost "city" of Cibola right in our own backyard. Cibola, Arizona, is an interesting little community on Baseline Road near the Colorado River, b... (1365 Total Words)

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The Lost Governors Gold

By John M. Townley
From page 44 of the February, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The old man turned the crude coin over slowly in his hand.

They were right there in the old mine shaft, he said. Most of one of them cannons had washed out of the walls of the tunnel, and you could see pieces of two or three others. The boy... (2093 Total Words)

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The Lost Harding Silver

By W. C. Jameson
From page 44 of the November, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Allen Harding and two good friends were traveling west in the company of an immigrant wagon train when they accidentally stumbled onto what many consider to be the richest deposit of silver in North America.
Unable to carry away any but a small... (1501 Total Words)

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The Lost Hawkins Mine

By Elaine Quindlen Hotchkiss
From page 43 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The legend of the old west thrives with legends of lost gold mines. Fortune hunters spend huge amounts of time and money searching for illusive treasure. Usually, the clues left behind are of little use, leaving a mystery to tantalize modern-day ... (880 Total Words)

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The Lost Hermit Treasure

By W.c. Jameson
From page 50 of the May, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the strangest tales of lost treasure ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest involves that of a desperate stagecoach robbery, a case of mistaken identity, a hermit, and a buried fortune in gold and money.

Boise, Idaho, was a growin... (1206 Total Words)

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The Lost Inca Emerald Mine And The Gods Of Crocodiles

By Donald Gresser
From page 43 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1924 a man by the name of Stewart Connelly disappeared into the jungles of Ecuador. But Connellys footprints will long appear on the pages of history, for without doubt he found one of the legendary lost emerald mines of the Incasa mine that no... (1073 Total Words)

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The Lost Keys Mine

By Lee Nelson
From page 33 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There has probably been more stories told about the Lost Keys Mine than any other mine in Montana. I have probably heard close to a hundred different versions of this story. But the one that I have always had the most faith in was told to me by tw... (468 Total Words)

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The Lost Ledge of Gold

By D. Van Atchley
From page 18 of the November, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After 18 years of being gone, fate intervened and brought Jacob Snively back to Texas. Snively had joined the Texas Army of the Republic and started as a lieutenant at the time of the fall of the Alamo at the same time and the same month. Eighteen... (1715 Total Words)

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The Lost Logger Cache

By J. W. Beard
From page 23 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Though few are aware of its existence, there is a well-documented and still undiscover-ed cache of gold coins on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The treasure is thought to be buried on the banks of Judd Creek ... (151 Total Words)

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The Lost Loot of Robert the Bold

By Andrew Hind
From page 16 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure:
Hidden stash from crimes committed across Canada and the United States.Its Value Today:
Paper currency circa 1920-1940, perhaps valued at a few thousand dollars in the day, could be worth as much as three times today.How To Fin... (1746 Total Words)

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The Lost Mexican Mine

By Vern Hammond
From page 63 of the January, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A group of Mexicans, tired of being harassed and driven from their claims by Americans, migrated over the Sierras and located a gold mine in a remote area of Mono County, Nevada, during the 1850s. Throughout western Nevada it was known as the Mexi... (259 Total Words)

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The Lost Orchard Treasure

By Edward Allen Bishop
From page 25 of the September, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are many accounts, handed down through the generations since the American Civil War, of Southern citizens who buried money and other valuables in advance of the coming of Federal armies. For various reasons, many of these buried treasures ha... (590 Total Words)

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The Lost Padre Mine

By Jeff W. Henderson
From page 54 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Probably the richest lost mine in Mexico is one many call the Lost Padre Mine of the Vacatete Mountains. It is believed to be somewhere near the old mining town of Sahuaripa in the Vacatete Mountains of Sonora, Mexico. This would be almost due eas... (391 Total Words)

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The Lost Rhodes Mine

By George A. Thompson
From page 30 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Webster defines a legend as a tale handed down from the past, historically interesting, but one which cant be proved.

By this definition the story of the lost Rhodes Mine is not a legend, for there is ample proof that it existed. Much of th... (1686 Total Words)
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The Lost Ring Of Mary, Queen Of Scots

By Andrew Hind
From page 39 of the September, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Exquisitely beautiful, historically significant, infused with a story like no other, the lost ring of Mary, Queen of Scots would be a treasure like no other. But would finding it be boon or bane?

The beautiful, but ill-fated Mary Stuart led... (688 Total Words)
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The Lost Ruby Red

By B.G. Revis
From page 34 of the February, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mark Carpenter lit the fuse raced out of the short tunnel and took cover. He had traced a streak of silver up the east bank of Silver Creek to a point where it disappeared into the hillside. Now he was certain he was about to expose the heart of t... (2610 Total Words)

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The Lost San Sabe Mine

By J. Frank Dobie
From page 29 of the October, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What the Golden Fleece was to Greeks, or what El Dorado the Gilded Manhas been to South America, the lost mines on the San Saba and Llano rivers in Texas have been to all parts of the United States once owned by Spain. The story of these mines is ... (5139 Total Words)

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The Lost Silver Mines of Mohave County

By Ron Ebner
From page 39 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

North of Kingman, Arizona, is a dry and desolate yet starkly beautiful stretch of desert country known, ironically, as Golden Valley.
Today, the nearby town of Chloride has a permanent population of about 250, yet 100 years ago the area was a t... (1600 Total Words)

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The Lost Simpson Mine

By D. Van Atchley
From page 25 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

West of Walsenburg, Colorado, is La Veta Pass. Lying north of this pass is Silver Mountain, the location of a very rich gold mine lost since 1869. It was discovered by a prospector named Jack Simpson in the same year.

Simpson was prospectin... (219 Total Words)

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The Lost Singer Fortune

By Louise Cheney
From page 27 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Probably no other island in the world has triggered so many buried treasure stories as the 110-mile strip of land known as Padre Island off the Texas coast. Stretching 110 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Brazos Santiago (Arms of St. Jame... (1225 Total Words)

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The Lost Sopori Spanish Mine

By Joe Meis
From page 27 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Arizona is known for its lost mine lore, but the best known of the many lost Spanish mines is the Sopori.
Its richness of gold and silver is legendary.
Discovered by Spaniards following in the path of famed Spanish explorer Coronado, and wor... (731 Total Words)

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The Lost Squawman Mine

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 67 of the February, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The small boy stood staring into his uncles face and said, Is it gold? His eyes were round and wide. The old man handed a chunk of ore to the boy. Take a good look, son. Thats gold for sure, and were rich.

Theyd come from Butte, Montana, va... (1492 Total Words)

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The Lost Tartessus

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 27 of the September, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There was never a Greek known who had visited the far north until Pytheas sailed beyond the pillars of Hercules. He traveled to the mouth of the Rhine, saw Briton and arrived at an island called Thule.

One could not venture beyond this isla... (1637 Total Words)

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The Lost Temple Treasures Of The Essene

By John Joshua Sweet
From page 28 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Known previously by reputation, the Essene sect was admired by early historians. This community on the Dead Sea left behind some amazing finds.

An Arab shepherd chanced upon the hidden treasure, simple scrolls hidden for over two thousand y... (1745 Total Words)
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The Lost Trailblazers' Mines

By Joe Meis
From page 15 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In most of the west, before the prospectors, missionaries, and farmers arrived, there were scouts and mountain men that would help the army look for Indians or guide them through rough territory.
These men were living alone, never needing compa... (1311 Total Words)

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