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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 Treasure of Barkentine Creek

By W. C. Jameson
From page 23 of the June, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Next to that of New England, and perhaps Florida, the Texas Gulf Coast can claim some of the most fascinating tales of lost and wrecked ships and sunken treasures. Many of the Gulf Coast wrecks have been located and, in a few cases, their loads of... (1383 Total Words)

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The Lost Treasure Of Lubengula

By Cynthia Hind
From page 36 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the wilds of Rhodesia, $6,000,000 worth of treasure is believed to be buried. It belonged to Lobengula, last of the Matabele kings, whodied in 1893 and has no known heirs.

Those who believe in the existence of the treasure maint... (2765 Total Words)

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The Lost Treasure Of Sodom And Begorrah

By T.J. Davidson
From page 15 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Prologue

The year is 1907. The Irish Crown Jewels have been stolen from the heavily guarded Dublin Castle.

Police investigators quickly determined the thief used no force to enter the Ulster of Arms office or the Ratner safe holding I... (1304 Total Words)

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The Lost Treasure Of The 16th Century

By Captain Stephen Shouppe'
From page 20 of the April, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For years the strand of beach twelve miles south of Ft. Pierce inlet had been hunted by a pair of determined treasure seekers armed with hopped up, home brooded metal detectors, both of which had turned up many unique and very old finds. Understan... (1765 Total Words)

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The Lost Treasures Of Lake Huron

By Linda Weinman
From page 21 of the June, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Great Lakes of North America are part of an inland super-waterway which permit ocean-going vessels to reach the heartland of the continent.

The Great Lakes touch eight states in the United States and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

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The Lost Treasures of the Vallecito Stage Station

By Ken Weinman
From page 31 of the January, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the westward push of the United States in the mid-1800’s, thousands of people risked their lives and property traveling across America’s overland routes westward. Many came by boat from New York Harbor to San Francisco, but the ... (1521 Total Words)

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The Lost Tungsten Deposits

By Joe Meis
From page 52 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No other metal mimics gold better than tungsten. Not found in the earth in its pure state, it’s found only in a few, rare minerals. The best source of tungsten is the mineral Scheelite that is composed of calcium and tungsten.This ore minera... (1273 Total Words)

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The Lost Turquoise Geyser

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 8 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This story is an unusual one, but by all means worth telling. A treasure of prehistoric jewelry, offerings to the gods by Native Americans, that is protected by the waters of a mysterious subterranean geyser.
This treasure is located 20 miles s... (2146 Total Words)

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The Lost Valley Of Diamonds

By Cynthia Hind
From page 35 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

North of the great Orange River in South West Africa, somewhere in the enormous range of mountains cutting into the Kalahari Desert, there lies a valley filled with diamonds of untold magnificence. The local Bushmen tribes know of its locality. Bu... (2854 Total Words)

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The Lost Van Duzen Mine

By Vern Hammond
From page 29 of the May, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Among the historic mining camps of southern Californias San Bernardino Mountains there is a gold mine of immense richness that has been discovered, lost, rediscoveredand lost again.

The lost mines location can be narrowed to within three mi... (277 Total Words)
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The Lost Van Duzen Mine

By Vern Hammond
From page 26 of the May, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Among the historic mining camps of southern California's San Bernardino Mountains there is a gold mine of immense richness that has been discovered, lost, rediscovered - and lost again. The lost mine's location can be narrowed to within th... (277 Total Words)

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The Lost Waterfall Mine

By Art Redman
From page 18 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Captain Ambrose and three other men were on the run in the wild forests of Washington Territory after escaping Native Americans in the Cayuse War of 1848.
One day in their flight from southeastern Washington, the men sat down to rest and Ambros... (812 Total Words)

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The Lost Yocum Silver Mine

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 15 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For nearly 200 years, folklore has circulated about the lost Yocum Silver Mine near Branson, Missouri, where legend has it the Yocum family minted their own silver dollar.

Today, the quest continues for evidence of the mine as well as any g... (1746 Total Words)

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The Lottery Winner's Lost Cache of Gold Coins

By Ken Weinman
From page 29 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure:Some 10,000 gold sovereigns.
How To Find It:Willapa Bay is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean located in the southwestern part of Washington State. Long Island is located at the south end of Willapa Bay, near the mouth of the Naselle Ri... (1048 Total Words)

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The Lure Of High Country History

By Jony Larrowe
From page 36 of the October, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the best things that happened to our family during the early 1950s was the acquisition of a sturdy second hand Jeep purchased soon after our move to Aspen. Off-seasons, as soon as the last guest left our Edelweiss Bed and Breakfast inn, we ... (1223 Total Words)

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The Lure of Lasseter's Reef

By James Holledge
From page 51 of the October, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Starving, parched, almost blind from sand blight, a man lay dying out in the waterless wastes of Central Australia. For months he had fought for life with nothing but a few grubs, roots and lizards to hold off gnawing hunger.

So, in 1931, p... (3106 Total Words)

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The Lure of Sunken Treasure

By John Christopher Fine
From page 28 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beach goers marvel as head to foot clad metal detectorists search the sand around them. Every so often the person stops, passes the detector back and forth, stoops, scoops up something and moves on. It might be a penny, could be a dime, sometimes ... (1320 Total Words)

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The Machias Communist Treasure Hoard

By Pat Hughes
From page 14 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pirate Samuel Bellamy was considered bloodthirsty and villainous, and was known to consider gold his personal god. Believe it or not, he was also considered the Robin Hood of the High Seas. Perhaps the man was not as horrible as his reputation por... (1890 Total Words)

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The Making of A Myth

By Ted Andrews
From page 22 of the July, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In my youth there were still some Civil War veterans living in Kentucky. I remember sitting around with my dad and my grandfather, listening to the stories they told.As with most Southern families, my ancestors had fought on both sides of the war,... (431 Total Words)

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The Man With The Golden Gun

By Don Marshall
From page 52 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No, this isn’t a spy story, it’s a mystery about a long-lost hunk of gold shaped like a .32-caliber pistol. After spending many vacations prospecting throughout the southwest, sometimes lucky, more often not, I decided in 1953 to locat... (1440 Total Words)

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The Many Facets Of Fraud

By Justin L. "jack" Fuell
From page 26 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Great Diamond Hoax

As this drama played itself out, John and Philip worked against some of the best legal, financial and technical minds in the West. Their incredible success seems to have come from their appearance of naivet, child-lik... (2355 Total Words)

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The Mary Ward

By Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva
From page 18 of the June, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Anyone who doubts that Lake Huron is as unpredictable and unforgiving as her reputation suggests will find proof to the contrary in the tragic demise of the steamship Mary Ward. Her story is one of the most harrowing and heroic, tragic and triumph... (1264 Total Words)

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The Massacre At Devil's Road

By Matthew J. Doner
From page 39 of the August, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Indians watched patiently, from the top of the mesa, the ever-so-slow column of dust edging its way south on the El Camino Diablo (the devil road), tramping onwards towards the El Malpais. The Malpais, as its name implies, suits it well, ... (908 Total Words)

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The Master Hunter 7 Ads By Garrett

By Jim Martin
From page 52 of the July, 1985 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1985 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Joining the list of metal detec-tor sophisticates detectors with the ability to show and tell pertinent information about buried targetsis the Master Hunter 7 A.D.S., currently the top-of-the-line model in the Garrett fam-ily of VLF-Discrimination de... (2342 Total Words)
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The Meanest Santa Claus Cache

By Donald E. Getz
From page 35 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Approximately eight miles south of U. S. Highway 80 on an old cattle trail near Cisco, Texas bank loot amounting to $36,000 lies buried. The money was hidden there by the Billy Turgen gang from bank holdups in Abilene and Cisco.

Twelve thou... (1430 Total Words)

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The Mexican Connection

By Howard Duffy
From page 73 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Smugglers Gold

How would you like to discover 17 tons of gold bars? We cant take you by the hand and lead you to the spot, but we can provide general directions to the hiding place of this tremendous cache of gold.

It is in the north... (2980 Total Words)

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The Mexican Treasure Of Pilot Grove

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 16 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its long gone now, but along the south bank of the Red River which divides Oklahoma from Texas, once ran a well known and heavily traveled road. Called the Great Spanish Road, it traversed the rugged miles from Orleans. Along that road settlers mo... (1034 Total Words)

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The Mine With Many Names

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 30 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold and silver was found in southern California before the nugget at Sutters Mill was uncovered in 1848 and started the California Gold Rush, which centered along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1828, a small placer gold mine was found at San Ysi... (1263 Total Words)

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The Mine, The Mules And The Adventure The Search Is On!

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 9 of the July, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nothing could have prepared me for the sight of the tiny woman who sat in the darkness, telling me her story by candlelight. I'd imagined a deeply tanned, outdoor person who wore a tall hat and riding boots. But Bonnie Sterling, mule string driver... (1577 Total Words)

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The Minelab Sterling Metal Detector

By Andy Sabisch
From page 6 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Minelab Electronics, an Australian-based company, was founded in 1985 with the goal of producing metal detectors at the cut­ting edge of technology. Features developed by their engineers which include fully-automatic ground bal­ancing, sel... (2530 Total Words)

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The Minho's 'Iron Triangle' Key to Cases of Civil War Rifles

By Howard B. Tower, Jr.
From page 30 of the July, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This was her sixth attempt to penetrate rings of Union gunboats prowling the entrance of Charleston Harbor.Five prior efforts, one each month since April 1862, were very successful for the “Minho” and her owners - Fraiser, Trenholm &am... (2076 Total Words)

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The Mint Changed Hands

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 7 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

New Orleans Old Mint is located on a site filled with history and has seen much gold and silver flow through its doors. Towering above the southeast corner of New Orleans French Quarter (Vieux Carre), the Old Mint is an imposing 3-story structure ... (848 Total Words)

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The Miracle of Electronic Prospecting

By Woody Woodworth
From page 14 of the April, 1983 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1983 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was during the great depression of the 30’s and I was fresh out of high school, eager for some action. I went to work with two fellows who were barely eking out a living by working a small placer claim in the Mojave Desert. They were glad... (1474 Total Words)

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The Missing Apache Post Office Treasure

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 16 of the January, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The stagecoach bumped along from the Eagle Springs stage station toward Quitman Canyon while the driver and his one passenger discussed their final plans. The passenger, a gambler by the name of Crenshaw, but better known as "Gambler Red," and the... (1594 Total Words)

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The Missing Link To Loot

By Edd Hale
From page 44 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Most of the $8,000 in paper money and gold coins still missing from this botched 1917 Pennsylvania bank robbery was scattered about town like leaves.

Nestled in the rolling hills and valleys of southwestern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, j... (1873 Total Words)
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The Missing Tombstone

By Steve Wilson
From page 31 of the July, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Historians have long debated the route, which Francisco de Coronado and his daring Spanish cavaliers followed through the Southwest more than four centuries ago. None believe the swash-buckling adventurers passed through what is now southwestern O... (275 Total Words)

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The Mission Padres Elusive Hoard

By Craig Strum
From page 20 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"There is something about a treasure that fastens upon a mans mindhe will see it every time he closes his eyes. He will never forget it until he is dead! These words by Conrad Nostromo seem to have been written especially for me.

My normal ... (4709 Total Words)

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The Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railroad Robbery

By John Manwin
From page 30 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
About 10:45 in the morning on March 30, 1921, four men robbed the U.S. Mail of $3,500 in cash and jewelry at the Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railroad depot at Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
William Douglas, a local mail carrier, was shot and killed during the... (1112 Total Words)
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The Mo Molinar Story

By Buddy Martin and Captain Carl Fismer
From page 10 of the December, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly after Columbus’ Voyage of Discovery, King Ferdinand said, “Get Gold. Humanely if possible. But at all cost…Get Gold!” Mo Molinar took the King’s suggestion seriously…
Colon, Panama, 1959. A young Panamanian pulls wrenches on... (2653 Total Words)

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The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

By John Minges
From page 23 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nothing quite compares to the rich and colorful history of the western United States. Just the mention of the word “gold” makes one think immediately of how people by the thousands left all they knew for the adventure into a harsh and ... (2201 Total Words)

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The Money Trail Wrecks Of The 1733 Fleet

By Bob Bass
From page 14 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From that early fleet in 1585 thousands of ships followed laden with riches, but of those thousands many were lost along the way to the hidden reefs and shallow waters of Florida and the Florida Keys

A money trail from the gold and silver m... (2293 Total Words)

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The Money Tree

By Indy Stiles
From page 32 of the May, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We have all dreamed at one time or another of how it would be to have our own money tree, from which we could simply pick money as needed. A fairy tale? A myth? I think not!

I wish now to give away to Lost Treasure readers my own money tree... (714 Total Words)

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The Monkey Took It With Him

By Richard Baird
From page 37 of the December, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Almost every man conceals within his heart and mind a stretch of rocky coastline, or a thick green jungle, or perhaps a snow-capped mountain, that hides a secret treasure. The romantic quest to uncover sunken or hidden treasure goes on and on, wit... (2361 Total Words)

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The Moore Gang's Lost Caches

By Maria Da Silva
From page 14 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Treasure:


Four hoards of gold and silver coins.

Todays value:

Undetermined.

How to Find It:

Search land records for the home of Dr. Andrew Dyer, a central figure in the story. It said the coi... (573 Total Words)
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The More You Know the More You Will Find

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the March, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While searching the Internet for information for my last column, I came across a couple of instances where information passed between people was not completely accurate. The information had to do with the hunting of meteorites.

Before I get... (1608 Total Words)

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The Mormon Mint Robbery Of 1849

By Margaret Lewis
From page 63 of the August, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Todays mints, where coins are made, are nearly always under government authority and supervision. Immediately after the Revolutionary War, the states were permitted to coin money, but they do not have that right today. Under the constitution, only Co... (1074 Total Words)
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The Mormon Silver Ledge Curse

By Carlos Williams
From page 6 of the February, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In early June 1852, a large wagon train was being readied near Moun­tain Meadows, Utah, for a long jour­ney to San Bernadino, California. The party consisted mostly of Mor­mons, but as the trail to California known to be traveled by ho... (1859 Total Words)

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The Most Valuable Treasure On Earth

By Bill Kelly
From page 42 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Untold Secret Caches On Oak Island
There is so much treasure buried here, it has attracted hundreds of treasure hunters from all over the world, including John Wayne and Errol Flynn.
Mystery surrounds the story of the Money Pit of Oak Isla... (2239 Total Words)

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The Mountain Lion

By Ron Stockman
From page 14 of the October, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last time I discussed three predators which can be, or become, a threat to the collector, wolves, bears and mountain lions. If some of you dismissed my allegations as not worth paying attention to, I can fully understand, especially if you live in... (1503 Total Words)

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The Mountain Springs Silver Robbery

By Linda K. Weinman
From page 18 of the August, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Las Vegas, Nevada, is a large metropolitan city located in the southeast corner of the state, 22 miles northwest of Boulder Dam. It lies at an elevation of 2,000 feet and is the county seat of Clark County.


The town was originally foun... (814 Total Words)
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