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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 Mountain's Golden Heart

By Bruce A. Hewkin
From page 18 of the August, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Theres just one way to get to 200 pounds of placer gold descend hundreds of feet straight down the Wallowa Chimney.

In 1886, a Nez Perce Indian cached 200 pounds of placer gold beneath a natural pool deep within an Oregon mountain. The poo... (1145 Total Words)

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The Mouth Of The Rat Treasures

By Herb Goldberger
From page 48 of the June, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Boca Raton Inlet which is south of the community of Boca Raton is known as the mouth of the rat and according to Florida history it has just cause. Many years ago pirates roamed the area and plundered, looted and sacked merchant vessels in which c... (803 Total Words)

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The Mssing Cargo

By Rich Yanishak
From page 11 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is a true story about the most extensive and thorough search ever conducted by two Pennsylvania treasure hunters, Rich Yanishak utilizing a Whites Eagle Spectrum and Jeff Morgan equipped with a Minelab Sovereign XS 2 PRO. Our goal was to reco... (1660 Total Words)

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The Mt. Horeb Mine

By Art Redman
From page 32 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Twelve-year-old David Smith immigrated to Oregon from Missouri with his parents in 1852. He later obtained a map showing the purported location of a gold ledge on an unnamed butte lying a few miles south of the Little North Santiam River near Elkh... (730 Total Words)

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The Mulliner Gang Cache

By Anthony J. Rego
From page 44 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Within one the most densely populated states in the nation, New Jersey contains 1,700 square miles of sandy soil, dense pine tree forest, marshland and running streams. Located in the southern portion of the state, colonists made many attempts to ... (705 Total Words)

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The Mysterious Fallen Tree

By M.j. Doner
From page 26 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A short time ago while walking over parts of western New Mexico near my home, you know kicking a few rocks just enjoying the outside and absorbing the beauty of the high desert. By chance I blunder upon an old down Pinon tree. Really not thinking ... (1804 Total Words)

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The Mysterious Ingots Of The Rio

By Jake Brouwer
From page 46 of the July, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a day like most others for Bakers Beach life station attendant Mark Ellington. His shift started that morning at 4 a.m. when Ellington busied himself with his daily chores and sipped a steaming cup of black coffee. The sounds of the sea, an... (1436 Total Words)

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The Mysterious Prospector

By G K Hawk
From page 58 of the January, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Joe Long was no jackass prospector. He was tall and gaunt, bad a seamed, weather beaten face, and his shoulders were bowed like a pinon under a load of wet snow.

He lugged his shabby camp outfit around in a broken down spring wagon pulled b... (1273 Total Words)

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The Mysterious Sable Island Canada's Other Treasure Island

By Robert And Carolyn Bouldin
From page 26 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sable Island has been the site of over 200 shipwrecks. Since the year 1800 countless other vessels, from as early as the 1500s have disappeared near Sable Island Banks.


The true treasure hunter may never have thought of visiting Canada... (1378 Total Words)
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The Mysterious Sinking Of The Ada Hancock

By Jake Brouwer
From page 50 of the August, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 1860's, Los Angeles Harbor had but two docks and neither the docks nor the harbor entrance were large enough to accommodate the deep draft of coastal steamers. A man named Timms in the town of San Pedro owned one of the docks and the other,... (1403 Total Words)

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The Mysterius Treasure Of Benjamin Dennis

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 26 of the April, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
If Benjamin Dennis did what they say he did, he was asking for trouble. Privateering was a lucrative business during the American Revolution, but the distribution of the spoils was very strictly controlled by Admiralty Court. Certain types of cargo w... (1296 Total Words)
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The Mystery Cave

By Jude' Colleen Kendrick
From page 44 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I recently moved from Los Angeles to Arizona and after all my years of treasure hunting and prospecting southern California, I was excited about all of the new prospects I would hopefully discover in Arizona. For months before arriving, I had cons... (1179 Total Words)

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The Mystery Of New Mexico's Benavides Treasure

By Joe Petrowski
From page 40 of the July, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
For more than 375 years the mystery surrounding New Mexicos Benavides treasure has tantalized the minds of what few know the story. It is a story based in historical fact and legend, which in spite of the best efforts of those who have sought out the... (2643 Total Words)
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The Mystery Of Rommel's Missing Millions

By Ken Krippene
From page 29 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Buried somewhere among the windswept sand dunes of southern Tunisia lies by far the most exciting treasure lost during World War II. I have talked with a man who was present when its disposition was planned.

This treasure consists of 127 sm... (3028 Total Words)

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The Nebraska Coin Husker

By Tom Vance
From page 27 of the May, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One very enjoyable aspect of writing about someones interest in using a metal detector is that persons description of his or her first metal detector.

I met up with 60-year-old veteran treasure hunter Bill Welsh at a competition hunt in Lon... (2138 Total Words)

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The Nemaha River Treasure

By David Dary
From page 42 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About two miles north of Seneca, in northeast Kansas, along the east bank of the old Nemaha River channel, there may be a fortune in buried treasure.

Over 100 years ago, two young Argonauts, returning to their home in Massachusetts, suppose... (2416 Total Words)

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The New Virginia Gold Rush

By B.G. Revis
From page 47 of the December, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Virginians who long for the excitement of gold mining in California or Nevada dont have to traipse off to the wild West it is literally under their feet. Many years ago two brothers named Smith found fist-sized gold nuggets on their farm in Spots... (602 Total Words)

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The Next Generation Of Pinpointer Probes

By Andy Sabisch
From page 31 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Youve spent more than a month researching the location of an old picnic ground that had been very popular in the 1800s. After pinpointing its location and obtaining permission to search it, you arrived early one Saturday morning hoping for a produ... (1812 Total Words)

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The Oddest Beep

By Bill Turk
From page 8 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunters come up with the oddest yarns about their finds.
One often must take these stories with a healthy dose of skepticism, because finds, like fish, become bigger with age and with each retelling over a pint on a cold, rainy night.<... (1515 Total Words)

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The Official Confederate Coin

By Angie Irons
From page 22 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Of all the relics of the Civil War, the official Confederate 1861 half-dollar is perhaps the rarest. Over the years there have been a number of coins presented under the name of the Confederacy, but they are restricted, only a pale facsimile of th... (959 Total Words)

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The OKM Rover UC

By Andy Sabisch
From page 35 of the January, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This issue’s field test covers a piece of equipment that, in all likelihood, very few readers have ever heard of and an even smaller number have thought of using for treasure hunting here in North America.
OKM GmbH is a German company fou... (2759 Total Words)

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The Old And The Gold

By Duncan Maclead
From page 19 of the October, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was an early March morning. The air was crisp, but there lingered the promise of a pleasant day ahead. The face of the falls was still partially encased in ice, but the pool beneath and the stream that flowed from it was free and open.My buddy,... (1055 Total Words)

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The Old Bottle Shelf

By Ward And Vivienne George
From page 58 of the December, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Elmer Heffling family of Columbia, Missouri, picked up an idea at a West Coast show last spring and is now displaying a particularly colorful collection of applied lip beer bottles in a showcase devised by splitting beer kegs in half and wiring t... (707 Total Words)
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The Old Bottle Shelf

By Ward & Viivienne George
From page 50 of the June, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Right now antique bottle diggers across the country have a big thing going with old whiskey bottleswhich affords, aside from the thrill of the chase, some real laughs over brands our forefathers found refreshing.

Elks Milk Whiskey, Old Gove... (900 Total Words)
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The Old Bottle Shelf

By Ward And Vivienne George
From page 59 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On a Sunday safari through Californias Mother Lode country, we rounded a curve in the town of Grass Valley and came upon a scene. It seems a relocation of the state highway had opened up a brand new cut in a gulch back of the town, and the banks were... (777 Total Words)
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The Old Indian's Tale

By James Mccoy
From page 46 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Spanish Gold In The Baboquivaris
There is little question that the old Papago had stumbled onto an old Spanish mine and a treasure cache. Even today, there continue to be stories of treasure caches being located in the region, mostly somewhere... (2350 Total Words)

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The Old Prospector and His Little Red Trailer

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 39 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Old Prospector dug deep into the crevice of the decaying quartz rock.
Way down under the top pieces was a layer of red earth washed into the crevice over many years.
Carefully sucking the dirt out with his new toy, called a vacuum, he br... (921 Total Words)

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The Old Prospector and the Cowboy

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 36 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After my friend let me try out his Garrett metal detector and I found my grandmother’s treasure, I have yearned to have a Garrett detector of my own.
My old metal detector gave her heart and soul to find treasure for many years, but now s... (1144 Total Words)

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The Old Prospector and The Kid

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 36 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Now in his 81st year, the Old Prospector is riding the range on his ATV once again looking for another big gold nugget. He has been rejuvenated one more time.
No, it was not the mineral bath he had down at his favorite hot springs, or the shot ... (1337 Total Words)

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The Old Spanish Trail A Long Historical Treasure Trail

By James G. Carnahan
From page 42 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Long before the Old Spanish Trail became known by name, the trail existed and has known the war whoop of American Indians, prayer chants of Spanish priests, the squeak of wagon wheels, shouted cavalry commands, the rattle of gunfire and the bellow... (1624 Total Words)

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The Old Wiley Well

By John And R.a. Cristler
From page 46 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We have all heard of the term snowbird. Well this year I joined them. My wife and I live in the Badger state, Wisconsin. The winters can get very cold, so this year we took off for the open road. We decided to travel from Wisconsin to California, ... (1231 Total Words)

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The Oliver Perry Saga

By Paul D Bloom
From page 38 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly before noon on Feb. 12, 1892, on a wind swept country road seven miles southwest of Lyons, N.Y., a slightly built 26-year-old abandoned his stolen sleigh and floundered through the snow to a nearby stone wall. On the edge of Bentons Swamp,... (1702 Total Words)

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The One Knob Wonder

By Jim Martin
From page 14 of the February, 1985 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1985 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Works wonderfully wellthis simple three-word slogan sums up my reaction to the 1210-X, the latest addition to Fisher Research Laboratorys 1200-X series of metal detectors. The unit I was as-signed to field-test (Serial #10318) was a mighty impress... (2629 Total Words)

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The Oregon Mine of the California Dutchmen

By Art Redman
From page 30 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Four Dutchmen left the California gold fields after the gold rush seeking more gold.
Their journey took them to the Ochoco Mountains in the heart of central Oregon dominated by the 120-foot diameter, 350-foot high monolith called Steens Pillar.... (663 Total Words)

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The Original Washington: Forks Of The Tar River

By John Minges
From page 21 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

North Carolina history can be traced back to 1663, when political friends of Charles II, King of England, were granted land and given the task of promoting new settlements in the state. As history records, 337 acres were granted to Christopher Du... (1487 Total Words)

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The Outlaw Who Wouldn't Talk

By Ron Ebner
From page 10 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several brawny men placed the heavy strongbox containing 300 pounds of gold bullion worth $60,000 aboard the trail-battered stagecoach. Nearby stood a stern company representative who watched as the shipment was put aboard the Wells Fargo Overland... (1648 Total Words)

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The Overland Express Train Robbery

By Dick Burditt
From page 26 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the early evening of October 11, 1894, Jack Brady and Sam Browning held up the eastbound Overland Express passenger train a few miles west of Sacramento, California, near the town of Mikon. The two robbers escaped with approximately $50,000... (2504 Total Words)

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The Owyhee Gold Cache

By Art Redman
From page 48 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Head:
The path to the Owyhee Gold Cache is not opposite Birch Creek on the road to the historic Hole in the Ground Ranch.Lead In:
The Owyhee Breaks of southeastern Oregon, bordering the western shore of Lake Owyhee, contain a cave holding th... (698 Total Words)

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The Pack Train Robbery Treasure

By Maurice Kildare
From page 26 of the September, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are many intriguing and fascinating accounts of lost gold in the west that seem to bloom with the summer winds. This is especially true in undated and apparently unaccounted for robberies of gold in transit.

The obstacle for researche... (3784 Total Words)

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The Padre's Desert Gold

By Richard Taylor
From page 28 of the January, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Oro! Oro! Bestante oro!" cried the sunburned padre as he staggered into the Mexican mission, a heavy sack hanging from his shoulder. His robes were tattered and caked with desert dust, and he appeared to be thoroughly exhausted.

He emptied... (352 Total Words)

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The Padre's Ghost Guards The Treasure

By Ken Weinman
From page 48 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a bright summer day during the early 1920's, two young boys named Clyde and Bob Simpson stumbled across a small fortune in buried church treasure. The cache had been hidden by a Spanish priest when his small village came under attack by a band ... (1527 Total Words)

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The Padre's Mine

By Gary Hinkley
From page 58 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1796, a small group of priests from France volunteered to serve in Mexico. Father La Rue (some church records give his name as La Ruz) was among the priests on their way to the New World. Some sources maintain his original name was Philip. Phil... (1550 Total Words)

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The Pantano, Arizona, Train Robbery

By Ken Weinman
From page 8 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The train robber had a special place in western history. To the whisky peddler and horse thief he was a hero. Even decent folks admired his daring. To many folks, he was no more than a mere criminal; he robbed trains more out of contempt than gree... (1712 Total Words)

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The Park Comissioner's Ring

By Chet Faber
From page 18 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I have been metal detecting for about five years. I am mainly a coin and jewelry hunter and the majority of my detecting is on the local beaches, schools and parks. There is one park in my hometown that gets a lot of use, so I asked the parks c... (611 Total Words)
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The Paymaster's Lost Fishing Hole Cache

By Ken Weinman
From page 12 of the November, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In June 1859, the U.S. Government commissioned Captain Andrew Bowman to select a location for the construction of a military post in the San Luis Valley near the mouth of La Veta Pass in south-central Colorado.
The post was named Fort Garland a... (1706 Total Words)

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The Peace Dollar

By Frank Colletti
From page 51 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1920, the United States was still recovering from its first exposure to international intrigue and warfare. Its involvement in the War to End All Wars had finally ended in 1918, with the loss of over 116,000 of the nations finest soldiers kille... (1571 Total Words)

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The Pecan Tree Treasure

By Rocky McIntosh
From page 6 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The searches for artifacts in the form of treasure kept in hidden destinations from many years ago have created untold wealth throughout my life. The large fields on family farms hide the secrets of hidden treasure with almost no trace, but they d... (1434 Total Words)

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The Peddler's Lost Cache

By Ken Weinman
From page 16 of the May, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Moishe Edelman, a peddler by trade, lay dying in a doctors office in Cleveland, Ohio, during the fall of 1933. He had suffered a massive heart attack and knew that the end of his life was near. Babbling in delirium and speaking in a barely audible... (1322 Total Words)

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The Perfect Point

By R. D. Monson
From page 25 of the February, 1977 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

West Texas is probably best known for its underground treasure of oil, but for collectors of Indian artifacts, a vast treasure lies on the surface.
Rich in history, the same water-holes that later brought white set-tlers to the area also serv... (1453 Total Words)

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The Perfect Recipe The Lost Cement Mine

By William Klette
From page 39 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Take the plot from any lost mine tale, stir in a couple of grisly murders and an Indian battle or two, add a pinch of humor from one of Americas greatest story-tellers, Mark Twain, and you have the perfect recipe for a story.

On the east sl... (1715 Total Words)

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