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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 Petrified Gemstones

By Pat Hughes
From page 8 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Everyone knows that gems take a long time to be created. However, there are two types of gemstones to be found - organic and inorganic.
The organic gems take just as long to be made and are the most fun to search for.
The word fossil means &... (1396 Total Words)

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The Phantom Waybill

By M.j. Doner
From page 51 of the July, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I was going through some files and I ran across a copy of a waybill that Michael Paul Henson had printed in one of his articles for Lost Treasure magazine. The waybill had been sent to him by a treasure hunter in Santa Fe, NM. The waybill surface... (1575 Total Words)

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The Pirate Bride

By Therese Lanigan-schmidt
From page 42 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seven small islands comprise the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire: Duck, Appledore, Smuttynose and Cedar are within the State of Maine; Star, Londoners and White pay taxes to New Hampshire. Their name, the Isles of Shoals comes about for the shoal... (1126 Total Words)

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The Pirates And Patrons Of Padre

By Trini Concoles
From page 44 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Padre Island is a sand reef off the mainland of four Texas counties: Kleberg, Willacy, Kennedy and Cameron. It is about 100 miles long and stretches from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Brazos Santiago Pass. The island is separated from the Texas mainla... (1105 Total Words)

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The Pirate's Broken Heart

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the January, 1995 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Billy Bowlegs Coastal Treasure
Billy Bowlegs could have lived the rest of his life in luxury just on the wealth stored in the hold of his schooner. He could have sailed back to New Orleans and lived quietly on his plantation or entered any bus... (2161 Total Words)

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The Pirate's True Confessions

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 21 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is difficult to separate facts from fiction when it comes to Charles Gibbs. Just before his execution, he confessed to having committed so many crimes, acts of piracy and murders that it is hard to believe one man committed them all in a single... (1475 Total Words)

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The Place God Forgot

By James Mccoy
From page 46 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Bull Ring Mine
None of the men ever returned to the Black Hills, yet the impression the prospectors and their rich ore made on the saloon denizens of Yuma gave rise to rumors of fabulous wealth to be found in the Black Hills. Although the... (1572 Total Words)

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The Plain Facts On Detecting Gold

By James E. Mulkey
From page 23 of the March, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From time to time, anxious prospectors find their way into Kinneys Rocks & Gems, take a look at the locally found nuggets on display, then complain loudly about the lack of success they have had in those same gold fields. They complain to the ... (1574 Total Words)

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The Plantation's Fertile Soil

By Trini Concoles
From page 5 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Commander Percys Lost Casks of Gold
At Percys plantation, all hell broke loose. After a few weeks of shouting, fighting and verbal abuse, Percy did the unexpected. He calmly walked down to the river, tied a heavy iron object around his neck an... (780 Total Words)

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The Platinum King Of Alaska

By Mike Coppock
From page 24 of the July, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The legend of Andrew Olson, the Platinum King of Alaska, began along the banks of Fox Gulch on the Bering Sea 450 miles west of Anchorage in the fall of 1926. A Yupik Eskimo, Walter Smith, was panning for gold when he encountered a rough grayish m... (1517 Total Words)

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The Plummer Gang's Lost Caches

By Ken Weinman
From page 16 of the August, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the cold Sunday evening of January 10, 1864, a vigi­lante group of twenty-five law abid­ing citizens rode into Bannack, Mon­tana, and hung Sheriff Henry Plummer and his two deputies, Ned Ray and Buck Stinson. They rode in from nearb... (1694 Total Words)

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The Plundering Tory

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 26 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Silver of Moodys Rock

Moody was sent to West Point to await the inevitable. Here he fell under the jurisdiction of Benedict Arnold, who took great pains to ensure the famous Tory spy would not give away information which Arnold intended to ... (2750 Total Words)

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The Poet-highwayman

By Billy Taggert
From page 43 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Black Bart's Stagecoach Loot

During the 65-year history of the stagecoach, a fantastic amount of wealth was stolen from more than a thousand coaches running on more than daily schedules.

Finding the loot too cumbersome to carry, scur... (2924 Total Words)

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The Poison Gas Mine

By Ken Hodgson
From page 36 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Lost Dutchman, the Lost Adams, and the Lost Pegleg, these are but a few of the discover­ies of rich ore that were found and subsequently lost. Many may won­der how it is possible to lose the location of a mine. I will tell you, its a lot ... (1532 Total Words)
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The Positive Treasure Hunting Attitude

By Glenn Thomas
From page 22 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sixty-two-year old Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident Fred Van Buskirk is enthusiastic about his treasure-hunting hobby. His blue eyes sparkle and his mind races, often ahead of his tongue, when he tries to explain why he enjoys using his metal detector so... (1932 Total Words)

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The Possibility of Finding Something Valuable

By Reg Sniff
From page 58 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month's column is very close to the information I wrote in a recent column. The reason for the similarity and the general repeat of certain information will be explained in a minute, if you will bear with me.I have just returned from one ... (1482 Total Words)

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The Potential For Detector's Is Enormous

By Reg Sniff
From page 6 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last month I presented a generic projection of what we may see in the future for changes of metal detectors. I would like to both explain and expand on this issue.
First of all, as I have mentioned in the past, Metal Detector manufacturing com... (1634 Total Words)

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The Price Is Still About the Same

By Reg Sniff
From page 58 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For those of you who follow my column, it must be interesting to try to figure out what I will write about next. Yep, even I don’t know until the inspiration hits me. Hey, this month’s column is no different. Stick with me and you will... (1474 Total Words)

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The Price Of Gold

By Andy Maslowski
From page 56 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold and treasure hunting. Treasure hunting and gold. For many, the two go hand-in-hand and are the only game in town.

People who love gold in any of its magnificent, different forms are cordially referred to as gold bugs. And gold bugs aro... (1414 Total Words)

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The Priest's Gold

By C. H. Rosenthal
From page 26 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A conspiracy of silence surrounds the on again, off again efforts of a small group of east Texans to recover a chest of jewels and religious artifacts from the fringes of the near-impenetrable Big Thicket.

But despite the open hostility of ... (2131 Total Words)

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The Prospector of Quesnel Forks

By Ed Coonfield
From page 30 of the August, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During a recent trip to Alaska, we were about 350 miles into British Columbia on Highway 97. My wife, Lois, and I had planned the Alaska trip with Rex and Alvina Sipple and we all looked forward to exploring some of the old ghost towns along the w... (2177 Total Words)

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The Prospector of Quesnel Forks, Part II

By Ed Coonfield
From page 26 of the September, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After we left Wiley at Quesnel Forks, we spent three-and-a-half weeks touring British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. Instead of driving back on the Alcan Highway, we returned to British Columbia down the famous Inside Passage by the ferry. We won... (2355 Total Words)

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The Psuedo Farmer: Tilling For Coins Instead Of Crops

By Andre Le Doux
From page 22 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
As a child, I battled make-believe monsters while pursuing imaginary treasures. Too bad I didnt realize that within my farmyard playground was a buried treasure worth over $100,000. We lived at the foot of a rolling, grassy hill in rural Oregon. The ... (793 Total Words)
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The Purdy Lake Mica Mine

By Andrew Hind
From page 52 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Silver and gold. Frenzied rushes have occurred every time a new source of either have been found - the California Gold Rush, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Cobalt Silver Rush of northern Ontario, and the Tombstone Silver Rush.
These maddened eras ... (1748 Total Words)

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The Quartzsite Shows

By James Mccoy
From page 9 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold nuggets, metal detectors, live country-western music, gemstones, famous nugget-shooters and rocks that look good enough to eat all contributed to this years excellent show at the Main Event, one of a dozen shows held in Quartzsite, Arizona, e... (1311 Total Words)

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The Queenscliff Hoard

By Barry Whalen
From page 36 of the July, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For one hundred and seventy-one years, seekers after a fabled treasure reputedly buried at Queenscliff, on Australias south coast, have followed scores of false clues and met with failure.

Now three hardheaded Australians claim they are hot... (1919 Total Words)

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The Quest For Latin American Gold

By James E. Mulkey
From page 60 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Quite possibly, no single living individual, other than Mel Fisher, has found as much gold as Stan Grist has. Stan has discovered numerous ancient placer deposits in the uncharted regions of the Amazon in the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil, each v... (1379 Total Words)

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The Real Lonesome Dove: Oran, Texas

By Barbara Starcher
From page 10 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When you read about Gus McCrae and Woodrow McCall in Larry McMurtrys book, Lonesome Dove, it is said that you are reading the fictional account of the lives of famed cattlemen Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight. But you are also reading about the... (557 Total Words)

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The Real Long John Silver, Jonathan Swift & The Lost City Of Gold

By Robert A. Prather
From page 59 of the July, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There have been many treasure tales told throughout the years and each possess their own fascinating story components, but few can hold a candle to the following account of high adventure.


In this spirited tale of tall ships, pirates, h... (2845 Total Words)
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The Real Mccoy

By James E. Mulkey
From page 15 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Papuans Lost Placer Diggings
Although storekeeper McCoy acquired a fortune in gold by trading with the Indians, that fortune wasnt enough. He tried to cajole, bribe and threaten the Mojaves to learn the mines location from those Mojaves who ha... (2778 Total Words)

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The Real Story On Pull Tabs For Kidneys

By Lost Treasure
From page 49 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Real Story on Pull-tabs for Kidneys

Editor:

Im enclosing this information in order to save your readers and the foundation needless paperwork.

Muriel Heafy, Pine Bush, New York

Muriel enclosed a number of letters and... (634 Total Words)

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The Real Treasure Island

By Jake Brouwer
From page 13 of the September, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Authors Note: In 1958, when I was 8-years-old, I was confined to my bedroom for what seemed like months with bronchial asthma. Many days I stared out the window watching as the other kids got to play outdoors. All I could do was dream of the day that... (1577 Total Words)
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The Real Treasure Of Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains

By Tom Vance
From page 55 of the October, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The location is the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma. The time: June 1956. With the temperature in the high 90’s, it is unpleasantly warm. There are few trees and virtually no shade from the sun’s heat as the two amateur arch... (1661 Total Words)

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The Rebel War in Arizona Territory

By Ron Ebner
From page 15 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From 1861 to 1865, the terrible “War Between the States” raged up and down the eastern portion of the United States. Tyranny, bloodshed, theft and the horror of war trod side by side with bravery, kind deeds and many acts of heroism. Many batt... (1440 Total Words)

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The Recreational Detecting And Prospecting Club

By Jay Pastor
From page 24 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In March 1697, Hannah Dustans infant son was killed by Penacook Indians who then abducted her and kept her prisoner near an outlying trading post. Using great ingenuity, she freed herself, scalped her captors, and escaped by canoe to her home 40 m... (1365 Total Words)

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The Relative's Lost Mine

By Joe Meis
From page 22 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A lot of people have a brother they wish would just leave. Others have one they can visit any time they like. Then there’s Bill Skinner.
One day in 1868, a stranger knocked on the door of a farmhouse in the Wet Mountain valley.
He said... (887 Total Words)

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The Relics of Tower Hill

By Ray Theiss
From page 11 of the December, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In Sterling County, Texas, Tower Hill has been a natural landmark that has lured the people of the Concho Valley to its summit for centuries.
Located five miles south of Sterling City (the county seat), near the confluence of the North Concho R... (1349 Total Words)

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The Reluctant Pirate

By Tim Casey
From page 35 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dixie Bulls Maine Loot
Outraged by the audacity of the French, Dixie Bull vowed to even the score. Assembling a crew of 15 rough fellows, he cruised up and down the New England coast, seeking French vessels to plunder. Weeks elapsed without hi... (1658 Total Words)

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The Reno Brothers' Lost Loot

By Ken Weinman
From page 18 of the July, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seymour, Indiana, is a small town located in the south-central part of the state in Jackson County. It is a quiet town today, but a little over a century ago, it was the headquarters for the infamous Reno Brothers Gang, a gang that was tougher and... (2778 Total Words)

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The Reno Gang Treasure

By Fred F. Hoback, Sr.
From page 14 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Jesse James has been credited with planning the technique of the
first train robbery. However, a more industrious outlaw named John Rerio deserves this dubious honor. He headed the first organized gang of daylight robbers and train hold-up men ... (1370 Total Words)

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The Return To A Forgotten Fort

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 17 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A gentle breeze stirred through the pines as I awaited the dawn and the hunt. The gray light produced images of what the site had once been like. How many solitary sentries had awaited the anticipated sun as I did? The bones of how many soldiers m... (1152 Total Words)

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The Rewards of the Hunt

By Roy Zeper
From page 8 of the November, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has dug deep into the surface of the earth’s crust in search of its treasures. The more difficult to obtain, the more he has prized its possession. And much of what he has wrested from the earth h... (1856 Total Words)

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The Reynolds Gang Exposed

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 7 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There are many contemporary accounts which substantiate that treasure obtained by the Reynolds Gang was cached during the Civil War. Although the Reynolds Gang has been considered an outlaw gang, there is evidence that it was actually a band of Confe... (1623 Total Words)
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The Richness of Silver

By John Minges
From page 42 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you’re like me your heart jumps a bit when you swing your metal detector over a target and it reads silver on the display.
You can’t help but smile as you pluck the coin or object from the ground knowing it has been there probabl... (613 Total Words)

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The Right of Way Mine

By Maria Da Silva
From page 18 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For most of us prospecting for rocks and minerals is a hobby, a pleasant diversion that we embrace as a means of enlivening our lives. It’s thrilling to stumble upon a find, valuable or otherwise. But I imagine few people take the time to reflec... (1375 Total Words)

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The Right Thing To Do

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My Y2K article did get at least one laugh from a friend of mine, Bill Blackwell. He had to call me to let me know he saw the article. I hope other people enjoyed it. This months article will not be as humorous. However, I did have fun introducing ... (1496 Total Words)

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The Right Tool For The Job: Buying A New Detector

By Chris Gholson
From page 43 of the January, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Not long ago I was rummaging through the attic when I came across a dusty cardboard box filled with my old photo albums. I couldnt help but smile as I thumbed through the yellowing pages.

Most contained snapshots from metal detecting trips ... (1701 Total Words)
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The River Of Stories: A Museum Of Social History

By Bill Turk
From page 20 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you stand on the bank of the Thames River, under the legs of the Southwark Bridge, and listen, you will hear voices, a cachophony of voices emanating from the river bottom, where buried under a blanket of mud and silt lie items lost over the pa... (1194 Total Words)

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The Road Agent's Nefarious Avocation

By Bill Kelly
From page 27 of the July, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The long winter of 1893 was over in Montana. In the Big Timber country, a shortage of food and sky-high prices on what was available had made staying alive almost impossible. But the mining companies were expansive with the splendid spring weather... (1359 Total Words)

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The Road Less Traveled

By Tim Suilebhan
From page 8 of the May, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a beautiful spring day and I was traveling up Rt. 38 out of Lowell, Massachusetts, heading for New Hampshire to seek new detecting grounds and to shed the winter blahs when, to avoid a traffic jam at an intersection ahead, I turned left ont... (1121 Total Words)

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