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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.

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The Road to My Beginning

By Brian D. Wells
From page 42 of the October, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I’d wanted a metal detector for as long as I can remember. When I was 15-years-old, I happened upon a guy detecting an old schoolyard in my neighborhood.
Curious, I walked up to him and asked, “Find any treasure?”
With a sm... (703 Total Words)

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The Robber's Grave Stays Silent

By B.G. Revis
From page 51 of the October, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A robber's grave on Otter Creek in Oklahoma still quietly guards a hoard of $96,000 in stolen gold - Fort Sill's lost payroll - taken in a daring robbery by a band of outlaws in 1885.

Fort Sill, then nestled in the Kiowa-Commanche-Apache te... (890 Total Words)

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The Robin Hood Of Pennsylvania

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 80 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Robber Lewis Caches
With his death sentence commuted, Lewis engineered the first of his many escapes from the brig at Carlisle barracks. Marked as an outlaw, he fled to the caves along the Conodoquinet where he established his first hideo... (1943 Total Words)

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The Robin Hood Of The Desert

By Jack Fuell
From page 5 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cache of El Tejano
El Tejano cast himself in the Robin Hood role, intending to steal from the rich and give to the poor. He strayed from his intended part because although he stole from the rich, any loot he didnt use for himself he buried in ... (947 Total Words)

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The Rock Lady Of Hay Creek Ranch

By Clarene Aitken
From page 28 of the February, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is winter at Hay Creek Ranch and the rock shop looks kind of lonely huddled under its blanket of snow. The rock beds are inaccessible until spring and the camping area down by the lake is empty and still. On mornings like this, I like to conjur... (1736 Total Words)

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The Rock That Wouldn't Budge

By Justin L. "jack" Fuell
From page 65 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Old Brunswick Trinket
The man who pulled the chutes, called the swamper, jumped off the ore car, grabbed hold of the rock and tried to throw it into the car. Although he should have been able to lift it easily, the rock wouldnt budge. He b... (1229 Total Words)

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The Romance Of Old Fashioned Mining

By Bruce Hewkin
From page 20 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two miles east atop a hill above the small, eastern Oregon community of Canyon City are the old Marysville Placers. They comprise several hundred acres and produced $500,000 in gold. The upper placers, the Caledonia and Blue Ribbon claims, were kn... (1202 Total Words)

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The Roosevelt Dime

By Frank Colletti
From page 58 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, it was decided to change the design of a coin to honor the only man to win four elections to the presidency. Since the March of Dimes (for muscular dystrophy, a disease that afflicted th... (1183 Total Words)

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The Rosedale Mining District

By Ken Weinman
From page 45 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Twenty-nine miles south of Magdalena, N.M., in the beautiful pine forest of the San Mateo Mountains, lies the scattered ruins of the once bustling town of Rosedale. A prospector named Jack Richardson discovered gold there in December 1882. The wor... (1511 Total Words)

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The Royal Mint's Lost Millions

By John K. Manwin
From page 8 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Ottowa, Canada, is a city in southeast Ontario on the right bank of the Ottowa River, about 100 miles west of Montreal. It is noted today for its production of lumber, cement, furniture, paper and pulp mills. It has had a long and interesting history... (959 Total Words)
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The Royal One

By Budd Severs
From page 62 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bobby Allen was born at Glen Innes source of magnificent sapphires 65 years ago. He was working as a construction ganger with the Department of Main Roads when, on leave, he decided to visit his uncle who had an opal claim on the Three Mile Flat... (1068 Total Words)

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The Rubies Of Macon County North Carolina

By Steve Hudson
From page 18 of the August, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its morning in the Cowee Valley. The suns first rays reach gently through the mist and the stream below turns to gold.

George and I make our way slowly up the valley road. To our right rise mountains. Ahead, the valley stretches to the east... (3242 Total Words)

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The Ruggles Brothers' Lost Gold

By Angie Irons
From page 46 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No one is sure just how much gold was on the Oregon Line stage when the young Ruggles brothers rode out of the California bush and robbed it. Newspapers of the time quote the robbers take from $17,000 to $28,000 in gold bars. Stage line and other ... (1961 Total Words)

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The Russian Treasure of Shanghai

By Matt Blackburn
From page 60 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1988, Chinese police notified the Russian consulate that the oldest living Russian immigrant, Ksenia Pavlova, had passed away. At that time no one knew of any relatives who might be living, so it would be the job of the Soviet officials to take... (1167 Total Words)

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The Russian's Confidant

By Gary Hinkley
From page 20 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

San Franciscos Barbary Coast area had a well-earned reputation as a rowdy part of the waterfront. Gambling halls, brothels and saloons became backdrops for murder. Fights were so common no one ever thought of calling the police. Some able-bodied m... (1519 Total Words)

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The Sacramento's Lost Millions

By Margaret Lewis
From page 40 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the dark, foggy night of December 5, 1872, the side-wheeler steamship Sacramento was making nine knots speed, heading up the Pacific coast of Baja California, when it suddenly struck the reef off Geronimo Island, nine miles west of Point San An... (729 Total Words)

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The Saddle Tramp

By Connie Vigil Platt
From page 20 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is a story that was told to the author by her uncle.
Colorado has a long tradition of cowboys, outlaws and ranching.
The area I will tell about was far enough away from civilization to be considered remote and desolate.
There were pl... (1789 Total Words)

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The Saga of the Lost Park

By Mollie Manuell
From page 12 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I first started metal detecting years ago, there was a small park in a subdivision I would go to occasionally. It never yielded very much, a few coins was max. As the years went by I just stopped going there. After all, a couple of pennies w... (1136 Total Words)

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The Sagas of the Traveling Salesmen

By Pat Hughes
From page 64 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold follows the sun! That saying is why Europeans first came to the New World. Commercialism was soon to follow. The wealth of merchandise that has been lost through the journey of traveling salesmen is truly amazing.
These people were called ... (877 Total Words)

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The San Miguel De Archangel

By Robert Mykle
From page 36 of the April, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In December 1659, the harbor town of Havana bustled with activity. The Captain of the San Miguel de Archangel readied his 80 ton Byscane class ship for the long sail home to Spain. The San Miquel was a Royal Adviso ship, one of the scores of small... (1077 Total Words)

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The San Saba Treasure

By Bud Mcdonald
From page 18 of the August, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Before becoming a colonel in the Army of Texas and joining the mar­tyrs of the Alamo, Jim Bowies fa­mous knife had already carved a niche for its owner in the rich history of West Texas. Like another famous hero of the Alamo, David Crockett, ... (1294 Total Words)
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The Sand Giveth, The Sand Taketh Away

By Vincent Arrigali
From page 10 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The beauty of the ocean as you watch the waves lap the shore...there's nothing like seeing the surf roll over. Out in the water were the surfers, dancing on the tide. There on the beach were another breed of men, the hunters swinging their metal d... (471 Total Words)

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The Saratoga Bank Robbery

By Trini Concoles
From page 46 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

S aratoga, Wyoming, is a small town in the southeastern part of the state near the Continental Divide. Gold was so plentiful there that hundreds of miners and prospectors crowded into the nearby ravines and gulches and made a good living. Fortunes... (1569 Total Words)

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The Scalp Hunter's Mine

By James E. Mulkey
From page 11 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In 1972, I owned and operated an assay and testing laboratory in the San Diego area.One day a man walked in and made me an offer I couldnt refuse. The man was John Rose, owner of a firm across the street. He told me his hobby was searching for lost m... (2240 Total Words)
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The Schmidt Gold Trap A Revolutionary New Dredge!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 24 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While a number of technologi­cal advancements in metal detector design have been introduced over the last 15 years, mining equipment has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. Despite some en­hancements to existing designs such as t... (3075 Total Words)

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The Scourge Of The Highlands

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 55 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Claudius Smith Treasure

The secret to the gangs success was a network of caves near a place called the Clove one of these caves still holds this stolen treasure.

Treasure writers and historians have filled countless pages with t... (1979 Total Words)

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The Screech Owl Awaits

By Ken Weinman
From page 44 of the March, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Willapa Bay is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in the southwestern part of Washington state. Long Island is at the south end of Willapa Bay, near the mouth of the Naselle River. This piece of land derived its name because of its narrow, 7-mile lengt... (963 Total Words)

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The Search For Confederate Gold

By Robert E Palmisano
From page 19 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The year was 1865 and the four-year-long Civil War that ravished the United States was drawing to a close. The Confederate armies, under General Robert E. Lee, were then mere shells of their original existence. Short on food, clothing and war supp... (1202 Total Words)

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The Search For Cuba's Sunken Treasure Galleons

By James E. Mulkey
From page 22 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Canadian expedition is plumbing the depths of the ocean off Havana, Cuba, in a search for the largest concentration of sunken Spanish treasure ships in maritime history. It is believed that five sunken treasure ships, the Santa Ana fleet, has be... (1433 Total Words)

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The Search For Fort Gaston

By James Mccoy
From page 46 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You can use your metal detector to find historical sites in your community and at the same time become a local hero.
Whats required to find historical sites other than a metal detector? Three things: patience, library research and the ability ... (1570 Total Words)

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The Search For Long John Latham

By Andre Hinds
From page 8 of the September, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There wouldnt be a Lost Treasure magazine if there hadnt been Long John Latham. Latham founded Lost Treasures forerunner, True Treasure, 30 years ago this month and kept adding magazines to his publishing empire until it grew to eight in the mid-1... (824 Total Words)

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The Search For Native American Treasure Caches

By Pat Hughes
From page 42 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure:

Seldom written about are the Native American treasure caches that may still exist buried or hidden in what were the wilds of North American lands. The Native Americans often knew where gold and silver mines were located and, af... (1290 Total Words)

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The Search For Spanish Gold

By Lost Treasure
From page 57 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Search for Spanish Gold

Editor:

I really enjoyed your October 1995 issue of Lost Treasure, especially the article about the Spanish soldiers lost gold that was buried in southern California along San Felipe Creek.

The stor... (268 Total Words)

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The Search For The Lost City Of Olancho

By James E. Mulkey
From page 39 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Stan Grist, the creator and host for Canadas Follgard CD-Visions critically acclaimed CD-ROM, Lost Treasures of the World, led an expedition to find the Lost City of Olancho in Central Honduras in 1986. Olancho was destroyed in 1611, by a devastat... (1462 Total Words)

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The Second Chance

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 32 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It isn’t often a second chance comes around, but it happened to our treasure hunting club recently and we were thrilled. Earlier in the summer of 2011, the State of Texas ripped out the main street in our hometown, Cisco, Texas, and tradesme... (1567 Total Words)

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The Second Find of a Lifetime

By Greg King
From page 32 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While eating out with my family recently, I received a call from a friend, Gary Anderson, who I sometimes detect with.
He was calling to let me know of a site he had been digging silver coins from. I had already planned to deer hunt with my son... (714 Total Words)

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The Second Gold Rush

By Bob Western and Tom Soggin
From page 18 of the June, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is something special about natural gold. You just can't beat the sight of color in your gold pan! We were scouting for the third Lost Treasure TV Special, "The Second Gold Rush, when we got our first natural color. The day was crisp... (527 Total Words)

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The Second Layer Searching Beneath The Trash

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 21 of the January, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometimes you, the Ther, are temporarily stymied for a place to hunt. However, the need to be swing­ing the coil wont be denied, so you should have some special location that you can return to time and again. It should be some place that you a... (1144 Total Words)

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The Secret Galleon

By Gerry Edwards
From page 26 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The ocean does not give up its secrets easily. This was to be my third dive here since 1997. I had discovered the anchor from the old shipwreck embedded in its rocky embrace in 1993 while spear fishing. A major car accident and subsequent surgerie... (1322 Total Words)

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The Secret is Out on Georgia Gold

By Craig E. Redick
From page 8 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“Where do you find your gold?” I’m asked that question more often than any other so I’m going to try to put that question to rest within this writing.
First of all, I don’t have any Top Secret locations where I do ... (1513 Total Words)

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The Secret Marks Of Treasure Hill

By Tom Vance
From page 12 of the July, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It seems to me, as a treasure hunter, that the place where I first encountered treasure hunting signs along with a known treasure has been there forever. The site lies in northern Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, and its a place I know as Treasure Hill.... (1894 Total Words)

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The Secret Treasure Code Of The Blue Ridge

By Al Masters
From page 9 of the June, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you can figure out the meaning of a simple page of numbers, you may find a treasure in the hills of Virginia worth more than $2 million.

Before you get your hopes up too high, you should know that several men have spent the better part o... (3409 Total Words)

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The Secrets of Mystery Camp

By Dorain Cook
From page 31 of the June, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Is there anyone out there who has ever swung a metal detector that hasn't dreamed of finding an untouched relic or coin site? How many times after long hours of research and impatient waiting for the weather to improve, or the work week to end... (1884 Total Words)

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The Shanahan Carriage Company

By Maria Da Silva
From page 47 of the October, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A variety of relics can be found while exploring old farms and ranches, from coins to tools, horseshoes and bottles. But perhaps the most impressive are the rusting farm machinery often found languishing along rotting fences or abandoned in overgr... (815 Total Words)

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The Shark Teeth Of Venice Florida

By George Heusser
From page 16 of the December, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shark Tooth Capitol of the World is the title claimed by Venice, Fla. and it seems well deserved. The fossil sharks teeth found there, in profusion and beautifully preserved, are from Miocene and later epochs, more than 70 million years old.
L... (523 Total Words)

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The Shingle Mill

By Robert Fierke
From page 40 of the May, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No matter how many thousands of times you go metal detecting, even after many years of searches as in my case, the anticipation remains uniquely the same; to know that, simply by tuning an electronic instrument, you can acquire another physical se... (1568 Total Words)

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The Shocking Case Of Frank Turley

By Patti Arthur, Attorney At Law
From page 61 of the June, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The information contained in this column is of a general nature and is not meant to apply to any specific individuals circumstances. Every legal situation is unique and contains facts and circumstances that are unique. If you have a specific legal... (1105 Total Words)

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The Shopkeeper's Jug

By Trini Concoles
From page 22 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Peru, Nebraska, is a small agricultural town located in the southeastern part of the state. It is in Nemaha County and is situated along the banks of the Missouri River, 58 miles southeast of Lincoln. It was founded in the mid-19th century and has... (1057 Total Words)

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The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Of Salisbury, Maryland

By Jay Pastor
From page 60 of the February, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The city of Salisbury sits on a peninsula thats almost cut off from the rest of the globe by the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Maryland has an area of only 9,775 square miles and a coastline of 31 miles, there are 3,1... (1355 Total Words)
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The Silver Box

By Gerry Edwards
From page 31 of the November, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I had just received my new Whites MXT, and was chomping at the bit to use it. I had already been out and used it on a Chinese camp on the ranch that I patrol. I had yet to do any sweeping of the ground in Mariposa where the old homes had been built a... (488 Total Words)
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