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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 Silver Clad Half

By John Minges
From page 18 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nothing makes more goose bumps than discovering something someone has obviously overlooked.
After all, when you consider the coins I am talking about were last minted for circulation in 1969, 41 years ago, you have to wonder how they can still ... (275 Total Words)

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The Silver Coin Explosion

By Billy Taggert
From page 42 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wilcox Train Robbery Loot
The safe was the new-fangled, foolproof kind, made of cast iron in Chicago. The two robbers used a load of black powder and eight sacks, each containing 1,000 silver Mexican pesos, to stamp the explosives. On the firs... (1929 Total Words)

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The Silver Madonna

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Mad Rangers Treasure
From the white captives the Rangers learned that there was another war party, 200 strong, in the area who would be sure to notice the fires. Taking five Indian hostages along with the five former captives, the Rangers ... (1991 Total Words)

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The Sins Of An Innocent Man

By Mac Galway
From page 35 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Rattlesnake Dicks Mule Train Loot
This man, recognizing Dick in a saloon, relayed the word that Barter twice had brushes with the law at Rattlesnake Bar. This was sufficient for local folks to treat the young man with suspicion. In fact, this ... (1879 Total Words)

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The Skull And Crossbones Class Of 1995

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the November, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Piracy and buried treasure -- the two are so closely linked in our collective imaginations that it's almost impossible to mention one without the other coming to mind. However, few people are aware that the crime of piracy has been making a big-ti... (1519 Total Words)

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The Smoldering Past

By Pat Kerr
From page 50 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Some of the best finds are made completely by accident. We went out for Chinese and happened upon the largest relic I’ve ever encountered right in the center of the Town of Blind River, Ontario, Canada.
This small community is on the nort... (702 Total Words)

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The Soldier's Big Secret

By Ken Weinman
From page 51 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The town of Rochford, Dakota Territory, was founded in May 1878 and is located on Little Rapid Creek in the middle of the Black Hills. Gold was first discovered in the area on Montezuma Hill in 1876 and the town grew up around it.

In the sp... (870 Total Words)

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The Southern Cause - 1865

By Mark Allen Ralls
From page 28 of the April, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The saying goes that, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” But it should say, “History is stranger than both truth and fiction, as the passing of time can change places completely.”  When one thinks about the Civil War, t... (892 Total Words)

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The Southern Pacific Express Train Robbery

By Dick Burditt
From page 52 of the August, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first train robbery committed in the United States occurred on May 5, 1865, just three weeks after the Civil War ended. Heavy objects placed on the tracks near North Bend, Ohio, derailed an Ohiko and Mississippi passenger train bound from Cinc... (980 Total Words)

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The Southern Pacific Train Roberry

By Dick Burditt
From page 59 of the August, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly after dark on the evening of January 10, 1895, two men, Grant Wheeler and Joe George, held up a Southern Pacific westbound passenger train five miles west of the present-day town of Willcox, Arizona.

 

The robbery took pla... (1308 Total Words)

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The Spanish Dip Needle

By Reggie Gould
From page 29 of the November, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I ran across an article on the Spanish Dip Needle on a forum, but the information was vague with little depth into the subject. As I was reading the blog, I realized I had seen this device before, many years ago, when I worked for North American A... (1680 Total Words)

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The Ss Sunset Crew: Quest For The Wreckage

By John F. Minges
From page 19 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On December 19, 1947, the twenty-four member crew of a three-year-old T-2 oil tanker, the SS Sunset, ended a three-month long voyage which started in Chester, Pennsylvania, bound for Curacao, loaded oil for Liverpool, sailed empty for Bahrain to be p... (1303 Total Words)
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The Stage Has Left The Station

By James E. Mulkey
From page 11 of the August, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The stage has left the station and the treasure box has been left behind.

Stationmasters held a little known secret; namely, the fact that stage drivers left gold and payroll monies in the hands of station masters for safekeeping.

Th... (1726 Total Words)

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The State of Adventure

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

I am privileged to live in the great state of Georgia where it seems that just about any and all locations hold a piece of history. This is the stuff of a treasure hunter’s dreams.
These ancient treasures have been left behind by Cherokee... (1283 Total Words)

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The Sterling Years (bonnie Sterling) Confederate Treasure In Danville (j. Frank Carroll)

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 58 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Adventure In Idaho

Most folks find it hard to imagine living in a log cabin deep in the Idaho wilderness. It is even harder to imagine doing it in these modern times. But Bonnie and Dick Sterling set out to do what other folks thought was i... (659 Total Words)

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The Story Of Captain Fitz

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 14 of the May, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It's a familiar tale told in at least a dozen different ways about a dozen different outlaws: The lone desperado wanders into a peaceful little town. Long coat pulled back to expose the pistols at his side, he stalks the dusty streets forcing dece... (1355 Total Words)

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The Story of One Man's Search For His Gun...And One Man's Story In Finding It

By Randy Roberts
From page 17 of the June, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This story is all about, as a treasurer hunter, not forgetting about some of the old sites you once knew about.
If you think you have scoured everything there might be to find there, think again!
You just might find yourself stumbling across... (865 Total Words)

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The Strange Dilemma Of Harry Zych (part I)

By Sam Henderson
From page 31 of the June, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure Seekers of the Great Lakes are not likely to find riches beyond belief For wealth like that allegedly aboard the Lady Elgin is as rare there as pieces of eight. They seek their treasures in relics which were left behind during those glori... (1750 Total Words)

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The Strange Dilemma Of Harry Zych (part Ii)

By Sam Henderson
From page 16 of the July, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the last issue Lost Treasure readers left Harry Zych a 20th century diver who long searched Lake Michigan depths for meager salvage profits amidst a plight not unlike those of the 17th century profi­teers who sailed the Spanish Main with ... (1306 Total Words)

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The Strange Saga Of Singaport Michigan

By Tobin T Buhk
From page 35 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Read enough stories about ghost towns and a pattern emerges, a "ghost town cycle," that is history repeating itself. Something of extrinsic value is discovered-a vein of silver or gold ore-and a village springs up alongside the diggings. More peop... (1555 Total Words)

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The Submarine Man

By John Christopher Fine
From page 11 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was in the dark of night that the Confederate States Submarine H. L. Hunley left Charleston Harbor on February 17, 1864. Union ships blockaded the southern port so completely that the largely agricultural South was being choked to death. The Ci... (1798 Total Words)

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The Sunken Colonial Treasure Ship

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 11 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The captain of the American frigate Defense rested tensely against the portside rail, anxiously watching the gathering storm clouds on the horizon. The knuckles of his right hand were white from his tight grip on a ship's cleat.

His worries... (1473 Total Words)

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The Sunlit Cave's Mission Gold

By Maurice Kildare
From page 22 of the April, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Through the long glass, Homer Alexander studied the cavean opening in the cliff face on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. From the California side across the distance, it looked like a large prairie dog hole. But as he examined it and the su... (3858 Total Words)

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The Sunny Side of the Creek

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the December, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You can't judge a book by its cover - or a TH'ing site by its trash. The narrow creek along which I was searching couldn't be seen from street level. I had blundered upon it by accident while researching an old school.
The right ban... (754 Total Words)

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The Super Chief At Rest

By Ken Weinman
From page 49 of the July, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Colville Indian Chief Smitkin became rich by learning to get along with the white man, but when it came to secreting away his fortune, he trusted no one.

Omak, Wash., is a small town located in the northern part of the state. It is situated... (1176 Total Words)

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The Sweet Sound Of Gold

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 17 of the May, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Were looking for gold so keep your discrimination low and dig up everything, Patrick checked my detectors settings. His detector chattered. He bent, scraped away the crusty soil, and pulled out a chunk of metal. We both stared at the thing, wonder... (1473 Total Words)

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The Swift River Gold of Maine

By Francis X. Sculley
From page 46 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the mountains of southwestern Maine, in Oxford County, there exists a mother lode of gold beyond the wildest dreams of any reader. Pure conjecture? Not at all - that statement is based on solid fact and research.For 50 years, concentr... (725 Total Words)

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The Swindling Swami's Missing Hoard

By T. W. Paterson
From page 54 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Just south of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, is a group of small islands known as the DeCourcys. Popular with residents, yachtsmen and vacationers, this enchanted evergreen playground is notorious for a black history of voodoo rites, wild orgi... (1775 Total Words)

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The Symbols Our Fathers Lived By

By Jay Pastor
From page 18 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coinshooters have a rare privilege. They can look into their ancestors hearts and minds. They do so from the images they see on the coins they salvage from oblivion. The miniature sculptures on these valuable pieces of metal are a continual remind... (1060 Total Words)

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The Taking Of Kingston

By Michael J Reinhart
From page 38 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was Christmas Eve 1873 in Kingston, California, when the holidays festivities began in earnest at the hotel owned by L. Reichert. Pioneer store shopkeepers Jacobs and Einstein closed for the evening and 35 residents gathered for the celebration... (944 Total Words)

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The Taking Of The Treasure Coach

By Trini Concoles
From page 18 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Great Overland Stage Robbery
A special feature of the Monitor was the large steel box bolted to the floor. The sides and ends were three inches thick. The manufacturer in Cincinnati guaranteed that this box, when fitted with their special ... (1908 Total Words)

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The Tale of the Sword

By Neward Williamson
From page 32 of the July, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I grew up hearing the fantastic tales of the Civil War. My grandfather and great uncles often told and re-told stories about Quantrill, the James boys, General Jo Shelby and others. These stories fired my imagination and I gained a deep appreciati... (1224 Total Words)

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The Tedium of Treasure Hunting

By Lost Treasure
From page 50 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

These are the fortune hunters who spent the past 11 months scooping millions in treasure from the sea in gold, silver, emeralds, coins, and pottery.The 339-year-old fortune of a Spanish galleon sunk 90 miles north of the Dominican Republic. It had... (280 Total Words)

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The Teknetics Delta 4000

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This field test report is actually the first of a three-part series that will cover the newest additions to the Teknetics line of metal detectors.
As the series unfolds, you will not only find out about the features and performance of their new... (2274 Total Words)

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The Teknetics Gamma 6000

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This field test report is the second of a three-part series covering the newest additions to the Teknetics line of metal detectors. As mentioned in the first installment, you’ll not only find out about the features and performance of these dete... (2957 Total Words)

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The Teknetics Omega 8000

By Andy Sabisch
From page 24 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This field test report is the third of a three-part series covering the newest additions to the Teknetics line of metal detectors. As mentioned in the earlier installments, you’ll not only find out about the features and performance of these... (2842 Total Words)

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The Tepee Buttes

By Keith Anderson
From page 12 of the April, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Colorado, which is noted for its rocks and minerals, is sometimes overlooked for its fossil collecting pos-sibilities. The state is not as produc-tive as some other states, but never-theless, it has a wide range of fossils. Specimens range from di... (677 Total Words)

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The Tesoro Diablo Ii

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 24 of the February, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is no secret that nugget hunting is about my favorite type of treasure hunting. In fact, just the thought of finding a gold nugget starts me thinking of ways to make another trip. Since most of my trips are to Arizona, about 800 miles away, I w... (1983 Total Words)

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The Third Cache

By D. Van Atchley
From page 48 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Located in eastern Navarro County south of Dallas, Texas, are the small villages of Rural Shade and Round House. Somewhere in this area is a steel box that contains a considerable quantity of gold coins, it is believed.

There were three cac... (261 Total Words)

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The Third Gravestone

By Resti Concoles
From page 61 of the August, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After the discovery of gold in the west during the mid 1800s, thousands of people risked their lives and property traveling across Americas overland routes westward. Most of them went west by wagon train, stagecoach, or on horseback.

Nothin... (1241 Total Words)

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The Thorny Comforter

By Bill Kelly
From page 8 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In Cornucopia, an Oregon mining camp whose boom years were from 1884 to 1886, six strangely assorted bandits crept into the bedroom of a man named Fullerton one night in February 1884. With a gun at his head, the foreman of the Union Companion Min... (1666 Total Words)

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The Three Keys to Historical Treasure

By Ricky Don McIntosh
From page 48 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dreams of silver, gold, and anything old drives me to a magic realm where fantasy turns to reality and my metal detector makes it so. The magic realm hides the pre existence of old vanished towns with houses, stores, churches, schools, swimming ho... (821 Total Words)

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The Time It Takes

By James G. Carnahan
From page 18 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We've all seen the road signs that read, "Slow down and live," but most THers need one that reads, "Slow down and find." Too many of us are exceeding the search speed limit. Most have never made the effort to figure out how... (638 Total Words)

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The Time Machine

By Kenneth H. Rohn
From page 7 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Throughout the years, in my meanderings across the vast expanses of our great country, Ive often thought (day-dreamed if you will) of the history of the particular area I happened to be swinging my detector in. How wonderful it would be if we could w... (1678 Total Words)
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The Tin Box And Pillowcase

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 70 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hollow Tree Treasure

Authors Note: In 1987, I had the rare opportunity to meet old time treasure hunter, W.A. Gregory. Sometimes called Bill, and at other times called Alford, he was one of the first of the older generation of treasure hunt... (1204 Total Words)

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The Top Mining Compnay

By Resti Concoles
From page 13 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the latter part of October 1881, two men, Henry Corey and Ralph Gaines, stole eight gold bars from the Tip Top Mining Company near the town of Gillette, Arizona.

A few months later, Corey and Gaines held up a stagecoach on the main r... (2534 Total Words)

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The Town Too Tough To Die

By Tim Bradshaw
From page 46 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Pennsylvania born prospector Edward Lawrence Schieffelin went to the southeastern corner of Arizona in 1877 looking for silver, soldiers in the area told him that all he would find in Apache country would be his tombstone.

He had been ... (1308 Total Words)

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The Trail To The Lost Breyfogle Mine

By James E. Mulkey
From page 62 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Death Valley country is filled with abandoned gold mines; not to mention, lead-silver, zinc, borax, talc and tungsten deposits. Its not surprising that one of the most famous mines in the West, the Lost Breyfogle, is said to be located in Death ... (1675 Total Words)

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The Trail To The Lost Stewart Mine

By James E. Mulkey
From page 60 of the March, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Probably no place on earth awakens the prospector in all of us as does a tale about a lost mine in Death Valley. Most stories about lost mines in Death Valley center around an old-timer who became lost in a dust storm while making his way out of t... (1694 Total Words)

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The Treasure And Magic Of Christmas

By W.c. Jameson
From page 8 of the December, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During the spring of 19631 was working as a ranch hand on the vast Texas Land and Cattle Company holdings in northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In the company of three Mexican vaqueros, I was assigned to a location along the southern bound­ary of the ra... (1666 Total Words)
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