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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 Treasure and Tourmaline of Mount Rushmore

By Edward D. Daier
From page 36 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Historic Mount Rushmore, located in the rugged, majestic Black Hills of South Dakota, is visited by several million people each year. Few, if any, realize that within the near shadows of this gigantic monument is a vast area of semi-primitive wild... (1654 Total Words)

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The Treasure Divers And A World Famous Pirate

By Jimmy Dion
From page 12 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During his 35-year career in treasure search and salvage, Captain Carl Fismer (known affectionately as Captain Fizz) is one of the most respected professionals in the world. He has recovered millions of dollars in gold, silver, jewels an... (2223 Total Words)

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The Treasure Hunter All Vision Pro & Md-3010

By Andy Sabisch
From page 26 of the January, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Its been a while since a new metal detector brand has come on the market so when I got a call from Lost Treasure about testing a pair of detectors from a new company I was interested in seeing them.

Chapmans LT Plus was founded in 1995 with... (1152 Total Words)
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The Treasure Huntin Dog

By Craig E. Reddick
From page 46 of the January, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This story begins not unlike a good fairly tale&#44 but I swear it true. I wont start it with Once upon a time but with&#44 Get over here quick

Thats what I heard a few weeks ago when I picked up the phone. If Ive heard this once&a... (1554 Total Words)

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The Treasure Hunting Book

By Rich Goss
From page 6 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you seen the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Indy’s father carries around a notebook. He keeps everything in there, his notes, clues, and ideas about the quest for the Holy Grail. My son nudged me when we saw the movie to let me k... (1294 Total Words)

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The Treasure Museum

By Charles W Sasser
From page 23 of the December, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a freelance adventure writer, I often find myself navigating the capitols of the world and, just as often, stranded in jerkwater backwashes where shrunken heads are still sold and unsettled locals turn out either to take a look or take a shot. ... (1315 Total Words)

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The Treasure Nobody Ever Wanted

By B.G. Revis
From page 32 of the November, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The ancient parchment that leaves a written trail to this treasure is what treasure hunter's dreams are made of and what makes the blood sizzle in their veins.

The parchment reads: "Enter the mouth of the Mississippi; 400 miles north, the m... (1255 Total Words)

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The Treasure Of Hurricane Erin

By T.a. Walker
From page 20 of the June, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The fifth tropical storm of the 1995 hurricane season was gathering steam. Tropical storm Erin was churning some 300 miles east off south Florida and by nightfall would be classified as a full-blown hurricane. The folks in the Florida Keys were st... (945 Total Words)

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The Treasure of 'La Girona'

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 48 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Don Alonso de Leiva was the commander of the “Santa Maria Encoronada,” one of the Spanish Armada carracks lost on the treacherous northern Irish coast in 1588.
On September 17 of that year, his ship ran aground, after he anchored in... (880 Total Words)

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The Treasure of Loch Arkaig

By Eugene Anderson
From page 19 of the October, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Planning a trip to Great Britain? Then pack your metal detector for an action packed, fun filled search for Prince Charles Edward’s Treasure of Loch Arkaig in the Highlands of Scotland. The gold alone, buried in 1746, would be worth several ... (1666 Total Words)

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The Treasure of Madre De Oro

By Gale R. Rhoades
From page 16 of the January, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Ute Indians repeat a story that long ago the Q'uatz (Spaniards) came to the Uintah Basin area of northeastern Utah wearing iron shirts (armor), and that these same men, mounted on magnificent steeds, forced the Indians to labor for them in gol... (2025 Total Words)

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The Treasure Of Rebellion

By Andy Nunez
From page 8 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Let me start out by revealing this fact: nearly every legend in this article was proven to have some truth. Besides a fantastic tale of treasure hunting, this is also a tale of heroes and villains from the Revolution through the Civil War. The Sho... (1762 Total Words)

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The Treasure of Richmond (Rich Man's) Island

By Henry E. Metivier
From page 19 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This little island off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is easily reached by walking over Crescent Beach to the south and across the breakwater that connects the island to the mainland.Nobody lives there now; it is a wildlife refuge and has deer, woodchuck,... (839 Total Words)

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The Treasure Of Rumbling Bald Mountain

By Herb Goldberger
From page 42 of the November, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There is something intriguing about treasure hunting in Rumbling Bald Mountain. It may be the serenity of the surroundings of the placid town of Lake Lure housed in the shadows of Chimney Rock or the fact that the strangest treasure mystery of them a... (607 Total Words)
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The Treasure Of Saddle-tree Gap

By Albert Atwell
From page 15 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have always searched for lost valuables. My father told us many stories of how Indians hid valuables in the mountains around us.

And of how his father and his fathers father, while out hunting for game, bees or wild ginseng (an herb that ... (1965 Total Words)

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The Treasure of the Bottomless Pit

By W. C. Jameson
From page 45 of the August, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Northeast of the Rio Grand in Dummit County there may exist a large oval spring of fresh clear water historically known as the Grand Rock Water Hole. The spring was a favored location for many years for travelers through this remote region of Sout... (1740 Total Words)

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The Treasure of the Oxus

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 32 of the December, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Museum of National Antiquities in Dushanbe, the capitol city of Tajikistan, highlights the famous archaeological discoveries made at Takhti Sangin, the ancient Bactrian city. Takhti Sangin is the site of the Oxus temple, on the banks of the Ox... (1170 Total Words)

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The Treasure of the Thornbury Mound

By Mary Drew
From page 36 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The awe-inspiring wonder known as the Thornbury Mound broods over the Beaver Valley that stretches out below it, casting a mysterious shadow that even modern science hasn’t been able to shed light upon.
It has perplexed us for two centuri... (1062 Total Words)

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The Treasure Of Water

By Fred Dorick
From page 57 of the May, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is a different type of treasure story, one that could help you obtain one of lifes most precious requirements some day when you need it mostwater!

Through the efforts of two physicists at the United States Water Conservation Laboratory... (1003 Total Words)

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The Treasure On Coffins Patch

By Bob "frogfoot" Weller
From page 39 of the June, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coffins Patch has a piratical sound to it and&#44 with a little imagination&#44 suggests lost galleons and sunken treasure. But Coffins Patch in the Florida Keys is more than that. It has become a highly controversial stomping ground for s... (925 Total Words)

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The Treasure That Isnt

By Earl F Dupree
From page 20 of the June, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few months ago, a newspaper story was published under the title, The Treasure of Ottawa Hills; Story of the Klotz Family.

In brief, the story started with the Klotz familyfather, mother, two Sons and a daughtermaking their way from somewh... (1792 Total Words)

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The Treasure That Kills

By James E. Mulkey Jr.
From page 59 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Yuma Gold
After the boys death, Devine went back to the place where the lad had collapsed and from there made a search for the gold. He returned to the spot where they tied up the boat and climbed to the top of the ridge. But he could not... (3320 Total Words)

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The Treasures of Fort Concho

By Loyd A. Daniel
From page 49 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was 12-years-old, my brother, cousin and I were as wild and free as animals. We lived about 400 yards from the bank of the North Concho River in San Angelo, Texas. My cousin lived at the top of the north bank, right above a swimming hole na... (1153 Total Words)

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The Treasures Of Little Dixie

By Margaret L. Lewis
From page 27 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Around the turn of the century, a dying Choctaw Indian woman named Mrs. Bell called her son, Buddy, to her bedside. She had suffered a heart attack and knew that the end of her life was near. Babbling in delirium and speaking in a barely audible v... (645 Total Words)

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The Treasures Of Midian

By Ken Richards
From page 32 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

And all the people brake off the golden earrings... brought them unto Aaron...and he fashioned it with a graving tool after he had made it a molten calf. Exodus 32
Two American treasure hunters believe that theyve explored Mount Sinai: the ... (1512 Total Words)

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The Treasures Of No Name Key

By Herb Goldberger
From page 48 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No Name Key, in the lower keys area, was no doubt tagged with the moniker of No Name due to the vastness of the mangroves combined with the wide open spaces of land, plus a mixture of the heavily populated hammocks. Besides, maybe whoever thought ... (1042 Total Words)

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The Treasures of Old Home Sites

By Michael Steely
From page 30 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

High atop the mountain, just below a small saddle gap, two old rugged roads divide. Years ago, a narrow wagon path crossed there, winding its way up one side of the peak and down the other.

Sometime before 1850, a family named Ridnour built... (836 Total Words)

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The Triangle

By Mike "hawkeye" Pickett
From page 20 of the February, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One treasure symbol that is used rather often is the triangle. An equilateral triangle denotes 120 degrees, but there are many more ways that the Spanish used trianglesout in the field, on maps and waybills.

Let's begin with the geometric sh... (1005 Total Words)

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The True Spirit Of Treasure

By Mark Dillenbeck
From page 43 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once again the token round and shiny Has been discreetly buried in the ground. It lies with trees growing large all about Waiting quietly and patiently to be found. Jeepers creepers, golly gosh what do I see But lots and lots of rocks all around. ... (1455 Total Words)

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The Truth About Florida's Treasure Beaches

By Jim Warnke
From page 14 of the May, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The story goes like this: Joe and Mary are sitting in front of their warm fireplace in their home in Ohio. Lets get away this winter and finally go to Florida, Joe says. We can get a hotel near the treasure beaches in Vero Beach and find some of thos... (883 Total Words)
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The Twenty-Cent Treasure Lead

By Jim Tudor
From page 40 of the January, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The morning (or evening) newspaper holds a wealth of information for the well-versed treasure hunter. As you read the paper, watch for treasure clues. Here are a few suggestions:

Front Page: Watch for coverage of local events concerning the... (623 Total Words)

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The Twice Lost Hudson Gold Mine

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 30 of the July, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tales of lost treasures have been associated with the Hudson River region ever since Dutch settlers began populating that section of New York State. One of these tales concerns Truman Hurd, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and his gold mine whi... (1431 Total Words)

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The Twilight Zone

By Michael W. Mosley
From page 48 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 17 years since I first became involved with the metal detecting hobby, I have become aware that there are things about treasure and treasure hunting that cannot be easily explained. Some tales Ive heard are plausible to some extent, but man... (1028 Total Words)

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The Ultimate Challenge

By Jim Warnke
From page 24 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Sebring Interna-tional Raceway, lo-cated about two miles south of Sebring, Fla., is known world wide for spectacular races including the famous, 12 Hours of Sebring. During the long years of World War II the site of the present raceway was k... (1204 Total Words)

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The Ultimate Find

By Tobin T Buhk
From page 36 of the October, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every treasure hunter dreams of the ultimate find.

For treasure hunters backed by corporate sponsors, the ultimate find might consist of specie and jewels from the Maravillas Wreck lost in the Little Bahamas Bank in 1656, or the gold rumore... (1235 Total Words)

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The Union Paymaster's Iron Chest

By Mark Allen Ralls
From page 10 of the July, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Authentic treasure stories of the Civil War years are hard to come by, but occasionally one pops up. Almost always they depend a lot on local legend and, for that reason, are seldom printed. This one cannot be vouched for by military records of th... (1263 Total Words)

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The United States Flag

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 6 of the July, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The United States flag stands for the land, the people, the government and the ideals of the United States of America, no matter when or where it is displayed. The flag was officially adopted on June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress resolve... (436 Total Words)

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The Unknown Battle

By Hial Hall
From page 36 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The sun was half way down in the western sky as I swung my old faithful nautilus DMC 2 in the old familiar rhythm that I had developed over the years. It seemed almost to be an extension of my right arm as it covered the freshly plowed ground. My ... (1704 Total Words)

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The Uss Boston

By Howard B Tower Jr
From page 12 of the June, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Boston, a sheet of flame from bow to stem, burned to the water's edge and water quickly covered her from stem to mid-ship. It was May 26, 1864.

She was late. The flotilla had left without her. They had to, for time was of the essence. I... (1692 Total Words)

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The Valley Of Gold

By Carlos Williams
From page 75 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Adams Diggings

Not much was ever known about Adams, not even his first name, and much of his life remains as mysterious as the fabulous lost placer mine with which he is associated. It is known that Adams was born in Rochester, New Yor... (3546 Total Words)

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The Value of a TH'er's Gear Bag

By Brint Reid
From page 44 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting is a broad term that describes the specialized fields of coin hunting or coin shooting, relic hunting, cache hunting, bottle digging, or competition hunting. Each area of hunting has special tools and needs. A bottle digger could ... (1044 Total Words)

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The Vanishing Files Of Wink, Texas

By Leon Thompson
From page 50 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every time the subject of Lost Treasures is brought up in any conversation, it reminds me of the vanishing files in Wink, Texas when HUD tore down the old city hall and it was replaced by a newer building downtown near the old Rig Theater.
It... (1387 Total Words)

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The Vasquez Treasures

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 7 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although Tiburcio Vasquez was a small man in stature at five foot, five and 3/4 inches and 130 pounds, he was a tiger in a fight. Vasquez was born in Monterey, California, on August 11, 1835, when Monterey was the capitol of Mexican California. As... (1519 Total Words)

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The Victor Colorado Train Robbery

By Trini Concoles
From page 35 of the August, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the summer of l897, four men hijacked five iron chests of gold bullion from a moving train 10 miles south of Victor in central Colorado. The train was on its regular run from the Victor stamp mill to Denver, Colorado. The four train robbers... (948 Total Words)

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The Viking Treasure of Bondi Bay

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the Middle Ages, the Vikings erupted from their cruel Scandinavian homeland in search of land and plunder, terrorizing the coasts of Europe and deep into the Russian interior.
In the course of their widespread conquests, the Vikings discover... (1915 Total Words)

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The Virginia City Stage Robbery

By Ken Weinman
From page 20 of the August, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On May 20, 1852, Henry Wells and William Fargo formed Wells Fargo and Company and the stagecoach became the primary means of transportation.

After the Civil War, thousands of people headed west to make their fortunes, most of them by wagon ... (1434 Total Words)

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The Walls Have Ears

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 70 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Idaho Swim Lode
During the gold rush, men kept an eye on the goings and comings of prospectors, they watched to see who they visited and whether or not they checked in at the recorders office. Word was out that Isaac had filed on a claim.<... (1449 Total Words)

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The Walnut Grove Flood

By Trini Concoles
From page 18 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Early in the morning on November 2, 1890, the Walnut Grove Dam on the Hassayampa River in central Arizona overflowed its limits and burst. The area had recently been saturated by an unusual amount of rainfall, and the townspeople feared that the d... (745 Total Words)

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The War And Remnants - Collecting Artifacts From The Civil War

By Dobber Malchi
From page 42 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the most commonly found artifacts on the East Coast are remains from a long misunderstood facet of American history, the Civil War. The war was fought hard by both sides and many young men willingly went to their deaths to fight for a cause... (997 Total Words)

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The Warlock: A Ghost Mine That Refuses To Die

By Mollie Manuell
From page 30 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Rusty and weathering-gray, the dilapidated buildings of the Warlock Mine stand guarding a portal to the past. Caught by the fresh spring wind, clanking corrugated tin adds to the impression that weve gone back in time, completely drowning out soun... (1048 Total Words)

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