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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 Warship Under Two Flags

By Howard B Tower Jr
From page 17 of the July, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Union Vessel USS Isaac Smith Became the Confederates Stono

Caught in a murderous crossfire from artillery less than 250 yards distant&#44 the 105-man crew fought bravely. In minutes&#44 decks were slick with blood. Seeing a hop... (2422 Total Words)

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The Waters of St. Thomas

By John Minges
From page 16 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On January 8, 1865, Thomas S. Smith, of Davis County, Utah, had been directed by Brigham Young to lead the first group of 14 Mormon settlers - 11 men and three women - from Utah to an area of the Moapa River.
This area was already populated by ... (727 Total Words)

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The WaWa Hotel

By Andrew Hind
From page 48 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The early 20th century saw an isolated stretch of lakefront on Lake of Bays, Ontario, developed into one of the most prestigious resorts in Canada. Wealthy Americans flocked to the Wawa Hotel every summer, enjoying its luxury accommodations in a w... (1874 Total Words)

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The Weird Looking Gold Pan

By Reggie Gould
From page 44 of the June, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Occasionally I run into gold recovery equipment that catches my attention, like a gold pan that looked like a childs toy. The bottom of the pan looked like a top hat that someone had stepped on and crushed to one side; this was one weird looking p... (1688 Total Words)

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The West's Last Stagecoach Robbery

By James Mccoy
From page 26 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To many Americans, Nevada is the land of the big casino and even bigger cattle ranches. However, much of Nevadas landscape is made up of alkaline sinks, sagebrush covered lands and mountainous terrain. It is also a land of ghost towns, abandoned m... (1208 Total Words)

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The Wet Side of Coinshooting In Paradise

By Tom Vance
From page 15 of the May, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The prospect of a three-week trip to Hawaii would be thrilling enough for most anyone who enjoys traveling, but for Kansas City, Missouri, treasure hunter John Eulgem (pronounced L-Jim) the trip would be doubly entertaining.
Not only would he b... (1951 Total Words)

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The White Channel

By Pat Hughes
From page 63 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are times when seeing a problem from a new angle is just what hits major pay dirt. This is the story of how four greenhorns, or newcomers, to the Klondike gold fields managed to find huge veins of gold, when the other, more seasoned prospect... (981 Total Words)

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The White's GMZ

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With gold prices hitting all time highs in 2009, there has been a marked increase in the number of people wanting to get involved with metal detecting.
Some are simply looking for an enjoyable hobby that will allow them to spend their weekends ... (1960 Total Words)

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The Widomaker' - How a Nevada Gold Town Became a Real Ghost Town During Its Heyday

By Pat Hughes
From page 35 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When most treasure seekers dream about the western gold towns that still may yield the precious metal, it really does help to learn and research what those towns were like and why they may have become ghost towns in the first place.

Tha... (1166 Total Words)

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The Winter Hunt

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 18 of the January, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wintertime blues got you down? You say the snow is piled five feet deep outside and your front door wont open? Whats a poor detectorist to do?

For one thing, once the snowplows have cleared the roads, you should search for old barns and aba... (2213 Total Words)

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The Wives Of Thomas James

By Trini Concoles
From page 23 of the August, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometime during the summer of 1878, Thomas James and his mother left the east coast and headed west to California to join his father, who had sent for them after establishing a successful freighting business there. They were anxious to see him aga... (1501 Total Words)

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The Works Progress Administration

By John H. Murrell
From page 18 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was more than a work program for the Depression era. It was more than a building program even though it built the Hoover Dam, now called Boulder Dam, and was responsible for most of the courthouses construct... (964 Total Words)

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The World Of The Relic Hunter (ed Fedory), More Kentucky Ghost Stories (michael Paul Henson), Advanced Shallow Water Treasure Hunting (wallace Chandler), Coinshooting Iii (h. Glen Carson)

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 52 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Past And Present
T he World of the Relic Hunter is one that emerges from the pages of dusty, dog-eared books that reluctantly relinquish subtle clues or from the earth herself, as she gives up her secrets after long hours, sometimes weeks of ... (1375 Total Words)

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The Worlds First Programmable Detector

By Jim Martin
From page 18 of the May, 1985 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1985 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Finding three wheat-eared pennies may not sound like an earthshaking treasure hunting accomplishment. Yet, I re-covered the trio in a heavily-hunted campground area near my home in northern California, and that defi-nitely got my attention. The disco... (3251 Total Words)
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The World's Richest Treasure Trove

By Robert Mykle
From page 32 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, a scant dozen miles off the Colombia coast, lie the remains of the 1708 Spanish treasure fleet mistakenly sunk by an English squadron. Laden with gold and silver the flagship of the treasure fleet, the San Jose ... (1478 Total Words)

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The Wrath Of God

By B.G. Revis
From page 41 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Spanish Gold Hoard
This inhumane attitude prevailed throughout the territory. Slaves were used at Cerrilos to the south, laboring in turquoise diggings, and to the west in lead, zinc and copper mines. The Indians were approaching their limit a... (3843 Total Words)

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The Wreck Of The Alfred Thomas

By Ron Ebner
From page 18 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About one oclock in the afternoon of March 6, 1860, 100s of people lined the riverbanks on both sides of the Delaware River. The citizens of Easton, Pa., and Phillipsburg, N.J., as well as surrounding towns, had gathered at the auspicious occasion... (1472 Total Words)

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The Wreck of the C.C. Martin

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

During the early 20th centuries, both Penetanguishene and Midland, communities in Huronia, Canada, along the shores of the Georgian Bay, were vibrant sawmill towns.
Their harbors would be clogged with a Sargasso of sawdust and thousands of logs... (851 Total Words)

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The Yuma's Mine

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 18 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The first gold mined in California was by the Spanish at placer deposits in the Imperial Valley from 1775 through 1780. The Spanish dry wash placer mines were in what became the Potholes and Piacho Districts, with placer and lode gold mined in the Ca... (897 Total Words)
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Then and Now

By Mike Owings
From page 39 of the September, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Is there a new and better way to prospect for gold? Always. No one has all the answers, but tried and true methods cannot be ignored. There is always that creek you wait for. The one you hope will get enough water in it to dredge. Or the dry creek... (727 Total Words)

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Then And Now A Coinshooter's Odyssey

By Jack Slade
From page 24 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
For the coinshooter, locating coins in the big city parks and schools today has become increasingly difficult. I live in a large metropolitan area where THers are as thick as flies on a watermelon rind and the pressure on these areas is terrific. The... (1501 Total Words)
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There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!

By Reggie Gould
From page 59 of the February, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Discovery of Gold


In the early 1800s in California the landscape took a huge turn when gold was discovered in a ditch that was dug to divert water to a sawmill. John Marshall was given credit for the discovery and the piece of gold was ... (1512 Total Words)
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There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!

By Richard Martin
From page 57 of the March, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For long years I've known that the easiest way to find gold, and lots of it, is to pan some from a stream. I've known it ever since I saw Grizzly Adams, in a movie, walk into a rushing stream, bend over, and scoop up a pan full of gravel. ... (1722 Total Words)

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There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the April, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
My wife and I are avid beach hunters here in central Florida but are interested in giving prospecting a try. We have heard that there is gold in our neighboring state of Georgia and would like to know if there is any open land we could prospect on an... (1887 Total Words)
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There's No Place For Treasure Like Home

By Jake Brouwer
From page 47 of the October, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since 1972 Ive been experencing all the wonders of the great Western states, especially California. Ive researched the lost mines, stage stations and the shipwrecks of the Pacific coast. For at least 10 of those years I was involved in collec... (1329 Total Words)

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Theres Nothing In That Park

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the November, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I live half a block from a rather large park - so it was only natural that, having purchased a metal detector, the park would be the second place I chose to try it out. (The first place was my backyard by flashlight on the night I brought my detec... (962 Total Words)

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There's Nothing Like Gold

By Ed Chaffin
From page 60 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For years I've looked for gold and I've learned some things along the way. If you want to seek gold in the outdoors, you gotta get down and dirty!

There are many men and women who leave the comforts of home and go into the outdoors every we... (1544 Total Words)

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There's Still Gold In Them Thar Hills

By Bill Beardsley
From page 23 of the January, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“There’s gold in them thar hills”…or so I’d been told. I decided it was time I found out for myself.
Oh, I’d panned “paydirt,” or concentrates, at home at my kitchen sink and at detecting club me... (1558 Total Words)

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There's Treasure All Around You

By John L Loper
From page 51 of the December, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The idea of buried, hidden or lost treasure has always intrigued men. Indeed, even the discovery of America was the result of a treasure hunt, Christopher Columbus was looking for the riches of the Orient when he accidentally discovered the New Wo... (1515 Total Words)

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Th'ers Do Find Treasure!

By Xanthus Carson
From page 18 of the February, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This lost treasure discovery occurred some months ago. It came about as a direct result of publication of my article "Lost Sanchez Gold" in the August, 1970 issue of Treasure World.

Several months ago, my telephone rang. The caller was an e... (3431 Total Words)

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These Books Could Lead You To Valuable Relics and Vast Treasure!

By Lost Treasure Staff and Guest Reviewers
From page 36 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Relic Quest: A Guide to Responsible Relic Recovery Techniques With Metal DetectorsBy Stephen L. MooreReviewed by Lost Treasure StaffHistoric and priceless relics are waiting to be found all over the U.S., including artifacts from the Civil War - m... (2461 Total Words)

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They Called Him Rattlesnake

By Tom Vance
From page 20 of the April, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1. Early on as a young farm boy growing up in the West, Dick Barter showed all the signs that he possessed a keen, inventive mind. He was perceptive and quick to get to the heart of any problem he faced.

As he grew older, however he began t... (1750 Total Words)

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They Fell Into Treasure

By Palmer C. Ashley
From page 35 of the February, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Back in the early 1940s, two peasants were digging for water near the upper Egyptian town of Akhmin. They let out, cries of fright when the bottom of their excavation gave way and they plunged twelve feet or more into an underground cavity.

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They Found Pegleg's Gold

By Gerry Erberich
From page 31 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The vast expanse of arid desert northeast of Indio, California, is no doubt one of the most inhospitable and mysterious regions in North America. Many stories and legends have come out of that parched land, passed down first by Indians, who seldom... (1198 Total Words)

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They Mystery Of The Turtle Rock

By Numa Levesque
From page 32 of the May, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The late folklorist Piney Page was a wonderful and dependable source of all kinds of tales and legends asso­ciated with the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. One particular tale that he related concerned a buried treasure in Pope County in the nort... (1157 Total Words)

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They Seek Shipwrecks Off The Seashore

By A.j. Mueller
From page 25 of the July, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It might not be a tongue-twister to you, but to men like Mel Fisher, earning a fortune by finding shipwrecks is easier said than done.

From the time Art McKee, Kip Wagner, Art Hartman and Mel Fisher found riches in the waters off the coast ... (1475 Total Words)

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They're Digging Again At Oak Island

By R. L. Fynney
From page 17 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Hunched like an enigmatic question mark fifty-four miles off the southern coast of Nova Scotia lies a tiny speck of land known as Oak Island, its shape appropriately hewn by nature. Oak Island has been shrouded in mystery for more than a century and ... (979 Total Words)
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Thing That Glitter

By John K. Manwin
From page 42 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Carole Lombard's Jewelry Fortune
At 7:07 p.m., January 16, 1942, TWA Flight #3 made its final preparations for takeoff from Las Vegas. Its destination was the Union Air Terminal in Burbank, Calif. At 7:23 p.m., traveling at 145 miles per hour... (2002 Total Words)

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Things Aren't Always What They Seem to Be

By B.G. Revis
From page 30 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are literally train loads of articles and books written on the subject of coinshooting, with a vast army of the pundits and gurus of coinshooting voicing their opinion as to how it actually should be done (myself included).

You can re... (1435 Total Words)

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Things I Ve Learned

By Michale Mosley
From page 47 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I've been in the metal detecting game for over 21 years, and have learned a few things along the way that will help other detectorists. Even if you have never been on a detecting trip, Ive got a few tips that could make the first steps into unknow... (2253 Total Words)

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TH'ing's Not Only About Coins

By Jay Pastor
From page 46 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"The joy of life is variety." Samuel Johnson

During the first half of the 20th century, the Utica Drop Forge Company (of Utica, New York) produced some of the finest hand tools manufactured in the United States, and possibly the world. The... (1045 Total Words)

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Things To Remember

By Michael W Mosley
From page 26 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a detectorist becomes more involved with the hobby&#44 he or she will begin to realize that there are plenty of things that are helpful to remember.

I remember the first time that I ever laid eyes on a detector. My grandpa had a pa... (1850 Total Words)

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Things U S Coins Reveal

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 27 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Throughout history&#44 each and every symbol placed on an American coin reveals something about the era in which it was struck.

Recognizing unique qualities can help a coin shooter spot potentially valuable finds. The U.S. Mints firs... (1157 Total Words)

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Things You Come Across While Detecting

By Terry Miller
From page 31 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No matter what the weather, someone will be out metal detecting in city parks, at playgrounds, or in local woods.In their travels, these modern day treasure hunters sometimes come across interesting and unusual finds.In January 2008, in the woods ... (866 Total Words)

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Thinking Backwards

By Michael W. Mosley
From page 27 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On your next detecting trip, try something that may seem a little strange at first. Think backwards. There are conventional ways of thinking - the standards by which most detectorists are bound and determined to be governed. By thinking backwards,... (922 Total Words)

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Thinking Like A Treasure Hunter

By Will Michaels
From page 41 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I’ve been swinging the coil over the soil for about 25 years now. In those years, I’ve thought about all sorts of things that pertain to the treasure hunting game. I’ve thought about how many times I have probably walked right over a good fi... (1360 Total Words)

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Thirteen Gold Nuggets

By Geno Lawrenzi
From page 22 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Joe Wilcox could sure get a fellow’s attention.
We were having coffee and deep-dish apple pie at Bill Johnson’s, a popular restaurant on Van Buren Street in Phoenix, Arizona.
The place was owned by Bill Johnson, a colorful cowboy... (2020 Total Words)

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Thirty Thousand Dollars Buried And Forgotten

By William Davids
From page 25 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure:

U.S. paper currency of undetermined type or age, most likely prior to 1960, buried in approximately 1960 in the wall of a building.

Todays Value:

Could be worth $60,000 or more.

How to Find It:

The c... (1330 Total Words)

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Thomas Jefferson's Lost Virginia Gold Strike

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 56 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Yes, it's true. Our third President, Thomas Jefferson, found and lost a rich vein of gold along Virginias Rappahannock River in 1782.

An educated man, Jefferson recognized a four pound piece of gold-filled quartz for what it was. He later s... (548 Total Words)

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Those Oft' Forgotten Outhouses (are They A Relic Treasure Chest?)

By John H. Murrell
From page 24 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In feudal times, outhouses were mounted on the outer walls of the castles in the least frequented area, similar in manner to the way the Cajuns of Louisiana had an outhouse built at the back of their floating houses that extended out over the wate... (1025 Total Words)

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