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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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Treasure Hunting During Hard Times

By T.J. Davidson
From page 26 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Why Treasure Hunting?

Everyone who decides to take up treasure hunting has his or her own reason for doing so. Many are looking to start an interesting hobby to gobble up some free time after retiring, while others look to treasure hunting a... (1454 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Flea Market Style

By B.G. Revis
From page 27 of the January, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When people think of treasure hunting they immediately envision divers scavenging a sunken galleon, searchers seeking lost mines and hid­den gold, or metal detecting for coins, jewelry, and relics.

But there is another form of trea­... (1414 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting For A Museum

By Jerry M. Eckhart
From page 22 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I'm not sure my treasure-hunting partner, Don Benton, fully knew what lay ahead for us, or our club, when he made that first visit to the Archer County Museum. Whether he did or not really doesn't matter, for the outcome was the answer to ... (1715 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting For Georgia Gems

By Carl Fischer
From page 22 of the November, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 "My hobby is lapidary work and I particularly enjoy faceting," Jim said that night to the group that was visiting friends of ours in Augusta, Georgia. "But I've never found anything worth bringing home in this area. That&#... (6070 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting For Good Health

By Pat Kerr
From page 31 of the January, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first time Danny and I went treasure hunting we were bored and just looking for something new to do. We went back looking for treasure, but we keep going because it is healthy - and of course we do find things of interest and value.
We all ... (1079 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting For Health

By Tom Vance
From page 26 of the October, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For Kay Modgling, it was the mental low point of her life. Hospitalized with a heart condition and cancer of her lymph system, she was spiritually down. Specifically, as Kay described it, “I threw a shower of blood clots into my lungs. One c... (2237 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting From The Air

By James E. Mulkey
From page 12 of the July, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Who would have thought of hunting for treasure from an ultra light aircraft? An ultra light is a newfangled contraption that is half-kite and half-paraglider with a Volkswagen engine attached to the rear end. And, why would any sane treasure hunter t... (1537 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting From the Air

By James Mulkey
From page 14 of the July, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Who would have thought of hunting for treasure from an ultra light aircraft? An ultra light is a newfangled contraption that is half-kite and half-paraglider with a Volkswagen engine attached to the rear end. Why would any sane treasure hunter try... (1480 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting How I Got Hooked

By Mike Washington
From page 42 of the March, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The cool autumn morning broke crisp and clean as I stared forlornly out my kitchen window. To say I was depressed would be an understatement at best. A month and a half before, I had been involved in a car accident and had broken my back. Luckily ... (448 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting In 2030 A.d.

By Ernie Carolina Curiee
From page 49 of the January, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Everything changes in 50 years. The detectors we use today were only dreams in 1980. But before getting into that, a person must understand the basic change in our monetary system.

We are for all practical purposes a cashless society. Elect... (1490 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting In Chicago's Oldest Park

By Ruth Johnson
From page 32 of the October, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The middle-aged man was bent almost double, his big, padded earphones denying me the fun of casually starting a conversation. It was clear that this was an intense operation. I almost felt guilty about interrupting when I touched him on the shoulder ... (1038 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting In England

By Richard Turrell
From page 36 of the September, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One day last fall will be a day that treasure hunter Shaun Raynsford will never forget. Searching a field in Berkshire, England, he had a signal that pierced through his headphones and was completely unaware that nine inches under his feet would b... (1030 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting In Foreign Countries

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the May, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My wife and I are planning on doing some traveling outside the United States and were trying to find out what sort of permission you would need from the government of countries we plan on visiting in order to treasure hunt on their soil. Do you h... (1287 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting In Southwestern New Mexico

By Ken Weinman
From page 18 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the westward push of the United States after the discovery of gold in California about the mid 1800's, thousands of people headed west across Americas overland routes. Nothing on the farms and cities where they had lived in the east had pre... (1468 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting On "coin Beach"

By Jack Dillon
From page 35 of the September, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
My friend Phil DeGroat and I finally put aside our workday chores to fulfill a dream of treasure hunting. Our first choice was to hit Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which has earned the pseudonym of Coin Beach" because of the numerous Irish halfpennies th... (542 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting On Civil War Battlefields

By James E. Mulkey
From page 12 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Don't think for a moment that the chance to use your detector to find Civil War relics isn't possible. There were more than 4,000 Civil War battles scattered from Vermont to Texas throughout 32 states. Some Territories west of the Mississippi, lik... (1435 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting On The New World Legacy

By Matthais Scheer
From page 36 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I live on board the Phantom, a 96-foot, custom-built steel vessel, while traveling around the world. Last summer while at Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce, Florida, a treasure hunting ship docked next to us. Since my mom is a documentary filmmaker... (2212 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Research

By Allen McBroom
From page 28 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you’ve hunted coins or relics with your metal detector, you’re familiar with the old problem of finding a place to detect that hasn’t already been hunted by every other detectorist in your area. There are few public beaches an... (1363 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Resources in the Digital Age

By Lee Harris
From page 5 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For those reading our annual Treasure Cache, Treasure Facts, you may not be aware that we also publish a monthly printed magazine called Lost Treasure.
It is the treasure hunter’s magazine of choice from metal detecting to deep-sea recove... (533 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Survival

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 42 of the July, 1993 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This article makes no attempt to cover all of the methods of survival in different situations. It is written primarily for treasure hunters, because they are more likely to travel to different areas than the average person. However, the informatio... (1202 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting The Great Smokey Mountains

By Dorian Cook
From page 28 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Over the past twenty years my treasure hunting adventures have taken me hither and yon, as they say ... across the U. S. from one end to the other and halfway around the world. Few areas I have ever visited, however, can compare with the Great Smokey... (1545 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting The Library

By Harley Bissell
From page 52 of the January, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most treasure hunters assume that?treasure hunting in the library?means doing research to find lost caches.

Although every successful treasure hunter does indeed use the library for research, the truly resourceful treasure hunter knows the l... (1113 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Through Attic Trash?

By Shirley James
From page 45 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” to A&E’s “Storage Wars,” reality TV has capitalized on our fascination with discovering treasure in household junk.
It happened to historian Michael Mendoza, whose patient cu... (767 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Tips

By Robert L. Tatham
From page 39 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Once you have acquired a detector, the next step is to learn to use it properly. First and most important, read the manufacturer's instructions carefully. If any part of these instructions are not clear in your mind, read them again. If you still don... (1006 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting Tips

By Robert L. Tatham
From page 58 of the June, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the interesting facets of the hobby of treasure hunting or coinshooting is the finding of relics and memorabilia of other eras. Many of these items are readily identifiable, however, it is the unusual and bizarre which are the most fascinat... (426 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Tips

By Robert L Tatham
From page 17 of the July, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
First of all this month, I would like to take a moment to thank all the nice people who have written letters and cards expressing their approval of this column and its contents. Thank you very much!

I would also like to call attention to ... (674 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting Tips

By Robert L Tatham
From page 14 of the August, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
This month, rather than dwell on one subject, I am going to write a kind of potpourri of tips, some old and some new.

If you have trouble pinpointing your targets because you can't picture the spot after you have moved the search coil, tr... (730 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting Utah's Frontier Forts

By Angie Irons
From page 29 of the August, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Utah has a large number of old frontier forts. Some of these have been restored and are present-day museums and tourist attractions. Others, in ruins, lay secluded and protected on state parks and historical sites.There are, however, a number of h... (1430 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting With A Magnet

By Ray Meloy
From page 21 of the June, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Some fish for that elusive prize bass, but you can fish for a more rewarding trophy. There is a wealth of items lost in lakes and bays around the country every year.Watches, tackle boxes, tools, fishing reels, and even boat motors can all be retri... (419 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting With A Pirate

By Carla Banning
From page 11 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, it finally happened…my dream has come true! I have now experienced the ultimate in treasure hunting experiences…I went treasure hunting on the beach… with a pirate!
Those of you who know me, either personally or throu... (923 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting You Versus The Law

By B.G. Revis
From page 44 of the May, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A great many treasure hunters, especially beginners, operate under the premise that everything they find is theirs to keep. This just isn't so in many areas and is becoming more restrictive as time goes by, with new rules and regulations constantl... (1480 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting, U.S.A.

By H. Glenn Carson
From page 26 of the July, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We all bite off more, sometimes, than is easy to chew. This particular effort is one of them, for here is an attempt to list, and when possible to give some detail about, one of the more reasonable treasure leads in each of our 50 states. This aut... (3011 Total Words)

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Treasure In A Boot

By William J Bartel
From page 48 of the March, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cooke City, Montana, is located about three miles east of the Silver Gate (northeast gate) to Yellowstone Park. It is a former mining camp which almost died when the mineral wealth in the surrounding mountains was depleted.

The town managed... (258 Total Words)

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Treasure In Absecon Bay?

By Tom Vance
From page 57 of the June, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Q. I have been reading Lost Treasure for years (I have a garage full of magazines). Q&A is always the first place I start. You cover so many items of interest from all over the country. I lived in Atlantic City, NJ for a number of years and si... (1897 Total Words)

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Treasure In Arkansas

By Clint Loden
From page 8 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I would like to pass on some information about 11 mule loads of gold supposedly buried in Hot Springs, Arkansas. W. R. Loden, who spent most of his life in Hot Springs, said that in early 1900 an Indian called Running Horse came to Hot Springs t... (176 Total Words)
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Treasure In Arkansas

By Jacques Tisserand
From page 54 of the October, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Treasure in Arkansas
By Jacques Tisserand

From page 54 of the October 1970 issue of True Treasure magazine.
Copyright 1970, 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc.



Treasure hunters who are interested in old fort sites may be s... (393 Total Words)
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Treasure In Folding Money

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 39 of the December, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most of us handle them all the time. Paying bills, buying groceries and giving them to the kids for their lunch money at school. And their allowance, of course. And for one reason or another, the wife seems to get whatever is left.

We never ... (904 Total Words)

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Treasure in Kentucky

By John K. Ward
From page 14 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In September of 1942, a farmer named Spurling, living on the Camp farm in Todd County, Kentucky, became annoyed at skunks killing his chickens. Spurling, Camp, and some of the neighbors used dogs to hunt the pesky polecats.

A dog chased a s... (1595 Total Words)

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Treasure In Maine

By D. Van Atchley
From page 25 of the June, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Balley's Island is one of several hundred islands in Casco Bay off the coast of Maine and, like many of these islands, includes among its legends tales of pirates and their buried booty.

It is known that pirates did bury much of their lo... (258 Total Words)
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Treasure In Maine

By D. Van Atchley
From page 41 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Lying off the middle coast of Maine is a small island called Monhegan. Adjacent to it is an even smaller island named Manana.

Years ago, a group of fishermen stopped on Manana Island for a brief respite from fishing. They started a game ... (298 Total Words)
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Treasure In Maryland

By D. Van Atchley
From page 61 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Not far fram Frederick, Maryland, is the town of Braddock, not to be confused with nearby Braddock Heights. On a mountain near there is buried a chest of jewels stolen from a French duchess. The location should not be far from the old Hagen Tavern... (341 Total Words)

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Treasure In Massachusetts

By Robert J. Burke
From page 36 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are more caves, caverns, crevices, man-made mines and hidden holes in a 20-mile belt extending north to south in western Massachusetts than in any similar area in New England. Legends about lost treasures and rich ore abound around Pittsfiel... (1000 Total Words)

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Treasure In North Carolina

By Danny Williams
From page 16 of the June, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Kittrell, North Carolina, is located in Vance County about 10 miles south of Henderson. Near there is the buried cache of the pirate Captain Pop, still unfound unless it has been recovered secretly . The treasure is reputed to be a large sum of go... (284 Total Words)

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Treasure in Oklahoma

By D. Van Atchley
From page 59 of the October, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Let’s talk about gold and other treasures in Oklahoma, which tops many states for stories of hidden caches, lost mines, and buried or lost loot, and tales of treasure found. Due to space constraints, I will touch on a just a few of the bette... (1140 Total Words)

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Treasure In The Bahamas

By L B Taylor Jr
From page 25 of the December, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure fever is sweeping the Bahamas! Not since the heyday of such notorious pirates as Henry Morgan, Pierre le Grande and Henry Jennings, more than 250 years ago, has the quest for sunken gold and silver run so rampant in these scenic rich isla... (4161 Total Words)

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Treasure In The Surf

By Eugene Nielsen
From page 24 of the June, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Are you missing out on one of treasure hunting's best-kept secrets? If you have never hunted in the surf, you probably are.
The surf zone acts like a natural treasure vault. Yet it remains largely virgin treasure hunting territory. Less tha... (1127 Total Words)

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Treasure In West Virginia

By Al Masters
From page 25 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When he was a boy, Joe Wilson of Berlin, West Virginia, went with his grandfather to Marion County where the old man hoped to obtain some sort of "key" to a treasure map he had. On their return, his grandfather said, "I've now got the paper I want... (352 Total Words)

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Treasure In Wisconsin

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 23 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wisconsin is not generally associated with treasure hunting, yet historical research reveals that the state has a rich if little-known history of treasure trove.

Take, for instance, the $700,000 in loot hidden near Mercer in Iron County, Wi... (1188 Total Words)

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Treasure In Your Pocket

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 56 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The mere utterance of the word “treasure” conjures up images of pirate booty, prospector gold, and outlaw caches. However, you might want to dig into your pockets or through grandma’s old silver coins for treasure that could turn... (1427 Total Words)

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Treasure In Your Pockets

By Daniel J. Dictus
From page 44 of the September, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Where do you look for treasure? In parks, yards and schoolgrounds? Old homesteads or long-forgotten picnic grounds? In ghost towns, abandoned mining dumps or the desert?

While all these are viable hunting prospects, you may have overlooked ... (1150 Total Words)

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