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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 of the Great Diamond Hoax

By Xanthus Carson
From page 19 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shakespeare, New Mexico, south of today's Lordsburg, was originally named Ralston after a San Francisco millionaire with interests in the area. A roaring mining camp at one time, along in 1870 the excitement commenced to peter out.

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Treasure Of The H. M. S. Ontario

By Teddy Remick
From page 34 of the October, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two hundred years have passed since the snow H.M.S. Ontario set said from Niagara, New York, bound for Oswego with British troops, supplies, military gear and an army payroll estimated at about $15,000. She cleared Niagara in a blinding snowstorm ... (502 Total Words)

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Treasure Of The Kneeling Man

By D. Van Atchley
From page 60 of the June, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometime in the late 1880's, three prospectors discovered an unusually rich placer mine on the Navajo Indian Reservation that covers much of what is now known as the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

They knew i... (400 Total Words)

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Treasure Of The Ladrones

By Dean Maring
From page 75 of the April, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Ladrones (Spanish for robbers, or thieves) Mountains in central New Mexico are a veritable storehouse of buried treasure and lost Spanish mines.

For centuries the mountains have been a landmark for travelers along the Rio Grande. Navajo... (305 Total Words)

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Treasure of the Mission San Diego De Alcala

By Richard Taylor
From page 57 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Padre! Come quickly! The Indians are upon us! They are attacking the mission in great force! We must hide the church treasures in the tunnel before they reach the chapel!"

The Spanish soldier continued to shout as he beat on the heavy wood... (691 Total Words)

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Treasure of the Niagara

By Andrew Hind
From page 43 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Niagara Falls is a wonder to behold, with its thundering sheet of water and a roar almost deafening in its intensity. They are one of the most famous attractions in the world, visited by millions of people every year who marvel at its natural maje... (1642 Total Words)

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Treasure Of The Rio De Janeiro

By John Boessenecker
From page 42 of the September, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On February 21, 1901, the steamer Rio de Janeiro, headed for San Francisco from China, reached the Golden Gate. She was a sturdy vessel and had weathered many Pacific storms and gales. Her master was Captain William Ward, and she had a crew of 115. T... (757 Total Words)
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Treasure Of The Rogues

By Jason Roberts
From page 43 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Taylor found a rich gold pocket in one of the mines and put several sacks of ore in flour sacks, stashing it in an old mineshaft.

The Rouge River Indians settled in the mountains and valleys of what became Jackson County, Oregon long before ... (1399 Total Words)

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Treasure of the Sinks

By Randy N. Simmons
From page 17 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Deep in a remote area of northeastern Oregon's Blue Mountains is a wild section of country of confusing growth and weirdly jum-bled topography called the Devil's Sink by pioneers. It is an area of legends of death and destruction, and of gold. The... (1072 Total Words)

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Treasure Of The Tongs

By Kim Henleigh
From page 35 of the June, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the South Pacific, off the Tongan island of Nufualofa, lies a sunken treasure that is unique in that it has been found and raisedand returned to the depths in another place. And there it remains while the original finders of the trove... (546 Total Words)

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Treasure of the Zirinha

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 27 of the December, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For nearly 400 years, a treasure ship containing gold worth almost $13 million has lain unrecovered off the south Florida coast. Although most people associate the fortune-filled era between 1500 and 1800 with Spanish conquest of the West Indies, ... (719 Total Words)

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Treasure Off Cuba

By Joseph Milberger
From page 54 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A treasure of thousands of valuable Spanish military relics, and additional thousands of Spanish silver coinsall now almost three-quarters of a century old, lies waiting in a treasure wreck eight miles off the northwestern shores of Cuba.

T... (240 Total Words)

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Treasure Off Santa Catalina

By Sean Pobuda
From page 19 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When one thinks of Spanish galleons and sunken treasure, one usually thinks of the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, or the Bahamas. But did you know there is a sunken galleon within 30 miles of the millions of people in the Los Angeles area?

On... (272 Total Words)

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Treasure Off Washington

By Tom J. Christensen
From page 53 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sunken Treasure in Washington State

On her maiden voyage up the coast of Washington in 1875, the schooner Sunshine, carrying gold and other valuable cargo, was mysteriously wrecked and washed ashore an empty hulk; the gold was never found. ... (237 Total Words)

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Treasure On Cape Cod

By Wilson David Flanders
From page 15 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1831 a fisherman named Arthur Doane found a fortune in Spanish gold on Cape Cod. He kept his treasure secret for forty-nine years, and then, on his deathbed, told a friend.

But his friend did not recover all of the treasure. Most of it i... (1007 Total Words)

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Treasure On Lees Creek

By Tom Hilton
From page 30 of the November, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Lee, a full blood of the Cherokee Nation, came to what is now extreme eastern Oklahoma in 1827, he never dreamed that the crystal clear little stream that would bear his name as Lees Creek already held the promise of great riches in the form ... (2158 Total Words)

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Treasure On The Santa Fe Trail

By Jack Fraley
From page 31 of the December, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Near the present site of Dodge City, Kansas, a treasure of Spanish silver dollars is believed to be buried on the old Santa Fe Trail. The most famous of all early trails, the Santa Fe Trail stretched some 800 miles from Wesport Landing near Kansas... (617 Total Words)

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Treasure On Trinity Mountain

By Vern Hammond
From page 59 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In 1865, Rattlesnake Dick Barter, a California outlaw more noted for his picturesque nickname than for any great success in his chosen profession, plotted to rob a Wells Fargo pack train in northern California's Siskiyou County. The train, carrying a... (480 Total Words)
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Treasure Secrets

By Mike Hawkeye Pickett
From page 22 of the December, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunters of all types are very secretive&#44 especially within our own ranks. One carelessly misspoken clue about a certain treasure or area could well lead to the successful recovery&#44 by another person. With possibly thousands ... (1461 Total Words)

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Treasure Ships Of Lake Huron

By Teddy Remick
From page 37 of the February, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

who wish to try their hands at recovering treasure from the depths of Lake Huron could not choose a lake with better visibility. Of the five Great Lakes, Huron has the clearest waterand there is an abundance of treasure to be found in the rotting ... (1206 Total Words)

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Treasure Ships Of Lake Ontario

By Teddy Remick
From page 35 of the July, 1969 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although smallest of the five Great Lakes in area, the waters of Lake Ontario are definitely known to cover enough sunken treasure to occupy a host of hardy searchers and to reward them handsomely for their efforts.

An attempt to compile a ... (884 Total Words)

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Treasure Ships Of Lake Superior

By Teddy Remick
From page 30 of the August, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hundreds of ships have gone to the bottom of Lake Superior since the small sloop Otter became the first vessel of record to ply the lake in 1785. Although Superiors 1,000-foot-plus depths preclude salvage operations in many cases, there remain a c... (992 Total Words)

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Treasure Ships of the California Desert

By B.G. Revis
From page 44 of the April, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Are there treasure ships buried under the sands of the southwestern deserts, or at the bottom of the Salton Sea? Legend says there are. It is claimed that a petroglyph, in a canyon between the Imperial Valley and the Laguna Mountains, carries a pi... (1249 Total Words)

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Treasure Sites Often Overlooked

By James Bruner
From page 36 of the May, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The weather had been rotten for the past several weeks, especially on days when we had time to detect. By the time we did get a break, I had built up a pretty good case of cabin fever, and was feeling the urge to give my Tesoro detector a good wor... (1710 Total Words)

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Treasure Stories To Research

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 56 of the January, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 31 years of treasure hunting and 18 as fulltime metal detector dealers, we have heard enough treasure stories to fill several books. In this span of time we have crammed several large boxes with newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and most ... (1815 Total Words)

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Treasure Thorough A Keyhole

By Gerald T. Ahnert
From page 31 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Some of my very best finds while treasure hunting have been made as the result of my trying, possibly with some success, to understand the habits and actions of people. But, being an adult, I found that I had thought only in adult terms. A recent ... (327 Total Words)

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Treasure Trades Day

By M. J. Tatum
From page 40 of the September, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Almost hidden deep in East Texas, on State Highways 64 and 19 just off Interstate 20, is the relatively small town of Canton, county seat of Van Zandt County.

On 341 days of the year, Canton closely resembles many other sleepy East Texas sm... (596 Total Words)

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Treasure Trails

By Lost Treasure
From page 61 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If youve ever had the opportunity to visit the Black Hills South Dakota, you will understandable have fallen in love with serenity peace and quiet which the Hills unselfishly give. I know have. But this serenity, peace and is in sharp contrast to ... (1027 Total Words)

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Treasure Trails Of British Columbia

By T W Paterson
From page 40 of the February, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure!   Even the most down-to-earth individuals, at the mere mention of the word, conjure up vivid mental scenes of buccaneers and bullion-laden galleons along the Spanish Main, of Inca temples bulging with idols of gold encrusted wi... (3155 Total Words)

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Treasure Triggers Food For Thought, When You Don't Know Where To Look Next

By Jay Pastor
From page 14 of the April, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here are some facts not normally found in treasure hunting books or magazines. Mull them over when you need some encouragement to get out and search. (Theres also one cautionary tale.) I wont try to stifle your imagination by suggesting how you ou... (1447 Total Words)

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Treasure Tunnel of the Georgia Cherokee

By Craig E. Redick
From page 48 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When the Indian Removal Treaty of 1835 was signed into law, the Georgia Cherokees sensed the impending loss of their way of life and of all the lands they called home.
The Indian Chiefs and tribal leaders called a council meeting to make plans ... (971 Total Words)

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Treasure Via Notoriety: The Hillside Massacre Weapon

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 19 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The revolver does not appear special. It seems unthreatening, a somewhat old and weathered gun. The handle is made of walnut; the six cylinders are designed to hold black powder bullets common in the days of the wild, wild West. The revolver is an or... (1639 Total Words)
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Treasure We Almost Found

By Nash Moreno
From page 62 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This story concerns our misadventures in treasure hunting and began in the late 70s when I was transferred to the St. Louis branch of a major corporation.

Our customers were used to dealing with a man that had just retired, so it took a whil... (941 Total Words)

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Treasure Week

By Michael A. Novak
From page 31 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The day was hot and humid as we pulled into Whispering Hills Campground in Shreve, Ohio. Friday was the day to setting up your campsite, renewing old friendships and starting new ones. The first nights sleep was interrupted by the heavy downpour ... (1453 Total Words)

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Treasure Week 1991

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 12 of the November, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure Week, the largest event in TH'ing for 1991, was held at Kenneth Wray's Treasure Shop and Campground northeast of Freetown, Indiana, June 29-July 7. Since all events were at one location, many people camped out and spent much "... (813 Total Words)

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Treasure Week 2000!

By Denise Hutson
From page 32 of the February, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The eight days surrounding July 4th found Treasure Week 2000 taking place in the heart of Amish country in Shreve, Ohio. Those of you who have never experienced this annual event have absolutely no idea how much fun and profit you passed up! The m... (702 Total Words)

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Treasure World 1990 - The Conventional Hunts

By Andy Sabisch
From page 33 of the December, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure World 1990 was divided into two distinct hunts - one required the use of an Electroscope in conjunction with a metal detector and was called the Main Event, and the other hunts were designed strictly for metal-detector users and were call... (1344 Total Words)

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Treasure Wreck!

By Burt D. Webber, Jr.
From page 22 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Of all the sunken treasures lost on remote reefs throughout the Caribbean, none has been more frequently sought than that of the reputed wreck of the 18th century Spanish frigate Nuestra Senora del Carmen, more commonly known as the Genovesa. This... (4790 Total Words)

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Treasure/Rockhound Ranch Country

By C. Kutac
From page 41 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Now that the first Treasure/Rockhound Ranch has been established along Blanco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, treasure hunters will want to know more about the area.

There is so much to see, and so much to do, that it can't be adequate... (533 Total Words)
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Treasure/Rockhound Ranch Country

By C. Kutac
From page 59 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In the December issue of Lost Treasure, Al Masters wrote of the 17-ton gold profit hoard reportedly buried somewhere in the north-west corner of New Mexico just west of Treasure/Rockhound Ranch.

The ranch, located in Blanco Canyon 32 mil... (3531 Total Words)
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Treasured Buddies

By Dewey A. Johnson
From page 16 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thanks to Lost Treasure Online and their feature Treasure Buddies, I have met some terrific people that have helped me in surprising ways. I wanted to take some time to tell others about them and make an effort to thank them while drawing attentio... (1473 Total Words)

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Treasured Memories

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 62 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From the first time we crawled across the floor as children, there has been that insatiable appetite to explore. To reach beyond our own hands, to explore the unknown as it lies before us, and to dig deep into the earth and bring up treasure.

<... (906 Total Words)
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Treasures Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Jennifer Jabbour
From page 12 of the February, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whether rummaging through a dump full of what others call junk, or driving around to antique shops, Bonnie Julius and Connie Ritter always have their eyes open for anything antique. Most pieces come in small packages, but they'll take anything as ... (1444 Total Words)

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Treasures Found

By Jon-pierre Lassiegne
From page 55 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The end of this story is really just the beginning. But the beginning, for me, started nearly 28 years ago. I was about 8-years-old when my father attempted to interest me in his hobby of collecting coins and stamps. His efforts, shall I say, went... (858 Total Words)

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Treasures From Space

By W. W. Grapes
From page 44 of the February, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

()n a hot summer day, more than a decade ago, Omar Buss came across a heavy, rusty-looking rock in his farm field near Hunter, Oklahoma. Stones of any size were uncommon on Buss farm and a certain strangeness in the appearance of this particular s... (276 Total Words)

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Treasures From the ‘RMS Rhone’

By John Christopher Fine
From page 24 of the February, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bert Kilbride was just short of his 94th birthday when he died in 2008. His cremated remains were installed on Neptune Reef off Florida’s coast. The memorial bears the legend: “Bert Kilbride, 1914-2008. Last Pirate of the Caribbean.&rd... (1860 Total Words)

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Treasures From the ‘RMS Rhone’

By John Christopher Fine
From page 24 of the February, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bert Kilbride was just short of his 94th birthday when he died in 2008. His cremated remains were installed on Neptune Reef off Florida’s coast. The memorial bears the legend: “Bert Kilbride, 1914-2008. Last Pirate of the Caribbean.&rd... (1860 Total Words)

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Treasures From the Past

By Bob Terry
From page 24 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On August 14, 1862, federal troops stationed near Newport, North Carolina, headed out on a reconnaissance mission that would take them to the seafaring town of Swansboro.Their mission was to determine the strength of Confederate forces in the area... (1144 Total Words)

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Treasures In Grandma's Button Box

By Mary Alice Brusha
From page 50 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Not all treasures are under the ground or deep in the sea. Many of them have been lying around for years in grandmas button box, and collectors from all parts of the world will pay fabulous prices for just one special little button needed to compl... (842 Total Words)

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Treasures Missed Treasure Can And Does Manifest Itself In Our Everyday Lives

By Mike Washington
From page 27 of the April, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I was sitting at my desk yesterday thinking about my favorite subject - Treasure hunting. Thinking was about all I was doing because the wind chill factor here in Montana has sent the temperature plummeting to 54 degrees below zero and, with ... (996 Total Words)

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