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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.

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Two Common Questions

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the February, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Based on the number of questions I have received from people either thinking about or actually just getting started in treasure hunting, it seems a lot of people were bitten by the "treasure hunting bug" this summer.

The two most common que... (1228 Total Words)

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Two Gold In One Day

By Gerry Edwards
From page 13 of the December, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recently, I woke up and decided to give my Whites DFX a much needed run for the goodies. I was going to use the Eclipse DD shooter coil, because the lot would be trashy. I knew of an old lot in Mariposa where an old house had stood and the owners ... (848 Total Words)

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Two Good Signals

By Marc Middleton
From page 48 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I think everyone enjoys finding a gold ring. This is a story of two gold rings found on two different continents, in two different millenniums. One was modern, the other quite old. I knew one was lost; the other I never dreamed of finding.

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Two Hoosier Lost Treasures

By Matt Roberts
From page 44 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Silver Creek, Indiana, empties into the Ohio River directly across from Louisville, Kentucky, and is no more silver in color than the blue Ohio itself.
The neighboring town of Silver Creek was named after this 34-mile-long stream, so dubbed in ... (1003 Total Words)

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Two Hour Time Limit The Treasures Of Lake Toplitz

By Linda Lousie Weinman
From page 58 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The three men had come there with an old map, and apparently when one of the trio had a falling out with the other two, he had swallowed it, and there was only one way to retrieve it. They cut it out of him with a knife.

Lake Toplitz, also ... (2050 Total Words)

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Two Lost Klickitat Mines

By Henry Hanilla
From page 52 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

David Johnson, an old prospector from Lewiston, Idaho, rode into Goldendale, Washington, and told the reporter for the Arlington Times the following story in 1897.
He was on the track of the lost mine of the old Dutchman who died in Yaquina Cit... (1198 Total Words)

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Two Lost Mines With The Same Name

By Joe Meis
From page 22 of the July, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most lost mines generally dont have the same name. But the most fascinating part of the tale of the lost six-shooter gold mine is that it also shares the county of Yuma in Arizona.

The first copper mine worked in Arizona by Americans is said... (700 Total Words)

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Two Missing Saddlebags

By William J. Wright
From page 52 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
My great-great grandfather, William Low, was a prosperous farmer in East Texas, and his home near; the old Smith Chapel church, a few miles from Commerce, Texas, was considered by many people to be the finest in the area. My grandmother, who witnesse... (409 Total Words)
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Two Special Finds

By Michael Fay
From page 44 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Heading southeast from Rochester, you cant help but enjoy the scenery as it shifts from urban crawl to suburban sprawl and eventually to green pasture. In just about an hour, about the time you reach the little town of Gorham, the sweeping hills... (1338 Total Words)

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Two Tales Of Oregon Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 29 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

LEPERS GOLD

It was the roaring 1850's and Jacksonville, Oregon, was in the throes of the gold rush boom, with prospectors pouring in from all corners of the globe.

The men were all strong, rugged, outdoor men. One day a leper wandere... (1474 Total Words)

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Two Tales Of Treasure A Weekend Adventure

By Jim Lambert
From page 40 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tim Duffys fiancee, Linda Porcaro, lost her 1.3K diamond ring on a private beach in the back bay of Ocean City, New Jersey, in 3-1/2 feet of water. Mr. Duffy had rented a metal detector and searched for the ring for about a week and a half with no... (1444 Total Words)

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Two Unusual Treasure Hunting Opportunities

By Jay Pastor
From page 17 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Adventurous treasure hunters who’d like to try something different might consider volunteering to assist in archaeological digs.
Unlike most professions, archaeology (particularly industrial archaeology) welcomes sincere volunteers to hel... (1085 Total Words)

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Two-cent Pieces

By Frank Colletti
From page 47 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1864 the Civil War was raging and there was a severe coin shortage. The public still did not know who was going to win The War Between the States. As a result of this uncertainty, all coins, including those with and without precious metals, wer... (1320 Total Words)

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Two-million Dollar Cache Of Trinity River Gold

By Jamie Ibanez
From page 46 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When nugget hunters think of good places to find gold in California, what comes to mind is Mother Lode country. Yet, northern Californias Klamath Mountains were second in gold production with Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties being the princip... (2014 Total Words)

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Two-million-dollar Meteor

By Donald Gresser
From page 45 of the December, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When one thinks of treasure, it is usually a cache of coins, precious stones, nuggets or gold dust. A pirate, a miser, a miner, or perhaps a stagecoach robber who wound up at the end of a rope and was therefore unable to return for the looted wealth ... (701 Total Words)
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Tybos Lost Treasure

By Leslie A. Payne
From page 37 of the January, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Terror of the mining campsthat was Tybos reputation during its boom period. The richness of the ores drew hundreds of prospectors who hoped to make the strike of a lifetime. An atmosphere of lawless-ness prevailed, with robberies and murders occur... (1263 Total Words)

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Ubar, the Lost City of Frankincense

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 59 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1937, the American School of Oriental Research, led by archaeologist Nelson Glueck, discovered the remains of a large storage jar at Ezion-geber on the Gulf of Aqaba.
After close inspection, he was able to discern a Minaean script of the tra... (1750 Total Words)

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U-boat Treasure

By Dan Atchely
From page 30 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It may surprise some people to know that German U-Boats operated extensively in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II. Even Ernest Hemingway used his own boat to try and track down submarines from his home in Havana. The German U-boat 166 is the ... (672 Total Words)

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Uncle Ned's Find

By Bruce Hewkin
From page 54 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In the summer of 1927, a surveying crew was assigned to survey National Forest land which began at the Canadian border and commenced down the Continental Divide along the Idaho-Montana border. Along this survey route, rendezvous camps were plotted on... (611 Total Words)
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Uncle Sam May Have Dropped It

By Ken Richards
From page 36 of the December, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1961, Congress passed a special resolution accepting Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, New York, as namesake for Uncle Sam, the whiskered American uncle with the pointing finger.

And New York State has proclaimed his birthday, September 13th, as... (908 Total Words)

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Uncovering Gold

By James E Mulkey
From page 22 of the August, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A recent visit from Clarence Catt, a gentleman who manufactures airboats in Illinois, got me to thinking about all the opportunities awaiting detectorists because of the raging fires and floods, which have occurred throughout the United States and... (1429 Total Words)

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Uncovering The Union League

By Joe Patrick
From page 52 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While detecting an old farm in northeastern Maryland several years ago, I uncovered a pin or badge I would like to know more about. This particular site had a Civil War encampment on it, and I have uncovered numerous bullets, buttons and other ite... (1183 Total Words)

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Undelivered Treasure

By Cheryl A. Wadleigh
From page 40 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Atahualupa was chief of the Inca Indians in Peru at the time of the-Spanish Conquest. He was captured and held for ransom, but was killed before all of the ransom could be paid. When he was captured in 1532 by the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Piz... (1668 Total Words)

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Under The Alabama Skies And White Oak Trees

By John H Murrell
From page 50 of the October, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Marius Martins plantation is gone, but once it squatted on the banks of the Sipsey River not far from the sleepy little town of Epse, Alabama. Martins plantation also sat near where he, with his trusted slave, buried a large hoard of gold.

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Under The Big Top: Where The Treasures Tumble

By Robert L. Shults
From page 24 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Want to try out a new detector? Want to get a new treasure hunter interested in the hobby? Go for a visit under the big top.Anyone interested in the hobby knows the best places to coin shoot are places where people gather.To WorshipChurches, templ... (624 Total Words)

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Undersea Fortune of the Niagara

By Gerry Erberich
From page 30 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What possible relationship could there be between an isolationist Congress and 35 gold ingots lying in the wreck of a passenger liner on the ocean floor just off of New Zealand's northeastern coast?

The relationship is direct. The gold, now... (1876 Total Words)

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Understanding Platinum

By John Minges
From page 33 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Platinum is a precious metal few people know much about, and even fewer knowingly own it. (There are traces of platinum in many of the products we buy.) W hen someone says platinum they are usually referring to the metal itself, not the Platinum G... (666 Total Words)

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Understanding Your Metal Detector Just A Little More

By Dick Stout
From page 24 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have been detecting for close to 20 years and enjoy it as much today as I did when I started. Best of all, engineering advancements have made it more fun.When I think of the old BFO-type detectors, and the computerized, programmable detector I a... (1377 Total Words)

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Underwater Exploration

By Tobin T Buhk
From page 12 of the June, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At one time or another, every treasure hunter has daydreamed about finding a vast fortune aboard a shipwreck that Neptune claimed as his own and, in an instant, quitting the day job and moving from the 1,500-square-foot ranch in the suburban bedro... (1693 Total Words)

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Underwater Snipin Gfor Gold (sam Radding And Jim Garlock) Hunting For Treasure (john Castle)

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 46 of the January, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Find Gold Underwater!

Have you ever wanted to jump into a mountain stream and start picking up gold off the bottom without carrying along a lot of expensive prospecting equipment? Well, gold sniping just might be what you have in mind.

... (650 Total Words)
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Underwater Treasure Hunting

By B.G. Revis
From page 7 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Underwater treasure hunting is the latest craze, as supplies of coins and valuables rapidly dry up on land. Many underwater searchers have discovered this virgin territory and are making out like bandits.

I'll never understand why people go... (1666 Total Words)

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Underwater Treasures Of A Fascinating Adventurer

By Celine Buffett
From page 44 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It has been my great pleasure to work recently with underwater explorer and marine archeologist Nelson Jecas, a professional diver in the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans. Jecas, who has a passion for adventure and treasure hunting, was more than hap... (1390 Total Words)

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Undiscovered Targets Await You

By Den Kien
From page 41 of the January, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
One good day is all it takes to convince and lure the average person to try and find that there is a great many things that can be found decades after the introduction of this hobby to the public at large. Undiscovered targets await the next persiste... (1388 Total Words)
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Unexpected Early Spring Hunt Yields Rare Button

By Chris Whitehead
From page 11 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Normally, wintertime in northwest Arkansas is prime season for hunting Civil War relics.There are no snakes waiting under that rotted log, ticks or mosquitoes trying to feed on your flesh, and no chance of spending time in the hospital due to heat... (2098 Total Words)

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Unfound Loot Of Gangster John Dillinger

By Al Masters
From page 15 of the September, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In depression ridden days of the early 1930s, a bold new type of outlaw flashed across newspaper headlines. Utilizing stolen fast cars instead of horses, ruthlessly spraying police, citizens and each other with barrages of machinegun slugs instead of... (2209 Total Words)
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Unique Offerings

By Thomas M. Purzycki
From page 66 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal Detecting and the Internet, strange partners to say the least, yet the Internet can be a very good tool for Metal Detectorists. On the Internet you can find many sites on Metal Detecting. While most sites are similar, each one has something ... (624 Total Words)

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Universal Laws of Coinshooting

By Lee Courtney
From page 40 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Conscientious beginners – adventurous folk who carry metal detectors boldly into the urban and rural jungles – also often carry with them a body of knowledge made up of conventional wisdom mixed with superstition that came largely from... (1027 Total Words)

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Unlucky Brother

By Ken Weinman
From page 28 of the June, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On the dark, stormy morning of July 30, 1865, the steamship Brother Jonathan suddenly smashed into an unseen pinnacle of treacherous rocks on Saint George Reef, nine miles from Crescent City, California, and has been the object of periodic searches b... (962 Total Words)
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Unusual Earrings From The Past

By Gerry Edwards
From page 46 of the July, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Climbing into my Bronco with the two Detectors that I now use Whites MXT and DFX, I never envisioned that the day would end up as great as it did. I headed out to and old homesite that had been built in the late 1800s and burned down around 1920. ... (596 Total Words)

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Unusual Farm Treasures

By Pat Hughes
From page 39 of the October, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Why does it seem that farmers seem to find the most unusual treasures?

There is no doubt that searching for any treasure is a lot of hard work, and a lot of luck.

The real reason that farmers tend to find valuable items on a regular ... (1283 Total Words)

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Unusual Minerals Near Randsburg California

By James R Mitchell
From page 34 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 

The Randsburg area has long been known as a premier gold, silver and tungsten mining location. In April of 1895, gold was discovered by John Singleton, Charlie Burchaim and F. M. Mooers while they were prospecting in what was soon to ... (1065 Total Words)

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Unusual Treasure Hunters

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 18 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

TREASURE...we all aspire to find it, but few succeed. One of the ironies of life is that some people succeed without really trying, while others spend a lifetime chasing a rainbow, but never get it. Oh yes...then there are those who you never figu... (1332 Total Words)

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Use Maps To Plot Your Path To Success

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, 2008 is more than half over and thats probably a good point to stand back and assess how you have been doing so far in terms of your in-field success.

Have you been making the kinds of finds that you had hoped 2008 held in store for y... (1999 Total Words)

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Useful Information

By Reg Sniff
From page 6 of the May, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

First of all, I want to welcome all you newcomers who received your first detector for Christmas to the recreational hobby of treasure hunting. For those of you who have never seen this column before, it is primarily geared to provide general info... (1612 Total Words)

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Using Logs As Research Material

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 38 of the July, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One suggestion I strongly recommend is keeping a log of your finds. Whenever I find a coin, medal, ring or whatever, especially one that was recovered after having a reading in a strange category, I record it in my log for the day. In addition, I ... (1443 Total Words)

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Using Nature To Find Gold

By Reggie Gould
From page 39 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Science is now using nature to discover precious minerals in Mother Earth.

The technology to do this has been around for many years and they keep improving it. For this discussion we will not cover dowsing, although I personally think it is ... (1879 Total Words)

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Utah

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 40 of the April, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
1. Castle Grand loot
One of the many rustlers who traveled the Great Outlaw Trail was the Circleville, Utah youth named George Leroy Parker. In later years Parker, the son of a Mormon bishop, would adopt the name Butch Cassidy and establish wha... (1545 Total Words)
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Utah

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Tales of Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo cache

1. In 1869, the Wells Fargo Company began closing down and selling off overland stage lines to concentrate on the banking and express business. Nevertheless, a table reprinted in Dale Roberts... (1519 Total Words)
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Utah - Another Lost Mine

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 35 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Spaniards reportedly used Ute Indian slaves to work a couple of mines in the Fish Lake region of Sevier County along the old Spanish Trail. The Indians rebelled and the Spaniards were massacred. A large gold nugget found in Los Creek north of ... (79 Total Words)

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Utah - Goat Man's Gold

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 35 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Goat Man, as local residents of Moab in Grand County called him, was well educated, spoke seven languages, and always seemed to have more cash on hand than he could have gotten from his motley herd of goats. The Goat Mans five acre farm on the... (286 Total Words)

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