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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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Utah - Lost Josephine

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

So many treasure stories center around the phrase The Spaniards were later driven out by the Indians that it almost seems a cliche. In 1824, when American mountain men like Jed Smith and Jeff Bridger began to pour through the South Pass, they foun... (498 Total Words)

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Utah - Lost Rhodes Mine

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

In addition to the Lost Josephine, the Spanish are said to have had several gold mines in other parts of Utah. The most famous of these being the Lost Rhoads Mine in Duchesne County. The story has been told many times in great detail but bears hig... (384 Total Words)

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Utah - Other Lost Mines

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

The Spanish are said to have had another rich gold mine in the Unitahs. This was located further east than the Rhoades Mine at a place where two streams came together in a remote canyon near a natural stone bridge. It was called the Mine of Lost S... (121 Total Words)

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Utah Gems At Bicknell

By Darold J. Henry
From page 14 of the August, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bicknell, Utah, is just one of a multitude of locales in the state where the scenery is superb, the fishing terrific, the hunting excellent, and the rock collecting still good. A recent Utah map will help greatly in finding this hamlet of wonderfu... (1086 Total Words)

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Utah Treasure Cache Revealed

By Robert O'Brien
From page 18 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I am going to do something in this article that almost never happens. I am going to tell you exactly where I think a cache is, and provide you with a satellite photo and the exact GPS coordinates.
Why am I going to do this? Because I won’... (1206 Total Words)

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Utah-double Cross In Gentile City

By Anthony M Belli
From page 28 of the January, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Double Crossed in Gentile City $70,000 in Gold Never Found

BOX ELDER COUNTYCorinne, Utah was a rail town laid out by the Union Pacific in 1869. Like many western towns from that era, Corinnes reputation for its lawlessness made it a safe-h... (1680 Total Words)

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Utahs Fabulous Lost Josephine

By John M. Townley
From page 43 of the October, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in southern Utah, an outcrop of black hornblende stands out from the mountain meadowland. The rock ledge is ten feet thick, higher than a tall man, and runs for several hundred yards before it disappears beneath lava caprock.
Pieces ... (1371 Total Words)

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Utah's Forgotten Cache of Gold

By Ken Weinman
From page 26 of the December, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thirty miles south of Faust, Utah, along the eastern edge of the Sevier Desert, there lies a sack of gold bullion valued at $10,000 (then).
A lone stage robber who was later killed by the famous Mormon Marshal, Porter Rockwell, buried the gold ... (1618 Total Words)

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Utah's Lost Pothole Placers

By George A. Thompson
From page 25 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869, brought a mining boom to the Great Basin. Among those first hopeful prospectors was a college-trained geologist named Lane. While others searched for gold in the s... (2842 Total Words)

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Utah's Most Fabulous Treasure

By Al Masters
From page 34 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was in the summer of 1914 that Freddie Crystal first showed up at Oscar Robinsons ranch at Kanab, Utah. For some reason Robinson, owner of one of the oldest ranches in Kane County, hired the sun-baked old saddle tramp, although it was apparent ... (2634 Total Words)

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Utah's Mystery Rock Markings

By Maurice Kildare
From page 39 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Twenty-five miles south of Hanksville, Utah, Louis J. Spear stopped his pickup truck on an old dirt road. He was attracted by an elongated, flat-topped mesa a hundred yards east. Winding his way over the sagebrush flat, he climbed to the top.

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Utah's West Desert Treasures

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 48 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Area’s west of Utah’s Interstate 15 are generally considered Utah’s West Desert, with large expanses of barren land, rocky mazes of rattlesnakes, scorpions, and deadly hidden mine shafts, where the summers can be brutally hot and... (1243 Total Words)

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Utah's White Cliffs Gold

By Maurice Kildare
From page 17 of the December, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Warren Peters was an old and seasoned prospector, yet he found it hard to credit what he saw inside the massive White Cliffs of southern Utah.

Just as he had been told and had not quite believed, gold hung in thin, clear, white quartz strin... (2905 Total Words)

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Utica Jewelstone Of Illinois

By Joyce Mori
From page 24 of the June, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like most rockhounds I always looked enviously at the magazines that offered tempting looks at lovely rock and mineral finds. The majority of these locations are not near my home and I will most likely never have an opportu-nity to see them. I won... (748 Total Words)

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Uv Lamps Put On Mineral Light Show, Simmons' Eurodeluxe Binocular Sturdy, Gold Gun Long-distance Locator

By Lost Treasure
From page 54 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

UV Lamps Put On Mineral Light Show

The wonders of fluorescent minerals can be visualized with UVPs Mini Handheld UV Lamp models. Minerals fluoresce brightly when viewed under ultraviolet light. Some minerals fluoresce under longwave (365nm)... (470 Total Words)

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V3 Recovery

By Gerry Edwards
From page 15 of the June, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It had been almost a year since I sat down at my computer and put one of my adventures to ink.
Thirteen years ago a severe automobile accident had put me on the path to a career of gold grubbing and treasure recovery.
I had used White’... (1071 Total Words)

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Vacation Time

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 3 of the July, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At the end of this month Ill officially be on vacation. (I know thats debatable at times.)

Ill be on a houseboat for four days in a crystal clear lake named Bull Shoals in Arkansas. In the past this place has been perfect. No overcrowding, ... (383 Total Words)

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Vacationing Treasure Hunter Discovers Solid Gold Prize On Honolulu Beach

By Tom Vance
From page 14 of the December, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For Kansas City treasure hunter John Eulgem, the prospect of a three-week vacation in Hawaii was pleasant enough, but throw in a considerable amount of treasure hunting and it really made his mouth water.A transplanted New Yorker, John had heard a... (2039 Total Words)

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Vallecito Gold

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 8 of the March, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, searching for treasures in the vicinity of California's old Vallecito Stage Station should be right up your alley, for the area boasts of a phantom stagecoach, an ethereal white horse and other assorted supernatur... (1672 Total Words)
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Vallecito's Lost Bandit Loot

By Richard Taylor
From page 13 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After scooping up shovelfuls of soil from the chapparal-covered canyon floor, the Mexican bandit chief hurriedly stuffed several heavy leather pouches containing $80,000 in stolen gold into the hole. He covered them over, then set about to conceal... (365 Total Words)

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Valley Of Rubies

By Ben T Traywick
From page 17 of the June, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sparkling, blood-red rubies of as true color as any ever mined anywhere. Rubies the size of a birds eggwith some weighing 1,000 carats. Does this sound like a fairy tale? It isnt. These fabulous gemstones are being dug from gravel deposits in a sm... (1501 Total Words)

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Valuable Civil War Medal Recovered In New Mexico

By Ken Weinman
From page 12 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the first week of February 2000, an Albu-querque man found an extremely valuable Civil War medal in a box of junk jewelry at the Albuquerque Gold and Silver Exchange. It was lying in a small tray sitting on the top shelf inside a glass case... (1418 Total Words)

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Vanished Spaniard's Lost Gold Mine

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 15 of the June, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One clear March day in 1882, a wizened and bent Spaniard appeared for the first time in the little town of The Dalles in north-central Oregon. He marched into the French & Company Bank and upended a tattered canvas sack, dumping 30 or 40 rough... (672 Total Words)

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Vanished Wagon Of The Mogollons

By Thomas W Davis
From page 32 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here in the southwest, we have more lost ghost towns and treasures than in many other parts of the country. We also have one major problem; while others are enjoying their summer vacations and hunting treasure caches all over the northern states, ... (1136 Total Words)

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Variety Of The Hunt

By James E. Mulkey
From page 44 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If youd like to find the essence of American character, read about the people who made the western mining frontier what it was, both in legend and reality. It was these men and women who left behind the comforts of their homes in the east and emba... (1402 Total Words)

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Vasquez Rocks

By Jake Brouwer
From page 12 of the August, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In January 1874, the scared people of the normally complacent California had seen enough of the antics of this daring and bold bandido. They wanted action. Governor Newton Booth managed to secure $5,000 from the California legislature to use as he... (1362 Total Words)

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Venezuela: Lost Treasure Of The Andes

By Alvara Parra Pinto
From page 29 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Tis ready sire, said the Spanish soldier Francisco Martn, hauling himself from the hole where he and four of his strongest mates had just lowered the gold. Aye, nodded the leader of the treasure party, the conquistador Captain Iigo de Gasconya, with... (1630 Total Words)
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Venom Repel: A Shocking Cure

By Mike Owings
From page 24 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After many years of treasure hunting and prospecting in the American southwest, I have had my fair share of encounters with venomous reptiles, insects, and other predators. There are, however, preventive measures and remedies that can be used with... (984 Total Words)

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Verify and Verify Again

By J.R. Lindermuth
From page 25 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you been wasting your time on legends?
The term originally meant “something to be read” and applied to the narratives of saints and martyrs which were read after dinner in monasteries. Because exaggeration and miracles predominated in ... (571 Total Words)

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Vermont

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 34 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Relics of the 'Salme Day'

There is no duty which is so much underrated as the duty of being happy.

Mystery message relics

On a cold December morning in 1853, Orlando Green and P.R. Ripley, of Swanton, Vermont, found them... (1532 Total Words)
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Vermont

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 28 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Large numbers of live, 12-pound Civil War artillery shells have been found at the bottom of Number 10 pond at Calais, Vermont, in recent years.

Tory Hole

As an independent republic receiving no help from the Continental Congress, ... (1524 Total Words)
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Vermont

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 12 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Hell's Half Acre
The secret to success is constancy to purpose. Disraeli

Hell's half acre
1. All sources agree that the story has as its origin the arrival of an old Spaniard named de Grau in the area around Pocok which is p... (1611 Total Words)
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Vermont -- Battle Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington was an unplanned, sloppy mess fought after several days of torrential rains had reduced the battlefield to a river of muck. It was a tremendous victory for the American side, but there were some tense mom... (219 Total Words)

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Vermont -- Counterfeitors' Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1881 a Harpers Maga- zine article titled The Green Mountains in Sugar Time, Mr. Dawley, the owner of the inn where the author was staying, turns out to be a man who had tried and abandoned many different professions in his youth. One of the rea... (240 Total Words)

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Vermont -- Mob Rule Caches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In the time before Vermont was Vermont, it was part of New York and part of New Hampshire Territory and not very happy about either. These feelings of discontent were especially intense when it came to being part of New York. When the United States... (378 Total Words)
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Vermont / Hell's Half Acre

By Tom Vance
From page 41 of the June, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
1 The days of the tall sailing ships of New England brought prosperity to much of Vermont and in particular to today's Orange County. You see, the tall, towering pine trees of the state were much in demand for making the tall, wooden masts of the sai... (1323 Total Words)
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Vermont --jarvis' Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Perhaps the best known of Vermonts entire personal cache stories is the story of lumberman David Jarvis. It is interesting in that there is no record or testimony that a single coin was ever cached. Rather, Jarvis contemporaries and a legion of la... (215 Total Words)

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Vermont --mystery Relic

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a cold December morn- ing in 1853, Orlando Green and P.R. Ripley of Swanton, Vt., found themselves on the left bank of the Missisquoi River excavating a wagon load of sand for the marble plant at Swanton Falls. The wind off the river cut like ... (451 Total Words)

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Vigo Bay's $120,000,000 Treasure

By Richard Taylor
From page 22 of the June, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Vigo Bay! The words electrify every serious treasure hunter, for they name the site of the world's largest sunken treasure.

For more than 250 years, efforts have been made to salvage the vast hoard of gold, silver and jewels that lies withi... (1471 Total Words)

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Viking Treasure in the Midnight Sun

By Charles Sasser
From page 44 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Temperatures plummeted to 40 below. Eskimo dogs pulling the qamutik freight sled pounded like pistons as they trotted in and out of sight through blowing snow and the violent swirl of 50mph winds.
From all appearances, Titus Allooloo and I coul... (1506 Total Words)

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Viking Treasure Sought

By Granville Wilson
From page 76 of the April, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Competent divers and non-divers are being invited to join an expedition to find two Viking ships lost off Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland.

The non-divers are wanted to cook, keep records and look after th... (336 Total Words)

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Viles Chased Conspiracies

By Andre Hinds
From page 7 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Im not a big believer in conspiracy theories. Take the assassination of John F. Kennedy, for example. Im one of the few people who still believe that Oswald acted alone.

This magazine has long had its own conspiracy theorist. Don Viles has ... (507 Total Words)

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Viper Trident All-purpose Detector

By Andy Sabisch
From page 12 of the May, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Searching for valuables lost in the water has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years and it is truly one of the last forms of treasure hunting where valuable targets are continually being replenished in areas that are searched on a regular ... (1673 Total Words)

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Virgin Civil War Camp Found

By Mark Lehman (photos By Ken Talent)
From page 45 of the January, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Research can be a very frustrating experience at times, especially when trying to locate Civil War campsites. But, the frustration of research is easily forgotten when all the little bits and pieces of information fall together and direct you to y... (1084 Total Words)

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Virgin Ground At a Baptist Church

By Joel Crowson
From page 32 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every treasure hunter’s dream is to find new ground to call his own; virgin ground that has never undergone the scrutiny of a search coil; that long overlooked place fertile with inestimable treasures inadvertently deposited by generations o... (1296 Total Words)

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Virgin Islands: Mystical Land Of Treasure

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 12 of the September, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The British Virgin Islands are emerald islands set in blue Caribbean waters that abound with ancient shipwrecks and tales of pirate treasures. The largest islands are hilly Tortola and Virga Gorda, but there are dozens of small islands. The island... (1155 Total Words)

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Virgin Islands: Treasure In Paradise

By Jason Roberts
From page 36 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Lost treasures and shipwrecks are part of the history of the United States Virgin Islands, which are also called the USVI. Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, just east of Puerto Rico, the USVI are a major commercial center and a tour... (1335 Total Words)

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Virgin Valley Opals

By Dorothy Robertson
From page 53 of the June, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since I finished writing Searching for the Rainbow Treasure, (True Treasure, April 1968, page 25), I have twice visited the Rainbow Ridge opal beds in Virgin Valley, Nevada. The first time I came home with more than $200 worth of go... (544 Total Words)

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Virginia

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 40 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Caches of Richmond

At dawn on the morning of April 3, 1865, the last train carrying the civilian officials of the Confederate government pulled out of Manchester Station. At 7:20 a.m., Federal troops reached the capitol grounds and the evac... (1492 Total Words)
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Virginia

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Lost Plantations of the March Massacre
Is life so dear, peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Patrick Henry
1. Lost plantations
By 1622 the outlying plantations of the Jamestown Colony stretche... (1532 Total Words)
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