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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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Virginia - Merida Wreck Site

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly after midnight on May 12, 1911, the steamer Merida collided with the steamer Admiral Farragut in a dense fog about 50 miles off the Virginia Capes. The bow of the Admiral Farragut struck the Merida square amidships cutting through 15 fee... (548 Total Words)

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Virginia - Mulberry Island?

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Mulberry Island trea- sure is usually listed under the state of Maryland because that is where Anthony de Sylvestre, who once sailed with Blackbeard, supposedly placed it. According to Clement Downing, the man who met de Sylvestre in Madagasc... (322 Total Words)

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Virginia - Saltville

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
According to the story, the treasure was hidden October 2, 1864. It consisted of almost $58,000 worth of gold, silver, and jewelry, and it was hidden by Abraham Smith and his two sons, Samuel and Eli. According to the story, Smith and his sons burie... (670 Total Words)
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Virginia Gold

By James A. Wilkerson
From page 10 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When one thinks of looking for gold, Virginia does not jump into your mind at first. Virginia is known for its Colonial and Revolutionary War towns and battlegrounds and of course its Civil War history. Never the less, the Old Dominion has gold. T... (672 Total Words)

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Virginia Welch - Treasure Hunter On A Moped

By Howard Duffy
From page 14 of the September, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mrs. Virginia Welch is not like the treasure hunters who use four-wheel drive vehicles to climb mountains and cross deserts in the pursuit of their hobby or business. Instead, this energetic lady jumps astride her 1978 AMF Moped, Model 115, to coi... (1495 Total Words)

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Virginia's Mummy

By Albert Atwell
From page 32 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The tale of one of the most intriguing and eerie mysteries was unearthed in Chesterfield County, Virginia, where it is said a mummy guards a secret buried treasure that has been there since 1855.


Atop a lonely eminence, a mausoleum harb... (1798 Total Words)
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Virginias Civil War Cache

By Wiley J. Smith
From page 19 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the Civil War, a fortune estimated at more than $58,000 was hidden in an old mine around Saltville, Virginia. An attempt to protect this fortune from Yankee soldiers resulted in its loss.

Saltville was the chief source of salt for th... (942 Total Words)

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Virginias Missing Cache Of Counterfeit Coins

By John Traister
From page 25 of the August, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the steep Fort Mountains, which run parallel with Powells Fort on the northern edge of Virginias Shenandoah Valley, lies a fortune in silver that is buried under a large boulder with a horseshoe shaped mark carved in it. The treasure ... (1733 Total Words)

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Visiting A Coin Show

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 50 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So your coin collection has reached an impasse. A metal detector can only uncover just so many silver coins, and you crave something more varied for your collection, or have decided that you just have to have that special coin to round out the col... (1821 Total Words)

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Visual Detecting: Take the Time to Look Around

By Bill Lewis
From page 31 of the October, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The metal detecting bug bit me somewhere in the early to mid-1980’s. Although a lifelong love of fishing has always been my main source of outdoor activity, I had to admit there was something absolutely fascinating about metal detecting.Duri... (1232 Total Words)

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Voodoo Treasure Hunting

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 10 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you talk, spit, curse or sweat while digging, you will find nothing.

From the book Gumbo Ya-Ya

How did people find buried treasure before metal detectors were invented? Did they consult a higher (or lower) authority?

Have ... (1355 Total Words)

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Vulture's Gold A Lost Vein Of Rich Gold Ore

By James E. Mulkey
From page 47 of the June, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere near Arizonas Vulture Peak lies a lost vein of rich gold ore. It was found in 1878 by Cal Madden and, presumably, it is still there. You could be the one to find it.

Vulture Peak is the remnant of a volcanic plug. Its surrounded b... (1858 Total Words)

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W.C. Jameson, Treasure Hunter - His Caches, Curses and Deadly Confrontations

By Celine Buffett
From page 24 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“We are a breed of men addicted to danger, adventure, and the quest. There are not many left, we dreamers and wanderers…”
With those words begins W.C. Jameson’s account of one intrepid man’s efforts to find the lo... (2224 Total Words)

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W.w Manufacturing Co. Lesche Professional Digging Tools

By Reg Sniff
From page 44 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Serious treasure hunters, like myself, know a wide range of digging tools are required to tackle the distinctively different types of ground conditions that exist throughout the world. For the typical coin hunter who primarily searches in grassy a... (1427 Total Words)

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W.w. Manufacturing Lesche Mp Folding Shovel

By Reg Sniff
From page 46 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Look in the back of my 4-wheel drive any time I am away from home and you will always find a shovel, because over the years a shovel has gotten me out of some bad situations. I remember a couple of years ago, I attempted to cross some soft mud in ... (1049 Total Words)

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Waht Frank Quatraro Found On The Beach

By W.c. Jameson
From page 48 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Frank Quatruro is a relative newcomer to treasure hunting, hav­ing only been introduced to the activ­ity in 1991. Since that time he has experienced many pleasurable after­noons locating coins near his home in Norton, Ohio, not far from A... (931 Total Words)
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Waiting On The Bottom

By Daryl Friesen
From page 7 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Walking on the rugged coast of Cape Flattery, Wash., next to the beautiful yet violent sea, one comes to a quick understanding as to why this stretch of ocean is home to 100s of forgotten shipwrecks; including a very special one that was carrying ... (1718 Total Words)

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Walk With Me...A Winter Time Tour

By Andrew Hind
From page 56 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Every one hates winter. It’s their season of discontent. We’d rather be outside tracking down leads, exploring sites, and searching for remnants of the past.
But once the bitter weather and heaping mounds of snow arrive, it becomes ... (1923 Total Words)

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Walker's Lost Gold

By Sharon L. Paul
From page 40 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over $100 million in gold was mined from the rich Boise Basin area in Idaho during the early days. According to many, especially those who believe the story of Walker's lost gold, there is more to come.

Reputedly adjacent to the famous Bas... (2236 Total Words)

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Walking Liberty Dollar

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 52 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1916, the United States had not yet entered the European War, the "War to End All Wars," Woodrow Wilson was president and it was an election year. The country was living in a time of innocence. The shores were crowded with an influx o... (1374 Total Words)

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Want To Get Permission To Hunt Private Yards?

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

My partner and I have been metal detecting for the past few years and while we have done OK searching the parks, schools and lumber camps around where we live, we have not found many old coins. After reading several articles in Lost Treasure and T... (1253 Total Words)

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Want To Island Hop? Try Florida's Treasure Islands

By Herb Goldberger
From page 41 of the February, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Florida's islands on the west coast hold perhaps more pirate loot and history of pirate lore as well as antiques and relics than any other islands throughout the Sunshine state.
And by rights these islands can truly be deemed treasure islands.... (801 Total Words)

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Wanted: Raw Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 7 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Four-Leaf-Clover Gold Slugs

Somewhere on upper Cherry Creek in Douglas County outside of Denver, Colorado reside some of the richest marmots in the world, as their dens are crammed full of 400 gold slugs weighing 3.5 pounds each and molded... (1750 Total Words)

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War Relics A Beginner Can Find

By Matt Roberts
From page 26 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Beginning detectorists are often surprised and pleased when they find Revolutionary War and Civil War bullets in their neighborhoods, often in improbab... (1013 Total Words)

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War Relics of The Georgian

By Andrew Hind
From page 18 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On April 9, 1865, the hard worn veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia watched in silence as their commanding officer, General Robert E. Lee, rode down the long road to Appomattox Courthouse and unconditionally surrendered.
But that wasn&rsq... (2130 Total Words)

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War Time Collectibles...and Hazards!

By Michael Ratzlaff
From page 42 of the September, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"PEARL HARBOR BOMBED!"Nearly 49 years have passed since such sensational headlines glared at the public from newspapers on both sides of the Pacific, and they still have the ability to overshadow anything occurring in our world today.And... (1075 Total Words)

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Warning! Fake Coins Ahead - Take Next Detour

By John Minges
From page 47 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wouldn't it be nice if you had a road sign telling you of the danger ahead before you make your next purchase? It is safe to say that the day coins and bills were produced as a medium of exchange that held value, someone the very next day was ... (627 Total Words)

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Warren Mun's Lost Cache

By Robert Turpin
From page 10 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Warren Mun was a prosperous farmer until his home was destroyed by General Sherman during his march from Charleston to Goldsboro, N.C. Mun managed to salvage a broken-down wagon, a worn-out team of mules, and a few household goods. A quantity of d... (1172 Total Words)

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Was It The Breyfogle

By Harold Oneal
From page 60 of the December, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The stars had gone out, the moon was looking pale, and daylight was filtering over the rim into the yawning chasm of death that morning in 1911 when W. C. Rice saddled his horse for a ride to Chloride Cliff.

Death Valley, the forbidding, bl... (1706 Total Words)

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Wash Pot Of Gold

By D. Van Atchley
From page 28 of the February, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Montgomery County, Arkansas, is located about 30 miles west of Hot Springs. In the southwestern corner of the county flows the Little Missouri River, and somewhere near Missouri Falls there is buried a wash pot which is believed to contain $60,000... (233 Total Words)

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Washed Away King Johns Treasure

By Pat Hughes
From page 19 of the September, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Imagine riding in a horse-drawn wagon train from one destination to another&#44 and suddenly being swept away by a freak standing wave? Not only is experiencing this accident horrible enough&#44 imagine if the person on the train was the K... (961 Total Words)

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Washington

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 14 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coffee
One of the most common indicators of an underwater ship wreck is high concentrations of the egg-shaped stones that served as ballast.
1. Massacre site
Around 1902 a Siwash Indian name Coffee revealed to a white family who had b... (1545 Total Words)

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Washington - Billy Ghol's Loot

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the fall and winter of 1909 at Grays Harbor, the bodies of 44 lumberjacks were found floating in the Wishkah River. All of them had been shot through the heart or bludgeoned to death. It later came to light that the 44 corpses represented o... (255 Total Words)

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Washington - High Graders' Caches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

High grading was the name given to the activities of mine workers who supplemented their low pay by smuggling out small amounts of the choicest ore. The big mines had inspectors posted at the entrances to search the miners for contraband, but the ... (228 Total Words)

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Washington - Lottery Loot

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What would you do if you won the lottery? Well, if you were oyster man John Lyon and you won 10,000 gold sovereigns in the English Lottery in 1854, you would hide your money.Lyon placed the coins in a canvas sack and tied the sack to the inside of... (136 Total Words)

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Washington - Port Townsend

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the gold rush days it was said that every other door on Water Street in Port Townsend was a saloon, and every other saloon was a place where a man could get Shanghaied. Crimps as the Shanghaiers were called were paid $50 for every still b... (256 Total Words)

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Washington - Sanguan Islands

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 15 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well into the 1880s, the San Juan Islands group served as home base to numerous gangs of opium smugglers. Some of the islands most notably McConnel Island also provided anchorage to bands of pirates who preyed upon the smugglers. The opium runne... (256 Total Words)

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Washington Quarter Dollar

By Frank Colletti
From page 27 of the April, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Take a moment and look in your pocket. Any quarters? If you have one, it will most likely show Washington on the obverse of the coin. This design, with the eagle on the reverse, was produced for 66 years without any changes until the States quarte... (1558 Total Words)

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Washington State Clubs Blaze A Legislative Trail

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 18 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

They were a quiet group. One by one they filed into the committee meeting room at the Washington State capitol building. With determined smiles and nods of recognition, a word or two of encouragement, and a sense of unity, they signed in then took... (1227 Total Words)

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Washington's Most Historic and Interesting Small Town

By Roy Stevenson
From page 24 of the January, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A 90-minute drive east along Washington State’s Interstate I-90 will take you back in time over 100 years. Walking along Roslyn’s, wooden sidewalks past clapboard buildings that look like the set of a western movie, you can feel the hi... (1303 Total Words)

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Washtub Gold

By Ken Weinman
From page 52 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Three prospectors, Thomas Harvey, John Miller, and Hugh McCollough who made a prominent gold strike along the nearby Spring Creek founded Hill City, S.D., in 1879. It was the second gold camp to be established in the Black Hills during the gold ... (913 Total Words)

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Watch For Historical Treasures

By W. R. Anderson
From page 24 of the August, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold prospectors of a century ago, in their eager search for the shiny treasure, overlooked a dull gray metal they sometimes encountered. The gray metal was platinum, far more precious than gold. In this century, a different kind of treasure await... (598 Total Words)

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Watch Out For Salting

By J. P. Fairmont
From page 54 of the August, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Salting" a mine or claim was a very successful method used by swindlers during the Gold Rush era. Unfortunately, salting is still being used today, and with a considerable degree of success. Salting, explained simply, is the taking of r... (730 Total Words)

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Watch Out! Abandoned Mines Can Be Dangerous

By James E. Mulkey
From page 7 of the May, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The West contains a myriad of old mines and prospect holes that are ac­cessible to prospectors and treasure hunters; yet, while some of these old mines can be a source of lost treasure and gold, many can kill you! If you dont believe it, just ... (1451 Total Words)

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Watch Where You Step

By Randy Knopp
From page 11 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I am fortunate to live in a rural area with numerous old parks, camps and gathering places - an almost endless supply of places to enjoy the hobby of metal detecting. Most of these places are in what is now wooded areas and sometimes difficult to ... (886 Total Words)

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Water Hunting Recovery Scoops

By Andy Sabisch
From page 43 of the December, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When beach and shallow-water hunting, the scoop is the most important piece of equipment you will use in your searches, second only to your metal detector. Selecting one that doesnt meet your needs will only lead to frustration and missed targets. Th... (1767 Total Words)
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Water Hunting Search Techniques

By Andy Sabisch Sketches By Bambi Chambley
From page 36 of the July, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With the increasing popularity of water hunting, knowing how to search is almost as important as selecting the proper equipment or finding the best site if you want to be successful in your hunting. Searching in the waterwhere it is difficult to t... (1237 Total Words)

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Water Hunting Season - Are You Ready?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 57 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

More and more treasure hunters have turned their interest to the water with the increased reports of gold jewelry and other valuables being recovered across the country. While it's true that the number of water hunters has increased dramatically i... (1289 Total Words)

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Water Hunting Season Is Approaching

By Andy Sabisch
From page 59 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For some parts of the country still gripped by winter weather, the subject of this months column might be the last activity youre thinking about, but its the perfect time to start getting ready to make 2009 your most exciting and productive one ye... (1644 Total Words)

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Water Hunting the Unusual

By Jack Slade
From page 10 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many treasure hunters are familiar with water hunting and those that are engaged in it know well the rewards of the sport. There are many obvious spots to hunt, and some not so obvious that may have been overlooked or just didnt register as a like... (1251 Total Words)

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