Welcome to the Lost Treasure Archives

Here you can browse articles from current and previous Lost Treasure publications spanning several decades.
lt-pub-logo
tc-pub-logo
tf-pub-logo
tt-pub-logo
rh-pub-logo
tw-pub-logo
  1. Find the article you want by searching below or simply browse through the following pages.
  2. Review the free article summary.
  3. Click "read more", add the article to your shopping cart and checkout.
  4. You will be able to download the article as a PDF file which you can save, print or read on your computer.
Free Search:

You can search our archives for stories, columns, how-to features, questions and answers and more. The searches are FREE but certain charges ($2.95 per article) apply for full text articles.

Free Summary:

For your convenience you will be able to view a FREE summary of your chosen article before you purchase.

Brief History:

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.

Disclaimer Notice:

The articles and stories in these archives are made available for your enjoyment and entertainment only and should not be used as your only source of fact. They cover material from our six publications going back to 1966. Many of the laws, facts and situations that were in effect at the time of the articles publication may have changed now. Always check with Local, State or Federal officials before acting on any information contained in these archives. And always get permission to hunt before you start your search. These articles may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Lost Treasure, Inc. Although our scanners made every effort to correct typos or incorrect characters some have slipped through. Thank you for your understanding.

 Clear
Thousands (a half century) of treasure stories from the pages of Lost Treasure magazines.

ARCHIVES

Water Hunting: Planning For Success

By Adrian James
From page 16 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I began water hunting about two years ago, I was eager to develop my skills and start making the kinds of finds I saw others making. I reasoned that if I had the best equipment and hunted good sites, the rest would follow. What I have since l... (1502 Total Words)

Read More
 

Water Treasure Along The Shores Of Honey Lake

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 42 of the June, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The California Gold Rush brought in thousands of people from all across the globe. Some gold seekers were successful in locating gold and mining it at a profit. Other adventurers were unsuccessful in finding gold and turned to illegal means to obt... (488 Total Words)

Read More
 

Water Well Treasure

By W. C. Jameson
From page 44 of the June, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Gustav Halverson was a merry semi-recluse who lived for many years alone in a big farmhouse on the North Dakota Plains in Nelson County. Halverson arrived from his native Sweden years earlier, alleg­edly a wealthy man, and settled on the Dakota p... (1026 Total Words)
Read More
 

Water Works: Safe Drinking On the Job

By Bill Zinke
From page 10 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To paraphrase a bumper sticker I once saw, I'd rather be metal detecting. A bad day of metal detecting is better than a good day at my job.
No two ways about it, treasure hunting can turn into a job. How you prepare can make the difference ... (779 Total Words)

Read More
 

Waterfall Nuggets

By Jaime Ibanez
From page 65 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Cache Of Gold In Grand Canyon
Somewhere in the depths of the Grand Canyon is an elusive waterfall, a landmark that will guide you to a fortune in gold nuggets, if you can find it. Twice the gold has been found, and lost both times, according... (3463 Total Words)

Read More
 

Watery Graveyard Holds Millins

By Herb Goldberger
From page 20 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seeking treasure from galleons and derelict wrecks in North Carolina can be fascinating, especially if one knows the location of the 2,200 ships that lie off the coast of the Outer Banks, an area that bears the name Graveyard of the Atlantic.

... (1006 Total Words)
Read More
 

Waybill To A Million In Gold

By D. Van Atchley
From page 33 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1890 Burt Pottinger, a Denver newspaperman, told this story in the Denver Republican. Along with the facts of the tale of a lost gold mine, he gave a supposedly excellent waybill. How excellent it was re-mains to be seen to this day!
It see... (836 Total Words)

Read More
 

Waybill To John Swift's Silver Mine

By Bob Bradley
From page 23 of the September, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the year 1738 Or 1739, a Frenchman was captured by the Cherokees and taken from the territory now known as North Carolina into the Cumberland Mountains, where they held him three years. While he was being held they took him to a silver mine kno... (854 Total Words)

Read More
 

Waybills

By Jow Meis
From page 30 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Maybe one of these waybills may lead you to a fortune!

Tired of the same old boring vacation? Your kids are sick of dad making plans at the last minute then canceling out! How about treasure hunting? One of these treasures could be close by... (2064 Total Words)

Read More
 

We Found Treasure!

By Jerry Mccarty
From page 22 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bruce Perry and I had joined our third partner, Harry McKling at his home in Costa Rica only minutes before someone knocked. On the doorstep stood a muddy, ragged, native with a heavy sack. He bowed, grinned and chattered when Harry opened the doo... (1481 Total Words)

Read More
 

We Had A Map To A Lost Spanish Mine

By Vivienne L. George
From page 41 of the October, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was a teenager living in Arizonas Verde Valley, I was part of a group of high school age kids who spent three consecutive summers searching the impossibly complex maze of tributaries and offshoots of Sycamore Canyon, looking for the lost go... (1541 Total Words)

Read More
 

We Recovered The Fabulous Treasure Of Chicken Itza

By Don Ediger
From page 58 of the September, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The largest archaeological expedition in the Western Hemisphere was turning the village of Chichen Itza into something that resembled a construction camp.

Newspapermen, TV cameramen and large numbers of visitors were flying in to see the ex... (3018 Total Words)

Read More
 

We Walk Over Treasure

By Bill Mack
From page 42 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My wife moved the rake toward the growing pile of leaves in the center of our backyard. A dull glint in the dirt caught her eye. It was a coin, a very old coin. Excited? Not particularly. This is San Bias, Mexico, and we literally have treasure at... (1085 Total Words)

Read More
 

We Were In Jesse James' Treasure Cave

By W.c. Jameson
From page 24 of the November, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
We've had heard the tale for years. In fact, most serious treasure hunters in and around the Ozarks had heard the story, and most had reason to believe it was true.

Following a train-robbery spree in which they accumulated about $60,000 in ... (1502 Total Words)
Read More
 

Web Hunting: Spam Killing

By John Minges
From page 22 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a treasure hunter, looking on the Internet for information now seems to be a vital part of life. The web world offers fun places to go and allows anyone to search for the best deals or allows you to find interesting treasure hunting sites to ex... (837 Total Words)

Read More
 

Weekend Of Silver And Gold

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 18 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Long Island, New York was extremely fortunate after the passing of Hurricane Lenny, which only struck a glancing blow at the island. These feelings were especially strong while watching the pictures on the TV of the people in our neighboring state, N... (1308 Total Words)
Read More
 

Weekend Prospector

By Dorain Cook
From page 51 of the December, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You know, I really dislike having to write on subjects like this one. Like most of you reading this, I would just like to go about the "pursuit of happiness" with my metal detector in a responsible manner and be left alone.


I don't w... (2201 Total Words)

Read More
 

Welcome to the 'Old' South

By Craig E. Redick
From page 20 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure:$120,000 in gold coins and much more. Lead In:Multiple possible treasure locations in Georgia and Alabama.  Sources:"Georgia’s Fabulous Treasure Hoards," Ernest M Andrews, 1966, Out of Print."Buried Trea... (2212 Total Words)

Read More
 

Welcome To The Twilight Zone

By Craig E. Redick
From page 19 of the July, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever come across a man-made structure on a tract of land that defies explanation?

What I am about to describe to you is just such a structure, and Im hoping that someone out there has seen something similar to my latest discovery an... (1477 Total Words)

Read More
 

Wellco Enterprises' VCL-ICB Desert Combat Boots

By Andy Sabisch
From page 16 of the April, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Virtually every product report or field test typically found in Lost Treasure covers a metal detector or some other specialty item designed for treasure hunters, such as a dredge, gold pan, search coil or set of headphones. Well, theres more to a ... (1048 Total Words)

Read More
 

Wells Fargo Robberies And Buried Loot

By James E. Mulkey
From page 29 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wells Fargo stagecoaches rolled through the West for half a century carrying gold bullion, gold coins and special mail, such as payroll monies. All together, there were 378 robberies and robbery attempts. There is hardly a county in the West that ... (1567 Total Words)

Read More
 

Went Back Anyway

By Vin Arrigali
From page 10 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How many times were you told as you asked permission to hunt a site, "I think you're a little late. Some guys were here a few times already. The last time they didn't find anything. I guess it's all hunted out." Or one of your hunting buddies tell... (918 Total Words)

Read More
 

Went To Throw A Pebble--found Gold

By Michael Hervey
From page 59 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You dont need a pick and shovel in order to look for gold in Australia. Nuggets worth up to 500 can still be picked out of the dirt at the roadside, as was recently the case outside Bealiba, Victoria, when Arthur Stewart, a shearer, accidentally s... (710 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Africa’s Phantom Gold

By Eric P. Mitchell
From page 36 of the February, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Do lost military missions pique your interest? Have you ever dreamt of leading an expedition into uncharted territory?
Do you have a knack for mingling with the natives and successfully garnering facts and relevant information?
If you&rs... (1037 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Germany: Searching For War Relics

By Fred Booth
From page 32 of the September, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In talking with John Forrey, the past President of the West Coast Prospectors and Treasure Hunters Association and the Manager of Pedersens Metal Detectors, Santa Ana, Calif., I learned of his past treasure hunting experiences in West Germany. Joh... (798 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Indies Treasure

By Gerry Edwards
From page 11 of the June, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a typical hot, muggy, tropical day when my son and I stepped off the plane at Charlotte Amallie on the island of St Thomas July 6th. We were met by a friend and taken to an apartment where we would stay and use as a center for treasure hunt... (2455 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Virginia

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 39 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
1. Guerilla caches
2. More guerilla caches
3. Bill Taylors tale
4. Chapmanville cache
5. Lost cannon
Moseby Strikes!
There are over 500 known caves in West Virginia
1. The following excerpt from ... (1613 Total Words)
Read More
 

West Virginia

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 18 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Bergdoll Cache
Whether or not an activity is dangerous usually depends on the training and experience of the person engaging in the activity: Know your limitations.
Bergdolls' buried suitcase
1. During World War I, authorities s... (1555 Total Words)
Read More
 

West Virginia-- Bootleg Caches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bootleggers sell illegal whiskey. During Prohibi-tion, Wheeling, W.Va., was a wide open bootleggers town with all the internecine turf disputes that plagued Detroit and Chicago. Trucks from Pittsburgh made regular stops on their way south and suff... (73 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Virginia-- Diamonds

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two of the most famous American diamonds the Dewey and the Punch Jones were found in West Virginia.
The Dewey, dug up by a well excavator at Manchester in 1854, weighed in at 23 and 3/4ths carats and had only one slight flaw. But it pales in... (352 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Virginia-- Indian Attack Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1758 a band of Shawnee Indians attacked Fort Seybert in present day Pendleton County, precipitating a general massacre.
As was their custom, the Indians carried off several captives along with whatever plunder they deemed appropriate. The s... (186 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Virginia-- Moonshine Caches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Moonshiners make illegal whiskey. Scotch-Irish immigrants from western Pennsylvania brought the tradition of whiskey making down the Monongahela River to its source near Fairmont in present day West Virginia, where it took firm root during the gre... (348 Total Words)

Read More
 

West Virginia-- Steam Boat In A Cornfield

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During a flood in 1910, the 1,200 ton palace steam boat Virginia grounded herself in a cornfield belonging to a man named Williamson just south of Willow Grove, W. Va. The flood subsided, and the 235 foot long steamboat was left high and dry over 600... (202 Total Words)
Read More
 

West Virginia-- Wild Goose Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like many other Jefferson County landowners, Rezin Sheppard buried a large cache of gold coins on his property at the beginning of the Civil War. When Sheppard lost a son during the war, he said he had lost his mind as well. Descriptions of his sy... (148 Total Words)

Read More
 

Western Gold Fields

By Gerry Edwards
From page 12 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Another warm day in the Sierras and I was off to the ranch again to sniff out coins or whatever with my Whites metal detector.


I had been successful in finding some nice coins in an area where the gold prospectors had camped and built ... (549 Total Words)
Read More
 

Western Gold Fields: Relics The 49ers Left Behind

By Gerry Edwards
From page 12 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Forty-five years ago, while in my last year of being a pre-teen, I spent considerable time on my uncles property in southern Virginia. The land consisted of 320 acres and was located in Pittsylvania County several miles east of Highway 29. The ter... (896 Total Words)

Read More
 

Wethersfield, New England's First Treasure Site

By Pat Hughes
From page 29 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Head:
Captain Kidd and other pirates roamed the mighty Connecticut River in earlier eras to search for a safe haven to bury their ill-gotten gains!Lead In:
It should come as no surprise that Captains Kidd’s treasure is said to be burie... (1501 Total Words)

Read More
 

We've Come A Long Way

By Andre' Hinds
From page 6 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month's editorial is written by Andr Hinds. He's used to writing under "X Marks The Spot," but this month is our anniversary and who better to write the editorial than Andr? I'll talk to you in October.

Every time the September issue r... (464 Total Words)

Read More
 

Whartons Buried Bandit Gold

By C Kutac
From page 32 of the July, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in northwestern New Mexico's arid wasteland lies a buried trove of $50,000 in gold coins and bullion. At least, that's what it was worth when it was taken at gunpoint from a stagecoach in 1874. Of course, today's prices make the trove's ... (1646 Total Words)

Read More
 

What A Shame

By Harold Warner Iii
From page 20 of the April, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Living in upstate New York sure has its rewards. This area is just so old, the history here is never ending and you don't know what you will find or from where it will come from.

One summer day I was hunting an old dairy farm around the corn... (809 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Could Have Been

By Glenn C. Sherrill
From page 56 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Now what I’m about to say may be a little bit unconventional, as to finding buried treasure and lost mines, precious metal deposits, etc.
Somewhere I was reading how gold could change the chemistry of the soil even when wrapped in oilclot... (1452 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Does A Relic Mean To You?

By John Minges
From page 42 of the December, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A relic is something left from a past time. Honestly, I think this means different things to different people.
It all depends on how old you are!
Maybe you remember connecting with the switchboard and asking them to connect you with Melrose ... (712 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Does It Mean?

By Jay Pastor
From page 46 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Heck, everyone knows what a velocity modulated oscillator is!" Ex New York Times Science Writer

Unfamiliar scientific terms in detector advertisements are usually included because they highlight valuable features of the new machines. But e... (1319 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Dreams Are Made Of

By John H. Murrell
From page 54 of the August, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you noticed how one of mans most curiouspreoccupation since the cave dwelling days is that he has pondered the many facets of his dreams and their meanings? He has pondered where they spring from, the reason for dreams as well as their potent... (1153 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Goes Around, Comes Around

By Fred Booth
From page 30 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sleeping in the morning is highly overrated, especially when its Saturday morning on the Fourth of July weekend. With the weather being very hot inland, the summer holiday crowds at the beach were especially heavy. Having to be at work by 8 a.m., and... (1165 Total Words)
Read More
 

What Happened to the Library of Alexandria?

By Jennifer Renson
From page 19 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once known as the greatest Library in the Ancient World, the Royal Library of Alexandria (the city founded by Alexander the Great) contained volumes of books from different and scattered parts of the ancient world, a treasure trove of historic pro... (1592 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Happened to the Library of Alexandria?

By Jennifer Renson
From page 19 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once known as the greatest Library in the Ancient World, the Royal Library of Alexandria (the city founded by Alexander the Great) contained volumes of books from different and scattered parts of the ancient world, a treasure trove of historic pro... (1592 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Happened To The Portneuf Loot

By Ernie White
From page 25 of the July, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At the crack of dawn on July 21, 1865, the Overland stagecoach with seven passengers and $86,000 in gold bullion and gold dust on board rolled out of Virginia City, Montana Territory, towards Idaho.

This San Francisco-bound stage was to be ... (2166 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Is Notch? How To Use It (part I)

By Joe Patrick
From page 44 of the November, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In The Beginning

In the early pioneering days of metal detectors, there was no easy way for a user to discern a desirable target from plain, ordinary junk. For the most part, a treasure hunter had to dig all targets and then decide which it... (969 Total Words)

Read More
 

What Is The Real Value Of Our Hobby And Our Finds?

By Jay Pastor
From page 10 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nearly every coinshooter likes Liberty-Walking half dollars, Flying Eagle cents, Winged-Liberty-Head dimes, Buffalo nickels, and both Morgan and Peace dollars. And everyone loves coins over 100-years-old.

Now, many of these coins are not al... (1473 Total Words)

Read More
 
Copyright © 1996-2017 LostTreasure®, Inc. All Rights Reserved.