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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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What Old House

By Ed Fedory
From page 40 of the May, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I guess the treasure hunter grows to appreciate luck more than most people, and certainly some of his best finds can be directly attributed to its benevolence. We can recall that stroke of luck that turned a mediocre hunt into one of historic prop... (1129 Total Words)

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What Price Adventure

By Joseph Caine
From page 54 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The picture painted by the magazine article was a compelling one.

The Osa Peninsula of Cost Rica has had a long history of gold finds. The line that caught my imagination stated that an American working the Rio Pavo in the 1950s averaged a ... (4485 Total Words)

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What Should I Take Metal Detecting?

By Brian Cook
From page 47 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What should I take?This article is more geared toward the people who are new to the wonderful hobby of metal detecting, offering a comprehensive checklist of items to take when you go out in the field.Anybody ever drive to that great old site and ... (265 Total Words)

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What To Do When the Sun Sets Early

By Pat Hughes
From page 15 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The question always arises as the sun starts to set early, what do I do when I cannot hunt outside for treasure?
The answer is a six-step process to keep the dream of discovering that unknown vast treasure when you can go back outside to search... (937 Total Words)

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What To Do With Those Coins

By Henry E. Metivier
From page 39 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have read many a story of coins being found and how and where to find them with a metal detector. But I don’t recall anyone putting out an article on what to do with those corroded, blackened, dirty looking clad and copper coins.
Of course,... (842 Total Words)

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What Trash Can Tell

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 18 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detecting gives you a lot of time to think. As we patiently scan the ground, our thoughts drift along many channels. Then a signal from our detector jerks us back to reality. The meter says it is a good signal, but when we dig there is anoth... (1430 Total Words)

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What Treasure In The United States Has The Greatest Value?

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 62 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With our existing ruptured economy, Dillard Banski of Albany, New York, writes and asks a question that should (considering the amount at today's gold prices) be of interest to all treasure hunters. He asks, "In your opinion, what treas... (1297 Total Words)

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What We Can Do

By Jay Pastor
From page 30 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Passivity robs us of our strength. We can help America and ourselves by offering our services to the authorities. Readers of Lost Treasure own some of the finest metal detectors ever made, and they back that ownership with years of experience in t... (1108 Total Words)

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What We Learned - How We Learned It

By Sue Newport Demerly
From page 9 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a summer evening. The weather hadn't been good for a while for metal detecting. It was either too hot and humid or too rainy and wet. Actually we had had floods in the spring all over the area, so we were frustrated with no metal detecting,... (1047 Total Words)

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Whatever Happened To D.b. Cooper?

By Ken Weinman
From page 42 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the evening of Nov. 24, 1971, a man who gave his name as D.B. Cooper boarded Northwest Airlines' Flight 305 in Portland, Oregon, and took a seat to the rear of the plane. A short time after take-off, Cooper passed a handwritten note to the flig... (1484 Total Words)

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What's It Take To Find Gold?

By James E. Mulkey
From page 60 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At Christmas time, two friends of mine, Ray Whitehead, a.k.a. Red Bottle Ray, and his buddy, Dave Hudson, a.k.a. Desert Dog Dave, who was nominated twice for an Academy Award, got the surprise of their lives when their wives gave them each a Fishe... (1959 Total Words)

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What's New In The Area Of Detectors How Have They Changed Over The Years?

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

Recently, I was talking to a long time friend and fellow treasure hunter, Dan Billings about a couple of different items in the realm of treasure hunting. Initially, we chatted on whats new in the area of detectors and how they have changed over t... (1740 Total Words)

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Wheel Of Fortune

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 32 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

King Hagarens Treasure

The following two recorded journals and what was found should be of interest to treasure hunters who want to try to unravel a mystery through further research. The first account of a strange journey made by a Frenchma... (2959 Total Words)

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When is a Nickel Not a Nickel?

By Mollie Manuell
From page 18 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, I guess the answer to the question, “When is a nickel not a nickel?” would be “When it’s something else.”
How about when you’re out with your metal detector, though, and all you’re getting are tra... (280 Total Words)

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When Men's Hearts Beat Faster

By Vernon Cross
From page 13 of the April, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a loud, intrusive sound he heard as consciousness started to return. It was very close. He could feel his body being moved roughly. The flashing pain in his head felt as if it were split in two. A peculiar smell seemed to dominate his sense... (1557 Total Words)

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When The Meter Says Iron, Look For Platinum

By Jay Pastor
From page 20 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Throughout 1998, members of the E.A.R.T.H. metal detecting club of Utica, New York, made a concerted effort to collect aluminum pull-tabs. They gathered a large chest of such tabs and donated them to a local charity that magically turns them into ... (1014 Total Words)

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When You're Down In The Dumps Metal Detecting On Mine Dumps

By James E. Mulkey
From page 42 of the April, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detectors are ideally suited to finding gold on mine dumps. An ore dump refers to the location where the richest ore was stored prior to shipping or treating. A tailings pile is a heap of waste rock, tossed aside during tunneling or during t... (1163 Total Words)

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When You're Hot You're Hot

By Jim Parton
From page 29 of the December, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The excitement of receiving a new metal detector still gets to me. I'm like a 10-year-old opening gifts at a birthday party.
I unfolded the tabs that hold the cardboard insert together and inside the box was my new, totally redesigned Cutla... (1343 Total Words)

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Where Am I?

By Andy Bishop
From page 43 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You are out on the desert on a treasure hunting trip, your detector conks out just as you hit an incredible hotspot, and to boot you forgot your spare (for the umpteenth time!) detector. With the wind blowing like mad covering your tracks in minut... (615 Total Words)

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Where And How To Find Coins

By Karl Von Mueller
From page 39 of the April, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coin shooting or coin sniping is not a new activity at all. It goes back to biblical times, and we occasionally find references to the practice of hunting for lost coins in America in newspapers published nearly 200 years ago.

But it has on... (3222 Total Words)

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Where Are The Best Places To Search?

By Tom Vance
From page 59 of the October, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A fairly new treasure hunter, as Charles Carter of Apache, Oklahoma, describes himself, wrote wanting to know several things. He asked about where the best places to look for treasure would be. First, you need to define what kind of treasure you a... (1614 Total Words)

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Where Are Those Exploratory Georgia Gold Mines?

By Pat Hughes
From page 16 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On January 25, 2010, the constant rain in Marietta, Georgia, opened an old, forgotten mine from the 1800’s.
Unfortunately, people were living near this now exposed deep sinkhole in the ground.
To say the least, it caused a lot of problems ... (1015 Total Words)

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Where Can I Find Spanish Treasure Coins In Florida?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I live along the eastern coast of Florida and would like to try and find some of the coins from the Spanish treasure galleons that went down here. Do you have any suggestions as far as where I can go to hopefully find a coin or two?
C. H.
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Where Can I Hunt Today?

By John F. Minges Iii
From page 30 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I think of going metal detecting, I usually think of having to go somewhere distant in order to find the good stuff. I associate travel with being able to find something worthwhile. Rarely do I think of things close by, and find myself o... (650 Total Words)

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Where Dandelions Grow

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 21 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Now you try it." My friend eased the earphones over my head and wrapped my fingers around the handle of the detector. "Just swing the coil," he pushed my arm, demonstrating the correct swing pattern and speed, "and listen... (1263 Total Words)

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Where Did Jolly Jack Get His Gold?

By H. James McDougall
From page 45 of the July, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I never met the man called Jolly Jack. In fact, he was dead many years before I heard his story, so it is difficult to put an exact date on the time the story took place.

However, the region where he lived and where his mystery gold presuma... (781 Total Words)

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Where Does All the Sunken Loot Go?

By John Christopher Fine
From page 47 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ever wonder where all the loot brought up from sunken Spanish galleons lost off the Florida coast goes?
What happens to the fabulous finds of treasure from sunken ships lost ages past in hurricanes and storms around the world?
Intrepid, dari... (1445 Total Words)

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Where Have All the Morgans Gone?

By Jay Pastor
From page 26 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I don’t imagine you’ve found a Morgan silver dollar recently while coinshooting a park or schoolyard? No one carries them around as pocket change. And if you did get one that way, would you put it back into circulation? Probably not. N... (1387 Total Words)

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Where Is All The Silver?

By Jack Slade
From page 26 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Are you finding all the silver coins you think you should be finding, or are you, like most, finding a scarce few or none at all?

There seems to be a misconception among some THers as to the availability of silver coins as if they are ever... (1395 Total Words)

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Where Is Calico Jack's Lost Everglades Loot?

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 40 of the October, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was November 28, 1720, when Calico Jack Rackham stood before the Vice Admiral at St. Jago de Ia Vega, Jamica, and was condemned to hang for the crime of piracy and other depredations. A few days later the hangman's noose snuffed out his life an... (837 Total Words)

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Where Is Capt Kidds~ Missing Loot

By Nicholas F. Savo
From page 15 of the July, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For nearly three centuries writers have made Capt. William Kidd the popular epitome of the storybook pirate. He is pictured as the swash-buckler, black patch over one eye, long-bladed knife between his teeth, fending off a dozen swordsmen bent on ... (3184 Total Words)

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Where Is General Braddock's Lost Gold?

By James Rada, Jr.
From page 29 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a chest of gold coins lies hidden with what could amount to a couple million dollars in gold.
It is buried beneath a tree at the confluence of two rivers, according to only s... (919 Total Words)

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Where Is Haynes

By G. K. Hawk
From page 57 of the October, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Haynes Trading Post of the late 1920s was the emporium of northwestern New Mexico, according to AnnCounselors Wild, Wooly and Wonderful. Haynes had a general store, post office, barber shop and a hotel. At one dollar per gallon, it had the on... (190 Total Words)

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Where Is It?

By M.j. Doner
From page 26 of the March, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Long columns of dust ascending into the clear blue turquoise sky above the Mexican Plateau. Local Indians watched from the rim of the plateau as a great drama was unfolding. The sounds of 1,000s of feet, thundering like a summer storm, as they mar... (1700 Total Words)

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Where Is John Brown's Body?

By Jewel Carlson
From page 25 of the January, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Look for the gold in John Brown's body."

That was the last cryptic remark made by "Sam" Smith in 1911. It remains as the only clue to what has to be one of the oddest lost treasures in northern Idaho.

In early 1909, S. M. Smith rode... (1225 Total Words)

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Where Is The $30,000 Booty In Colossal Nuggets?

By Bill Kelly
From page 48 of the September, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
South of Oregon lay California, another of Mexicos pointless provinces and the fourth area in the Far West where Manifest Destiny looked to beckon nomadic settlers. Emi­grants were tantalized by the abundance of fertile land in Riverside County, ... (1607 Total Words)
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Where Is the ‘Lost Woman?’ The “Lost Woman” Expedition Seeks Answers

By Rick Ferreira
From page 60 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The mysteries of the desert. And boy, am I on to a doozie... You might know what I’m talking about. The hopeful hours spent scanning old topo maps for signs of forgotten mining camps.
That excited sense that any turn of a dusty desert t... (1502 Total Words)

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Where Is The Bushranger's Buried Loot?

By Don Markwell
From page 36 of the April, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recently, America's "True Treasure" magazine ran an article on the new gold rush in Australia. But not all of the gold to be found down under is there by dint of nature. Some think there are fortunes to be made by recovering the hidden loot of bus... (2902 Total Words)

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Where Is The Lost Spanish Silver Mine?

By W.c. Jameson
From page 40 of the March, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Will and Grady Sexton got their first exposure to treasure hunting near the West Texas ranch where they grew up. As youngsters, seven­teen and thirteen years of age respec­tively, they discovered a buried cache of eighteen bars of crudely ... (1586 Total Words)

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Where Is the Missing Loot of the Wickenburg Massacre

By C. Kutac
From page 18 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In Arizona Territory of the 1870's, Indian attacks weren't all that unusual. But the Wickenburg massacre sparked a string of events that lasted for months, ended up with scores of people killed, nearly $140,000 unaccounted for, and many questions ... (2350 Total Words)

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Where Is The Treasure Of Maine's Mad Baron

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 62 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was the year 1704. French-Canadians and New Englanders had long been engaged in fierce border skirmishes. One such encounter was an attack by Major Church on the tiny wilderness outpost of Castine in what is now the state of Maine.

The d... (1080 Total Words)

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Where Lies Monomatapa's Gold

By Cynthia Hind
From page 26 of the November, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

That rich gold mines are somewhere in the wild bush land of Rhodesia and just inside the borders of Mozambique, was an established fact in the days of King Monomatapa. That these gold mines produced more than 13 million dollars each year was ackno... (2491 Total Words)

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Where Some Treasure Leads Come From

By John H. Murrell
From page 56 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Leads hide, not unlike the tiger of the jungle, camouflaged on the printed page. Some leads are presented when the mind is distracted by the larger theme of the printed word, as when reading a book on the life and times of the outlaws of the old w... (1131 Total Words)

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Where The Buffalo Roam

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 74 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold Stacked Like Cordwood
Authors Note: Here is a tale from the memories of W. A Gregory, old time treasure hunter. If you are familiar with West Texas ranchers, you will understand the secrecy, which surrounds this story. Most do not want st... (1352 Total Words)

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Where The Roads Are Covered With Agates

By Michael Rieke
From page 17 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As we returned from our agate-collecting trip in central Oklahoma, I noticed a thermometer that registered 100 degrees. Thats a typical summertime temperature in Oklahoma, but that day we hadnt even noticed the heat. We were too enthralled wi... (750 Total Words)

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Where The Rockhound Is King

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 57 of the August, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Rockhounds never had it so good as they do these days in the Pacific Northwestern states, where the rock hunter is classified as a new kind of tourist and is treated with respect. California, Oregon and Washington welcome serious hunters of precio... (1915 Total Words)

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Where The Streets Are Paved With Gold

By Ellsworth Boyd
From page 61 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For Jack Nelson, gold is where you find it. So the saying goes and he knows exactly where to look. In seven years as a hobbyist he has panned in 55 stream locations in Montgomery County, Maryland and found gold in 24 of them. No California mother ... (1499 Total Words)

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Where The Two Streams Cross

By William S. Pierson
From page 39 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There have often been times when I have wondered what the finds in my find box would say if they could talk. I believe that the more information that you have on why a given gold jewelry item came to be lost in a particular location, the better c... (1462 Total Words)

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Where To Find Ancient Coins

By Roy Decker
From page 56 of the September, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Along beaches open to the sea or near large, navigable rivers. The rivers might not be navigable today, but may well have been more than 2,000 years ago. The best sites would be areas where a visiting merchant vessel might be able to set up ... (510 Total Words)

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Where To Find Cariboo Gold

By Gerry Eberich
From page 35 of the September, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No mother lode was ever found within the gold rush region of east-central British Columbia, according to a tourist pamphlet published by the provincial government.

But some old-timers of the region dispute that. They say the mother lode was... (2536 Total Words)

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