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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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Winter Coin Hunting In Barns and Out Buildings

By James Mccoy
From page 46 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Old Man Winter strikes, many treasure hunters stay indoors and confine themselves to library research, waiting for spring to hit the coin hunting trail, but that need not be the case. Old barns and out-buildings remain dry for the most part d... (1681 Total Words)

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Winter Distraction

By Vincent Arrigali, Sr.
From page 32 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here in the northeast, the winter months can be very hard on our hobby in the city or in the hills. As the snow trickles down laying a white wintry coating on all it touches, the beauty of it sitting on a Pine tree here in the hills of my home alw... (1041 Total Words)

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Winter Gleanings

By Jay Pastor
From page 16 of the January, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many of the treasures we find in the winter come from indoors and are non-material. They include tips and techniques (for treasure hunting growth), anecdotes (for inspiration), and philosophical musings (for personal fulfillment).

When I co... (1194 Total Words)

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Winter Hunting

By James E. Mulkey
From page 22 of the January, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Remember the times you drove past an abandoned farm house this past fall dreaming about how much fun it would be to explore and hunt for a money cache inside? But, of course, you had other things to do at the time, like taking the kids to the dentist... (1321 Total Words)
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Winter Hunting: Finding Treasure During The Holiday Season

By James E. Mulkey, Jr.
From page 46 of the January, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
By the time January rolls around you can be sure that winters snow, along with freezing temperatures, will put a stop to most coin and cache hunting. You may prefer to stay inside while the snow flies, warm and toasty in front of the fireplace. Later... (1652 Total Words)
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Winter Research

By Thomas M. Purzycki
From page 53 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I am writing this during the hot summer month of August, at least it is hot here in my new home of Clarksville, Tennessee. This article is slated to run in the December issue - a good time for doing some research on those places you may want to hu... (791 Total Words)

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Winter Research: Spend The Day With An Old Timer

By Michael Hardy
From page 27 of the November, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Looking out my window at the snow-covered ground, I realized it was time to remove the batteries from my metal detectors and clean them up for the winter. Before I started metal detecting, I was always trying to find things to do when it was... (1530 Total Words)

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Winter Thi'ing Tips

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 30 of the January, 1992 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Potential winter treasure hunting sites almost certainly overlooked are parking lotsespecially where there have been heavy snows. Jewelry, coins, and keys are lost due to haste and cold hands. Normally, these articles are warm when dropped and wil... (295 Total Words)

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Winter Wonders

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 30 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Winter is not my favorite season; those who know me realize that I prefer to hunt in the dirt, looking and searching old schools with their playgrounds and those parks for the chance encounter with a nice old coin. As a long time numismatist,... (1136 Total Words)

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Winter Wonders: A Perfect Season For Beach Hunting

By Frank Colletti
From page 18 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Winter is not my favorite season; those who know me realize I prefer to hunt in the dirt, looking and searching those old schools with their playgrounds and those parks for the chance encounter with a nice old coin.As a long time numismatist, I lo... (1132 Total Words)

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Winters of Yesteryear

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the January, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Winter in the northern United States and Canada is a magical time, when a serene hush settles upon the landscape and the lakes and forests are transformed into something pure, untouched, and inspiring. That’s the modern view. A century and m... (2490 Total Words)

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Wisconsin

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the July, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There are only two families in the world: The Haves and the Have Nots. Cervantes

1. Apostle Islands

There are numerous treasure stories some plausible, some fanciful associated with the Apostle Island Group. Oak or Acorn Island ... (1526 Total Words)
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Wisconsin

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 40 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Wisconsin's Lost Beach

Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and Look behind the ranges. Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and Waiting for you. Go!

Rudyard Kipling

Waukesha Beach

Whats in a name? Sometimes ... (1498 Total Words)
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Wisconsin

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 26 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Indian Panic Caches
Panics, in some cases, have their uses. They produce as much good as hurt...but their particular advantage is that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise h... (1580 Total Words)
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Wisconsin - Horigan's Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Steve and Cornelius Horigan reportedly buried a large treasure at their 1,200 acre farm between Mt. Zion and Rolling Ground in Crawford County. In the 1930s an apparent attempt to rob this treasure led to a gunfight in which both the elderly Hor... (76 Total Words)

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Wisconsin - Hurley

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 1880s there was a say- ing that, out of the four toughest places in the world Cumberland, Hayward, Hurley and hell Hurley was by far the worst. Not even the lumberjack hellhole of Seney on Lake Michigan could equal Hurley in numbers of s... (470 Total Words)

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Wisconsin - Islandale

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Philip Peck died in the Chicago Fire in 1871, he left behind property valued at $10,000,000 to be divided between his four sons. Walter Peck used part of his inheritance to purchase what was then known as Long Island on Lac la Belle. On the... (417 Total Words)

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Wisconsin - Misers' Cache

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A miserly couple named Jacobs is responsible for a plethora of caches, both found and unfound, in Lind Township. The Jacobs both known misers owned several farms in the Lind County area and, after a quarrel (probably over money), ended up living... (171 Total Words)

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Wisconsin - Mons Anderson Treasure

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1983 workers remodeling the former home of Mons Anderson in Lacrosse discovered an iron kettle containing an old metal bank which held 36 gold coins in $5, $10 and $20 denominations under the kitchen floor. Anderson had purchased the mansion a... (143 Total Words)

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Wisconsin - Tons Of Coins

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 8 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1980 when the 2,000 pounds of gold and silver coins accumulated by Ruth Ann Stoltenburgs husband were inventoried, they had an estimated value of nearly $1,250,000. Some time between 1980 and her death in 1987, Ruth Ann must have cached her t... (150 Total Words)

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Wisconsin Coin Cache

By George F. Smith
From page 17 of the April, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One evening in April of 1925, county authorities were summoned to the Gottlieb Mattrick farm near Beaver, Wisconsin. They found 22 men digging, guarded by a group of excited farmers who were armed with shotguns to protect the diggers.

Inves... (276 Total Words)

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Within Reach -- Never Ending Love The Lost Missouri Gold Mine

By James Mccoy
From page 30 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

And itll go $350,000 a ton if it will go a nickel! What will go $350,000 a ton? Ray asked. Missouri handed him a rock about the size of a baseball. It was as heavy as lead and although black, was translucent. You didnt need a magnifying glass to s... (2768 Total Words)

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Woodcutters Gold

By Ralph E. O�neii
From page 52 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A treasure that was found and lost in the same day excited the town of Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 40 years ago. An old Mexican who cut firewood for a living had a little place on the outskirts of Lordsburg at the time. Each day the anciano, whos... (253 Total Words)

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Work Your Plan - Plan Your Work

By Deirdre Garrett
From page 47 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting is a hobby that appeals to thousands of people all over the world. The lure of finding coins and other valuables leads people to pack their metal detectors and spend their weekends and vacations searching such widely differing pla... (858 Total Words)

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Working A Dry Placer

By Angie Irons
From page 49 of the December, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The thing that makes dry placering different and more difficult than regular gold panning is the lack of water. Many folks think that placer gold, that is "free" gold that has been washed from its source by water, can be found only in an... (1028 Total Words)

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Working Dirt Cheap

By John Minges
From page 26 of the July, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Living in eastern North Carolina and gold panning is a little tough, since all the gold is four plus hours away in the western part of the state, so I dont get the chance to pan for gold often. However, I visited the Cotton Patch Gold Mine in New ... (972 Total Words)

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Working Those Worked Out Schools

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 10 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Frequently you hear or read about individuals who feel they have discovered a new site and are the first ones to detect a particular school, park, or whatever. Not to be a pessimist, I truly feel that, unless the area is on private land, these vir... (1406 Total Words)

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World Treasures

By Andrew Hind
From page 8 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since the beginning of mankind, countless treasure caches have been hidden in one form or another around the world and then been lost or forgotten.
Some of these caches are small and would contain a meager personal fortune, while others might b... (1981 Total Words)

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World War II Treasures

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 30 of the September, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The war to end all wars left in its wake countless stories concerning huge amounts of money and other valuables unaccounted for. Billions vanished under the wheels of the German and Japanese war machines. Axis leaders and high-ranking officers tho... (2653 Total Words)

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World's Richest Island

By B.G. Revis
From page 8 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Silver Islet, a small, flat, spit of land that rises about eight feet above the surface of Lake Superior, on the Canadian side of the lake, garnered its name more than 100 years ago when it was discovered by a team of prospectors and surveyors sea... (1460 Total Words)

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World's Strongest Tightwad

By Bill Kelly
From page 11 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Rocky Marcianos Scattered Millions
Once, after a grueling fight, Rocky came to pick up his check after the IRS had taken their cut, said Marcianos fight manager, Al Weill. Rocky looked at it and said, This is the biggest heist since Brinks. So... (2034 Total Words)

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Worthless or Not?

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 53 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several times a year I set up displays of my found treasures, either for treasure clubs or sports shows. When I first began, I concentrated on all the coins I had found, but for the past several years I changed them. It seems the small, unidentifi... (1320 Total Words)

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Wreck Of The Gilt Dragon

By Joseph Browning
From page 61 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 17th century, long before the white man settled Australia, captains of the mighty Dutch trading ships had a simple way of finding the rich Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia). They would sail around the tip of Africa and then swing nort... (309 Total Words)

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Wreck of the Golden Eagles

By Teddy Remick
From page 39 of the January, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About 25 miles east of Nantucket Island on the Atlantic coast lies the wreck of the old White Star passenger liner, the "S. S. Republic."

This wreck could well be called the wreck of the "golden eagles," for in her huge walk-in safe she too... (1563 Total Words)

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Wreck Of The Westermoreland

By Tobin Buhk
From page 18 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the famous short story The Most Dangerous Game, a mad Russian rules a place called Ship Trap Island; using a false set of lights, he lures ships over a dangerous reef so he can wreck the ships and hunt the survivors. The Great Lakes doesnt need... (818 Total Words)

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Wrecked Steamboats: Fortunes Lost On The Ohio River

By Jay Pastor
From page 29 of the June, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere beneath the Ohio River lies a ships-bell that was cast from 22-pounds of melted-down silver dollars. Its been under the water for 150 years, but no one knows exactly where. Although there are records that the bell was constructed, that ... (1422 Total Words)

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Wrecking Ball: Historical Sites Face Demolition

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 29 of the October, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When a historical monument is slated to meet the wrecking ball, the demolition site is often times a great place to use a metal detector. Recently, the National Trust Organization (NTO), a group organized to warn the public when a historical build... (1063 Total Words)

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Writing For Long John, Plateaus To Glory, Misplaced Beachcomber Likes Issue, Montana Ghost Town Found, Reader Needs Help Identifying Objects, More From Lost Treasure Online

By Lost Treasure
From page 56 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Writing for Long John

Editor,

I was delighted to read about Long John Latham in the September issue of Lost Treasure. John and I had a long and interesting relationship from the first treasure story I wrote in 1970 until his retireme... (1509 Total Words)

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WWII Military Relics Buried, Lost and Found

By William A. Davids
From page 20 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This treasure hunt started while flying at 30,000 feet over the Midwest. At that time, I worked as a flight crew member and had a conversation with Bill, a friend and colleague, about treasure hunting for Spanish gold around Florida; then I mentio... (1081 Total Words)

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Wyoming

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

In order to get out of prison, Butch Cassidy promised Governor William A. Richards If youll pardon me, Ill promise never to molest the State of Wyoming again. A pardon was granted and Cassidy kept his word after a fashion. ... (274 Total Words)
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Wyoming

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 14 of the January, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Lost Cabin Mine
There are several versions of the Lost Cabin Mine story, but they all agree on certain essentials: three prospectors, Hulbert, Cox, and Jones, discovered a rich gold strike somewhere on the Crazy Woman Creek in the Big Horn Moun... (205 Total Words)
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Wyoming

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Old Gabe's Gold

The difference between treasure hunting and treasure finding can usually be expressed in the amount of time and effort spent in the hunting. Luck comes, in its own sweet time, to those who enjoy what they are doing.
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Wyoming - Custard's Last Stand

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 10 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Only July 25, 1865, Lt. Henry Clay Bretany rode through the night to reach the Platte Bridge Station near present day Caspar, Wyoming. Upon arriving, he awakened the commanding officer, Maj. Martin Anderson, and requested that Anderson immedi... (402 Total Words)

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Wyoming - Spanish Legends

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 10 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

An interesting fact brought to light by Dan Cushman in his excellent book," The Great North Trail," is that early explorations along the Bozeman Trail in northern Wyoming uncovered numerous ruins of storehouses and Spanish-type arrastre ... (336 Total Words)

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Wyoming - Stagecoach Stops

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 10 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There was always something going on at a stagecoach stop, robberies, breakdowns, accidents, Indian attacks, etc., which is why they make excellent treasure hunting sites.There's the Canyon Springs Station in Weston County. In Sublett County, t... (265 Total Words)

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Wyoming - Valley of the Jade

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 10 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In June of 1868, Hiriam McGee was prospecting for gold in the Antelope Hills in south central Wyoming. Six days out of South Pass City, he entered a grassy valley where he came upon a large boulder that had rolled down from above and split in half... (379 Total Words)

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Wyoming Jade

By Sally A. Perkins
From page 63 of the August, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Do you hunt treasure for profit or pleasure? Jade will give you both! The nephrite jade found in Wyoming can bring you from $5 to $200 per pound, depending on grade and color.

Emerald green, apple green, olive, forest green, black and mottl... (893 Total Words)
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Wyoming Sweetwater Agate

By James F. Nutter
From page 44 of the April, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last summer my family and I headed for central Wyoming to hunt for the beautiful Sweetwater agates. We traveled southwest out of Casper on Highway 220 for about 30 miles, stopping at a rock museum on the outskirts of the town of Alcova. This museu... (667 Total Words)

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Wyoming's Lost Cabin Nuggets

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 6 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It’s often been said that Wyoming’s best known lost gold mine is the Lost Cabin Mine, which, according two well-known lost mine authors, Robert Penfield and Frank J. Dobie, is located in the Big Horn Mountains in the north central part of the ... (2153 Total Words)

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Wysiwyg: What You See Is What You Get

By Jay Pastor
From page 12 of the August, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Even when I tell them that I’d rather not hear about it, some detector users insist on sharing their thoughts with me about what a dream machine would have to offer. Most ideas add up to something like this: “After I get a beep, the de... (1390 Total Words)

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