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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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Dean Of Them All

By Dick Burke
From page 65 of the November, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Any seaman will take note if his ship sails on Friday the 13th. They did aboard the Dean Richmond as she departed Toledo about 6 p.m. on October 13, 1893. Captain George Heavy Weather Stoddard was at the wheel as this ill-starred journey began.

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Death Along The Treasure Train

By Matthew J. Doner
From page 65 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recapture Creek Gold
The Indians caught up with the treasure train in the area between the modern towns of Bluff and Blanding, Utah, near the small creek known today as Recapture Creek. The Spaniards were caught completely unaware and during t... (1917 Total Words)

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Death Of An Amateur Bandit

By Numa Levesque
From page 71 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Train Robbery Loot
The shipment was valued at $60,000 and was to be delivered to a bank in Lincoln which would use it to invest in property for the railroad. The gold was to be transported in the messenger car in several metal boxes. If S... (1559 Total Words)

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Death On The Devil's Road

By Ken Weinman
From page 76 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure Trails of Camino del Diablo

Hastily hidden in a small canyon east of Tinajas Altas lies a small fortune in raw gold. It was accidentally discarded there by hostile Indians who killed tow prospectors passing through the area in 1853... (2108 Total Words)

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Death Traps

By Mike Pickett
From page 27 of the August, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I talk to others that are new to treasure hunting, two of the most important things that they should remember are: Death traps and the deceptive, devious nature of their designers. We should never underestimate how these traps may have been c... (986 Total Words)

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Death Valley Ghost Towns

By Richard Goss
From page 44 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Death Valley National Park is over three million acres of top rate adventure, filled with history, unique places, gorgeous vistas, abandoned mines and ghost towns. Death Valley is the old west, frozen in time.

The name Death Valley came fro... (1462 Total Words)

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Death Valley Gold

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 21 of the October, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Death Valley is located in the southern California desert, with a small portion extending into Nevada.
The valley itself is 130 miles long, and between six and 13 miles wide. It received its name in 1849 during the California gold rush.
It w... (1043 Total Words)

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Death, History & Treasure Hunting In The Cascades (yes: In That Order)

By Andre Ledoux
From page 24 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The year is 1910. In the state of Washington, at a small way station called Wellington nestled high in the Cascade Range, a passenger train and a mail train await snow removal equipment to clear the tracks. It had been one of the heaviest snowfalls i... (1835 Total Words)
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Deciphering A Fortune In Gold

By Debussy James
From page 34 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beale Code Cache

Morris examined the three pieces of paper which bore the Beale Code. Each one contained an apparently random series of numbers ranging from single to quadruple digits. Intrigued, the innkeeper spent many hours attempting to... (3093 Total Words)

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Deep Deep Relic Hunting

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 43 of the July, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What do you do when you search a likely spot and you don't find anything? Well, if you're like me, you wait for the technology to catch up and try again.
When I originally discovered one particular Revolutionary War site, about 10 years... (1036 Total Words)

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Deep Freeze

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

When you read this, the temperature should be warmer than the present 19 below where I am. Boy, this has been one cold winter, which, if your like me, has produced one bad case of cabin fever. One might ask, what good is this weather when one want... (1586 Total Words)

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Deep In The Heart Of Minnesota

By Donald M. Viles
From page 78 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lafittes Hoard
Because of ancient political intrigues, North American geography and history has been extensively falsified and from day one of your education you have been successfully brainwashed to a degree where the truth is almost impossib... (1749 Total Words)

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Degrazias Lost Art

By Anthony M Belli
From page 54 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After uttering the above statement to the press on May 12&#44 1976 Ted De Grazia set off on a five-hour trek on horseback into Arizonas infamous Superstition Mountains. At Angel Springs&#44 in the presence of friends and media who filmed t... (1161 Total Words)

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Delaware

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Ship Wrecks of Delaware
My files (admittedly ten years old) show the following address for the Delaware Archives: Historical and Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 1401, Hall of Records, Dover, DE 19903, Phone: (203) 736-5315.
Wreck of the De B... (1603 Total Words)
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Delaware

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 60 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Given that pirates often sought refuge in narrow inlets and that chests of gold are very heavy, the shoreline along narrow inlets should be a good place to search for pirate gold.

Secret panel city

1. In the early days in Lewes, i... (1516 Total Words)
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Delaware

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 36 of the August, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Bad Girl
A sea shell pendant with the picture of a mammoth incised discovered in Delaware in 1864 by Hilborne Cresson is now in possession of the Smithsonian Institution.
1. Paddys gold
By her own admission Patty Cannon murdered 11 ... (1546 Total Words)
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Delaware - Blueskin's Loot

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are numerous reports of pirate treasure buried in and around Lewes. It is possible that a good many of these reports stem from Howard Pyles story of sometimes Lewes resident Levi West, also known as Blueskin the Pirate. According to Pyle,... (280 Total Words)

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Delaware - Kidd's Loot

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Of course wherever pirates buried treasure there are tales of Captain Kidd. Most of them are just tales, but in this case it might possibly be true. It is known that Kid anchored in the Delaware Bay in the Spring of 1699 while waiting to see if i... (265 Total Words)

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Delaware - King Of Coin Beaches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nature works ceaselessly to repair the beaches it has damaged. In the area around Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that means the sands are constantly migrating south and west. Sometime in the late 1800's, this never-ending migration sparked the first re... (341 Total Words)

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Delaware - New Castle

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad first opened for business in 1831. In 1833, the tracks along the entire 16-1/2 mile-long route were upgraded. In 1837 the company was forced to sell controlling interest to its competitor, the Philadelphia-Wilm... (202 Total Words)

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Delaware - The Wedge

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 48 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1701, when the three lower counties of Pennsylvania began to make noises about an independent assembly, William Penn, who was in dispute with Lord Calvert of Maryland about the boundaries of their respective colonies, ordered a survey of the ... (374 Total Words)

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Delaware-murder's Loot Missing

By Tom Vance
From page 52 of the January, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
1. On the borders of Maryland and Delaware near the small town of Reliance lies the location of this treasure saga. Actually, about one fourth of the town of Reliance is located in Maryland, but the actual site of the Patty Cannon Treasure lies withi... (1885 Total Words)
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Delaware's Jinxed Treasure Ship

By Al Masters
From page 13 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On Delaware Bay, 104 miles south of the bustling city of Wilmington, Delaware, is the little town of Lewes in Sussex County. If you should travel to Lewes and go to the old graveyard there, located by St. Peters Episcopal Church on the west corner of... (3382 Total Words)
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Deltiology - Treasure In A Drawer

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 24 of the October, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How many of us have traveled to the beach or foreign countries and sent home the proverbial postcard message, “Wish you were here!”?
For a little pocket change we can purchase a picture postcard and mail it far away - and never stop to thin... (2074 Total Words)

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Demon Gold of the Solitario

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 19 of the April, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In early April of 1502, the Spanish treasure galleon "Solitario" nestled quietly against a wide, crowded wharf in the harbor of Santo Domingo on the West Indian island of Hispaniola. The sun was high in a cloudless sky and the mix of chattering vo... (1279 Total Words)

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Dentist Dealings Hunt For The Wheeler Gang's Gold Bar Cache

By Jack Rhoads
From page 9 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Of all the legends concerning buried bandit booty, the most confusing and impenetrable must be the seldom told story of the Wheeler Gangs gold bar cache. The gang operated mainly in Mendocino County, with hidey-holes in Californias mountainous nor... (2278 Total Words)

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Depot Treasure

By Marcella White
From page 21 of the October, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Before Americans fell in love with the automobile and the airplane, trains were the best form of long distance transportation. Nearly every town of any size that had a railroad going through it also had a train depot.

As a child in the earl... (662 Total Words)

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Desecrated Graves

By John Minges
From page 40 of the November, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For thousands of year&#44 grave robbers&#44 the most despicable of human parasites&#44 have been responsible for desecrating and plundering burial sites&#44 resulting in the loss of invaluable archaeological treasures.

T... (611 Total Words)

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Desert Dilemmas: Plan A Safe Return

By Anthony Belli
From page 43 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

   Thanks to reader Richard Saxton for referring this list provided by the folks at Coleman.The EssentialsEating / Food Prep:Coleman Propane Grill Stove and fuel or cook stove and fuelNesting cookwareCooking and eating utensilsPlate... (204 Total Words)

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Desert Glass

By William Cate
From page 49 of the February, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Yesteryear's garbage dump is often today's treasure pit. This fact is particularly true in the west. There is a demand for almost everything that comes from the garbage dumps of ghost towns and mining camps. One item that you may have pass... (443 Total Words)

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Desert Gold

By Richard Bosinski
From page 15 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
To begin with all stories must have a beginning and an end. The beginning of this story began when I met Jim Straight a number of years ago in one of his metal detecting classes that he held in night school in the City of Rialto, Calif.
In the... (1329 Total Words)
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Desert Gold

By Roy Decker
From page 61 of the July, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Gold in the Desert? Treasure of the Sierra Madre? I am not talking about a movie or fictional legend. There really is gold in the desert. According to many geologists, there may be as much gold in the desert as there was in the great Mother Lode coun... (1875 Total Words)
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Desert Prospecting Tips On Finding Placer Gold

By James E. Mulkey
From page 36 of the March, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seems like every winter, when the temperatures cool and the snowbirds have flocked to the southwest, some lucky prospector finds a chunk of gold big enough to attract the attention of reporters and weekend prospectors alike. In 1993, "Alaska" Tom ... (1284 Total Words)

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Desert Survival Tips And How To Make A Desert Water Kit

By B.g.revis
From page 44 of the July, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunters interested in Civil War relics will find that one of the most notable battles of that war was fought at the very tip of Texas. It was the last battle of the Civil War, taking place over a month after Lee had surrendered at the App... (467 Total Words)

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Desert Treasure

By Jay Kuykendall
From page 49 of the May, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a trip to northern Nevada this spring, my wife, Ruth, and I were fortunate enough to spot several sagging old telegraph poles as they stood rotting in the desert. At her urging, I drove out across the sagebrush to the first pole, which was abou... (516 Total Words)

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Designing A Treasure Hunting Website

By Michael Haer
From page 20 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like most people, I had some time off around Christmas and New Years and found myself sitting around with not much to do. Staring out the window and day dreaming of warmer weather and the places I wanted to metal detect took up most of my time, al... (877 Total Words)

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Desoto In Missouri?

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 31 of the April, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What does a treasure hunter do with an artifact that might force scholars to rewrite the story of Hernando de Sotos trail into American history books? Nearly five years ago, the long journey for Loren Blalock began as he was swinging a metal detec... (1612 Total Words)

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Desperate Times--desperate Measures Rebel Raid Loot

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 42 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hidden between St. Albans, Vermont and Quebec, Canada are loot from the Rebel raid on St. Albans.

The Vermont border with Canada has been quiet and peaceful for most of the more than two centuries since the end of the American Revolution, b... (2316 Total Words)

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Detecting Again

By Michael W. Mosley
From page 38 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ive been detecting the same spots for years. Now, where have I heard that one before? Oh yeah, from almost everyone that I talk with. Not that theres no new places for the more creative detectorist to search, but were inevitably creatures of habit... (1556 Total Words)

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Detecting Alaskan Gold

By Ron Wendt
From page 36 of the March, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold nuggets are being found all over Alaska with metal detectors. Every summer there are new reports of nuggets being found in tailings, or on bedrock, along the highways, and in streambeds. There are several great advantages to detecting for gol... (1412 Total Words)

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Detecting An Abandoned Fire Tower

By Lynwood Cyr
From page 8 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you would like to know where this story takes place, look on a U.S. map, go to the east coast and find Interstate 95. Follow it north until it ends at the Canadian border at Houlton, Maine. Go south from Houlton on the famous U.S. Route 1 and y... (661 Total Words)

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Detecting And Sluicing Gold

By Gerry Edwards
From page 56 of the July, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With all the rains we finally had gotten here in California, I decided to drag out the sluices and hit the creek.

I had a hernia operation coming up and wanted to make the best of it. I knew I would be tied up and unable to do much for weeks... (1086 Total Words)

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Detecting Danger: An Explosive Situation?

By Gary Evrard
From page 32 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You have decided to make one more quick pass before calling it a day. That small, recently eroded spot looks promising so you descend into it, pockets already jingling with the day's treasures, and you are again rewarded with a good, strong signal... (1286 Total Words)

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Detecting For Heavy Metal Boulders

By Andy Maslowski
From page 44 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Do you really want to hear your metal detector sing loudly? Then you should start prospecting for large metal boulders sculptured by Mother Nature.

The heaviest metal boulders have been made of iron, iron and nickel, and copper. But other h... (1706 Total Words)

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Detecting For Platinum

By Andy Maslowski
From page 19 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Treasure hunters who commonly hunt for gold nuggets should be on the lookout for a substance that is more precious than gold: platinum.

First a geological description is in order. Platinum usually occurs in basic or ultrabasic rocks, i.e., ... (1536 Total Words)
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Detecting Gold 1,000 Feet Underground

By William S. Pierson
From page 60 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As we tour the original Sixteen-To-One Gold Mine in Alleghany, Calif., we are amazed to discover that this pocket mine is the oldest, continuously-run mine in the State of California.
But what is even more spectacular, is the manner in which g... (1241 Total Words)

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Detecting In Spain

By Karl J. Backus
From page 8 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was the end of another long duty day. Myself and several other airmen stationed with me in Spain decided to spend the evening treasure hunting. We would all meet at my apartment in the medieval town of Camarma, have a light supper and then hit ... (1222 Total Words)

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Detecting Memories

By John Gaudet
From page 23 of the June, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ask anyone with a metal detector, Whats the first thing you ever found? Virtually every one of them will recall that first dollar or quarter, or even that little gold ring they may have found on the beach while trying to get away from the in-laws ... (705 Total Words)

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Detecting Nuggets Above The Arctic Circle

By William Fee
From page 51 of the January, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The local miner handed me a baseball cap with the printed logo "Koyukuk Mining District, Alaska." It was the Fourth of July and all the local miners were celebrating Independence Day.A group of 20 miners, their wives and children gathere... (868 Total Words)

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Detecting River Gold

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 61 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There’s a new gold rush today, as the price of gold has risen to over $1,000 an ounce. Seems like every Tom, Dick and Jane are out there searching for gold, but with suction dredging in California’s waterways being suspended an alternative met... (1476 Total Words)

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