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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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The Golden Spring Of The Salmon River Mountains

By Carlos Williams
From page 26 of the November, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Charles Curtiss accidentally discovered one of the most unusual deposits of gold in North America, a deposit that apparently yielded a large fortune. Because of the sudden and unexpected death of his son, Curtiss was forced to abandon the site and... (1846 Total Words)

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The Golden Toilet

By Tobin T. Buhn
From page 11 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Stanley R. Pierce, a successful Chicago stockbroker, buried $100,000 in gold coins under a plum tree in his backyard. When he died, he left specific directions as to how to find the hoard and what to do with it: he willed his fortune, estimated value... (990 Total Words)
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The Golden Well

By Pawnee Matlock
From page 51 of the March, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1951, I was Archaeology major at Mexico City College. Be­ing a rascal, I made my way opening pre-Columbian tombs and selling the contents.

One of my regular customers was a North Americanan. She was married to a Mexican gentleman, Ja... (1961 Total Words)

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The Good Ol' Days

By Ron Ebner
From page 17 of the December, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine, Ken Segreaves, who lives in Chloride, Arizona, went with his wife, Clarkie, to a flea market and came back with - among other things - an old metal detector.
Ken dropped it off at my place so I could rese... (1035 Total Words)

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The Good, The Clad, And The Ugly

By Weiss Lancaster
From page 36 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Youve purchased a detector, knife, pouch, gloves, kneepads, and all other necessary detecting equipment. Youve done research, asked permission, practiced digging your plugs. And youve found more coins than you ever thought possible. You probably w... (983 Total Words)

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The Gopher Strikes Back Lost Mine

By Joe Meis
From page 47 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hoping to find a treasure on the golf course? Instead of trying there you might want to try the Uintah Mountains of Utah (sometimes spelled Uinta). Who knows how many forgotten caches and little treasures were hidden there unexpectedly? But the ri... (623 Total Words)

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The Gould-gravity-trap River Box

By Reggie Gould
From page 44 of the June, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have been waiting for the right opportunity to test the Gould-Gravity-Trap as a River Box for some time now.

Most of the places I go to dredge are either too deep to test the box or the water is too slow to keep the box clean of overburden... (1781 Total Words)

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The Grand Cayman Treasure

By Roy Zeper
From page 14 of the September, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Cayman Islands were favorite haunts for an assortment of pirates, privateers, and buccaneers. With many harbors protected by reefs and shoals, the islands were excellent bases from which to prey upon ships saili... (973 Total Words)

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The Great American Outlaw By Frank Prassel, Zig Zag Canyon, By Ron Feldman And Mic Mcpherson, How To Dowse, By Marguerite Maury, Sam Radding's Book Of Plans By Sam Radding

By Lost Treasure
From page 52 of the February, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Legacy of Fact And Fiction
Ever wondered how much truth there was to an outlaw story you just read or watched on television? As a treasure hunter, you realize that verifying the truth of a story is crucial to your success.
Frank Prassel ... (1233 Total Words)

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The Great Cave of the Shawnee

By Tom Stallard
From page 19 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Head:
There are still big things to be found, sometimes right under our noses, literally.Lead In:
Jonathan Swift and his crew, including several Shawnee warriors, are said to have heaped a cache of silver and crowns in a cave.The Treasure:

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The Great Falls Train Robbery

By Ken Weinman
From page 36 of the May, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Great Falls, Montana, is located in the central part of the state and is the county seat of Cascade County. It was founded in 1884 along the banks of the Missouri River by Herbert P. Rolfe and Paris Gibson, and has a present-day population of 57,0... (1870 Total Words)

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The Great Sand Dunes

By James E. Mulkey
From page 58 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold In The Dunes

The doctor, who was the stranger who appeared with Willis at Rodenbaughs store, fully believed that the story was true as he had seen the gold with his own eyes; indeed, the old prospector had paid for his medical service... (2130 Total Words)

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The Great Treasure Coach Robbery

By Maurice Kildare
From page 12 of the December, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Cheyenne Black Hills Stage Line boasted that their specially built coach, the Monitor, could not be robbed. Best known as the treasure coach because it transported raw gold and bullion out of the Hills, it carried heavily armed guards instead of ... (4125 Total Words)
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The Green Hell

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 28 of the December, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hidden for a half-century in a land so primitive King Kong might be expected to appear awaits the adventurer with the courage to try for it.

The land is New Guinea, second largest island on the globe - 300,000 square miles of mostl... (1027 Total Words)

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The Grove That Time Forgot

By Rod Metz
From page 36 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Being a relative newcomer to metal detecting I was both amazed and motivated by the finds being published across North America, always hoping my next site would be the one!
Having less than 25 hours on a new GTAx 1000 I was anxious to try my l... (1020 Total Words)

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The Guardians Of Carre Shin Ob

By Justin "jack" Fuell
From page 21 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Lost Gold of the Uintas
Thousands visit these mountains, but Jackson is the only white-eyes to walk this canyon in a century, he said. This canyon is sealed, hidden from the eyes of men to protect the sacred things. The treasure is real an... (2845 Total Words)

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The Guarding Ghost Horse

By J.r. Willis
From page 19 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Back in the early 70s the treasure hunting bug bit me severely and I accordingly came into possession of a metal detector.
The newfound hobby was a pleasant distraction from the rigors of my occupation as a policeman. More times than not, thes... (1677 Total Words)

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The Guide Book Of U.s. Coins

By Frank Colletti
From page 38 of the August, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many collectors of United States coins start with a desire to collect in an organized manner.

But, the biggest question is Where to start? And then What is available? or (naturally) What is it worth? R. S. Yeomans A Guide Book of United Sta... (1191 Total Words)

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The Half-found Wreck

By Christine L. Cook
From page 10 of the November, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Englishman William Phips believed in himself. He believed he could find the first sunken treasure in the New World.

The Hispaniola Treasure lay in the waters off the Florida coast near Hispaniola, known today as the Dominican Republic and H... (396 Total Words)
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The Happy Camp Mining Town

By Jay Gold
From page 59 of the November, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1881, Happy Camp and Indian Creek were purchased for $500 by the County Supervisor of Siskiyou County, California, from the Supervisor of Del Norte, California.

Happy Camp is above Yreka, which is very close the Oregon border. The old min... (1491 Total Words)

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The Hard Cash Relics of Civil War Camps

By Tom Vance
From page 11 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"To search for Civil War era relics, you first have to know something about how the soldiers lived." Speaking was 60-year-old Civil War campsite hunter Butch Mayes.
A long-time treasure hunter living in Florida, Mayes specializes in h... (1656 Total Words)

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The Hidden Fortune In First Editions

By Kelly B. Darmofal
From page 39 of the December, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A signed, first edition copy of the novel Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is currently selling for $2,670 on a well-known website. If you’re looking for a little money, you may only need to glance through your book collection to pick up a few hun... (2149 Total Words)

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The Hidden Infant Of Gold

By Dorothy Croxton
From page 17 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although the search for the Seven Cities of Gold revealed nothing but fields of corn grown by the Pueblo Indians, Spanish explorers such as those encountering the Incas and Aztecs found great riches to take back to the Spanish King. Consequently, ... (1541 Total Words)

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The Hidden Treasures Of Eldoradoville

By R. A. Cristler
From page 26 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It had been raining for almost two weeks, not just a light drizzle but a good down pour. Being a native Californian, I was not use to this much time in doors. My time was put to good use doing research on San Gabriel Canyon not far from my home. I... (1012 Total Words)

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The Highest-priced Coin In The World

By Lost Treasure
From page 38 of the February, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This famousand certainly most displayed and talked about1913 Liberty Head nickel, formerly owned by J. V. McDermott of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, continues to be viewed by tens of thousands across the country, thanks to its new owner, collector dealer ... (671 Total Words)

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The Hillegas Farm

By Gene Scher
From page 50 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My wife bought me a metal detector in 1975. This was a few years before the hobby really took hold. I used the one she bought me for a few years and did have some luck with it.
We would go down to Myrtle Beach in the summers and I would walk t... (1107 Total Words)

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The Historic California Gold Rush Sites in Coloma and Placerville - Part II

By Roy Stevenson
From page 56 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In my previous article, “The California Gold Rush of ’49 and How Sacramento Fed the Gold Fever,” I described the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and how the gold rush changed the state.
I also showed how Sacramento boo... (1735 Total Words)

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The History Of Gold

By Jay Gold
From page 32 of the March, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The lust for gold has been going on for thousands of years and much blood has been spilled in the fight to possess it.

What is the attraction of gold? Basically, it was a useless metal when man was making spears and swords to hunt and fight ... (1038 Total Words)

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The History Of Metal Detectors

By Celine Buffett
From page 32 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Near the end of the 19th century, scientists and engineers used their knowledge of electrical theory to devise a machine that would pinpoint metal. The use of such a device to find ore-bearing rocks definitely gave an advantage to any miner who us... (1509 Total Words)

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The History of Sluice Boxes

By Reggie Gould
From page 23 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sluice boxes go back to the beginning of the Gold Rush, at least in the U.S.A. The technology has slightly improved with newer materials, such as aluminum, plastic, miner's moss and various types of carpet-type materials. I have read a study t... (1260 Total Words)

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The Hobby Keeps Growing

By Tom Vance
From page 50 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Here is a real Christmas-type question I received the other day from a new treasure hunter in North Carolina. I just got a metal detector for Christmas, so I am new to the hobby. My question is about western North Carolina. Are there any stories that... (1329 Total Words)
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The Hope Diamond - Is This National Treasure Cursed?

By Jennifer Renson
From page 18 of the May, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Hope Diamond is anything but a bringer of Hope. Not with the heavy curse it’s known for and the havoc it supposedly wreaks on those who handle or wear it.
As someone who is personally fond of world history and the unique stories behin... (1310 Total Words)

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The House Of Marbles

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 60 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"People moving in, people moving out," are not just the lyrics from the 60's, but perfectly describes a neighborhood in transition. In this case, my own. As an old neighborhood changes, the older area residents tend to put their homes on the ... (932 Total Words)

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The How To's of Letterboxing

By Brint Reid
From page 49 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Letterboxing is an interesting hobby that began in 1854 in the location known as Dartmoor in Devon, England. A well-known area guide named James Perrott placed a bottle for visitors’ cards at Carnmere Pool.
At some point, people going to ... (596 Total Words)

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The Hunt For Al Capone Secret Tunnels

By Wayne Good
From page 23 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Even for an experienced pro, a call asking if we would survey the secret hideaway of Al Capone, known in those gangster days as Fortress West, from the exclusive Two Bunch Palms (TBP) resort in California led to some exciting surprises.

Usi... (886 Total Words)

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The Hunt For Gold Nuggets

By Lance Downing
From page 55 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dad and I arrived at a special area of Nevada with our dog Missy and set up camp near the Humbolt River. I had a new metal detector; a Whites Goldmaster 4-B and a set of Koss earphones. We wanted to find gold, especially gold nuggets. Some friends... (1548 Total Words)

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The Hunt for Senner’s Hidden Gold Continues

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 6 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Much has been written about the Superstition Mountain lost gold, the Lost Dutchman Mine, the Peraltas, and the many people who have spent their lives searching for the gold in this vast beautiful wildness of Arizona. 
In the late thirtie... (1888 Total Words)

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The Hunter's Coins

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 12 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On August 2, 1993, the fishing boat "Mistake" from Pascagoula, Mississippi, accidentally snagged an object in Gulf of Mexico waters about 50 miles south of the Louisiana coast while trawling. The Mistake was piloted by Captain Jerry Murphy. The Mi... (826 Total Words)

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The Ice House Treasure

By Burl Hunt
From page 47 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If theres treasure there, you will have to dig with more than a shovel. First, you will need to dig into the old land deed records and find out exactly where G. G. Fox owned a farm near the town of Highland, in Doniphan County, Kansas, in the year... (225 Total Words)

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The Ice Industry

By Andrew Hind
From page 20 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the winters of yesteryear, throughout Canada and the American Midwest and Northeast, ice harvesting from the frozen surfaces of lakes was a major industry.
Armies of men would wrap themselves in layers of clothing, brave the harsh elemen... (1348 Total Words)

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The Ill Fated Arnold Expedition

By Pat Hughes
From page 26 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Colonel Benedict Arnold volunteered to lead 1,100 men through the back woods of Maine to conquer Quebec in 1775. The expedition failed, but the bravery of the trek is an amazing story. Forty percent of this doomed army died in the vicious extremes... (1374 Total Words)

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The Immigrant's Swan Song

By Carlos Williams
From page 49 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sand Dunes Treasure
As the growing spring breeze began to stir the surface sand grains near the spring, 40 wagons burned fiercely, the smoke billowing high above the desert floor before being carried away by the stonger winds at higher altitud... (2079 Total Words)

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The Importance Of Site Analysis

By W.c. Jameson
From page 32 of the July, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How many times have you or some fellow treasure hunter you know visited a promising treasure site for the weekend, or perhaps during a vacation, only to have time run out before anything significant was accomplished? How often have you spent count... (878 Total Words)

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The Incredible Victoria Peak Treasure

By Xanthus Carson
From page 12 of the December, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

New Mexico has been famed as a land of lost mines and hidden treasures since civilized man first ventured into the great southwest.

The first treasure hunter, of course, was Francisco Vasquez de Coronado immortalized by J. Frank Dobie in C... (4009 Total Words)

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The Indian With A Bag of Gold

By Tom Stallard
From page 15 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the southern Appalachian Mountains, every county has its tales of treasure left behind by the Indians when they migrated west out of the way of white settlers, or were forced out, as on the Trail of Tears.
Some stories are about treasures to... (1784 Total Words)

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The Inspector Over The Mine

By Andre' Hinds
From page 7 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Treasure magazine is 30-years-old and rock 'n' roll is more than 40-years-old and, after all these years, someone's finally done it. Someone's finally written a rock 'n' roll song about metal detecting.

The communication satellite Tels... (473 Total Words)

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The International Bank Robbery

By Dick Burditt
From page 18 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At about 12:15 p.m. on a hot summer day in August 1894, three men casually rode into the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, and reigned up in front of the International Bank.
No one in particular paid them any attention; a few residents not... (1248 Total Words)

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The International House of Coins

By Mike Sedlak
From page 44 of the December, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One day last summer while visiting my daughter’s family, I overheard my 10-year-old grandson, Nathan, say something about a haunted house he and his friends had found.
Immediately my ears perked up and I zeroed in on that topic of convers... (1039 Total Words)

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The Internet, Library And Those Great Old Newspapers

By John H. Murrell
From page 46 of the January, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When the winter's enfolding darkness with its cold rain and snow is whispering toward your very door, it is hard, awful hard, to give up that comfortable easy chair, snug in a warm abode to traipse to the local library or historical society to resear... (1245 Total Words)
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The Iron Door Treasure

By Robert F. Turpin
From page 28 of the March, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the richest treasures in the Southwest is the estimated $10 million hid4en behind an iron door in Oklahoma. Although most people are skeptical of the Iron Door Treasure, there is one man who has never given up the search. Silas Ison has bee... (1791 Total Words)

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