Welcome to the Lost Treasure Archives

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

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

Free Summary:

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

Brief History:

In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

Disclaimer Notice:

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

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

ARCHIVES

The Iron Kettle Cache Redux

By Art Redman
From page 64 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Fred Lockley wrote a newspaper column, “Observations of a Journal Man,” into the 1930’s. In May 29, 1933, he told the intriguing tale of a lost kettle filled with gold.
Lockley wrote that the Fort Grant paymaster deposited at ... (579 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Iron Meteorite: The Thrill of Finding a Meteorite

By William Davids
From page 12 of the December, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a typically hot and humid day in north Florida. We have been in search of the lost or undiscovered in much worse conditions, but the thrill of the hunt keeps us going, especially when we find what we have been looking for. It makes all the ... (1152 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Iron Treasure Fleet

By Ed Rangely
From page 31 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is an almost untouched hoard of treasure lying in shallow water off the North Carolina coast. The treasure does not consist of gold or silver or jewels. It is not the bloodstained leavings of a Blackbeard of Stede Bonnett, although both of t... (1936 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Island King

By G. David Duckett
From page 9 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its not difficult for the seekers of lost coins, relics, and trea-sure to become so enveloped in the hunt that we often fail to see the abundance of treasure that already exist in our lives and surround us at every hunt site. Sure, thorough resear... (881 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Itch He Couldn't Scratch

By Bill Kelly
From page 40 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There was something about the Fort Worth & Denver Express that made Black Jack Ketchem want more. After all, he robbed this same train three times.

Within the folds of black, sourdough clouds, the rainstorm moved quickly into the mouth ... (1428 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Ivers Brothers Missing Cache

By Margaret Lewis
From page 22 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On July 5, 1936, newspapers all across America carried the headlines: IOWA FARM YIELDS HOARD OF $112,000. On July 6, 1936, the following two headlines appeared, $112,000 FOUND IN SHED CACHE ON IOWA FARM. and 17 KIN PREPARE TO FIGHT FOR SHARE IN HO... (1198 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Jackass And The Prospector

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 69 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Kellogg Silver Mine
Old Bill still stared, completely absorbed, across the canyon. Kellogg followed his stare and to his surprise, a huge gash in the earth revealed what he decided must be another outcrop of silver ore. Something about the... (1755 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Jasper Of Dry Creek Georgia

By Steven Hudson
From page 27 of the June, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Explorers are thoughtful folks. They care about the rest of us who have to come along later and they leave little tid-bits to brighten up our way. For instance, they leave us names.
Names! Names like Silver City, that capture the imagination. ... (1500 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Jesuit Treasure Of Bamoa

By Gary Hinkley
From page 32 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When the Jesuits left Mexico in the 18th century, they left many stories behind about church treasures hidden or buried. Over the last centuries, treasure hunters have come up emptied handed in their quest for these riches.
Among these legends... (1539 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Johnston Army Cache

By Donald F. Kraack
From page 25 of the May, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Brigham Young, the Church of the Latter Day Saints' president and Mormon leader, entered the Great Salt Lake Valley with a party of the faithful in 1847. They spent the next few years establishing themselves in various communities, laying out ... (630 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Jonathan Swift 'Gold Vault' Mystery

By Robert Prather
From page 50 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This article builds upon a story presented in the July 2009 issue of Lost Treasure magazine titled “The Real Long John Silver – Jonathan Swift and the Lost City of Gold.”
“…The tale has a root there; it grows in that soil; it has a sp... (3026 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Josephine Mine

By T.J. Davidson
From page 16 of the November, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

An outcropping of black hornblende stands out from the surrounding mountain meadow. Legends states the rock ledge is higher than a tall man, is 10 feet thick, and runs for several hundred yards before dropping beneath lava caprock.
Samples from... (1617 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Key To Gold Panning Success

By Yvonne Addario
From page 11 of the January, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Red tape issues last spring, and bad weather, kept us from diving on my favorite shipwreck site - The Jupiter - in south Florida. Instead of pouting, I decided to take up a new hobby, gold panning in North Carolina.
North Carolina, Tennessee, a... (829 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Key To Treasure

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 20 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Black Caesars Lost Caches

One of the most vicious pirates to rove the Spanish Main and coastal waters of Florida in the early 19th century was Henri Caesar. Familiarly known as Black Caesar, he also styled himself Caesar the Great. While he... (1676 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Key to Unlock the Mystery of Montezuma's Treasure?

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 20 of the November, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most of the people who have had the opportunity to personally visit the sites of these more than unusual symbols probably live in southern Utah or northern Arizona.
To date, there have been 300 known sites documented containing these fascinatin... (1566 Total Words)

Read More
 

The La Capitana And The White's Surfmaster

By Gerry Edwards
From page 44 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The La Capitana was the largest treasure ship ever built in the new world in Guayaquil, Ecuador, weighing in at over a hefty 1,150 tons. The La Capitan, also known as the Maria de la Lura y Limpia Concepcion de Nuestra Senora, sank in 1654 on Chanduy... (1989 Total Words)
Read More
 

The Lady Distrusted Banks

By Margaret L. Lewis
From page 38 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The $5 Million Murder
The grounds on the estate had grown wild and were unattended for years, despite frequent complaints from the neighbors. Mrs. Jackson was 66 years old, and like so many other millionaire recluses, she mistrusted banks. In ... (2359 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Land Where Time Stands Still

By Ken Weinman
From page 17 of the October, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Apostle Islands are a group of islands in southwest Lake Superior, off the northwest coast of Wisconsin. They are also known as the Twelve Apostles but actually consist of about 20 islands, all situated in Ashfield and Bayfield counties, cover... (1219 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Laremont Stage Robbery

By Ken Weinman
From page 32 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Claremont, Calif., is a small city located along Interstate 10, 28 miles east of Los Angeles. It is in Los Angeles County, and is noted today for the development of scientific instruments, citrus fruits, and its educational facilities. There are f... (1547 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Last Camp Ground

By David L. Laughlin
From page 61 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In North Carolina the shadows of the Civil War have long since vanished, but the weapons and relics are still there. In the section of the old northern state called the Piedmont, effects of the war were slight. Still, a Piedmont county, Randolph, ... (249 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Last Laugh

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 28 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Sublett Gold Mine
Steward stared out at the landscape surrounding the camp. There he sat, on the south end of the Guadalupes. Somewhere in those mountains lay a fortune in gold, and hed just let it slip through his fingers. He spent the r... (1683 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Last Stage

By Johnny Williams
From page 31 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Stagecoach Loot at Jarbidge

It was interesting to note that all through the investigation, nobody paid any attention to the old town dog that had tagged along with the investigators. He was friendly with everyone and seemed to belong t... (1890 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Latest Treasure Hunting Book Reviews

By Lost Treasure Staff
From page 59 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Three Hours to Gold
By Jim Straight
From southern California, it’s Three Hours to Gold where you can go metal detecting for eolian and eluvial placers using VLF and PI-type detectors within the Randsburg Quadrangle and outlying districts.<... (2393 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Latest Treasure Hunting Related Books

By Lost Treasure Staff and Special Guest Reviewers
From page 23 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Toltec
By Alex Walker
At the end of the American Civil War a Union and Confederate cavalry officer confront each other in a brief skirmish and, through a temporary truce, discover a shocking blood kinship - they have the same great-grandfath... (2357 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Learning Process

By B.A. Sebastiani
From page 26 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The day finally arrived when I made the transition from being an armchair treasure hunter to actually getting out in the field and doing it myself - or so I'd like to think. I am an absolute beginner when it comes to metal detecting, so I'm sure t... (742 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend Never Dies

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 18 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Cisco Bank Robbery
The robbers were jailed, eventually tried and sent to prison. The posse searched the area where they had lost the gang for that 30 minutes. They combed every high spot in the area with no luck. At no time did they find a... (1404 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend of DeGrazia

By Geno Lawrenzi Jr.
From page 18 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once you met him, you never forgot him. Ted DeGrazia was an artist, a product of the Southwest. He looked like an artist in his beat-up Stetson, boots and Hemingway beard. He talked like an artist. And he painted like an angel.
I met him by acc... (1795 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend Of Skinny Wallace

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 29 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To tell you this story, from the very beginning, I must quote passages from my article that appeared in Lost Treasure in January 1994 on page 42. After that, I will explain the ending to this fascinating story. For the full article and other notes... (1222 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend of Smoothing Iron Mountain

By Ray Theiss
From page 23 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Folklore in Llano County, Texas, has been a major influence on the county’s reputation as much as the whitetail deer and the hunters that track them.
So great has the folklore of the area affected its attraction that one of the many nickn... (1651 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend of the Devil's Pulpit

By Andrew Hind
From page 52 of the November, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Local legend has it that the Caledon Hills, just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, are full of gold.
It’s said that rich veins weave through the eroding rock, and that Caledon’s rivers and stream are laced with gold dust that washed out of... (1510 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legend Of The Rock House

By Ron Ebner
From page 18 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
He came from the sea, an old naval officer long tired of the rigors of ship life and seeking rest and solitude in the stark desert of northwestern Arizona.


To Chloride he came some time in the 1870s - Chloride, a Mohave County mining c... (1224 Total Words)
Read More
 

The Legend That Won't Die

By Frank J. Boblak
From page 48 of the October, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are many stories of lost gold mines in the United States, but none are more enduring than the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Although the legend is more than 100-years-old, many still follow the search closely.

Some prospectors, tr... (1461 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Legendary Treasure of Jack O' Legs

By Andrew Hind
From page 44 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The folklore, myths, and legends of our world are replete with stories of fantastic treasures.
Some are undoubtedly just that, stories, but most have a grain of historical truth.
As a result, folklore represents a rich and largely untapped v... (1712 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Liar At The Top

By Gary Hinkley
From page 37 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Theres an old saying in the West: A gold mine is a long hole with gold at the bottom and a liar at the top. This may be, but with the Black Prince Mine in Colorado, the hole held 80 feet of water. The gold? No one knows for sure, but maybe there was ... (1518 Total Words)
Read More
 

The Lies Of The Pueblos

By Matthew J. Doner
From page 24 of the December, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Pueblo Revolt in the territories of Nuevo Mexico (New Mexico) in 1680 sent many ancient mines into oblivion and legend. All through the southwest, legend and folklore abound with the tales of fabulously rich lost mines and lost treasures. One ... (1158 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Life And Death Of Soapy Smith: The Man Who Put The Skag In Skagway

By Bill Kelly
From page 32 of the December, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Take rugged mountains, cliffs, an authentic frontier community nestled against the Canadian province of the Yukon's Klondike Region, and set these ingredients against a backdrop featuring the fabulous gold strike of 1897. This is Skagway, Alaska, ... (1472 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Limits of Research

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 22 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I recall a scene in one of the Indiana Jones movies where Professor Jones declares to his classroom of would be Raiders of the Lost Ark, "X never marks the spot!"

As rule of thumb in real life treasure hunting, his statement is generally tr... (1184 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Little Girl Never Told

By Tom Vance
From page 35 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Turkey Track Trail Treasure

There was a lull in the conversation, when suddenly, as if bored with the idle talk, one of the three strangers stood up, and drew his gun. Pointing his six gun at Joe Bowring, he demanded to know where the money... (1424 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Little Sampson

By Lost Treasure
From page 60 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When it comes to selecting the best digging tool, treasure hunters have never had it so good as they do today. The reason is because of people like George Lesche of W. W. Manufacturing. George, a treasure hunter himself, has designed and built sev... (444 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Little Treasures - Or Are They?

By M.j. Doner
From page 14 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

An interesting thought occurred to me as I was researching the history of my part of western New Mexico. For example, what about some of the little treasures that no one really knows about? OK, I know what you're thinking, where is this guy co... (1678 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Living Ghost Of Fort Selkirk

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 12 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the most intriguing places where treasure can be found lies in the wild and hauntingly beautiful reaches of Canadas Yukon Territory. It is a ghost town that remains almost perfectly preserved nearly 150 years after its founding.

Ther... (867 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Llanganati Treasure Map

By Theodore Schellhase
From page 16 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The greatest treasure of the Inca may be buried in the Llanganati Mountains of Ecuador, 80 miles southeast of Quit."There is strong evidence that the Inca general Ruminahui has the gold" in "Cerro Hermoso" - "Beautiful Mou... (1010 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Llano Estacado - In The Land Of Enchantment

By Joe Johnson
From page 39 of the February, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Llano Estacado!! The Staked Plains!! As mile after mile rolls by on New Mexicos highways, its easy today to forget their fearsome repu­tation in years gone by. Then you visualize yourself on horseback or in a wagon. Grass and wild flowers ... (1881 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Locomotive That Vanished

By Tom Jenkins
From page 40 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The locomotives headlight probed the darkness as the train rattled into the rain-filled night. Kansas-Pacific freight train No. 8 carrying a load of rail iron was running late out of Denver heading toward Kiowa, the small town about 30 miles east ... (1495 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Loneliest Place In The World

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 21 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Two Falls Pirate Trove
One of the most interesting characters to ever roam the larger island of Tristan was Jonathan Lambert, familiarly known as Brother Jonathan, as bloody a pirate as ever sailed and who, being a thrifty Yankee, amassed ... (1887 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Long Mission

By Jake Brouwer
From page 22 of the February, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On July 16, 1769, Franciscan Padre Juniero Serra established the first of what was to become a series of 21 missions along what is now known as El Camino Real. At first the native Indians were reluctant to approach the newly built church for the wors... (1136 Total Words)
Read More
 

The Long Mission

By Jake Brouwer
From page 32 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On July 16, 1769, Franciscan Padre Junipero Serra established the first of what was to become a series of 21 missions along what is now known as El Camino Real. At first, the native Indians were reluctant to approach the newly built church for the wo... (1137 Total Words)
Read More
 

The Longhouse Long Shot

By Charles Cummins
From page 22 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I dont know how often you get invited to hunt a piece of property, but I know it doesnt happen to me very often. In fact, I can remember exactly the one time it did.

My hunting friend, Bob Christ-ensen, and I were checking out a piece of pro... (1411 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Lost $1,000,000 Cask Of Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 61 of the August, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The ghosts of five massacred prospectors guard this treasure, where at one time their bleached bones marked the spot on the crest of a low hill where they frantically and laboriously dug a hole on that fateful day and buried an oak water cask cont... (1292 Total Words)

Read More
 

The Lost Adams Diggings

By Steve Wilson
From page 12 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For more than 100 years, prospectors, treasure hunters and weekend vacationers have patiently and often secretly sought the Lost Adams Diggings a canyon paved with gold, a bonanza more fabulous than all the wealth of Solomon, richer than any... (4287 Total Words)

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