Ghost Ship Treasure

By Comdr. Richard S. Brownes
From page 27 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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It was no easy task to find what we believe to be the historical wreck of famous French explorer Cavalier Sieur de LaSalles 40-ton shallop Griffon, more commonly referred to as the Ghost Ship of the Great Lakes. Indeed, the whims of lady luck played a very important role in the entire salvage operation, combined with a determined crew that labored diligently for many days.

All of this enabled us to discover the Griffons remains, located in 40 feet of water, which was lost on the reefs near Birch Island in the North Channel of Lake Huron.



Lost Utah Gold

By George A. Thompson
From page 29 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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For more than a century, Park City has been Utahs leading silver camp. But from 1868, when silver was first discovered in the district, it was known that the Wasatch Range contained gold also. And there is reason to believe that perhaps the richest prize of all remains to be rediscovered in the brush-choked mountain canyons above Park Citya fabulously rich ledge of gold that was found by a man who met a tragic death while trying to return to the bonanza, and whose fate was not learned until recent years.



Outlaw's Lost Gold

By Steve Wilson
From page 36 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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Lying in a hospital bed in Dallas, Texas, the patient knew his chances of recovering from his gunshot wounds were slim. But the nurse had been good to him and even if he didnt recover, he wanted to make it up to her.

He motioned the young nurse to his bedside, then painfully whispered in her ear. His story was short. There was not time enough for details.



Stranded!

By Lt. Lloyd L. Duncan
From page 39 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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The desert may be likened to an enchantress. At times an ethereal beauty, she may at any moment become a deadly and unforgiving enemy. The unexpecteda stalled or stuck vehicle, a broken leg, or merely an empty canteenmay leave you at the mercy of this deadly enchantress.

Recently, a young man died just one mile from a well-traveled highway in the desert area near Californias Salton Sea, while searching for The Lost Gold of San Feipe Creek, which appeared in the July, 1970 issue of Treasure World.

A copy of the magazine, with portions of the article underlined, was found near the body.



Strange Markings Clues To A Lost Treasure

By Roscoe Legresley
From page 41 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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About halfway between the towns of Kooskia and Kamiah, Idaho, along the banks of the Clearwater River (which parallels Highway 12), there are markings that have created much conjecture over the years.

These consist of symbols painted on the faces of huge rocks in the manner of petrographs, similar to those Indians used in olden times to mark a spot or leave a message. Along with them, however, are some carvings which were put there before the paintings. Many questions as to the origin and meaning of these markings have been asked of the Nez Perce Indians, but none of them, not even the tribal leader or elders, can decipher or read the strange symbols.



Lost Black Mountain Gold

By John Howard
From page 30 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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In the 1860s, two prospectors were working a rich gold mine somewhere west of Fort Collins, Colorado. History has forgotten their last names. They were known only as Hans and Mike. One day they quarreled, and Mike killed Hans.

The gold claim the two men had worked was somewhere west of Fort Collins, up the Cache la Poudre, in the Shining Mountains. Soldiers at the fort thought they could scare Mike into revealing the mines location by threatening to hang him for killing his partner. But they apparently strung him up too long, for the mock hanging backfired and Mike lay dead, too.

In 1899 a small boy was lost in the mountains. When he found his way home, he told of staying at an abandoned cabin high in the mountains where interesting, shining rocks lay on the table.



Utah's Most Fabulous Treasure

By Al Masters
From page 34 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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It was in the summer of 1914 that Freddie Crystal first showed up at Oscar Robinsons ranch at Kanab, Utah. For some reason Robinson, owner of one of the oldest ranches in Kane County, hired the sun-baked old saddle tramp, although it was apparent from the beginning that Crystal would be worth little as a cowhand.

Most of the time old Freddie spent fiddling around with the neighborhood kids, telling them tales about the Spaniard Cortez and his armor-clad conquistadores. Other times he would tell his favorite story of how Montezumas men had brought a fabulous treasure out of Mexico to hide it somewhere in the western United States.



Missing Oklahoma Gold

By Steve Wilson
From page 39 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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The Civil War in the Indian Territory of what is now the state of Oklahoma was devastating and tragic. The Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes were forced to fend for themselves, as the Federal Government had removed its troops, leaving the land to be overrun by outlaws and renegades. And that the lawless region was infested by a brutal breed of bandits is well known.

At the beginning of the war, Philip Usray lived at Sallisaw, in the densely timbered hills of present Sequoyah County. He was neutral in his feelings and wished to avoid involvement with either side in the conflict, but, he had horses and mules which the Union forces needed badly, and since they could pay in gold, Usray sold them his stock.



Midwest Ghost Towns

By Chuck Zehnder
From page 40 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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It looked like an old road. I had passed it many times on the highway running north of town, but had never really paid any attention to it. Now that I had noticed the road, I was curious to see if it led to Calhoun, Iowa, a town which had been dead for more than half a century.

My ghost-towning had begun in the upper Midwest in 1963, after I had been discharged from the army and had entered the University of South Dakota in Vermilion. It began because of a bet. One of my friends had bet me a $10 bill that there were no ghost towns in the county. Since I will do just about anything for $10, I accepted the challenge and headed for the W. H. Over Museum library.



Lost Texas Lead Mine

By George B. Hamilton
From page 59 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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For generations, stories have been told of a lost lead mine near Brookeland, Texas. Brookeland is in Sabine County, in extreme East Texas, and the mines location, according to differing versions, could be on either of three creeksMcKim Creek, Rock Creek or Beef Creek.

It is recorded that Sabine County is the only area in this vicinity in which lead has been listed as a resource. Small amounts of low-grade ore have been found in northern sections of Sabine County, but very little of it has been mined. Some of the countys early settlers are known to have mined an almost pure lead ore in the southern region, and it is here that the lost major lead mine is believed to be located.



Treasure On Cape Cod

By Wilson David Flanders
From page 15 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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In 1831 a fisherman named Arthur Doane found a fortune in Spanish gold on Cape Cod. He kept his treasure secret for forty-nine years, and then, on his deathbed, told a friend.

But his friend did not recover all of the treasure. Most of it is still buried somewhere in the silvery sand of Cape Cod, not far from old Chatham Light, where a few scattered gold coins have been found. Perhaps, some day, a treasure hunter with a metal detector will uncover the six remaining bags of gold coins.

It happened like this:

In 1831 Arthur Doane was working on a banker (a small fishing schooner) out of Chatham, Massachusetts. At the time, young Doane was going with a girl in Chatham with whom he could never seem to spend enough time.



Yankee Jim's Lost Gold

By Ben T. Traywick
From page 17 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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In the spring of 1848, the sleepy little town of Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) came wide awake when the cry of Gold! Gold in California! was heard.

The rush to the mountains and ravines began. Many of the rough sailors on trading ships lying in the port jumped ship and joined in the rush. One such sailor was a tall, skinny individual from Maine. His name has long been forgotten, but be will live forever in Mother Lode history as Yankee Jim.



Treasure Wreck!

By Burt D. Webber, Jr.
From page 22 of the May, 1971 issue of Treasure World
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Of all the sunken treasures lost on remote reefs throughout the Caribbean, none has been more frequently sought than that of the reputed wreck of the 18th century Spanish frigate Nuestra Senora del Carmen, more commonly known as the Genovesa. This wreck lies somewhere on one of the many reefs forming the Pedro Bank, 100 miles southwest of the Island of Jamaica.

The Genovesa has long been the target of treasure hunting expeditions, some of them well publicized, while others have been unknown. Expeditions have ranged from mere adventuring to the most thoroughly equipped and well-organized groups representing substantial investments.



Town Of Little Treasures

By T. W. Paterson
From page 26 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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If you are a serious treasure hunter who will settle for the little treasures, then Cumberland, British Columbia, is the place for you.

Unlike legendary lost mines, you dont have to brave mountain wilds or desert heat to make your finds in Cumberlands Chinatown. There are no yellowed, hand-drawn maps to get you lostattractive road maps printed by the provincial government show the way quite clearly.



Treasure Thorough A Keyhole

By Gerald T. Ahnert
From page 31 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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Some of my very best finds while treasure hunting have been made as the result of my trying, possibly with some success, to understand the habits and actions of people. But, being an adult, I found that I had thought only in adult terms. A recent discovery taught me that sometimes I must also think as a playing child.

A house in Oregon in which my wife and I rented an apartment was built in the 1890s. Some of the inside doors were equipped with locks that could be operated by skeleton keys. I wanted to make the house more secure, so I tried to lock the hail door with an old skeleton key.



Treasure At Castle Cap

By Jeff W. Henderson
From page 37 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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The narrow walls of Castle Gap in far west Texas, east of U.S. Highway 385 between Crane and McCamey, hold many stories of hidden treasures that have never been found. The most famous of these concerns the fabulous treasure of Maximilian, Napoleon IIIs puppet emperor of Mexico, who was deposed and shot by Mexican revolutionists in 1867. According to this story, Maximilian attempted to send his fortune in gold and jewels out of Mexico before escaping himself, but a group of ex-Confederate soldiers murdered the wagoneers and guards and cached the treasure somewhere in Castle Gap.



Poison Pests

By Don Gresser
From page 40 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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This article was not written with the intention of scaring anyone half to death, nor was it meant to give the impression that poisonous creatures outdoors overly infest the great.

It is simply that the treasure-hunting fraternity has grown enormously during the past few years, coincidentally with the great improvement in the metal detector. And among the thousands of new prospectors who have entered the field there are undoubtedly many who have very little or no personal knowledge of the various species of wildlife whose bites or stings may cause serious trouble, or even death.



It Will Pay To Research First

By Earl F. Dupree
From page 48 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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In July 1864, a government caravan loaded with military stores for Fort Union, New Mexico, left Fort Leavenworth for the long and dangerous journey of more than 700 miles over the plains. In this particular season the plains were infested by Indians, to a degree almost without precedent in the annals of freight traffic.

Thus begins another of the numerous stories connected with this particular freight caravan. It is probably one of the best documented and best known of the many wagon trains massacres, with, of course, the proverbial shipment of gold $90,000 to $120,000which was hidden at the last minute and never recovered.



Civil War Relics On Cabin Creek

By Bill Lees
From page 59 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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If you walk along Cabin Creek in eastern Oklahoma when the water is very low, dont fail to watch closely for something that looks like a cannon sticking up from the creek bed. It probably will be a Confederate Civil War cannon that has been lost since the Battle of Cabin Creek, which occurred on September 19, 1864.

Cabin Creek runs through the battlefield, and the point where the cannon is believed to have been lost is two and one-tenth miles due north of Pensacola, in Mayes County.

There are several versions of the manner in which the cannon was lost. It is most widely believed that the gun was dumped into the creek by retreating Confederate soldiers to prevent its falling into the hands of the Yankees.



Lost Cache Of $20 Gold Coins

By Lora M. Conant
From page 62 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
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A cache of one thousand $20 gold pieces lies hidden somewhere in ralo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. The gold was mined in California, minted in Arizona, and taken to the valley of the South Canadian River. From there it was carried down the Tierra and Frio draws to the meadowland of Palo Duro Canyon.