Tragedy And Treasure Of The Atalla

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 38 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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On the sultry evening of May 5, 1838, the Mississippi steamboat "Atalla" approached Natchez from the north. Her 15-day journey out of St. Louis was now more than half over. En route to New Orleans, she had made several cargo stops along the way.

Commanded by Capt. Silas Rochester, she was a sturdy Tennessee cotton boat of three decks and moderate size. Unlike most of her sister ships plying the wide river, she sported two narrow paddlewbeels amidships for power, one on each side. Her flat cargo decks were littered with freight of all kinds. There were stave barrels of brandy, sacks of dry grain, and stack after stack of cordwood and rough building lumber.



New York State's Lost Revolutionary War Payroll

By Gerald T. Ahnert
From page 40 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Carleton Island is strategically located at the head of the St. Lawrence River where it flows from Lake Ontario. During the American Revolution, troops were posted there to stop British ships from entering the Great Lakes from the St. Lawrence River.

A ship from the garrison at Oswego, on New York's north shore 35 miles south of Carleton Island, was dispatched with the payroll for the troops on Carleton Island. A company of militiamen was assigned to guard the payroll.

During the trip, a storm arose, drove the ship off course and forced it in an easterly direction. The ship foundered near Galloo and Stony Island, and the troops took to the lifeboats with the payroll. The boats were forced into Chaumont Bay about five miles from their destination.



Papago Gold and the Pale Ones

By Gene Kivett
From page 41 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Papago Indians of southern Arizona have a tradition that a long time ago - possibly as much as 300 years - a group of white strangers came and lived among their ancestors for several years. The "pale ones," as the Indians called the strangers, came from a far-off land, rode horses, were armed with metal spears and swords, and left a treasure.

This account by the Papagos of white men living among their people is attested to by several ancient metal objects now on display in the museum of the University of Arizona.

The Papagos say that the pale ones were extremely kind to their people, treating their ailments, teaching them better ways to irrigate their crops, and in general being good neighbors.



Graveyard of the Pacific

By J.w. Beard
From page 44 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Just a little over a century ago, what began as a collision of little consequence rapidly became the worst maritime accident ever to occur on the Pacific Coast of the continental United States.

Because of the horrible death toll when the "Pacific" went down, little was made of the fact that a strongbox with gold also sank. However, at the price of gold today, it might be profitable to attempt to salvage that strongbox.

The Pacific was a big, side-wheel steamship of 875 tons built in New York in 1851. She was shortly thereafter brought to the Pacific Coast and for a brief time carried passengers between the Isthmus of Panama and California.



Lodi's Lost Loot

By N. L. Harrison
From page 39 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Murderers seldom kill strangers, law enforcement officials report. Jealousy, greed and anger with friends or relatives seem to cause most acts of violence.

Perhaps all three emotions were involved over a century ago in the little town of Lodi in south central Wisconsin. In mid-November of 1853, word raced through the community that Townsil Underhill had been murdered in a violent quarrel over money. Today, nobody remembers whether the money had been inherited, stolen, embezzled or earned.

What is known is that two persons close to Underhill were arrested for the crime. They were Alfred Underhill, a brother, and Fountain Carpenter, a half-brother. If the passion which triggered the killing was greed, it is reasonable to believe that a large sum was involved.



Walker's Lost Gold

By Sharon L. Paul
From page 40 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Over $100 million in gold was mined from the rich Boise Basin area in Idaho during the early days. According to many, especially those who believe the story of Walker's lost gold, there is more to come.

Reputedly adjacent to the famous Basin area, it may have been one of the richest finds of all, and still is waiting to be rediscovered.



Buried Treasure on the Cache La Poudre

By D. Van Atchley
From page 60 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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In 1911, Jacques LaBorgeans arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado, asking about certain landmarks in the area, then began recruiting men from town to guide him to these landmarks. LaBorgeans, a French-Canadian, made no secret of his purpose and told everyone he was looking for his late uncle's lost treasure cache.

LaBorgeans related to the residents that his uncle had been one of the many men who went west to the California gold fields and there, with luck, he had made a success prospecting. After a period of five years, his uncle decided to take his gold and return home. This was in 1857.



Island Hideaway In The Caribbean

By Long John Latham
From page 63 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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If you are like me, the sight of a mountainous, green tropical island rising out of the sea is like a spine-tingling call to adventure.

We have been looking for just such a place, an island in the sun where treasure hunters can go and vacation cheaply. Dive for treasure on shipwrecks visible in azure blue waters. Snorkel over a coral reef that stretches for miles along the island shore. Explore Mayan ruins. Or just bask in the sun under wind-rustled palms along a curving beach of indescribable beauty.

And we think we have found it!



Dr. Hayes' Lost Gold

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 19 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Near the boundary of the Choctaw and Cherokee Nations before the Civil War, a Dr. Hayes ran a store on the banks of the Arkansas River. He grew quite wealthy by trading with the prosperous Chero-kee and Choctaw Indians. Since his store was located near where the Canadian River flows into the Arkansas River, Dr. Hayes also operated a ferry, boatlanding and warehouse.



Santa Rosa Gold

By Robert Miller
From page 20 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Gold lies secreted somewhere in the barren Santa Rosa Mountains, which loom up from the desert floor a few miles northeast of Borrego Springs, California. Some gold has been found and carried away, and some gold has been found and lost.

Stories of lost gold include the Lost Pegleg Mine. Tons of large and small rocks are piled in the desert near the tip of Coyote Mountain. They were placed there by those who have searched for this mine, and the pile is known as the Pegleg Smith Monument. Adding a stone to the pile will put you in the company of THers who have searched for the lost mine for nearly 150 years.



Beleaguered Bullion

By Bill Moody
From page 23 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Although Robert E. Lee officially surrendered the Confederate army at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, winding down the war took a while longer. Lincoln's death on April 15 threw the whole of Reconstruction into turmoil.

One of the unresolved mysteries of this turmoil is what happened to $35,000 to $40,000 in silver bullion which had been destined for relief of injured Confederate veterans.

The money was given by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to Raphael J. Moses, the Confederate Commissary Officer, during Davis' flight through Washington, Georgia, during May of 1865. An official Confederate order confirms the transfer of funds, but thereafter the fate of the money becomes uncertain.



Horsethief Trail Gold

By George A. Thompson
From page 25 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the cedared foothills of the La Sal Mountains of southeastern Utah, there is a lost lode of red-colored gold ore. Although it was along the ancient Indian trail that comes from the southwest to meet the Old Spanish Trail, its exact location has been a mystery for nearly a century now.

Old La Sal is a ghost town today, but during the 1870's it was a promising settlement on the pack-mule mail route from Salina, Utah, to Ouray, Colorado. The Roys, Maxwells and McCartys (the latter of cattle-rustling and bank-robbery fame) were the first settlers of Old La Sal, ranching there as early as 1873.



Owens Lake's Lost Silver Bars

By Richard Taylor
From page 29 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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"She's goin down fast, Capn!" the deckhand shouted as the cold waters of Lake Owens began to ripple across the wooden deck of the "Mollie Stevens." "Shall we try to save the silver?"

"To hell with the silver; we'll be lucky to get ourselves off this tub!" the captain retorted. "Get in," he ordered, as he climbed into the one skiff the little steamboat carried. "They can send divers out here if they want the silver."



Lost Silver Mine On Tumbling Creek

By J. Marty
From page 30 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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The horse which wandered into Charles Green's camp carried an unconscious man. Green tugged the stranger off, laid him down and started trying to reduce his raging fever.

Green's 1901 camp was hardly equipped as a hospital, for he had only recently come to Oklahoma from Texas after an unsuccessful job search. But he nursed the stranger as best he could.

During the night, the sick man regained consciousness enough to beg Green to help him, promising riches if he survived. He babbled about treasure in Tennessee, and Green listened in surprise, for most of his life had been spent in Tennessee and Georgia.



Treasure of Dog Canyon

By C. Kutac
From page 29 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Perhaps Frank Rocha didn't know the bloody history of Dog Canyon when he picked the spot to homestead. But even if he had known that the canyon was the site of many major battles between Indians and the cavalry, Rocha probably would have settled there anyway. He was a crusty old hermit used to taking care of himself and settling his problems on his own.

Folks around the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico soon learned that Rocha liked to be left alone and so he was nicknamed Frenchy the Recluse. He built a stone cabin, planted trees, moved in some stock and shut off the canyon with stone fences. The steep cliffs of the canyon kept his cattle in and his rifle kept intruders out.



The Caesar Hurst Shelter Treasure

By John K. Ward
From page 30 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Professional THers know that information about lost and buried treasure often is preserved in unusual places. Consequently, they keep an eye open constantly for mention of lost treasure, an otherwise forgotten cache which may well be worth looking for.

An archaeological survey of Kentucky mentions such a forgotten
treasure might have been lost forever. Now some lucky person may be able to locate the lost hoard.

The buried treasure lies somewhere in southwestern Wolfe County in the heart of what is archaeologically called the Rock Shelter Region. These rock shelters, also known as rock houses, are actually undercut bluffs, much used by the early Indians of eastern Kentucky and, hence, of great interest to archaelogists and anthropologists.



King's Chair Cache

By Joseph S. Haas, Jr.
From page 35 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Near an ancient council seat of the Indians in New Hampshire was buried a treasure worth several thousand dollars, which tradition says has never been unearthed.

The site is northeast of the King's Chair Landscape Nursery and its greenhouse on Route 175 in Thornton. There rises the legendary Queen's Arm, now called the King's Chair. It is a low, pyramidal hill where a stone throne was used as the Indian council seat. Behind it lies the hill named Pequawket.

In the valley between the two hills, a tribe of Indians was surprised by white men and a fierce battle ensued. The Indians hastily buried a treasure, were defeated, and the remnant fled.



Treasure of the Bellone

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 36 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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In September of 1724, a French vessel was sighted off the coast of present-day Alabama. The vessel was the Bellone. In her hold was stored a cargo of beaver skins, deer hides, and coins and bullion valued at 60,000 crowns. She was on her way to Dauphine Island to collect the yearly production of goods by French colonials in Louisiana, and transport them to France.



Buffalo Gap's Hidden Gap

By D. Van Atchley
From page 38 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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One of the most sought-after treasures in the Abilene, Texas, area is the gold cache in Buffalo Gap, believed to have been buried by Forty-niners returning from the California gold fields. Many a wagon train traveling to and from the west was funneled through Buffalo Gap on the major route through Texas.

Travelers headed west would leave Fort Phantom Hill from the north, go south toward Fort Concho and San Angelo, thence to El Paso and on to California. The route was equally traveled by per-sons returning east. Between the north-south outposts was Buffalo Gap, a narrow opening in the mountains through which all had to pass.

It was somewhere in Buffalo Gap that one group of successful miners was ambushed by Indians.



The Lost Padre Mine

By Jeff W. Henderson
From page 54 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
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Probably the richest lost mine in Mexico is one many call the Lost Padre Mine of the Vacatete Mountains. It is believed to be somewhere near the old mining town of Sahuaripa in the Vacatete Mountains of Sonora, Mexico. This would be almost due east of Hermosilla and not too far from the little coastal town of Guaymas.

According to the extensive Catholic Church archives in Mexico City, a tremendous amount of gold and silver was mined from the Lost Padre Mine in the late 1600's and early 1700's. Jesuit priests and their Indian converts crushed the ore in arrastres and smelted the precious metals. Ingots of gold and silver were cast and shipped to Mexico City.