England: Lost In The Wash

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 14 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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English King John was one of the worst kings in history. King Johns brother, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, spent most of his life as Englands king away from England, fighting in the Crusades, protecting his lands in France, or imprisoned and held for ransom. During King Richards absence, Prince John was often governing England. The Robin Hood tales illustrate how the English people viewed Prince John. King Richard died from complications of a crossbow bolt wound while attacking the French castle of Chalus-Chabrol, whose lord refused to turn over a treasure found by a peasant. Prince John became the new English king in 1199 and proceeded to alienate almost everyone on both sides of the English Channel.



Germany: Lost Treasures Of The Third Reich

By Anthony Belli
From page 19 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and WWII the historical account none of us want to remember, though this dark chapter of humanity must never be forgotten. The Third Reich was an alliance of evil, under the direction of one man who was willing to sell his soul and the souls of millions in exchange for comfort, power and wealth. That man was Adolph Hitler. The Nazis did maintain and document history in the making and from historic records it is no secret that they plundered the riches of those peoples and lands that fell under foot of Hitlers Cult of Death. As a result, Germany and Bavaria have been littered with Nazi loot, likewise a matter of record.



Missing Mississippi Slave Trader's Gold

By Ken Weinman
From page 22 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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All that glitters is not gold, except in several Incan temples located in Peru. Legends place many fabulous treasures at this site. One such legend describes a golden rainbow studded with various jewels that created its prism of colors, kept in the Rainbow Temple of the god Cuycha. Another describes the Coricancha, a city made entirely of gold, silver and precious gems that stood atop a garden, also made of gold, and people with life-sized figures fashioned in gold. Many of these treasures, possibly exaggerated by the passing of the stories from soldiers to those who recorded the accounts, remain at large. While their fate is uncertain, they probably didnt survive the Conquistadores lust for the yellow metal contained within.



Australia: Nugget Shooting Down Under

By James E. Mulkey
From page 24 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Nowhere else on the planet is as much placer gold being found these days as it is in Australia. Half of the land down under is a huge region of wide-open spaces consisting of harsh desert lands with very little water. What water you do find is infested with crocodiles.Almost every nugget hunter who can afford the cost of travel chooses nugget shooting in Australia over all other locations in the world. Perhaps that’s because they know they’ll recover travel expenses several times over.More than a few professional nugget hunters, including Pieter Heydelaar, Rattlesnake John, as well as Steve and Chris Gholson, are sold on Australia as the place to go to find big nuggets.



The Barber Half Dollar

By Frank Colletti
From page 27 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Following in the redesign format for the dimes and quarters, the half dollar was changed in 1892 from the Seated Liberty design that had been in use since 1839.Charles Barber, the mint engraver, was selected by mint director Edward Leech to do the designs for the new coins. Although there had been an open competition, the submissions were deemed inadequate for the needs of the mint.The obverse was the same as that of the dime and the quarter, following in the tradition of keeping the obverses of the semi-precious coins (silver) the same for all applicable denominations.



Venezuela: Lost Treasure Of The Andes

By Alvara Parra Pinto
From page 29 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Tis ready sire, said the Spanish soldier Francisco Martn, hauling himself from the hole where he and four of his strongest mates had just lowered the gold. Aye, nodded the leader of the treasure party, the conquistador Captain Iigo de Gasconya, with a satisfied look on his face. Lets get it over with, men. Well come for the gold after finding our way out of this damned labyrinth. The truth of the matter is that they never did. The year was 1531. The unfortunate Spanish expedition had lost its way while crossing the Andes Mountains, transporting a priceless cargo of gold ornaments, idols and ceremonial objects sacked from the Valledupar Indians.



Black Bart's Booty

By Mary E. Gratti
From page 36 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Somewhere within the peaks and valleys of Northern Californias Mendocino County, secreted away in one or more hiding places by the notorious bad man Black Bart himself, may repose 120-year-old treasure.

Now, for the first time, the facts about this mysterious man may point the way to gold and silver. Charles E. Bowles was born in England in 1829. His family, like countless others, felt a burning desire to improve their lives. They packed up and sailed for America, settling in New York State.



Don't Follow The Crowds

By Andy Sabisch
From page 38 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Does this sound familiar? You and your family are on a long trip and its time to get something to eat. You get off the interstate and see several local restaurants a short distance from the exit. You eye them up and decide to go to the one with the full parking lot; after all, the food has to be good if the locals eat there. While this logic usually works well for picking a restaurant, movie or other attraction, it’s the reverse that will pay off for today’s treasure hunter. When I started swinging a detector back in the mid-1960's, the phrase hunted out had not even been coined yet. Virtually anywhere my father, brother and I searched turned up a wealth of goodies despite using equipment that wouldn’t even pass as a toy today.



Ship Recovery Approved: Excavating The Hms Sussex

By Janet Warford-perry
From page 47 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the early 1870s, two men robbed a military payroll of $72,000 in gold coins near the old station in the Cerat Mountains just outside Kingman, Ariz. It was not long after the holdup that a Calvary patrol stumbled upon the fleeing thieves. A gunfight erupted and one man was killed. The other bandit was captured, and for several days the troopers searched in vain for the hidden loot with no success. The surviving bandit was put in prison where he later died, never revealing the location of the treasure. As far as is known, the gold has never been found. I researched this story in great detail back in 1988. It was a normal blistering hot day in July of that year that I located the remains of the old station.



Stashing A Cache: Would Finding It Be So Easy?

By Michael M. Mosley
From page 50 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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About six years ago, I had an idea that struck me as being a rather unique one. After reading about many caches (and hunting a few) over the years, I felt like it would be interesting to bury one myself. I looked through some of my recovered finds for a few culled pieces of jewelry and several silver coins of little numismatic value. Next, I added some silver-plated spoons and forks, bent double, enabling me to cram it all into a half coffee can. Last, the can was sealed with a wooden plug cut from a board nailed in place all the way around the can. Finally, the loot was buried and a handwritten map of the location was made. Two years passed and I had the idea that finding the cache would be a cinch.



Locating Black Bart's Booty

By Mary Garratti
From page 53 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Black Bart robbed four stages in Mendocino County, California. The first was a stage on the Cahto-Ukiah route on October 2, 1878. He stopped the uphill stage along Forsythe Creek, at a rock later to be called Black Bart Rock. The second holdup was committed the next day on the Covelo-Ukiah route. He robbed that stage near the intersection of Potter Valley and Redwood Valley Roads. His third was the Ukiah-Cloverdale stage, 6 miles north of Cloverdale near the current Cummiskey Station Road, on January 26, 1882. His last holdup in Mendocino County took place June 14, 1882 on the Little Lake (Willits)-Ukiah stage. Here he again stepped from behind the large boulder that would bare his name for decades.



Gold At Stein's Station

By James E. Mulkey
From page 54 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Pack up the wife and kids, camping gear, metal detectors and head for New Mexico. Why? Because thats where youll find the ghost town of your dreams along with a cache of treasure consisting of gold dust and nuggets worth $107,000, buried somewhere near a Butterfield Stage station. Known as Steins Station, the treasure is said to be located from a treasure map placed into a hallowed-out wooden leg. Steins Station is located 19 miles southwest of Lordsburg, first known as Doubtful Canyon, possibly because it was doubtful as to whether travelers on board the stage would make it through without being attacked and killed by Apache Indians.



Jesse James Hideout

By Janet Warford-perry
From page 7 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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The quest for international treasures always appears to be a shroud of mystery and intrigue. For a variety of reasons, many people choose the comfort and security of metal detecting within their familiar homeland. But those treasure hunters who have decided to venture into foreign lands many times return not only with some terrific finds, but also with the pleasures garnered from experiencing firsthand different cultures. There is no textbook that will ever prepare a person for the visual experience of exploring a foreign country. For years, author Earl Blassingame and his wife dreamed of a cruise to a tropical island paradise. While overseas, she delighted in duty-free shopping while he preferred metal detecting the beaches.



Folsom Train Robbery: On The Trail Of Cassidy's Wild Bunch

By Linda Weinman
From page 8 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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For more than a decade, Butch Cassidy and his wild bunch rode the outlaw trail from Canada to Mexico, making history during the late 1800s and early 1900s. At 9 p.m. on July 11, 1899, three men, Sam Ketchum, Harvey Logan, and Elza Lay robbed a Colorado and Southern passenger train seven miles north of Folsom, New Mexico. Logan and Lay were both members of Cassidys gang. The Ketchum gang was wanted by the law in Utah and Arizona for numerous robberies, and had to scatter far and wide to avoid arrest. Sam Ketchum arrived at the W.S. Ranch in Alma, New Mexico during the month of June 1899, where he met a few members of Cassidys bunch. A few weeks later Cassidy, Lay and Logan rode into the ranch looking for work.



Kidd's Deer Isle: Treasure Hoax Or True Tale?

By Pat Hughes
From page 10 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Captain Kidd is said to have buried treasure in over 69 places in Maine alone. If all the treasure that is credited to Kidd were really buried, Kidd wouldnt have had time to be a pirate. To understand the Deer Isle buried treasure hoax, one first has to understand the story of Captain Kidd. Captain Kidd was not a typical pirate captain. The story is that he was a meek gentleman of New York City, who was caught in a web of government intrigue and who died as a scapegoat. It is also said that he realized he was a scapegoat at the last minute, but sadly, could do nothing to prevent his hanging. Kidd was a sailor in the merchant service with a wife and family in New York, before being recruited by Sir George Bellomont or John Bellamont.



Found: Historical Wallet

By Sheila K. Stogsdill
From page 14 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Eric Franklin, warden at Jess Dunn Correctional Facility, thought somebody was playing a joke on him when he discovered a wallet in his office mailbox last Halloween. After all, he was standing in a correctional facility named after a slain Oklahoma warden and now he was holding a brown wallet bearing the same name. If this wasnt a joke, Franklin knew he was holding more than a piece of leather. He was holding a piece of McAlester history known as Bloody Sunday. Jess Dunn was the only Oklahoma State Penitentiary warden to be killed in the line of duty. The brown wallet Franklin held was in Dunns back pocket when he died in a blotched kidnapping prison escape organized by four inmates on Aug. 10, 1941.



Treasure Via Notoriety: The Hillside Massacre Weapon

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 19 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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The revolver does not appear special. It seems unthreatening, a somewhat old and weathered gun. The handle is made of walnut; the six cylinders are designed to hold black powder bullets common in the days of the wild, wild West. The revolver is an original Colt Single-Action Army, often referred to as the Peacemaker or the Frontier. Similar guns were standard issue in the American Army during all Indian campaigns after 1873, and General Patton carried his Peacemaker into World War II. Few Americans missed seeing such popular Colt revolvers in the cowboy and Indian movies of the wild American West.



Mount St. Helens: Did The Eruption Destroy The Mine

By Joe Meis
From page 24 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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The next time you visit Mount St. Helens volcano observatory and explore nearby Spirit Lake, a body of water supposedly haunted, look for a ghost of a miner guiding a ghostly mule train. If you follow him across the volcanic blasted landscape, the miner may lead you to a fabulous rich gold mine. The mine lies along the fringe of the Cascade Mountain range, somewhere at the head of the Lewis River, in the wild, almost inaccessible territory between St. Helens and Mount Adams. A mysterious owner and a few tight-lipped Indians are the only ones reported to know the exact mine site. The original discoverer was a wandering Spaniard. Where he came from or how he came to invade the Cascade wilderness is unknown, so how he discovered the mine and where, are questions that remain unanswered.



Garrett Electronics Infinium Ls

By Andy Sabisch
From page 26 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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Garrett Electronics has been a leading metal detector manufacturer for nearly 40 years building detectors using virtually all of the proven circuits ranging from BFO's to TR's, VLF's and PI's. Garrett's experience with Pulse Induction-based detectors dates back more than 20 years and they have consistently been recognized as top-performers by treasure hunters world-wide.

Having used all of the pulse detectors produced by Garrett starting with the original XL-500 back in the early 1980's, I was anxious to see how the new Advanced Pulse Induction (API) circuitry in the Infinium performed in the field.

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Selling A Treasure Tale

By Frank Colletti
From page 27 of the August, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
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There is one thing that any writer must start with, whether he or she is a future Hemingway who attempted to write the great American novel, or a treasure hunter thinking about writing for this publication. Start with an idea. Think about the stories you have read and which ones you liked, which ones you disliked, and why.What interested you and held you to the end of the story? Was it an adventure story about some long lost treasure? Then perhaps research and relating the history of events are for you.Did you prefer to read about someone’s adventures in locating a long forgotten Civil War encampment?