Questions And Answers

By Maurice Kildare
From page 50 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Setting out on a raid one day, the Mexicans were attacked and killed by Indians near the mouth of Largo Canyon. One of the bandidos lived long enough to tell a Mexican farmer of the treasure hidden near the old stone house, but so far no one has found it.

Another treasure tale prevalent in Treasure/Rockhound Ranch country is that of a pouch of gold coins believed to be hidden in a cliff overlooking Largo Canyon. An old sheepherder, Pedro Arbuelo, cached his money in the cliff, unaware that his grandson was watching.



Missing Gold Shipment

By James Sanford, Jr.
From page 60 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the mid-1870s, Gen. John Bidwell was mining gold from his numerous claims in northern California. All of the gold was brought to Bidwell's residence at Rancho Chico, now Chico, California. At his home, Bidwell would melt his gold into small ingots and prepare it for shipment to the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.

It was during one of these shipments that Gen. Bidwell lost a small fortune in gold.
John Bidwell was one of the early California settlers. It was Bidwell, along with Peter Lassen and several other men, who did the original mapping of northern California. For this service each of the men received a large land grant.



Lost Indian Silver Mines In Kentucky

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 11 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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The silver mines secret of Kentucky was preserved by Chief Joseph in the 1760s. The only account of silver mines ever written by an Indian, the original manuscript was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1932. This documentation was written by Chief Joseph Brandt of the Iroquois Tribe or Chief Joseph of the Cherokee, since both tribes claimed Kentucky.



Seventeen Fabulous Arizona Treasures

By John Harrison
From page 14 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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The sagest advice I ever got about treasure hunting was from an old jackass prospector deep in the Chocolate Mountains of southern California.
Its all in knowing where to look, he said, then went on over a hill and out of sight.
I had occasion to recall those significant words the other day while researching Arizona history. I found that two counties of that state, Pima and Santa Cruz, are a veritable paradise of lost treasures. Most of them are satellite mines of old Jesuit missions.
Here are seventeen of those lost treasures, all within a few miles of each other, that could keep an army of metal detector buffs busy for years.



The Sunken Colonial Treasure Ship

By Jeff Ferguson
From page 11 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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The captain of the American frigate Defense rested tensely against the portside rail, anxiously watching the gathering storm clouds on the horizon. The knuckles of his right hand were white from his tight grip on a ship's cleat.

His worries were real, for it was winter and the storms that could quickly arise this time of year were terrible and destructive, mercilessly battering any ship unlucky enough to be caught in them.



Fort De La Boulaye's Treasure

By C. Kutac
From page 14 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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It has been claimed for nearly three centuries that the site of old Fort de la Boulaye conceals a treasure valued at $160,000. On today's booming gold market, the treasure could be worth a lot more.

The fort was established in February of 1700, and was the first French outpost in what is now the state of Louisiana. On that mid-winter day 275 years ago, on a ridge on the east bank of the Mississippi about 18 leagues from the river's mouth, a party of Frenchmen set to work. They threw together a blockhouse that was 28 feet square and armed it with six cannon. The fort was manned by the 18 soldiers.



Circuit Rider's Missing Money

By Benito Villa
From page 15 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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In 186,8 an Evangelical Church was founded west of Topeka to bring a measure of religion to the young state of Kansas, which had just passed through a blood-stained history of border warfare.

One year later, a circuit rider from the mission lost a small sack of gold and silver coins while trying to get across Chapman Creek west of Junction City, Kansas. The sum that was lost was parsimonious, admittedly. But at today' s prices those coins could be worth a small fortune to some lucky treasure hunter.



Billy The Kid's Lone Cache

By Ben Townsend
From page 17 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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The summer sun burned down on Lincoln, New Mexico, as William H. Bouncy crouched in the second-story window of the courthouse cradling a smoking shotgun in his arms.

Face down on the street below lay the buckshot-pierced body of Deputy Sheriff Bob Ollinger. Sprawled on the back stairway was Deputy J. W. Bell, with a regular little oasis of blood seeping out of the dark hole which Bonney's six-shooter had created in his chest just minutes before.



I Lost A Mine Worth Millions

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 20 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Only 20 years ago I lost a mine worth millions of dollars. You may say that such a thing cannot happen today, but it did. The rich deposit is still there, awaiting some fortunate person to rediscover it. It would be technically incorrect to say I lost a mine, for it was actually a large placer deposit of uranium.

My discovery of the rich deposit had its beginning in the winter of 1954. The discoveries of Charlie Steen and Vernon Pick were on everyone's minds. They had become millionaires overnight following their discoveries of immensely rich deposits of uranium.



The Lost Logger Cache

By J. W. Beard
From page 23 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Though few are aware of its existence, there is a well-documented and still undiscover-ed cache of gold coins on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The treasure is thought to be buried on the banks of Judd Creek near the community of Barton.

The details of this lost treasure center around Lars Hanson, a lumberman who worked in this region in the 1870's. Settling in the community, he married a young Indian girl who was soon assisting him in his business.



They Found Pegleg's Gold

By Gerry Erberich
From page 31 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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The vast expanse of arid desert northeast of Indio, California, is no doubt one of the most inhospitable and mysterious regions in North America. Many stories and legends have come out of that parched land, passed down first by Indians, who seldom went there by choice, and later by white men whose craving for precious metals often clouded their otherwise good sense.

Gold found in this harsh country is unique. Pegleg Smith's remarkable nugget was viewed by many after he was found alongside the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks near Walkers Station in the mid-1870's. Smith was near death from dehydration and exposure when he was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles.



Waybill To A Million In Gold

By D. Van Atchley
From page 33 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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In 1890 Burt Pottinger, a Denver newspaperman, told this story in the Denver Republican. Along with the facts of the tale of a lost gold mine, he gave a supposedly excellent waybill. How excellent it was re-mains to be seen to this day!
It seems that in the year 1886, two strangers appeared in the min-ing town of Fulford, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. At Arthur H. Fulfords ranch, located at the mouth of Brush Creek, they secured horses and began riding along the creek. Three times the two strangers came and went, always riding back up the creek. Each time they were gone for several days.



Idahos Lost Roaring River Gold

By George Ogden
From page 37 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Somewhere near the mouth of Roaring River in Idaho is a rich vein of gold-bearing quartz just waiting to be relocated.

Whoever finds it will do well. It is the sort of ore you can mortar by hand and make money. It is a free-milling ore, brownish quartz laced with gold.

Most lost mine stories grow in retelling over the years. Landmarks change. The names of creeks and even mountains have been changed. But I am going to try to steer you to a place where you have an excellent chance of finding a rich gold vein. Nothing has changed since the man who found it died, not even the story.

To the best of my knowledge, not one person has tried to locate this lost mine since his death. I think I am the last man living to know the facts.



Lost German Treasure In The Berkshire Hills

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 44 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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It was a hot, steaming month, that July of 1777, and General Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne's British troops had just captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain in northern New York State. American forces had abandoned the fortress when heavy enemy artillery was positioned on two high hills, perfect for raking the colonial garrison.

Morale among the British troops was high as a result of this easy victory, until supplies began to run low. As a consequence, Burgoyne sent a strong force of German mercenaries eastward into Vermont on a foraging expedition. These were Prinz Friedrich's men from the Grand Duchy of Brunswick. They were accustomed to fighting on the plains of Europe, but the American forests presented an unknown and unwelcome fighting environment.



Thomas Jefferson's Lost Virginia Gold Strike

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 56 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Yes, it's true. Our third President, Thomas Jefferson, found and lost a rich vein of gold along Virginias Rappahannock River in 1782.

An educated man, Jefferson recognized a four pound piece of gold-filled quartz for what it was. He later said that while riding along he noticed a weathered outcrop which glinted bright in the late afternoon sun. Weary from a hard day's ride, he stopped to water his horse and examine the shiny piece of rock.

He immediately realized it was quartz filled wth stringers of gold. Taking a piece along for further examination, he continued toward Monticello, his home in Albemarle County, Virginia.



Where Is The Treasure Of Maine's Mad Baron

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 62 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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It was the year 1704. French-Canadians and New Englanders had long been engaged in fierce border skirmishes. One such encounter was an attack by Major Church on the tiny wilderness outpost of Castine in what is now the state of Maine.

The daughter of Jean Vincent de lAbadie, Baron de St. Castine, owner of the settlement, escaped from the crude stockade with a considerable amount of treasure and buried it near the town of Penobscot.

The value of this cache was in excess of several thousands of dollars.

Approximately 2,000 coins were recovered in 1850 by Capt. Stephen Grindle and his son, Samuel. The remainder of the trove is still waiting to be recovered.



Treasure Headlines

By Lost Treasure
From page 65 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Seven workmen stumbled upon a cool $2.4 million in the trunk of an old car. This happened several years ago, but the outcome was only recently reported in the Chicago Sun-Times. The money was turned over to the FBI. Investigation revealed that it belonged to a shady gambler who owed piles of back taxes, so off went the $2.4 million to the IRS. In an excess of gratitude, the IRS rewarded the workmen with $4,590 eachor a total of 1.32 percent of what they turned
in. It was appealed to the Claims Court (that might explain why it has taken so long for the outcome to be reported), which ruled the award amount was en-tirely up to the IRS.
Our thanks for this dubious note of the reward for honesty goes to Ernest J. Boese of Joliet. Ill.



Sunken Whiskey Off The Golden Gate

By J. W. Beard
From page 58 of the July, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Lying less than 10 miles from the mainland, the Farallon Islands are a series of steep, rocky monoliths rising sharply out of the Pacific Ocean just off the entrance to San Francisco's Golden Gate. The most important of these rocks is Southeast Farallon, which is distinguished by a lighthouse on its summit.

There is good reason for this light's existence. Prior to its installation, a number of ships met destruction on the rocks during the heavy fogs that abound there. Farallon Light is still necessary to navigators, however, as is often the case with necessities, it arrived too late.



Joseph Bradish's Two Pirate Treasures

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 9 of the July, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Capt. Joseph Bradish died on the gallows in London in 1700, carrying to his grave the secret of two pirate treasures buried in America during the previous year. The exact amounts of these treasures are not known, but historians say they are valued at approximately $500,000. To the best of anyone's knowledge, neither treasure has been found.


The first trove was buried at Montauk Point, Long Island, about March 19, 1699. The second was buried on Block Island, off Newport County, Rhode Island, the following month.



Lost Topaz On Devil's Head Mountain

By D. Van Atchley
From page 10 of the July, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
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Treasure hunters who do not base their investigations on legends and tales alone, but on hard fact, should consider searching for a lost topaz mine that lies somewhere on the western slope of Devil's Head Mountain in Colorado. Pieces of the elusive gem are picked up occasionally by rockhounds, but the mother lode has never been found.


The mine's origin dates back to 1883, when it was discovered by W. D. Smith. Two years later the find was reported in the Geological Survey Professional Paper No. 20. This report did not give its exact location, merely saying the mine was on the southwest side of an unnamed stream. Rev. R. T. Cross also mentioned Smith's mine in the December 1883 issue of the American Journal of Science.