State Treasures - Indiana

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 39 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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A Strange Tale of Treasure
PIKE COUNTY - The following events occurred during the late 1890’s through about 1901-02.
The story is odd because it is based solely on rumor, yet all indications are that a real treasure did exist consisting of $20 gold pieces buried in an iron bound chest, although the total value of the treasure is unknown.
As a young man, Alvin Trayler was owner - operator of his own transportation business.
Trayler flat-boated goods such as maple molasses, sassafras, maple sugar, hoop poles and bacon down the Ohio River, sometimes as far as New Orleans.
Once all the cargo had been sold, the boat was sold for lumber and Trayler would return home by taking passage on another boat.



Metal Detecting Saved A Life

By Michael Haer
From page 23 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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In the fall of 2011, I received a call from a gentleman needing help with his recent purchase of a Minelab Explorer from one of my competitors.
I am not going to lie; it is aggravating when someone purchases their metal detector from a competitor and then asks me for help, but after several phone conversation
I really started to like him and could tell he had expected the dealer he purchased his detector from locally to help him and, unfortunately, he wasn’t getting the help he needed.
After a few more times talking to Tim, we set up a time to meet so I could help him.
As a young kid Tim got into metal detecting when, at 10-years-old, and only having his detector for a few months, a local woman contacted him. She had lost her very valuable wedding ring.



The Hunt for Senner’s Hidden Gold Continues

By Jane Alene Boyles
From page 6 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Much has been written about the Superstition Mountain lost gold, the Lost Dutchman Mine, the Peraltas, and the many people who have spent their lives searching for the gold in this vast beautiful wildness of Arizona. 
In the late thirties the area was made into a wilderness area, which prohibited vehicles and the removal of minerals, amongst other regulations. 
My only experiences with the huge wilderness area have been with Maricopa County Search and Rescue hunting for lost hikers, lost fortune seekers, and injured outdoor enthusiasts.  I saw the rugged vast area. 
Many years ago we were given a briefcase of photos, maps, claim filings, letters and miscellaneous papers compiled by four friends, which I conveniently forgot about until I retired.



Tools of the Trade - On the Trail to Gold Basin

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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There is a place out in the desert nestled in a small valley beneath the shadow of Lake Mead.
It’s only about 80 miles from the bustle and glittering lights of Las Vegas, but this little slice of Arizona has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.
A race of people believed to have been the forerunners to the Pueblo Indians once roamed this region, but today, aside from the cactus, lizards and a few retirees, not much lives here.
It is rough and remote country, but if a man has the mind to, he can reap his fortune in gold from the dry desert sands…
Well, that’s the impression I got after listening to the old men as they spun yarns while sipping their coffee.



Shipwreck Artifacts to Enhance

By John Christopher Fine
From page 20 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Major improvements have been made to Dubois Park at Jupiter Beach, Florida. Contractors enhanced existing facilities and County Park and Recreation officials added attractions that bring cultural heritage to life to give visitors and residents a sense of history about the area.
“With care and maintenance these artifacts will remain time capsules. They will spark the imagination of young and old for generations to come,” Peter Leo said.
Peter is a 32-year veteran career Ocean Lifeguard for Palm Beach County. It was his day to day duties on Jupiter Beach that eventually led to his discovery of a Spanish courier ship lost just offshore in shallow water.
Now 57, Peter made his first underwater find south of the Jupiter Inlet jetty almost 20 years ago.



Dying For Gold at Holt

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 16 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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On Meadow Valley Creek in the northwest corner of Washington County you will find Holt, Utah. Once a small pioneer settlement with hopes and dreams of building a permanent farming community, it now has very few remains that a town even existed.
Holt was established  in 1874 by James Holt, his family and small group of Mormon pioneers.
The town didn’t seem to be part of Mother Nature’s plan for the Escalante Desert Country. She dealt Holt devastation from drought to flooding it with red silt-laden water that washed away homes and farmlands and everything in between.



The Circle

By Linda Defew
From page 48 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Some people might call Jonathan Ferrell’s unexpected gift simply a matter of good luck. Others might say fate played a role.
I choose to call it “serendipity” due to a series of fortunate events that gradually came together to bring Jonathan and his great, great, great, great grandfather’s treasure back together.
It all began a few years ago as Eddie and I were out riding around and noticed a neighbor, Perry Moxley, tearing down the logs from an old vacant house. Eddie stopped to say hello and Perry told him he had been given the logs by the owner of the property.



State Treasures - South Dakota

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 50 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Legend of the Headless
Horseman Lost Mine
LAWRENCE COUNTY - Brebner Scott, a successful New York City businessman, made his money by selling imported European silverware and bric-a-brac.
He’d always been romanced by stories he read in newspapers or heard from others about the excitement of the untamed Wild West.
Tales of riches, gold and silver treasures, and men becoming millionaires overnight after locating a rich strike fascinated Scott.
At some point Scott decided to join in the American adventure, so he laid his plans and started investing his money in mining tools, equipment, firearms, and ammunition.
When the time was right he sold off his New York City business and headed west to the land of adventure and wealth.



Prospecting for Gold in the Northeastern United States

By Andy Sabisch
From page 15 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Gold has played an integral role in the development and expansion of the United States since the 1700’s.
The first U.S. gold rush started when 12-year-old Conrad Reed was fishing in the creek on his family’s farm near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1799 and found a 17-pound gold nugget.
Mining activities dominated the surrounding area for decades and millions of dollars worth of gold was recovered.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. Government opened a little-known mint in Charlotte in 1837 to process the gold being mined locally and produced gold coins bearing the “C” mintmark.
It remained in operation until the Civil War broke out and, over its short lifetime, produced more than $5,000,000 in gold coins! 



A White's & Precision Dredge Adventure

By Gerry Edwards
From page 20 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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On November 16, 2011, I got a call from my dear friend who owns Savana Engineering and Precision Dredge companies. He wanted to know if I would go
to Africa as his Operations Manager. I did not even hesitate with my answer and responded, “When am I leaving?”
I would specifically be going to Sierra Leone to mine for diamonds and gold. 
I was to teach other companies the feasibility of recovering the fine gold from the Baffi River. It’s all history now, as my first trip lasted three months.
Soon February 2012 rolled around and I had the necessary immunizations and visas for Sierra Leone, along with a good supply of malaria pills.



Beach Combing on the Great Lakes

By Patricia Kerr
From page 64 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Paula Matheson of the Plummer Additional Township in northern Ontario is a newbie to the world of lost treasure hunting, but her first year has proved successful because she is experienced with the water level fluctuations on the Great Lakes.
“I’m so happy!” she laughs. “Where’s my shovel?” and she’s heading back out searching the sand around their home on the north shore of Lake Huron.
Matheson points out the various landmarks around her home. The area east of her home is completely dry and covered in tall weeds.
“That’s where my kids swam when they were little. It was only about 3 feet deep at that time. So it was safer for them to paddle around.”



How To Boost Your Coin Shooting Enthusiasm

By Tom Vance
From page 24 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Visiting with long-time treasure hunter Tommy Walls, I asked him if there was one particular find he prized more than anything else in his valuable collection of coin shooting finds.
Without batting an eye, he quickly answered, “Yes, I guess there is. That would be an 1892 “O” dime I found down in Alabama.”
I was interviewing Tommy in his home in Mannford, Oklahoma, about his many years as an avid coin hunter.
He had worked for the same steel company I had retired from in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He continued with his recollection of finding that most valuable dime.



Questions & Answers

By Jimmy Dion
From page 42 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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(There is a) possible gold or silver bullion ship in Lake Michigan. Any further information on it?
Thanks,
Jon MacVean, Via e-mail



State Treasure - Illinois

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 27 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Lost Treasures of Burrows Cave
RICHLAND COUNTY - The Burrows Cave mystery has been at the center of controversy for decades.
During April 1982, Russell Burrows claimed he was walking in the countryside near Olney when he discovered a cave that he proceeded to explore.
Inside the cave, Burrows claimed he found perhaps thousands of carved stones bearing figures of deities, humans and ships, as well as letters or text of an unknown origin.
Burrows Cave involves two highly polarized camps.



'Lucky' Dog Uncovers Rebel Cache

By Ellsworth Boyd
From page 36 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Twelve-year-old Tommy Baldwin wanted to call his dog “Lucky,” but his father, Maurice, had another name in mind.
So they agreed to flip a coin and Maurice won.
He named the puppy “Chester,” a fitting nomenclature for what grew into a 125-lb. Chesapeake Bay retriever with huge paws and a yen to dig.
Indigenous to the Middle-Atlantic states, Maryland in particular, “Chesapeakes” are popular water dogs. Many a duck hunter has praised his retriever when it stubbornly stayed its course and refused to return without the feathery quarry in its mouth.
Most Chesapeakes would prefer to drown in retrieval mode rather than disappoint their masters.



State Treasures - Tennessee

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 39 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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The Wenten Farm Treasure
COFFEE COUNTY - Cefe Wenten owned a prosperous farm near Hillsboro around the time of the Civil War.
Wenten was outspoken about his distrust of banks and it was common knowledge to the locals that the man buried his money in nail kegs somewhere on the farm.
This had been Wenten’s manner for years.
The bloody Brixie gang moved into the area in 1864 and they were known to plunder those who crossed their path.
The Brixie boys heard through the grapevine that Wenten was a wealthy farmer who secreted his money in the ground on his farm.
One evening the Brixie boys forced entry into the Wenten home and grabbed the farmer from his bed.



Questions & Answers

By Jimmy Dion
From page 42 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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(There is a) possible gold or silver bullion ship in Lake Michigan. Any further information on it?

Thanks,
Jon MacVean, Via e-mail



Tools of the Trade - Stay Local and Find More!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 46 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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As spring weather approaches, treasure hunters are ready to get out and start making those finds that have been but dreams all winter.
Equipment has been readied, research conducted, and trips planned for the first opportunity where Mother Nature cooperates.
Wait a minute…what’s with the “trips planned” part of that last sentence?
Let’s stop there and launch into this month’s column with that thought.
Thanks to the power of the Internet and the myriad of forums that exist today, many treasure hunters have spent their winter time inside browsing through posts showing incredible finds made by others across the country.



State Treasures - Idaho

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 50 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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Lost Hoodoo Gold Mine
BOISE COUNTY - If I lived near Idaho City I would be searching for this site since it has a well defined search parameter and the gold taken from here originally proved to be of a high concentrate.
According to legend, the discoverer of the Hoodoo Mine was an employee working for the U.S. Forest Service who, by chance, stumbled upon a rich vein along Hoodoo Creek.
He was on foot and returning to Idaho City when he made the find.
He broke off some of the rock in the vein and marked the location by sinking his hand axe firmly in a fir tree.
Locals in Idaho City who looked at the specimens the forester returned with warned him against having the specimens assayed.



The Historic California Gold Rush Sites in Coloma and Placerville - Part II

By Roy Stevenson
From page 56 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
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In my previous article, “The California Gold Rush of ’49 and How Sacramento Fed the Gold Fever,” I described the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and how the gold rush changed the state.
I also showed how Sacramento boomed with gold prospectors passing through its gates to the Eldorado gold sites and where you can still find original gold rush buildings and exhibits in that town.
This second article describes life in the gold fields and two of the main ’49 gold sites, Coloma and Placerville…
Some struck enormous wealth in gold in the El Dorado streams and rivers. In 1849, 90,000 people found $50 million worth of gold. The next year $75 million was unearthed.