Robbers' Lost Loot

By Roscoe Legresley
From page 19 of the January, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


The year 1860 marked the beginning of a golden era in Idaho, with the discovery of fabulously rich placer gold deposits at Pierce City. A stampede was touched off which eventually spread to equally rich diggings at Buffalo Hump, Dixie, Thunder Mountain, Warrens and the Florence Basin.

The Florence Basin placers were claimed by some to have been the richest in the West. It was here that men pulled clumps of grass with nuggets entwined in the roots, and where some holes in Baboon Gulch produced as much as $3,000 in an eight-hour shift of gold panning.


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