Lost U.S. Army Payroll in Florida

By Resti Concoles
From page 22 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
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Fort Pierce, Florida, is the county seat of St. Lucie County in eastern Florida on the Indian River (lagoon), 30 miles northeast of Lake Okeechobee. The Indian River is actually a tidal inlet extending 165 miles along the Atlantic. Fort Pierce was built to be used as a defense against the increasing threat of the hostile Seminole Indians.
During the World War II, it served as an amphibious training base for the U.S. Navy. It has a present-day population of about 80,000 people and is noted for its production of lumber, fertilizer and fruit canning. It is a quiet little town today, but during the pre-Civil War days of the late 1850’s, the loss of a federal payroll in a nearby lagoon set the scene for one of Florida’s best documented lost treasure stories.
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