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In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

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A Bittersweet Celebration

By Craig E. Redick
From page 8 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We recently marked the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War, often referred to here in the Deep South as the “War for Our Southern Independence.” It matters not with which side your sympathies lie. This is one period i... (2647 Total Words)

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A Blast From The Past

By David R. Toussaint
From page 60 of the April, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The river bank was a little slippery as David Thatcher carefully picked his way around the fallen logs and trees that lined its edge. Although damp and overgrown, the river bank was where Thatcher wanted to be this was where an old timer had told... (1548 Total Words)

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A Bloodless War Pays Off

By Bob Knapp
From page 7 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Searching the most heavily detected place I could find paid off beyond anything I could have dreamed of. It is the same place that every treasure hunter in the area hunts hoping to find some early 1800s coins. This site I have been told was hunte... (1474 Total Words)

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A Bloody September Sunday

By Craig E Redick
From page 36 of the October, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It started as a normal Sunday morning, looking through the newspaper, having my second cup of coffee, and trying to lay out the day in front of me when the phone rang.

Guess who? The voice could only belong to my prospecting/treasure huntin... (1422 Total Words)

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A Bonanza In Pirate Gold

By Ken Krippene
From page 11 of the April, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Peter McGuiness and I were having lunch in the open-air patio of the luxurious Hotel Del Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia. As we toyed with our lobsters thermidor and drank excellent Colombian wine, we could hear the incessant pounding of the waves a... (3769 Total Words)

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A Brick Wall In The Forest, Wondering, Looking, The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread...

By Lost Treasure
From page 58 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Brick Wall in the Forest

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I have run into a brick wall trying to get permission to search on Forest Service land. The Heritage Resources office of the Lewis and Clark National Forest has told me it is illegal to search any s... (1398 Total Words)

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A Cache And A Cover-up The Incredible Treasure Of Victorio Peak

By W.c. Jameson
From page 5 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several researchers who have spent considerable time on the mystery of the Victorio Peak cache are convinced that it existed but that members of the U.S. Army and Air Force retrieved most of it. It is also believed that they subsequently instigate... (3461 Total Words)

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A Cache Of Drums

By Monroe Boone
From page 18 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This story actually takes place in the southern part of the United States in the late 40's and early 50's. This treasure had a special significance to the man that secreted it away, as well as to my father, the son of that man.

To understan... (790 Total Words)

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A Call To All Detectorists: It's Time To Clean Up The Beaches

By Frank Colletti
From page 19 of the June, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have worked and reworked certain beaches during the winters for years now, and I think that this is the time to warn all detectorists about a certain danger that is on our beaches that can cause a peril to all, detectorists and the public alike.... (930 Total Words)

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A Cattleman's Gold

By James E. Mulkey
From page 60 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

William B. Rood was one of the original members of a party of unmarried men who called themselves the Jayhawkers. In 1849, a time when half the nation seemed headed for the gold fields of California, the Jayhawkers took a shortcut to the gold fiel... (1100 Total Words)

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A Chain Of Gold

By Bob "frogfoot" Weller
From page 55 of the June, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recovering Spanish underwater treasure is like bronze steps along the path of life. The average person, when confronted with the question, Name as many events in your life that you can remember the time, place, people involved, usually wind up wit... (2392 Total Words)

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A Civil War Relic Hunting Trip

By Ron David As Told To Michael Paul Henson
From page 38 of the June, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The weather in Indiana in the early spring (March) was quite cold. A phone call to the sunny south, Collierville, Tennessee, to a good friend, Charlie Wiggens, brought welcome news. The weather and Civil War relic hunting were great, so the invita... (950 Total Words)

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A Closer Look At Forest Service Regulations

By Patti Arthur, Attorney At Law
From page 61 of the September, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The information contained in this column is of a general nature and is not meant to apply to any specific individuals circumstances. Every legal situation is unique and contains facts and circumstances that are unique. If you have a specific legal... (1157 Total Words)

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A Coin From The Renegade Mint

By Jay Pastor
From page 45 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nuts, someone said. Theyre widening the road. It was true, although you couldnt see much because of the thick, blue fog. But every breath carried with it the rich aroma of freshly upturned earth. In the glint of an occasional headlight, a strip of... (1138 Total Words)

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A Coinshooter Along The Ohio

By Jay Pastor
From page 40 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The towers of the Procter and Gamble headquarters peer complacently down at the Ohio River, as it ripples pleasantly but indifferently past Cincinnati on its never ending flow to the Mississippi. Possibly, in the minds of the P&G executives, t... (1475 Total Words)

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A Coinshooting Adventure In Rural New Mexico

By Ken Weinman
From page 39 of the May, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. History is reflected everywhere you look. A treasure hunter could spend years in New Mexico and never run out of places to hunt. The crumbling ruins of old towns, stage stations, bandit hideouts, and o... (1485 Total Words)

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A Collection Worth Having

By Frank Colletti
From page 41 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
To return to our series about trying to build an interesting collection of type coins: remember, a type collection is one where you attempt to put together one example of each kind of coin that was minted by the United States over a period of time. <... (1541 Total Words)
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A Collection Worth Having

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are a wide variety of sets of United States coins that are worth collecting. If you have not yet decided to concentrate on one particular set, consider starting a collection of the various coin types - a series of coins of all different desi... (1274 Total Words)

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A Colored Scarf

By Gary Hinkley
From page 58 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The young man was crying as he struggled against the rope around his neck. He begged for his life. The crowd was not listening.

You have $1,000,000 in gold now! You might as well have it all. Let me go and I will tell you where $30,000 more... (1412 Total Words)

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A Converted Beginner's Luck

By Richard Taylor
From page 47 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Id always ridiculed treasure hunting until a Las Vegas friend of mine took it up as a hobby and found enough on an old fort parade ground in one short weekend to pay him double the price of his new detector.

The same week, my friend, Neal Wh... (891 Total Words)

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A Couch Potato's Guide to Winter Treasure Hunting

By Erica Dale
From page 52 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Winter is tough on treasure hunters. Any attempt to rationalize this away always falls flat.
To suggest that this cold, confining season be viewed as a nice opportunity for personal growth is futile.
It’s pretty much the equivalent of ... (903 Total Words)

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A Dagger Marks The Spot

By Trinidad Concloes
From page 30 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Reynolds Lost Loot

The captured gang members were taken to Denver, where a military commission on the charge of highway robbery tried them. They were all convicted and sentenced to serve long jail terms at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Three days ... (1367 Total Words)

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A Date With the Past

By Karen Breshears
From page 34 of the October, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a beautiful spring day when we approached the landing strip at Larnaca, Cyprus. This was to be my first treasure hunt outside my native United States and my heart raced at the secrets this old, majestic island might reveal to me.My thoughts... (1004 Total Words)

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A Day At The Fort

By Charles Overstreet
From page 16 of the October, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I never cease to be amazed at the amount of historical riches waiting to be discovered by those willing to put out a little effort. Although historians have carefully documented most of our past, there is still much to learn.

Our country is... (871 Total Words)

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A Day In May At Lime Crest

By Patricia Edwards Clyne
From page 7 of the February, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At least once in a lifetime every rockhound should make it to New Jerseys Lime Crest Quarry. Open only one day a year for collecting, this venerable but still vital limestone quar-ry, first developed by Thomas A. Edi-son, offers a unique experienc... (1576 Total Words)

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A Dead Man S Forgotten Fortune

By Mike Hudson
From page 43 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In June of 1893, the town of Emporium was a bustling outpost of commerce, boasting a brickyard, half-dozen sawmills, a powder works, an iron foundry, a tannery and more.

Today its a sleepy little hamlet hidden in a small valley deep in the ... (1662 Total Words)

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A Detectorist's First Encounter With Amazon Indians

By James E. Mulkey
From page 31 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The dim, shadowy images are seared into my memory as if it happened this morning. Twenty-three dark and completely naked bodies standing perfectly still were staring at me from behind a thin curtain of Amazon jungle, Stan Grist said. My heart race... (1646 Total Words)

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A Detectorists Nightmare

By William Davids
From page 10 of the June, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Early one June morning, Kevin Sweeney, a resident of Hollywood, Florida, decided to go to the beach and metal detect in the water on the east coast of Florida. He packed his hunting gear in his truck and headed for a beach about 20 miles nort... (867 Total Words)

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A Different Kind Of Vegas Jackpot

By Trini Concoles
From page 37 of the October, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a large metropolitan city located in the southeast corner of the state, 22 miles northwest of Boulder Dam. It lies at an elevation of 2,030 feet and is the county seat of Clark County. The town was originally founded by the M... (792 Total Words)

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A Different Slant On Target Recovery

By Tom Vance
From page 12 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sixty-seven-year old Denison, Texas, treasure hunter John Arrison puts the blame squarely on his friend, Dennis Tetters. I had asked him how and why he had become a metal detectorist.


He replied by explaining, I was living in Californi... (1506 Total Words)
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A Dinosaur Named Sue (part 2)

By Patti Arthur, Attorney At Law
From page 60 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The information contained in this column is of a general nature and is not meant to apply to any specific individual's circumstances. Every legal situation is unique and contains facts and circumstances that are unique. If you have a specific lega... (1169 Total Words)

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A Dinosaur Named Sue (part I)

By Patti Arthur, Attorney At Law
From page 62 of the March, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The information contained in this column is of a general nature and is not meant to apply to any specific individual's circumstances. Every legal situation is unique and contains facts and circumstances that are unique. If you have a specific lega... (1079 Total Words)

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A Discovery Of Gold, A Daring Escape, A Lost Fortune

By Numa Levesque
From page 13 of the October, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the Mexican Revo­lution, very few Americans in the proximity of the conflict were safe. American citizens who found them­selves in Mexico at the outbreak of the war fled northward across the border to safety. American residents of t... (1509 Total Words)

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A Do It Yourself Sandscoop

By Jim Long
From page 30 of the July, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As you have probably discovered, the knives, screwdrivers and tubular diggers commonly used for coinshooting in parks and playgrounds are almost use-lesson the sandy beach. For this application you need something that will take a large bite of san... (519 Total Words)

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A Family Tradition

By Gerry Edwards
From page 32 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Another season of gold grubbin’ was upon us. Except this year I was going to have another set of hands on the shovels and picks.
My son, Blake had come to live with us after 16 years of being with his mother. I was faced with the case of ... (1062 Total Words)

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A Few Good Tips While Using A White's Spectrum

By Bill Callahan
From page 44 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
To all those people out there that do not quite believe all they read about going slow and overlapping their sweeps. I have proved this concept time after time and know that it works. Im the optimistic type and forever believe that on the next sweep ... (712 Total Words)
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A Field Trip To The Manhattan Mine

By Georgie Daugherty
From page 23 of the February, 1977 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Itwas one of those pack-up-and-go days regardless of the hot, muggy
August weather. Members of my mineralogy class and the Valley of the Moon Gem and Mineral Club packed their gear into Charles and Helen Barrots mobile home. The trip was hoste... (768 Total Words)

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A Florida Yankee In King Arthur's Court

By John R. Kongsvik
From page 38 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here I was, newly retired and on a much-touted relic hunting trip to England. The members of our group came from Florida, Virginia, North Dakota and California. Our long-suffering host, Roy, met us at the airport and drove us to our home base for ... (646 Total Words)

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A Foreman Scorned

By Richard Walburn
From page 23 of the July, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The name Don Jose Maria Sanchez is a very important name to Mexican Americans. He was the man who met Major Fremont at the Bear Flag Rebellion in 1847. With wisdom, Sanchez stepped back and let the United States have the California section of Mexico.... (1442 Total Words)
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A Fortune In Legendary Treasure

By William Klette
From page 50 of the August, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A muffled cry, a volley of shots, and in a brief moment in a dusty, central California arroyo, one story ended and a legend began.

It was 1853. Daily, stories were being heard through out the state that travelers and prospectors in desolate... (2136 Total Words)

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A Fortune In Nevada

By James Mulkey
From page 26 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Not all the worlds treasures consist of pirate chests filled with gold and silver and jewels nor are they bandit loot cached away in the shadows of some savage desert landscape. Its easy to dig your way to a fortune, not in silver or gold, but in ... (1879 Total Words)

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A Fortune In Nonmetallics

By Fred M. Johnson
From page 44 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The glamour of searching for gold and silver is hard to resist. There is nothing quite like the feeling one gets upon seeing a streak of color in the bottom of a pan, or viewing wire gold in a piece of broken quartz. But the rich, undiscovered dep... (436 Total Words)

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way...

By Andre' Hinds, Lost Treasure Online Webmaster
From page 72 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Creating the Lost Treasure Feedback Forums made me ponder the title of the 1960s Broadway musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Well, a funny thing did happen they're really helping treasure hunters all over the world.
If ... (799 Total Words)

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A Ghost Of A Chance

By Trini Concoles
From page 20 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The New England chain of islands called the Isles of Shoals guards its pirate treasures carefully.

The Isles of Shoals is a group of nine rocky islands located in the Atlantic Ocean 10 miles southeast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is spr... (1335 Total Words)
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A Glossary of Mining Terms

By Gail Butler
From page 62 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like any other human interest, recreational gold prospecting has its own collection of words that the pros use to describe various aspects of the hobby. Those who are new to recreational prospecting may not have a clue as to what these terms mean.... (1072 Total Words)

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A Golden Day

By Kenneth G. Antaya
From page 60 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sitting at the kitchen table nursing a hot cup of cocoa one evening Pam and I were discussing where to go this summer. She had just won a free airline ticket allowing her to travel anywhere United Airlines fly in the continental United States. After ... (1529 Total Words)
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A Golden Encounter With Bigfoot

By Jay Gold
From page 39 of the January, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As this story began, Spring Break had started and my son was out of school. It was time to pack up the trailer house and go on our planned vacation to Idaho. I had recently built a metal detector from an article in Popular Electronics, and I was a... (2035 Total Words)

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A Golden Payday

By Bob Kennerknecht
From page 14 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1980 when the 2,000 pounds of gold and silver coins accumulated by Ruth Ann Stoltenburgs husband were inventoried, they had an estimated value of nearly $1,250,000. Some time between 1980 and her death in 1987, Ruth Ann must have cached her t... (2180 Total Words)

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A Golden Vacation

By James E. Mulkey
From page 43 of the January, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At one time or the other, all of us daydream of the day when we can get away to a cool pine forest for a couple of weeks' vacation time. Why not round up the family and head out to California’s Sierras, where you and your family can camp... (1408 Total Words)

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A Good Bargain

By Tom Vance
From page 60 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I received a nice letter concerning a book, which the writer says is a very good bargain in that it has a great deal of detail concerning early day outlaws such as Belle Starr, the James boys (Frank and Jessie), the Daltons and many others to... (1173 Total Words)

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