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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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Book, Hunting For Treasure By John Castle, Book Dust In The Wind By Gary Speck, The New Hand Held Sluice

By Lost Treasure
From page 57 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

New Treasure Hunting Book
It has been said that the difference between an American treasure hunter and a European treasure hunter is that the American gets very excited when he digs up a 100year old coin, whereas the European throws it back.

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Boston Bound

By B.G. Revis
From page 47 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Lost $500,000 Keg Of Gold
The brawl in the saloon erupted like a volcano, shots were fired, and the young Bostonian hit the floor dead a bullet piercing his brain. His partner, fearing he would be next, raced out of the saloon, hopped ... (2012 Total Words)

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Bottle And Relic Hunting In The Florida Keys

By Robert E Palmisano
From page 42 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I can always put a twinkle in my wifes eyes by suggesting we go bottle hunting in the Florida Keys. Bottle hunting to her means hiking down cool nature trails surrounded by beautiful Pine and Gumbo Limbo trees and enjoying all the beauty that Moth... (1127 Total Words)

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Bottle Hunting New York City Beaches

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 14 of the March, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is the story of one of our customers and a proficient New York City treasure hunter. To preserve his privacy we will call him Ron G. His story begins in 1981 as he and a companion were taking a leisurely walk on the beach near the Mill Basin ... (1151 Total Words)

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Bottles And Bottom Time

By C.D. Denmon
From page 44 of the December, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For some people, treasure is in the form of gold and emeralds from Spanish galleons and to others it may be finding gold nuggets in the desert.
While those are at the top of my list, too, another one is diving for bottles. For the landlocked sc... (1816 Total Words)

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Bounty At Fort Mott

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Fort Mott is presently a popular New Jersey state park; it's origin dates back to the late 1800s. Due to its age and popularity, the grounds of the park contain a vast amount of coins, military artifacts, and other items that are being recover... (1310 Total Words)

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Bounty Hunter Big Bud

By Jerry Pattee
From page 28 of the September, 1986 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1986 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I opened the shipping carton, removed the mere three-and-one-half pounds of metal detector and thought to myself, "This is it, this is the `Big Bud,' that's all there's to it." That was it all right - a little black box, a stem, some straps, a loop a... (2158 Total Words)
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Bounty Hunter Big Bud Pro Metal Detector

By Greg Moscini
From page 50 of the September, 1988 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1988 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My very first encounter with the Big Bud PRO metal detector was back at the 20th Annual National Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Convention on October 3 and 4, 1987 at Willow Springs, California. I was walking by the Tek-Limited Booth and spott... (2224 Total Words)

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Bounty Hunter Discovery 2200

By Andy Sabisch
From page 24 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Unknown to most detectorists, First Texas Products is actually the worlds largest manufacturer of metal detectors. In addition to building detectors they market themselves under the Bounty Hunter brand, they produce private-label models for a numb... (1429 Total Words)

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Bounty Hunter's Land Star

By William Rohane
From page 58 of the September, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I saw the ads for the Bounty Hunter Land Star metal detector, my mind flashed back to the late 80s when I first discovered the Big Bud Pro. The Bud Pro was an economical, deep-seeking, lightweight machine, and I found my share of treasure wit... (2041 Total Words)

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Bowie's Treasure

By Reggie Gould
From page 10 of the February, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On November 2, 1831, before Jim Bowie was killed at the Alamo, he was leading a militia party of some nine men to subdue a raiding party of Comanche Indians. He grossly misjudged the size of the raiding party and found that he and his men were outnum... (1129 Total Words)
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Boys Turn In Money Found Buried In A Jar

By Ken Weinman
From page 8 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Glenrock, Wyoming, is a small town in Converse County, Wyoming, in the eastern part of the state on the North Platt River. It has had a long and eventful history. It lies on State Road 20/26, about 25 miles east of the modern day town of Casper. It i... (1325 Total Words)
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Boys Turn In Money Found Buried In A Jar

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 7 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I realize this month's theme is Western Treasures, however, this could apply to all parts of the country. People still do bury their valuables. The following was submitted anonymously and printed in the Potomar News newspaper. Patsy Beyerl

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Braddock's Field Of Dreams

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 30 of the January, 1995 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost British Payroll

It is a recorded fact that the payroll was lost, but official records are silent as to what happened to it. However, after such a decisive loss to the French, the English would have wanted the incident kept quiet. There... (2126 Total Words)

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Break The Spell

By Hal Douglas
From page 38 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Valley Of Vanishing Men Defies Gold Seekers
When one wonders what could lure men to such an aboriginal wilderness where death is only a step away, the answer is always the same gold!
Some folks call it Headless Valley, while others prefer... (2243 Total Words)

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Breakable Bounty

By Anne Cry
From page 38 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whether it was a Roman invasion that had farmers scrambling to bury their coins, pioneers that could not get to a bank easily, or a modern resident that felt better having their money close, these usually small, but valuable, breakable bounty trea... (1659 Total Words)

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Breaking New Ground

By Kyle Lael
From page 61 of the May, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In todays world of metal detecting, finding new and uncharted grounds for hunting is becoming increasingly difficult. Schools, parks and beaches have always been favorites, but treasures found in these areas are becoming fewer and farther bet... (1046 Total Words)

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Breaking the Mental Depth Barrier

By Gerald S. Pattee
From page 51 of the May, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

According to conversations I hear and questions I get, modern day treasure hunters have probably not changed much from their prehistoric ancestors. In fact, I’ll bet if we could go back in time, this is how a treasure-hunting scene would hav... (949 Total Words)

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Breaking the Time Barrier

By Alexander Ballantyne
From page 8 of the September, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was different then...oil barges couldn’t be viewed in the background playing their way northward to the oil refinery in Albany, New York, nor did there exist the sound of light aircraft winging its way overhead as it navigated by using th... (1287 Total Words)

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Breyfogle Or Pegleg

By John M. Townley
From page 21 of the September, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1900, a retired prospector wrote a detailed letter to the Salt Lake Mining Review in which he announced his earlier discovery of the long-lost Pegleg Mine. In common with most professional mining publications, the Review did not solicit or prin... (2211 Total Words)

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Breyfogle's Gold: Mine Or Myth

By Leon C. Palmer
From page 34 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Has the Lost Breyfogle Mine in forbidden Death Valley been located at long last?

Just the other day in a national magazine, I read still another story contending that it. had been found. I personally doubt it. Perhaps the following narrativ... (1912 Total Words)

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Breyfogle's Lost Gold

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 8 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The story of Breyfogles Lost Mine is a tangled tale with many variations that have come about due to its retelling and the confused state of mind of its namesake. Charles Breyfogle is the one who lost the mine, but he is often confused by research... (1205 Total Words)

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Breyfogle's Pauite Gold

By John Townley
From page 61 of the October, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The lost Breyfogle gold find is one of the most famed in the annals of the Old West. But documents recently uncovered indicate that Jacob Breyfogle was not the first to discover the rich outcropping of nearly pure gold that bears his name, and whi... (1406 Total Words)

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Bridal Paths and Old Roads In the City

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 34 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When you think of New York City, the last thing that comes into your mind certainly is old roads or bridal paths. Fortunately for the city dwellers, we still have a few oasis of peace - our city parks. These, or at least some of them, are ble... (1035 Total Words)

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Bridge Over Buried Cache

By Billy Taggert
From page 10 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure For The Taking
In Californias Grass Valley
One of the most persisting treasure stories of the Old West is the stagecoach robbery in Grass Valley in the early 70s and the escape of four outlaws with a leather pouch containing a del... (1980 Total Words)

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Brigham Youngs Cursed Mine

By George A Thompson
From page 23 of the September, 1969 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Summer was well advanced when housing sites and sawyers went to select a timbered place when Mormon pioneers entered the valley of Great Salt Lake in 1847. The land was dry and hostile and their food supplies were scarcely adequate to last until a... (1383 Total Words)

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Britains A Treasure In Toy Soldiers

By Bob Bass
From page 10 of the October, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With places to use our detectors becoming scarcer and scarcer, it is important to be able to identify any treasure we find. One, often overlooked, is toy soldiers and cast iron toys of all kinds, particularly if it happens to be one of the interna... (1218 Total Words)

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British Columbia Treasure

By James E Mulkey
From page 30 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A treasure hunting trip through the province of British Columbia can be the experience of a lifetime. If the thought of bad road conditions bothers you, you need not worry as most of the provinces highways are comparable to those found in the Unit... (1463 Total Words)

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British Columbias Ingerbelle Mine

By Paul Broughton
From page 8 of the February, 1977 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Southern British Columbia, parti-cularly the Princeton-Merritt-Kamloops area, has many inactive prospects and mines bearing copper minerals. There are approximately two dozen producing copper mines, both open pit and underground, in British Columb... (1016 Total Words)

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British Treasures

By Hal Douglas
From page 60 of the February, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ordinarily, when one thinks of pursuing lost treasure, the search often involves a trip of a couple of hundred miles, perhaps to another state. It just may not occur to us to search close to home for lost or hidden trove. This fact struck me force... (1284 Total Words)

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Brother Versus Brother

By Gary Hinkley
From page 13 of the July, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When John D. Walker arrived in Arizona in the mid-1860's, he immediately drew attention. At a time when the United States Army was out to exterminate the Indians, Walker hired Indians to work on his ranch. Even though he was engaged to Elinor Rice in... (1524 Total Words)
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Brother XII Cult Treasure Still Missing

By T.J. Davidson
From page 16 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"I am the Messenger of Fire, the Messenger of the Whirlwind, the Messenger of the Day of Adjustment. By the Wind ye shall mount to the Heavens - if ye be the children of discernment. But as for the stubborn and the deaf and the blind, the Win... (1499 Total Words)

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Brown Gold Watch Out What You Scrape Off The Bottom Of Your Shoes It Just Might Be Worth A Fortune!

By Don Viles
From page 14 of the June, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Kerchuckety chuck, kerchuck, kerchuck, kerchuckety chuck, kerchuck, kerchuck the rhythmic beat of the big Atlas 4-cylinder diesel engine was a satisfying sound. It was a huge piece of iron that thumped away down in the hull of the vessel. Rated a... (1121 Total Words)

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Buck Rogers Lost Gold Of Slate Mountain

By Laurel Michele Wickersheim And Rawlene Lebaron
From page 46 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Buck Rogers led a party of thirty 49ers from Illinois across the West to California to seek their fortune in gold. As they passed through the Rocky Mountains, they stopped at the base of Slate Mountain to rest and make camp. Some of the men went t... (2145 Total Words)

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Buckskin Pants Full Of Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 18 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Or-egon lies a pair of buckskin trousers tied at the ankles and waist and stuffed with gold dust.
One day in the 1930s David Lowe, a resident of Rogue Valley, received a call from the sheriff o... (506 Total Words)

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Buddies

By John Andreas
From page 10 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The past two months I found: two Walking Liberty halves, five Buffalo nickels, a Shielded nickel, two V nickels, a War nickel, 13-1/2 Mercuries, three Barber dimes, a Barber quarter, 20 silver Roosies, nine silver quarters, three turn-of-the-centu... (1405 Total Words)

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Buddy Jones: Metal Detectorist Extraordinaire

By Tom Vance
From page 40 of the November, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Generally, when I visit with an ardent metal detecting enthusiast to learn something more about their involvement in the hobby, I am quickly told that he or she likes a single phase. Something such as coin hunting, searching for lost mines, or pos... (2438 Total Words)

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Buffalo Gap's Hidden Gap

By D. Van Atchley
From page 38 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the most sought-after treasures in the Abilene, Texas, area is the gold cache in Buffalo Gap, believed to have been buried by Forty-niners returning from the California gold fields. Many a wagon train traveling to and from the west was funn... (237 Total Words)

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Buffalo Hides

By Ken Weinman
From page 30 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the early 1840's, San Jose was a small agricultural village located about five miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, Albuquerque has grown to be the largest city in the state, and has completely engulfed the old village s... (1377 Total Words)

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Buffalo Hunter's Cache

By Henry Leu
From page 29 of the December, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A buffalo hunter named McGuire had just sold a load of hides at Fort Kearny. After purchasing supplies he had $800 left.

Leaving the fort, McGuire returned to his campsite on a slough that has been named for him in the northwest quarter of ... (264 Total Words)

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Build Your Own Drywasher

By Carl Fischer
From page 26 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Desert dry washes certainly are the least worked of all areas for recovering placer gold, although some of them hold veritable bonanzas. Of course, the desert gets unbearably hot at times and prospectors often have to limit their activities to sho... (2631 Total Words)

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Build Yourself A Gem Shaker

By Carl Fischer
From page 7 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When you can recognize many of the gemstones native to your area and would like to dig deeper into streambeds where the real goodies are, you can build your own gem shaker.

This is a fantastic instrument for finding gemstones heavier than t... (3085 Total Words)

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Bullion From the Colonies

By Pat Hughes
From page 20 of the June, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As the gold and silver flowed out of South America to Europe, the facts and legends of how much and where the treasure was actually located became inseparable.
No one really wanted anyone else to find or take the vast amount of treasure, so rep... (1436 Total Words)

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Bullion Ship In A Sea Cave

By Eugene Grayland
From page 39 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Few stories of the sea are as dramatic as that of the wreck of the sailing ship General Grant, carrying a rich cargo of gold and a host of successful gold miners returning to Britain from the Australian gold fields.

The ship was driven insi... (3139 Total Words)

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Buried Barkentine Treasure

By William Mullings
From page 32 of the April, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A Mexican barkentine was approaching the Texas coast in September of 1822 when one of the dreaded Gulf hurricanes struck. The vessel was carrying a large shipment of species for defraying expenses of the Mexican government in Texas. The barkentine... (193 Total Words)

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Buried Confederate Gold

By W.c. Jameson
From page 49 of the July, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Many tales and legends of lost mines and buried treasures are just that - stories. It is likely that most of them have some basis in fact, but the continual telling and re-telling, along with the normal embellishment such stories undergo, no doubt... (1762 Total Words)

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Buried Gold at California Crossing

By D. Van Atchley
From page 32 of the April, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shortly before the Civil War, many prospectors returned to their homes from the California gold fields carrying fortunes in nuggets and dust. A popular route many used was through Texas, and where it crossed the Trinity River near Dallas one party... (527 Total Words)

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Buried Gold in Ohio

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 16 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold - valued at $50,000 in 1862 (just consider what that would be worth on today's market!) - was buried near Fairport, Ohio, and has never been recovered.

In that year, three robbers held up a bank in Canada and escaped across Lake Erie w... (295 Total Words)

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Buried Gold Near Paris, Texas

By Benito Villa
From page 25 of the June, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A virtual fortune in gold bullion lies buried near Paris, Texas, secure from tbe picks and shovels of treasure hunters for more than a century because many in recent years have hunted it on the wrong trail site!
The gold was cached on the Grea... (987 Total Words)

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Buried Gold of the German Conquistador

By C. Kutac
From page 57 of the July, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Not all the conquistadors who explored the Americas were Spanish. At least one of them, Ambrosius Ehlinger, was German, although he was better known by the Spanish adaptation of his name, Ambrosio Alfinger.

His greed drove him deep into une... (957 Total Words)

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