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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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California -- Lost Ledge

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 27 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Anyone at all interested in gold prospecting ought to attempt to procure a copy of Edward Gould Buffums Six Months in the Gold Mines. Buffum and his companions were among the first wave of prospectors to arrive at the gold fields (October 25, 1848... (401 Total Words)

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California -- Lost Shorty Mine

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 27 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Poor Frank Shorty Harris had a knack for finding gold and a weakness for the bottle two things that just dont seem to mix. During his lifetime, Shorty discovered over half a dozen rich gold strikes but always got to drinking and ended up selling ... (453 Total Words)

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California - Plenty Of Loot Still To Be Found

By Tom Vance
From page 20 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1. Imagine, if you will, the elation and emotional status of a lucky miner back in 1853 when he had just returned from a trip to an assayer's office to announce to all around him that he was going to be a rich man. Pierre 'Pedro' Hausenberger coul... (1868 Total Words)

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California -- Shootin Town

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 27 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It is no mystery why the gold mine in the town of Bodie in Mono County, California, was known throughout the land as Shooting Town. A glance at the September 5, 1880, issue of the Bodie Standard says it all: John Hackwell, an itinerant prospector, fu... (209 Total Words)
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California Disaster

By Anthony Belli
From page 28 of the July, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Its no secrethe who controls the water controls the future. History shows that whenever water changes its course, either naturally or artificially, the lives of many are affected.

Cities grow or falter while fortunes are made or lost. The s... (1154 Total Words)
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California Gold!

By Tom Vance
From page 50 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Q: Some time ago I remember reading about a treasure being found here in California and I have since been wondering if the account I actually read was true or not. Maybe you can help me know for sure whether to believe what I read. Seems that some... (2220 Total Words)

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California Leaf Gold

By Gerry Edwards
From page 38 of the October, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Another glorious day in the California mother load was dawning for me. I had risen early and gotten enough of my evil brew that I refer to as coffee in me&#44 decided to grab the new MXT and go find some gold on the ranch. Off in a cloud of du... (539 Total Words)

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California S Treasure Island

By W Craig Gaines
From page 32 of the November, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Californias Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, had several treasures hidden on the island before the area became part of the United States of America. Yerba Buena Island, Alcatraz Island and Angel Island are large islands in Californias San Fran... (957 Total Words)

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California Treasure

By Chester D. Aldrich
From page 7 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Dear Long John:

This story was told to me in Fort Bragg, California, in 1933. A sailing ship carrying a large amount of gold to the mint in San Francisco was reportedly hit by a big storm south of Cape Mendocino. They sailed into Shelter Co... (327 Total Words)

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California's Abandoned Galleon

By Jake Brouwer
From page 16 of the June, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Manila was discovered in 1571 by the Spanish explorer Magellan during his famous trip around the world, and the city was developed as a colonial outpost for the Spaniards.

The Manila galleons, as they came to be known, sailed from Acapulco,... (1310 Total Words)

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California's Fabulous Gold Bluffs

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 17 of the November, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold! Pure Cliffs of Almost Solid Gold!

Fabulous Find of Immensely Rich Gold Ore!

These were the headlines news-hawkers were shouting up and down the streets of San Francisco early on the morning of January 2, 1851.

Thousands ... (2567 Total Words)

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Californias Forgotten Diamonds

By Ron Martin
From page 55 of the August, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While searching through the attic of the old schoolhouse in Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, California, I unearthed an item which may have revealed the source of the towns name.

Yesdiamonds, in El Dorado County!

The news (to me, a... (464 Total Words)

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California's Lost Van Duzen Mine

By Louise Cheney
From page 57 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is a lost gold mine in Californias Van Duzen Canyon. It is reportedly located in the south wall of the 8,000-ft. divide that separates the Bear and Holcomb valleys in San Bernardino County. The story of the rich mine, its discovery and its s... (1128 Total Words)

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California's Mystery Diamond Mines

By Leo Rosenhouse
From page 37 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During May of 1864, a thrill of excitement ran through the rough mining communities bordering Californias Mother Lode, when a former forty-niner showed up in the Sacramento Valley with three large rough diamonds in his possession, and offered them... (2029 Total Words)

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Californias Orbicular Rhyolite

By James R Mitchell
From page 22 of the April, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A very unique cutting material can be picked up on the slopes of East Ord Mountain near Lucerne Valley, California. The material is known as orbicular rhyolite and is found in good-sized, solid chunks that take a very nice polish.

The unusu... (1136 Total Words)

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Camel Pocket Classifier

By Reg Sniff
From page 22 of the June, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As most people who have tried it know, gold panning can be very rewarding, especially once the process is nearly complete and the glitter of the precious metal shines through. However, getting to that point can be tedious, especially when it comes... (695 Total Words)

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Camp Furlong New Mexico

By Roger Lippincott
From page 14 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The early morning stillness of March 9, 1916, was shattered by gunfire. The guerrillas of the Mexican Revolution, led by General Francisco Pancho Villa, began their attack on American soil at Camp Furlong, New Mexico.

Camp Furlong was estab... (774 Total Words)

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Camp Hale Mystery

By Joe Protroski
From page 18 of the January, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

EAGLE COUNTY, COLORADO - Officially the military named it Camp Hale, but those elite troops who trained here for severe weather mountain warfare called it Camp Hell. In 1942 the camp became the temporary training facility for the 10th Mountain Div... (1338 Total Words)

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Camp Radziminski: Civil War Relics of Dragoon Camp

By Frank Hayslip
From page 12 of the October, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1858, Major Earl Van Dorn was ordered to Indian Territory (before Oklahoma statehood) to talk peace with the most important and powerful Indian tribes. He established Camp Radziminski in the rugged Wichita Mountains near Otter Creek. The c... (1163 Total Words)

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Camper Tracks Along the Pony Express Trail

By George A. Thompson
From page 24 of the January, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like a fine Russell or Remington painting, the famed Pony Express brings to mind fleet-footed horses and daring riders racing a band of pursuing Indians to the next mail station. Those old times seem quite romantic now, but they were not so pictur... (2037 Total Words)

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Camping Checklist

By Coleman
From page 45 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thanks to reader Richard Saxton for referring this list provided by the folks at Coleman.The Essentials…Eating / Food Prep:Coleman Propane Grill Stove and fuel or cook stove and fuelNesting cookwareCooking and eating utensilsPlates and cups... (202 Total Words)

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Can I Metal Detect In Other Countries?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the September, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I will be going to Japan in the next few months and was curious as to the laws regarding metal detecting there. I am mainly planning on doing some beach hunting, but might also do some coin shooting if the opportunity arises. Are there any restric... (1449 Total Words)

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Can You Get Rich At Treasure Hunting?

By Mike Washington
From page 40 of the August, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few years ago a friend asked me, Mike, can you get rich at treasure hunting? I didnt know what to tell him, so I said I dont know, I suppose some people do. After he left, I had to ask myself the same question. There always seems to be a story i... (946 Total Words)

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Can You Keep A Robbers Hoard

By Jay Pastor
From page 13 of the August, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Unlike Ali Baba, the treasure hunters who discover a gangsters cache dont have to worry much about the bandits who hid the loot. After all, public enemies like Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Ma Barker, and Wash Loomis wont be back to reclaim their stuf... (1123 Total Words)

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Canada's Greatest Unsolved Mystery - The Search For The Oak Island Treasure

By Anthony Belli
From page 46 of the September, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
For more than two centuries, treasure hunters have dreamed of unlocking the secrets entombed in a hidden chamber more than 100 feet below ground on Canadas Oak Island, also cynically referred to as The Money Pit. What has become the longest and most ... (1541 Total Words)
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Canada: Northernh Saskatchewan Gold

By John Gaudet
From page 10 of the September, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

People living in Saskatchewan, not directly concerned with mining, are scarcely aware of the mineral potential of our great province. It is the prime source of Potash and Uranium internationally, as well as home to world-class gold mines.Gold, tha... (660 Total Words)

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Canada's Camp McKinney Gold Bars

By Ken Weinman
From page 50 of the February, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the early morning hours of August 18, 1896, a lone bandit named Matt Roderick stopped and held up a gold shipment from the Camp Mc Kinney Mining Company. The gold bullion was being transported by wagon to the nearby town of Midway, a small ... (1351 Total Words)

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Canadian Coinshooting

By Ken Stone
From page 33 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I thought spring was never going to arrive! Already suffering from metal detecting withdrawal, the lousy wet and cold weather up here on the northern shores of Lake Ontario continued through most of May, making it almost unbearable.


My... (1316 Total Words)
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Canadian Logging Camp

By Judy Long
From page 8 of the November, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My family and I couldn't pass up the chance to use a friend's Canadian property for our first wilderness camping vacation. The property used to be a logging camp with all horse-drawn equipment; it is now private property used as a primitiv... (278 Total Words)

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Canadian Miser's Treasure

By T. W. Paterson
From page 59 of the January, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"No one knows where he came from, he never shaved, and he cut his hair only once a year," it was said of eccentric Silas K. Vandermark. But some 40 years after his death, residents of Ferrier, Alberta, vividly recall this hermit who made his home ... (269 Total Words)

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Canadian Treasure

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 46 of the September, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About the middle of the 18th cen­tury, the French were fighting against the British in an attempt to retain their hold on Canada, which they called New France. A few months before the Battle of Quebec a vast treasure of gold, doubloons, Louis ... (706 Total Words)

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Cannibal's Lost Gold

By Mike Hudson
From page 9 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a blustery morning in March of 1888, a large, elderly man was brought out of his dark cell at the Columbia County Jail in Hudson, New York, and led up the steps of a gallows that had recently been erected in the courtyard. The hangman put the n... (1512 Total Words)

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Canning Jar Treasure

By Bea Boynton
From page 37 of the January, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Our forebears tried to save their garden produce even as you and I. But what were they going to do with the jams and jellies made from wild fruits and berries which grew in such incredible abundance? How did they plan to save their summer harvest ... (841 Total Words)

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Canyon Diablo Stage Robbery

By Margaret Lewis
From page 17 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On May 20, 1852, Henry Wells and William Fargo formed Wells Fargo and Company. The stagecoach became the primary means of transportation. After the Civil War, thousands of people headed west to make their fortunes. Most came by wagon train or stag... (2428 Total Words)

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Canyon Of Gold

By Lance Downing
From page 32 of the March, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During the 1870s in northern Nevada, the area around an isolated hill called Island Mountain was booming with the cry of gold. Mining and placer activity was feverish. I stretched through the canyons down onto an alluvial basin where it converged int... (1554 Total Words)
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Canyon Of Gold

By Kent A. Lemmex
From page 32 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Gold $75,000 in $2-1/2 gold coins are laying in a shallow canyon in coastal California, waiting for the right person to pick them up. They were lost by desperate bandits under hot pursuit of posse as they tried to escape from the robbery of the Oliv... (1191 Total Words)
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Canyon Station Treasure

By Ron Ebner
From page 35 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lead In:

In the 1870s, two bandits robbed the Butterfield stage of an army payroll at the Canyon Station in Mohave County, Arizona. The robbers later buried it and no known recovery of the loot was ever made.

The Treasure:

A s... (1420 Total Words)

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Capabilities of a Small Coil

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The other day I was talking with a good friend and fellow treasure hunter who lives on the East Coast. That conversation gave me a good idea for this column. It is an issue I have mentioned before, but, after my conversation with my friend, George... (1526 Total Words)

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Cape Kennedy Treasure

By Hal Money
From page 64 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During the early years of the eighteenth century, it was the custom of Spanish ships laden with gold and silver mined in Mexico and Peru to gather in mid-summer off the Florida coast near Sebastian Inlet, about 40 miles south of the present-day space... (323 Total Words)
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Cape May Jewels

By Dorothy W Wright
From page 29 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At the mouth of Delaware Bay, on the New Jersey side where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, there isa finger of land called Cape May Point. This is the site of at lighthouse, and what was once an active military base during World War II. It is also a ... (649 Total Words)

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Capistrano Mission

By W Chris Gaines
From page 37 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
After sailing Manila treasure galleons along the California coast for almost 200 years, Spain established a series of missions in Alta, California in the late 18th century to block foreign encroachments and to protect its trade routes between Asia an... (1042 Total Words)
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Captain Bellamy's Loot

By Edward F. Galanes, Jr.
From page 63 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cape Cod, to most people, means cool summer living, sand dunes, lobsters and artists colonies. But to the tight-lipped year round Cape Codder, it means living in part with the sea, which includes the danger of shipwrecks and the fury of storms.

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Captain Marcy's Buried Treasure

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 24 of the April, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

October 16, 1849 - I have taken five of our oldest wagons to pieces and placed them in a low place near the creek on the south side of the road. I have also had other surplus articles boxed up and buried about fifty yards from the road and a large... (1964 Total Words)

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Caretaker's Missing Cache

By Ruth Neal Fox
From page 58 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1905, my mother and father homesteaded a ranch six miles from Grangeville, Idaho, on the old Adams Road. In 1916, they moved to town and hired Hiram Morehouse to stay at the ranch as caretaker and woodcutter.

Morehouse lived alone. He de... (207 Total Words)

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Carnival Coinshootin

By Robert Palmisano
From page 18 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I must confess that once in a while treasure hunting ideas come to me at some strange times and more often, strange places. Last week was one of those times. As I was pulling into the parking lot of my church, a large sign at the entrance caught m... (1257 Total Words)

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Carolina Caches

By Herb Goldberger
From page 47 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Want a wide variety of lost loot? There are few states better than North Carolina. That loot is stashed in an abundance of cities, ghost towns, pirate haunts, old fort sites and deserted home sites, plus battle sites which date to the early 18th cent... (872 Total Words)
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Carolyn Bouldin - Treasure Seeking in Chatham - Unknown Wreck at the Triple Centennial

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 36 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Chatham, Massachusetts, is celebrating its triple centennial...300+ years since its formal beginning.
The town was originally settled in 1656, with William and Anne Busby Nickerson as the primary settlers, yet incorporation took place in 1712.<... (1652 Total Words)

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Carson City's Lost Gold

By John Boesneker
From page 53 of the August, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One summer morning in 1871, a stagecoach left the station in Virginia City, Nevada, and headed south. On top, along with the driver and shotgun guard, was 300 pounds of gold bullion worth $150,000. It was being transported to the Carson City Mint ... (498 Total Words)

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Cartridges - Treasure With A Bang

By Jerry M. Eckart
From page 48 of the November, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Old cartridges are more than just a spent case from an ancient shot. They tell you about those who fired them, what may have happened, and when it happened.The first cartridges were of linen or paper and designed to be poured down the barrel of a ... (1318 Total Words)

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Cascorillo

By Steve Wilson
From page 26 of the September, 1969 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

SPECIAL Golden, Oklahoma Territory. June 14, 1895.

Town alive with excitement! Shovels worth $5 each! Picks cant be had! Gold assays $500 to the ton!

These were the stirring headlines that reverberated throughout western Oklahoma in... (2115 Total Words)

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