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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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Cash And Carry

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 14 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gangster Loot Lures Treasure Seekers
Many gangsters buried part of their illegal funds or stored them in obscure places. There were two good reasons for this. First, it masked their accumulations of illicit funds. Secondly, a hidden cache gave... (2288 Total Words)

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Cash For Music

By Lost Treasure
From page 66 of the December, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Cash for Music That old Elvis Presley record gathering dust in your attic or cellar may be worth $3,500. That's how much collectors are offering for the original RCA record "TV Guide Presents Elvis Presley," which features... (409 Total Words)

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Cash In A Creek Bed

By John Kleine
From page 56 of the December, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Four boys were playing in the thick underbrush at the dead end of Eleventh Street in Beaumont, Texas, one hot summer day. As boys will do, they were throwing firecrackers at each other. One boy, Gary Cavazos, dove headfirst into a creek while trying ... (223 Total Words)
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Cashing In Your Finds

By Andy Sabisch
From page 48 of the July, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you are like most treasure hunters who have spent a fair amount of time in the field, you have probably begun to amass an impressive collection of coins, rings, and other jewelry items. While many of us prefer to collect and display our finds r... (1961 Total Words)

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Castine Coins

By Pat Hughes
From page 42 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When treasure hunting, digging, searching, crawling, climbing and sometimes swimming are usually the normal way to look for lost items. In 1840, however, the Castine, Maine farmer, Stephen Grindle, was out hauling wood from a rocky hillside on the... (1017 Total Words)

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Catch The Geocache Craze

By Courtesy Of The Minnkota Artifact
From page 33 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thousands of people worldwide have recently become fascinated with the latest Internet treasure hunting methodgeocaching.

Websites feature clues to locations containing caches hidden with many items inside. Many people use a GPS to locate t... (1104 Total Words)

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Cattle Tracker Varela's Lost Cache Of Spanish Gold

By Johnny Williams
From page 5 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As he dallied around the face of the ledge, he spotted what appeared to be the mouth of a tunnel. Squatting down, he clearly saw the entrance to an old mine shaft.

On a cold winter day in February 1918, 97 year old Demetrio Varela died of n... (2313 Total Words)

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Caught By Surprise The Simpson Springs Stage Robbery

By John K. Manwin
From page 18 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The lone bandit immediately disarmed the guard, then ordered the driver to throw down the Wells Fargo strongbox. The outlaw knew exactly what he was looking for, and it only took him a few minutes to load the three sacks of gold onto his waiting h... (1699 Total Words)

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Caught By The Glitter

By Margaret Lewis
From page 16 of the March, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Aspen is a small town in west-central Colorado. The county seat of Pitkin County, it is situated 30 miles west of Leadville.

It is a quiet little town today, and is known as a ski resort for the rich and famous. But, an incident happened th... (1260 Total Words)

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Cave Of Gold

By G. K. Hawk
From page 52 of the June, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the San Juan River Basin in northwestern New Mexico is a cave in which there is $60,000 in gold waiting to be found.

In the late 1800s, before the country was thickly settled, a couple of bank robbers were traveling through the... (257 Total Words)

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Cave Of The Golden Jesus

By George A Thompson
From page 23 of the August, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Somewhere on Fifty Mile Mountain, which towers above the desolate wastes of Utahs Escalante Desert, there is a cave that is the biding place for a fabulous treasure.

Those who know the story call it the Cave of the Golden Jesus. Spanish sol... (989 Total Words)
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Cave Of The Golden Jesus

By Joe Meis
From page 44 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Created from the gold from the lost Josephine Mine, the crucifix is supposed to be 3 to 5 feet high, which would take four to five men to carry. And it begins with a curious tale that goes back to 1810 when the Mexican soldiers were driving out the S... (648 Total Words)
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Cave Of The Tory Raiders

By Ron Ebner
From page 30 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
About the middle of September, while I was once again browsing through Thomas P. Terrys wonderful United States Treasure Atlas for Pennsylvania I came across an entry about a cave located two miles north of Easton, Pa. Considering that Easton is prac... (1392 Total Words)
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Cave Treasure

By Pat Hughes
From page 24 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the days before banks, the only safe haven was to bury your treasure where no one could find it. This was no guarantee that it would be safe, but it gave some hope that only you and your family would benefit from your good fortune. This actio... (1352 Total Words)

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Cave-In-Rock Treasure

By Mark C. Blazek
From page 25 of the October, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the north bank of the Ohio River in southern Illinois lies Cave-in-Rock, a monument to horror and lost treasure.

This easy-to-find hideout consists of a huge pocket in the face of a limestone cliff on the Illinois-Kentucky border. During... (236 Total Words)

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Cedar Bluff Alabama The Land Of Dreams And Jasper

By Steve Hudson
From page 7 of the April, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Turning onto 75, we headed toward the first line of ridges. For perhaps two miles there were only occasional rocks and little to interest the lapidary. But as we approached the Spring Creek bridge, things began to change.
Ahead of us the land ... (2552 Total Words)

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Cedar Lake A Bonanza

By Frank Hayslip
From page 38 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As I stood on the shore looking down at the sandy beach where six foot of water had been, it was amazing how different it looked. Less than ten hours ago the water was almost to the grass, now the entire swimming area was dry.

Cedar Lake is... (1255 Total Words)

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Celebrate Winter!

By Craig E. Redick
From page 11 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I know a lot of you may read the title of this story and think, “Is he crazy?” (My wife has accused me of that for over 30 years, but she hasn’t had me committed yet.)
Seriously though, don’t think of winter as just a cold, dreary seaso... (1245 Total Words)

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Celebrating 25 Years With Teknetics' Mark 1

By Frank Sanders and George C. Payne
From page 13 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was 1985. Ronald Reagan was president and nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia were beginning to cool. In the world of metal detecting, an icon was about to be born. That year was revolutionary when it came to metal detecting a... (1215 Total Words)

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Celebrating Our 34th Year Our 34th Year

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 7 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Editors note: In celebration of our 34th year I thought it appropriate to share in part Lost Treasures (formally known as True Treasure) first editorial written by Long John Latham, True Treasure Fall, 1966.
The Beginning
When I first got... (510 Total Words)

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Celestial Gold

By O. Richard Norton
From page 51 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the northwest corner of Arizona there is a place called Gold Basin. For years, Gold Basin has been a popular gold hunting ground. Placer gold washed down from the surrounding mountains can be found as small nuggets and laced in thin veins throu... (1758 Total Words)

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Cellar Caches: Human Burrows Preserve Treasure

By Jerry Mccarty
From page 8 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

From time to time I find an area at least 20 miles from any large town in Kansas or Oklahoma and drive the dirt roads to look for mounds. Not the Indian kind - human burrows.When the prairie settlers arrived, most built their first home by digging... (845 Total Words)

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Central Alabama Artifacts Society Seventh Annual Treasure Hunt

By Andy Sabisch
From page 49 of the May, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Seventh Annual Central Alabama Artifact Society (C.A.A.S.) Treasure Hunt was held on November 23 and 24, 1990, in Pratville, Alabama, which is located a few miles north of Montgomery.

The activities began on Friday afternoon with regist... (1139 Total Words)

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Central America's Treasures

By Larry L. Hothem
From page 55 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the greatest areas in the world for the treasure hunter is Central America where an estimated $30 to $40 million in treasure is to be found.

All you need is some basic equipment, spare time, and a willingness to work; if you can go w... (4128 Total Words)

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Central Arizonas Rich Placers

By James E Mulkey
From page 41 of the November, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its hard to imagine the Old West without thinking of Indians and cavalry&#44 wagon trains and Winchester rifles&#44 Wells Fargo treasure coaches and single-blanket&#44 jackass prospectors. Frontier towns were built as a result of the d... (1528 Total Words)

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Central City Gold Bars

By Ken Weinman
From page 53 of the March, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Central City, South Dakota Territory, was founded in Jan., 1877, and was located in the northern reaches of the Black Hills. Gold was so plentiful that nearly 3,000 miners and prospectors crowded into the nearby ravines and gulches. Fortunes were ... (1332 Total Words)

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Central Florida Metal Detecting Club, Looking For Fun, Finds And Freedom

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 18 of the August, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunters often find themselves in a dilemma, asking themselves questions such as, "Should I help fight against new legislation that threatens my hobby? Some laws seem to protect legitimate historical sites for future generations. Should I ... (1442 Total Words)

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Central Washington's Most Unique Ghost Town Lives On

By Roy Stevenson
From page 44 of the April, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The tiny village of Holden, tucked away in a deep canyon amid a forest of green valley pines and sub alpine firs on the steep, rocky slopes of the Cascades, remains one of Washington’s best-kept secrets.Near Lake Chelan’s remote wester... (1873 Total Words)

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Century Mining Equipment - Gold Magic 12e Mining System

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the March, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Synonymous with wealth, struggle and hardship, the gold pan has become an enduring symbol of the early prospector. No one knows for sure when panning first evolved, however we do know it spans back into antiquity as the practice of recovering preciou... (2096 Total Words)
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Chamber Pots - A Surprising Collectible

By Andrew Hind
From page 27 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A surprising collectible to be inspired by, for sure, but my friend and co-writer, Maria Da Silva, is an avid collector of vintage chamber pots.
Almost as a long as I’ve known her she’s had a strange fixation with the aged porcelain... (1712 Total Words)

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Chameleon

By James Mccoy
From page 58 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Cibola Ghost & A Pot Of Bandit Loot
A couple of interesting facts about lost money caches is that their location can be almost anywhere, and that in many cases a ghost guards the treasure. Such is the case with a buried money cache nea... (2166 Total Words)

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Chaos Of The Yucatan

By Janice Krenmayr
From page 45 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The searing sun blistered the gang-way of our little cruise ship, Pez Vela (Sailfish) as we lay to be-hind a long reef, but the top deck under the protecting canopy was a cool oasis. Glistening sand frosted the beach a half-mile distant. Two-dozen... (5363 Total Words)

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Charles Garrett Of Garrett Electronics

By Debi Williams
From page 14 of the May, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sleep is at the bottom of Charles Garretts things-to-do listthe very bottom. Ive been trying for five years to slow down, he admits. The concession in his voice says it isnt going to happen.

Charles Garretts career has been long, diverse, a... (1153 Total Words)

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Charles Hardin's Amazing Find

By Steve Hathcock
From page 32 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
By the outbreak of the Civil War, John and his sons had accumulated quite a fortune.


The United States was in the grip of the Great Depression during the Fall of 1931. Soup lines were a common sight in the bigger cities. Folk singer Wo... (1880 Total Words)
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Charles Kennedy's Grisly Cache

By Resti Concoles
From page 20 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Fifteen miles south of the small present-day town of Eagle Nest, New Mexico, in the dense pine forest of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, lay the long-forgotten graves of a dozen or more innocent victims.Their monetary possessions and valuable jew... (1068 Total Words)

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Charles Summerlin....gold Nugget Hunter Deluxe

By Tom Vance
From page 29 of the June, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If youre anything like me, the minute you lay eyes on a beautiful collection of raw, gold nuggets freshly dug from the mountains of Arizona, you find it hard to believe that the West is really full of such riches. Believe it or not there they were... (1878 Total Words)

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Charlie: The Treasure Dog

By Barry Rhodes
From page 43 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How often have you wondered, as my friends and I have, while out detecting what it would be like for our equipment to show us on the screen what is in the ground before we dig? What a time saver that would be!
Well, as far as I know this futuri... (905 Total Words)

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Chasing Ghosts

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 40 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Charles Garrett, in Ghost Town Treasures, writes, What wonderful images the words ghost town conjure up. Cant you just picture those tumbleweeds blowing aimlessly down a street between rows of empty buildings? Blowing sand piles up across rotted w... (2409 Total Words)

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Chasing The Confusing Clues

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 52 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Spider Rock Cache

If rock carvings are testimony to truth, the area surrounding Spider Rock Hill could hold a fantastic amount of wealth. There are at least five known map rocks, all similiar. These include the original Spider Rock, the Cly... (2805 Total Words)

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Chattohoochees Sunken Guns

By Jack D. Boozer
From page 28 of the August, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Out of the hills of Habersham County, Georgia, flows the Chattahoochee River. As the river flows seaward, the sparkling, bright hue of its water changes to muddy brown, burdened as it is with silt and the wastes of civilization. At Columbus, Georgia,... (1311 Total Words)
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Check Your Knowledge of Treasure Hunting Terms

By Jay Pastor
From page 26 of the July, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Below are 26 definitions of metal detecting terms. The first letter of the term that fits each definition is used only once. For example, if you decide the term "Headphones" fits one of the definitions given, mark Headphones on the line next to th... (588 Total Words)

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Cherokee Nation Treasures

By Duard Lawley
From page 12 of the January, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Slowly standing from his kneeling position beside the grave, Lorenzo Delano looked around as if marking every detail in memory. He then carefully brushed the dirt from his clothing and, standing quietly as if in silent meditation, mentally counted... (1484 Total Words)

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Cherokee Town: A Chickasaw Ghost Town

By John H. Murrell
From page 8 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cherokee Town died by being passed over by the railroads, its death was slow and quiet. The town was never wild, just busy and ordinary. It still hides vast quantities of unfound relics and coins just waiting for that persistent coin shooter to un... (1100 Total Words)

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Chest Of History

By Ken Weinman
From page 47 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thousands of tourists each year visit Virginia's old homesites. Nowhere in America is there a greater display of Colonial architecture than in Virginia.

British rule had its beginning in Jamestown, only 12 miles from where it ended at Yorkt... (994 Total Words)

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Chicken, Alaska: Oldest Gold Mining District

By John Minges
From page 15 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The obvious question when hearing the name Chicken, Alaska is how did someone come up with that?

According to local lore, in the 1800's miners often traveled to remote and far away places looking for the good stuff i.e. gold and food which ... (753 Total Words)
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Chief Blackface's Golden Booty

By Ken Weinman
From page 36 of the March, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Is this stolen fortune in gold bars still stored in an Oklahoma cave?

Tahlequah is a small town located in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. It is the county seat of Cherokee County, has a modern-day population of about 10,000 people, and ... (1409 Total Words)
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Chief Smallwood's Hoard

By Danny Estes
From page 22 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Benjamin Franklin Smallwood was one of the wealthiest men in the Choctaw Nation. In 1863, he moved to Lehigh, Oklahoma, where he opened a dry goods store and started ranching on a large scale.

It was common knowledge that when someone sold ... (234 Total Words)

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Children Find Diamonds in Arkansas

By Glenn Worthington
From page 16 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are several things that amazed me when I first learned about Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.
First, that there are genuine diamonds there that visitors can find and are allowed to keep. Second, that diamonds occur in other ... (2591 Total Words)

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Child's Cache Recovered!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 46 of the November, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For the past three years, my wife, Rosanne, and I have driven past an old abandoned home site less than five miles from our house and have always talked about hunting it. Despite our intentions, we always had some other site to search or were invo... (1141 Total Words)

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Chinas Spanish Treasure Wreck

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 33 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Ferrolena had set sail under Captain Joaquin Zarauz from Manila in the Spanish colony of the Philippines on September 1, 1802. The ship was owned by the Compania de Filipines and was bound for Cadiz, Spain via Hong King, China.

The Span... (806 Total Words)

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