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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 29 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Civic Patrol is at it again. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me about your returned items, good deeds and Civic Duties.

I am looking for stories for future columns. If you would like to get a little publicity for ... (535 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 41 of the November, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Civic Patrol was started in order to honor those members of the hobby who go above and beyond the normal steps that anyone would in order to help their fellow human beings.

Surely that seems to be a bit much, but whenever someone goes b... (1086 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 62 of the January, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s Civic Patrol starts with two great stories that were sent to me via e-mail. Consider the ease of communications today as opposed to years past. Previously, you had to take the time to drag out the camera, take photos of your fin... (967 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 59 of the March, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month I thought I’d take a step back in time a bit. Since I am writing this during the holiday season, I looked back through some of the old newsletters I have received over the years and felt that, in the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, that... (2014 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 62 of the August, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Civic Patrol is always on duty and searching high and low for stories of the good deeds that members of this great hobby perform for other citizens.

In this vein, if anyone has a story about helping out someone who lost a treasured item,... (816 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol - Ambassadors Perform 'Random Acts of Kindness'

By Celine Buffett
From page 63 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Each month, the Gold Coast Treasure Club of Lake Worth, Florida, (GCTC) recognizes members who provide selfless service to the community. The first time a member returns an item, that individual receives a metal detecting pin (handcrafted by Steve... (380 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol -- Club Members-are Heros

By Frank Colletti
From page 54 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once again our treasure hunting buddies have proved themselves worthy of our respect. This month we will have stories from the northern part of the country. First well travel to the northeast and a very active club with the Yankee Territory Coinsh... (1207 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol - International Goodwill

By Donald Frick
From page 32 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s Civic Patrol article comes from a gentleman named Donald Frick and shows how acts of kindness made by treasure hunters know no boundaries.
Here’s Donald’s story in his own words:
It was a hot early September day at the bea... (1798 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol - The Spring Break Adventure

By Celine Buffett
From page 47 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This issue's story comes from Don Frick and is told in his own words.
It was that time of year again, spring break on Florida beaches, a potentially rewarding time for a metal detectorist.
Spring break is a time when parents with element... (1421 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol - TH'ers Make Annual Visit to Camp For Children

By Celine Buffett
From page 44 of the January, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Our Civic Patrol column this issue features treasure hunters reaching out to teach the hobby to children.
Keith Wills tells about this year's camp:
This year was the Texas Council of Treasure Clubs, Inc.’s 16th year to host this pr... (561 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol-diamond Found

By Frank Colletti
From page 54 of the May, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here comes your Civic Patrol-man on the prowl, as usual, for those good deeds that you and your fellow hobbyists have performed in the name of our hobby. Please remember that I cannot include you or your friends in this space if you do not send me... (1088 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol-good Samaritan Reurns Bracelet

By Frank Colletti
From page 47 of the August, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well this month we return to the land of sunshine, The Federation of Metal Detectors & Archaeological Clubs Inc.s own Wally Swartz, President of the South East Chapter, contributed an unusual use for his metal detector, as a way to eliminate a... (1121 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol-happy Mother's Day

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the May, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Once again our dependable members of the hobby are asked to ride forward to save someone in distress. (I was going to say damsel, but since the first story is about a guy, well, that would have been just weird.) At any rate, special thanks have to go... (1246 Total Words)
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Civil War Battle Sites

By Tom Vance
From page 58 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Civil War battle site researcher Terence Meigs wrote from Smithville, Tennessee, to inquire about possible battle sites in his area. Terence asked the following. Four years ago I moved here to Smithville, Tennessee, which is 65 miles east of Nashv... (1202 Total Words)

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Civil War Breastplate

By Bob Roach
From page 46 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It took me thirty years of off-and-on relic hunting, but I finally found one: A Civil War breastplate.  For those few readers who might not know what this is, I should point out that a breastplate is not a human bone or some strange, metallic br... (1446 Total Words)
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Civil War Buttons: Highly Coveted Relics

By Bob Bass
From page 12 of the April, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The hobby of metal detecting covers a lot of areas of interest and my own personal area the last few years has been finding and collecting Civil War relics. I have been writing a column for a Civil War newspaper for the last two years, so I have l... (968 Total Words)

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Civil War Cache Found In Tennessee

By Margaret Lewis
From page 28 of the April, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Just after the turn of the century, three boys, Bob Venable and two friends of his known only as John and Taylor, were hiking through the woods a few miles east of Rogersville, Tenn., when they came upon a large tree that had been uprooted by high... (1139 Total Words)

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Civil War Doctor's Cache Of Gold And Silver

By Ken Weinman
From page 54 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sometime during the summer of 1866, Doctor George Adams told the New Orleans police a strange story of pillage and the burial of $30,000 during the latter part of the Civil War.

Captain Adams had been a doctor assigned to Company A, 17th Ma... (453 Total Words)
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Civil War Finds In California

By Gerry Edwards
From page 32 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Four years ago I moved to the area of Mariposa, California, and became the patrolman on 4,000 acres of the original Fremont land grant. I became interested in the local history and the affect the 49'ers and gold had upon the area. I wanted to know... (660 Total Words)

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Civil War Finds In North Florida

By Bob Pomisel
From page 22 of the June, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

After reading about Florida's role during the Civil War at the local library, and looking over several maps showing the Confederate and Federal troop positions and points of combat, I was eager to hit the trail with my detector for some exciti... (497 Total Words)

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Civil War Gold

By Gerry Edwards
From page 32 of the April, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Four years ago I moved to the area of Mariposa,

California and became the patrolman on 4000 acres of the original Fremont land grant. I became very interested in the local history and the effect the 49ers and gold had on the area. I wanted ... (706 Total Words)

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Civil War Gold Hoax

By John Minges
From page 15 of the April, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The time was May 18, 1864, and the country as a whole had grown weary of the long War Between the States. Grant was moving closer to Lee in Virginia, and folks were hopeful it would all soon come to and end. Regardless of these trying times, Josep... (815 Total Words)

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Civil War Loot In Tennessee

By Bob Bradley
From page 23 of the July, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About the turn of the century, three boys were chasing rabbits in the woods east of Rogersville, Tennessee, when they stopped at a large tree that had blown over, leaving a large hole where the roots had been. One of the boys bent down and thrust ... (392 Total Words)

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Civil War Relics In New Mexico

By J G Rountree
From page 50 of the January, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While most of the major battles of the Civil War were fought in the eastern half of the United States, some decisive battles were fought in other parts of the country, as well, thus providing treasure hunters in those areas with locales to search ... (250 Total Words)

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Civil War Relics On Cabin Creek

By Bill Lees
From page 59 of the April, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you walk along Cabin Creek in eastern Oklahoma when the water is very low, dont fail to watch closely for something that looks like a cannon sticking up from the creek bed. It probably will be a Confederate Civil War cannon that has been lost s... (224 Total Words)

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Civil War State Gold Remains Hidden

By Craig E. Redick
From page 62 of the August, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I, like a lot of you, grew up hearing stories of fact and fiction that have taken place all across the U.S. Whether they dealt with hidden or lost treasure, mysterious places or real events that are part, weve all heard them.

I was blessed ... (552 Total Words)
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Claddagh Ring: A 16th Century Love Story

By Frank Colletti
From page 31 of the November, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The park looked basically like any other town park - play areas, picnic benches, tables, and baseballs fields. I had never been there before, but decided, after passing it many times, it looked like it could be promising territory.Escaping from th... (1157 Total Words)

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Claim Coins

By Gerry Edwards
From page 26 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The weather had been perfect for panning and working for gold up on my 20-acre claim. My most intriguing find beside the copious amounts of gold so far had been the 1795 Spanish silver 2 reale that I had pulled up from deep in a crack of the bedro... (1086 Total Words)

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Clarence Byrum, One Man's Destiny For Lost Treasure

By Eileen Ann Davis
From page 48 of the February, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When Clarence Byrum was 12 he began a journey into American history that has changed his life. It was simple enough. Father and son walking their newly planted fields near their home south of Harris Grove, which is a few miles from Yorktown, Virgi... (1314 Total Words)

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Clark County Cache

By Ronald P Parks
From page 43 of the April, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Clark County in southern Idaho holds the secret of a large amount of buried gold. The man responsible for burying this fortune of $50,000 was George Ives, an early-day desperado and ex-sheriff. George found it more profitable to join the notorious Pl... (255 Total Words)
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Clark Segler - Utah's Gold Coinshooter

By Warren Anderson
From page 19 of the July, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most coinshooters can only dream about finding a gold coin. Clark Segler, a 25-year-old treasure hunter from Cedar City, Utah, has found no less than 14 gold coins in the past two years. Segler, who has been treasure hunting off and on for the pas... (1499 Total Words)

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Clean Thoughts, Dirty Coins

By Mary E Gazatti
From page 36 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sooner or later, anyone who coin shoots will unearth some really dirty coins. I mean truly filthy coins, covered with gum or encrusted with tar. Coins with so much dirt on them that even a thorough scrubbing wont clean them.

Dont despair; h... (1417 Total Words)
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Clean Up At the Carwash

By John Sandness
From page 16 of the May, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When an excited stranger ran breathlessly into Stan Lang's Cheyenne, Wyoming, business over 20 years ago, Stan had no way of knowing that the man was about to give him a coinshooting idea that would lead to the most valuable find of his treasu... (1352 Total Words)

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Cleaned Out Swimming Holes

By Lynwood P. Cyr
From page 12 of the June, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Before the days of swimming pools, people use to swim in lakes, rivers, ponds and even brooks. Here in northern Maine there are many such swimming holes.

Every detectorist in this part of Maine that I have talked to has detected to death mo... (932 Total Words)

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Cleaning Coin Finds

By Tobin T Buhk
From page 18 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

To paraphrase the most famous line from Shakespeares Hamlet, with regard to coin finds, the treasure hunter must ask, To clean or not to clean, that is the question.

It is a difficult question. Purists maintain that one should never clean co... (1033 Total Words)

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Cleaning Tips

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 38 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you should never clean a coin, why do you never see dirty coins on display in a coin shop?

Jerry M. Eckhart, Author of Coin & Artifact Cleaning & Preservation

Jerry Eckhart poses an interesting question. To drive the point ... (453 Total Words)

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Cleaning Your Finds

By Andy Sabisch
From page 55 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have received a number of questions from fellow treasure hunters asking how to clean a wide range of items recovered from areas such as soil, and sand and water. Several years ago I did an article on how to clean coins and it seems now is a good... (1247 Total Words)

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Cleophas Dowd's Missing Money

By Kerry Ross Boren
From page 13 of the July, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sheep Creek Canyon runs parallel Utah-Wyoming border, about seven miles south of Manila in Daggett County, Utah. In its vicinity is a cache of $85,000 in gold stolen from a Union Pacific Express car. and a virtual fortune in gold planted by a noto... (1298 Total Words)

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Clico's Golden Caches

By Ken Weinman
From page 46 of the March, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1) On a Sunday afternoon during the summer of 1887, a lone gunman stopped and held up a payroll agent of the Run Over Mine which was located in Calico, California. The bandit escaped with $4,000 in gold coins and hid them in the Calico Mountains n... (1735 Total Words)

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Clinton Acts To Make GPS More Accurate

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 8 of the August, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

WASHINGTON - Presdent Clinton gave his approval on Monday to let boaters, motorists and hikers use a satellite-navigation system with the same pinpoint accuracy the military has long enjoyed. Clinton ordered the United States military to stop scra... (551 Total Words)

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Close, Easy, Certain: Reap The Loot Of One Locale

By Jerry Mccarty
From page 31 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Let me start by defining the word treasure, as I understand it, so we are on the same track. Treasure is anything of value without an owner. Leaving ownership up to the courts, that definition will do for this article. It will also pay for a lot o... (1033 Total Words)

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Club Tips For Better Hunting

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 19 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Record Keeping - Down n Dirty Diggers Club

Most of us can remember where we found a certain item, but what of the other factors? Keeping a record of your hunts can show you thingspatterns in your finds, soil conditions, detector settings, p... (1084 Total Words)

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Clue To The Lost Frenchman Mine

By William Jenkins
From page 43 of the May, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Lost Frenchmen Mine is perhaps the most famous of the many lost bonanza stories of Oregons Bohemia Mining District, located some 35 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, in Lane and Douglas counties. Other lost mine stories of this area are the Tr... (433 Total Words)

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Clues

By Michael W Mosley
From page 22 of the September, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two decades ago&#44 while in junior college I purchased my first detector&#44 a well-worn TR (Transmitter-Receiver) unit made by Nautilus Electronics. The unit had been used for many years before I purchased it from a friend in the communi... (1742 Total Words)

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Clues To A $40,000 Cache

By Dean F. Wilkie
From page 50 of the February, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two skeletons plowed up in 1954 .L by a farmer in Idaho may be clues to the whereabouts of $40,000 in stolen gold. The bones were un-earthed on the west bank of the Snake River at an old crossing six miles north of Idaho Falls.

Being sherif... (945 Total Words)

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Clues To Dating Your Treasure Hunting Location

By Lost Treasure
From page 19 of the January, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever wondered what date a particular site was used? Many times a relic is found with no clue as to when it was used. Here is an informal way to come close to the time period of the object, not by dating the object itself but by dating com... (883 Total Words)

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Clues To Italy's Greatest Treasures

By Ettore And Diana Nattetti
From page 65 of the September, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This land in the Etruscan portion of Italy is rich in treasure much of it historically documented, while some is the fruit of legend. On any summer night you can see the townspeople leisurely spending the evening sitting outside at the neighborho... (2038 Total Words)

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Clues To The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

By Reggie Gould
From page 16 of the February, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

1. It lies within an imaginary circle whose diameter is not more than five miles and whose center is marked by Weaver's Needle, about 2500 feet high, among a confusion of lesser peaks and mountainous masses of basaltic rock. The first gorge on the... (902 Total Words)

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Clues To Wescher & Brady's Buried Cache

By Bill Kelly
From page 36 of the March, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Perhaps there will never be a time when the stories of buried booty and badmen-on-the-dodge fail to intrigue the mind of man. The search for hidden coffers, often legendary, has been a very exorbitant and dramatic pursuit for those who believed they ... (1664 Total Words)
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Cluster Of Connecticut Caches

By Pat Kelly
From page 36 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure sites often appear in clus­ters, as many professional treasure hunters may tell you. An example of this occurs in the area of East Granby, Connecticut, where three ancient hoards of gold coins were hidden over two centuries ago.

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