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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.

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Concealed Spanish Treasure: A Golden Spike

By Robert V. Bouldin
From page 45 of the June, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a recent trip to the Caribbean, specifically St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, my family hit the beaches and went shopping. Restless by nature and unable to sit still on a beach, I made it my goal to talk to local treasure hunters.
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Concentrate On the Perimeter

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 36 of the May, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The day was unusually warm, but I wanted to get out of my office and spend some time outdoors. Loading up my detector, I decided to try the local state park, where I have had some limited success in the past.

Getting to the area I wanted to... (646 Total Words)

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Concepcion Treasures II

By Lost Treasure
From page 50 of the February, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Burt Webber, president of Seaquest International Inc., is trying to prove that treasure hunting can be a business like any other commercial venture. His corporation's first investment has taken a big step toward proving just that.In November 1... (474 Total Words)

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Conclusion On Sacred Cows

By Ron Stockman
From page 14 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This time Ill finish the article on sacred cows that I began in November 95. For the new readers, were taking a close look at cultural beliefs and we all have at least a few. They form the fabric of our individual lives providing somewhat of an an... (1535 Total Words)

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Confederate Coins A Treasure Hunting Challenge

By Jay Pastor
From page 54 of the April, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you think that all Confederate money is valueless, glance at page 375 of the 2007 Red Book. There isn't much of it around, but it's worth a lot. A fair amount was probably lost or hidden. Some might even still be circulating.

Only two kin... (908 Total Words)

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Confederate Earthworks, An African-american Cemetery

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 28 of the March, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Historic Site of the Combahee River Raid Discovered BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. Archeologists working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation have confirmed the discovery of the historic Combahee River ferry crossing that was used by Union fo... (1227 Total Words)
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Confederate Gold In Florida

By Bill Henry
From page 55 of the March, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the Civil War, a large shipment of gold bullionreportedly $500,000was being transported through Florida by a detachment of Confederate soldiers. The gold was to be delivered to confederate agents in Cuba, but it never reached its destinatio... (169 Total Words)

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Confederate Gold In North Carolina

By Captain Jafar Clarke
From page 23 of the April, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Much of the wealth of the Confederate States was buried before the surrender at Appomatox. The question that has intrigued historians (and treasure hunters) ever since is whether all of this buried wealth has been recovered.

It hasntif a fo... (857 Total Words)

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Confederate Gold Six Feet Deep

By W. C. Jameson
From page 50 of the July, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tasso, Tennessee, might be the site of long buried Confederate gold. The reason it is still there after all these years is that it is buried as much as six feet under the ground.
Tasso is located just outside the western boundary of the Cheroke... (1562 Total Words)

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Confederate Lead

By Ray D. Rains
From page 33 of the March, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The story of this lost mine began with a piece of lead ore given me when I was eight-years-old by an old timber cutter named Matthew Rouse. Years before, his father had dug it from the side of a mountain about five miles west-southwest of Pangburn... (1289 Total Words)

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Confederate Railroad Treasures

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 20 of the April, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

About April 1 or 2, 1865, a Confederate company ofsoldiers under Captain Duchase boarded a train in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., carrying Confederate treasure. The Yankee grip on the surrounding area had tightened and the fall of Rich... (1482 Total Words)

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Confederate Shipwreck Yields Relics

By Lost Treasure
From page 50 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ten high explosive shells, a shackle, and what may be part of a whisky bottle have been raised from the sunken Confederate ironclad warship "CSS Georgia," researchers said recently in Savannah, Ga. It was the first large group of artifac... (294 Total Words)

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Confederate Treasure

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 45 of the May, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On June 8, 1864 Confederate troops under Gen. John H. Morgan raided the bank at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and stole $80,000 in gold, silver, bank notes and federal currency. The loot has never been accounted for, and it is believed much of it was ... (1462 Total Words)

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Confederate Treasure in Marietta

By Kelly B. Darmofal
From page 42 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you’re planning to visit Atlanta, Georgia, one of the South’s largest cities, be sure to pack a shovel!
Approximately 15 miles northwest of this city lays Marietta, and within or close to this city’s limits lies a multi-mil... (1014 Total Words)

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Confederate Treasury

By Robert V. Bouldin
From page 54 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Near the end of the Civil War the Confederate government and its treasury headed south. On April 2, 1865, trainloads laden with gold, silver, jewelry and government officials left the collapsing capital of Richmond, Virginia. During this period of em... (774 Total Words)
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Confessions of a Closet Detectorist!

By Billy "Armadillo" Keirns
From page 62 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I’ve been interested in metal detecting since the 60’s when Robin Russell got one. Jump to the early 80’s when cousin Tony purchased a Garrett’s.
We went to a treasure hunt at Buckeye Lake and I purchased a used White&rs... (507 Total Words)

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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the July, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Legends of the Leather Man

It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Emiliano Zapata

On April 2, 1889, the New York Daily News ran a story headlined, Saw the Leather Mans Ghost A Farmer Seeking For Treasure in the... (1423 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Birke's jewels

In 1853, Thaddeus Birke, a well known British jeweler from New York City who mingled with the highest in American society, received an invitation to a party at the mansion of millionaire Nigel Massey in Boston to be attended ... (118 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Revolutionary raids

During the Revolution when Tories from Long Island went on looting sprees throughout Connecticut, it was a common practice to hide family fortunes in unusual places. Small caches might be found in chimneys or grandfather... (270 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Jack's Caves
Heres a little nugget from the late Michael Paul Henson that I discovered on the Lost Treasure web site. In the January, 1983 issue of Lost Treasure, Henson wrote about a pair of caves in the Indian Haven section of Litchfield Cou... (300 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The "San Jose" mystery
Once British colonists started to settle the eastern seaboard of the future United States, the Spanish began re-routing a number of their treasure ships along the American coast. Maintenance on the treasure galleons was w... (364 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Lightfoot's locale
Michael Martin, also known as Captain Lightfoot, emi-grated to America from Ireland in 1818. He had previously been a bandit in Ireland along with an older, more experienced companion known only as Thunderbolt. Upon arriving ... (255 Total Words)
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Connecticut

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 44 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Weekend prospecting sites
If you dont feel like digging up somebody elses long lost cache of gold, you can always create your own. Gold dust and nuggets can be found in Lead Mine Brook near Harwinton in Litchfield County. Further South, both pl... (261 Total Words)
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Connecticut - Artifact Sites

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have always found artifacts to hold more of an interest than coins, However, as a citizen of a nation of laws, I am duty-bound to make sure I am in compliance with both federal and local laws before attempting to collect a single item...and so a... (366 Total Words)

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Connecticut - Artifacts Sties

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Shipwrecks are artifacts themselves, and subject to the same types of laws and obligations incumbent on all treasure hunting.

Many people are skeptical of shipwreck sites. If the location of a wreck is known, the reasoning goes, why hasnt t... (515 Total Words)

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Connecticut - Coin Beaches

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coin beaches, like wreck sites, are subject to shifting sands and weather patterns. Coins and artifacts that are deeply buried today have been exposed or very near the surface in the past.

Eventually the day will come when the blanket of sa... (247 Total Words)

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Connecticut - George's Loot

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Embezzler Edward George was captured on October 9, 1901, in Bridgeport. Seven days earlier, he had taken $101,000 from the Adams Express Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He admitted to stealing the money, but when he was found he had only $400... (125 Total Words)

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Connecticut Coin Site

By Douglas Alan Herman
From page 18 of the December, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In retrospect it seemed like the longest field test in history. For 10,000 miles around North America I carried my Usika Chief metal detector strapped to the back of my bicycle. For 10 months and 10 days I cycled the back roads, sightseeing and wo... (1484 Total Words)

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Connecticut Native American Battlefields

By Pat Hughes
From page 53 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Native American forts were a circular stockade of upright logs about 10’ to 12’ high. Three feet of the logs were buried in the ground and earth was thrown against the inner side of the logs for greater protection. Gaps were filled wit... (1450 Total Words)

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Connecticut River's Lost Jewel Fortunes

By W.c. Jameson
From page 32 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a result of human error, a pas­senger train carrying $250,000 in jewelry and precious stones plum­meted into the Norwalk River in 1853. Though the channel was cleared of the debris during the days following the accident, the wooden ches... (853 Total Words)

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Continuing Involvement With A Government Agency

By Ron Stockman
From page 16 of the April, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We continue with last months column on the Billy Ray Shivers incident in which he and two friends were cited in 1992 for detecting at the Aldridge sawmill site, Angilino National Forest in East Texas. U.S. Forest Service special agent Tim Ballard... (1569 Total Words)

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Contractor's Lost Payroll

By Margaret Lewis
From page 18 of the July, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is a commercial and industrial city located in the eastern part of the state. It is the county seat of Luzerne County, and has a modernday population of about 52,000. It is situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River ... (768 Total Words)
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Contractor's Lost Payroll

By By Margaret L. Lewis
From page 18 of the August, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is a commercial and industrial city located in the eastern part of the state. It is the county seat of Luzerne County, and has a modernday population of about 52,000. It is situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River ... (768 Total Words)
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Controlled Choas

By Craig E Redick
From page 38 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Controlled chaosfor most treasure hunters, those two words can fit a lot of different situations. For me, it always comes down to research.

Like many treasure hunters, I subscribe to numerous magazines and periodicals, and cant wait for the... (741 Total Words)

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Cooch S Lost Coffers

By Andrew Hind
From page 49 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was, in the minds of many historians, the opening salvo of the American Revolution. In the late hours of December 16, 1773, 150 Boston patriots, thinly disguised as Indians, boarded the British merchantman Dartmouth and threw 342 chests of tea ... (946 Total Words)

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Cool Spots For Summer Detecting

By James E. Mulkey
From page 36 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ask any teenager what they mean when they use the word cool and theyll probably say, excellent or really great! Ask any adult the same question and they will probably say chilly. With summer vacation time rapidly approaching, youll want to travel ... (1490 Total Words)

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Copper Mining, Lost Treasure, and Mining Antiques

By Roy Stevenson
From page 11 of the October, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mining historians and treasure hunters will strike it rich in Bisbee, Arizona.
There are few towns in the U.S.A. that can boast as rich or as lengthy a mining history as this jumbled town stacked vertically on the sides of sparse, rocky, sun bl... (2113 Total Words)

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Copper Of Canyon Chests Creek

By Charles Dillon
From page 34 of the September, 1969 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Canyon Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, was one of the richest of the northern California streams in its heyday. The creek is located about 20 miles northwest of the town of Weaverville. And near Fisher Gulch, above the Canyon Creek Bridge... (1347 Total Words)

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Copper Pots Full Of Coins Amongst Stash

By Tom Vance
From page 40 of the August, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Copper Pots of Epley Springs As a devoted treasure hunter since the mid-1960s, I must admit that Ive hunted for innumerable lost pots of buried wealth. There is something about the idea of putting hard cash into a cast iron bean pot and buryin... (1514 Total Words)

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Cornwallis In North Carolina

By Robert S. Jones
From page 27 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Using her hands to shadow her eyes, Elizabeth Pettil Lanier watched as thousands of British troops marched down a long, inclined hill towards her plantation home. Mrs. Lanier often told her grandchildren of the grand parade with their swords and b... (1393 Total Words)

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Costa Mesa Hunt

By Fred Booth
From page 12 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I always thought I would have to go to the East Coast to find silver American coins&#44 little did I realize&#44 that my own neighborhood would hold so much in store for me.

Driving around town I noticed four different lots that s... (2487 Total Words)

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Costa Rica: The Puzzling Pebble

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

I knew there was gold all around us. I had dug it and I had panned it. But such tiny bits and flakes! Where were the nuggets? It was a cool day for a rain forest, only about 90 or so and the steam rising from the ground was so thin I could see thr... (724 Total Words)

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Counterfeiter Duff's Lost Treasure Cave

By John K. Ward
From page 29 of the April, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A counterfeiter's treasure hoard lies in a cave or caves somewhere in the lower Ohio River Valley. It has been there for more than 175 years, secreted by a counterfeiter named John Duff.

Duff originally worked in the vicinity of Cave In Roc... (1034 Total Words)

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Counting By the Thousands

By Paul Campbell
From page 16 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I began treasure hunting in 1975 I had no conception of the impact this hobby would generate, not to mention the fact that it would cling to me continually throughout the years. Neither did I realize that it would be responsible for a persona... (1036 Total Words)

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Country Hunting Tips

By James E. Mulkey
From page 36 of the October, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Those old farmsteads deserve far more attention from treasure hunters than they get. It was a long way to the bank, years back, and most people didn’t trust banks too much, according to H. Glen Carson, in his book “A Guide to Treasure ... (1131 Total Words)

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Country Treasures You Can Find

By James Mulkey
From page 42 of the October, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Detectorists know for a fact that treasure hunting at rural locations is the best to be had anywhere on the planet, other than at the site of a sunken Spanish treasure galleon. Rural locations include ranches and farms, fishing camps, abandoned ga... (1797 Total Words)

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County Parks and Playgrounds Pay Off

By Kenneth H. Rohn
From page 7 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If someone were to ask me where they could hunt while traveling through unfamiliar country and recover a reasonable amount of finds, I'd have to answer unequivocally, try county parks and fairgrounds.

As we all know, city parks are rather e... (1323 Total Words)

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Coy Harris, Lost Treasure Magazine, In Memorium

By Andy Sabisch
From page 8 of the December, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Coy Harris, Vice President, Lost Treasure Magazine In Memorium

Lee Harris, joined the staff of Lost Treasure magazine in the early 1980's as the Advertising Manager. After working for the magazine for several years, he decided to purchase i... (415 Total Words)

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Cracking The Code

By B.G. Revis
From page 63 of the January, 1994 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Mountain of 1,000 Holes
Over the past 150 years, treasure hunters, stymied by the secret cabalistic code that leads to the treasure, have burrowed so many holes in Neahkahnie that it is now called the Mountain of 1,000 Holes.
No other Pac... (3816 Total Words)
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Cracking The Code

By B.G. Revis
From page 63 of the January, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mountain of 1,000 Holes
Over the past 150 years, treasure hunters, stymied by the secret cabalistic code that leads to the treasure, have burrowed so many holes in Neahkahnie that it is now called the Mountain of 1,000 Holes.
No other Pa... (3735 Total Words)

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