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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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Cranberry Treasure

By Bill Beardsley
From page 43 of the February, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As I turn the pages of each new issue of Lost Treasure magazine, I find myself envious of the spectacular finds being made in those states which boast Civil War battlefields and encampments. Or the western ghost towns, where gold nuggets and flake... (1671 Total Words)

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Crater Lake Gold

By W.c. Jameson
From page 40 of the July, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

No one knew who he was or where he came from, but one cold, blizzard day, the old man rode into Yreka, California, leading a packhorse. The year was 1850 the mountain passes near the California-Oregon border were thick with ice and snow and nearly... (1256 Total Words)

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Crazy Like A Fox

By W.c. Jameson
From page 55 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Sublett Mine

Many of the citizens of Odessa tried to pry the secret of the location of the mine from Old Ben, some even offering him large amounts of money, but he remained aloof and guarded. He reminded them that it had only been a fe... (3472 Total Words)

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Creative Detecting

By Michael W Mosley
From page 15 of the January, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I think that creative people tend to see the world in more interesting ways than those folks who have less creative minds. I like to think of myself as a creative thinker. I play guitar, write short stories, paint folk-art, etc. These creative end... (1873 Total Words)

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Creative Searching

By Will Michaels
From page 20 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are many sites across this great country of ours that have never been touched by metal detectorists. I can hear the balking over that statement already. But&#44 I believe the statement to be absolutely true. One of the problems that face... (1903 Total Words)

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Creek Against Creek

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 72 of the January, 2001 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Creek Indian Chiefs hide gold during flight in Civil War

Before the Civil War began the United States removed the Creek Indians of the southeastern United States from their ancestral homelands to what is now part of eastern Oklahoma. Some C... (2021 Total Words)

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Crime Did Pay

By Daniel J. Dictus
From page 69 of the June, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We are all familiar with the type of television and movie scripts which depict some kind of fantastic robbery or undercover operation. These tales involve complicated plans and efforts which the criminal (or hero) must overcome, complete, and endu... (1258 Total Words)

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Critters

By Jim Butcher
From page 23 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the first lessons that you will learn when you first start using your metal detector is that when working out in the wilderness is that you are not alone. There are countless critters out there whose sole purpose in life is to make yours mi... (1081 Total Words)

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Crops Of Iron And Silver

By Jay Pastor
From page 13 of the October, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the best resources a non-urban coin hunter can have is a friendly farmer who keeps his land plowed.

A few years back, I was bragging to an acquaintance, an electrical engineer, about my magical detector and the number of old coins it... (951 Total Words)

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Crosses On The Beach

By Linda L. Young
From page 52 of the June, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

They say that God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes we are tested and other times we are used to help others. Metal detector enthusiasts are not immune to coincidences while in pursuit of a great find.
Our property is old with an interesting... (1484 Total Words)

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Crossroads To Western Treasure

By James E. Mulkey
From page 48 of the May, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Throughout the American West there are valleys, mountain passes, roads and rivers, along which the tides of history have risen and ebbed for hundreds of years. While many of these are still in use today, others are forgotten. The Yuma Crossing is ... (1366 Total Words)

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Crown Point Minerals

By George Heusser
From page 49 of the April, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Crown Point Reservation is located on Lake Champlain, New York State, It is a historic site famous for the ruins of forts dating back to many years before the American Revolution. In the general area, several types of cutting material may be found... (689 Total Words)

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Cryptic Copper Plates Clues To A Spanish Treasure

By Steve Wilson
From page 58 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure tales told round a cozy fire on a cold wintery night vary with the geographic location. But down in the brush-covered hills of Mills County, Texas, where many a strange story has spawned, the conversation invariably turns to the pictured ... (4182 Total Words)

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C-scope Cs2mx

By Andy Sabisch
From page 12 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

C-Scope Electronics is the leading manufacturer of metal-detecting equipment in England and they are presently exporting their latest line of detectors to the United States. The first time I saw their two new detectors was at the Treasure World Hu... (2372 Total Words)

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Cultural Treasures Across the Seas

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 24 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter entered the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the first time it had been disturbed in over 3,000 years, and uncovered the world’s greatest ancient treasure.
When I ... (1555 Total Words)

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Cumberland Treasure: Canada's Secret Ghost Town

By John Gaudet
From page 26 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

My friends, there is an untapped treasure in northern Saskatchewan and I’d like to tell you about it. This is a place that has been isolated for hundreds of years, yet it significantly helped with the way our province was developed.Cumberlan... (661 Total Words)

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Curious Case Of The Kidd Letter

By Evelyn Griggs Schoolcraft
From page 7 of the October, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
High on a mountain near Palmer, Massachusetts over a century ago, two boys found a bottle that led to a lawsuitand seemed to pinpoint the location of a fabulous buried pirate treasure, The word seemed is used advisedly, for later events cast doubt on... (1938 Total Words)
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Curious Tale Of Oscar Beckwith

By Paul D Bloom
From page 21 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

An armed robber and sneak thief, debaucher of young women, murderer and self-proclaimed cannibal, Beckwith was not the kind of person anyone with half a brain would choose to swindle.

In the depth of the fierce Canadian winter, a semi-liter... (1695 Total Words)

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Curse Of The Golden Clay

By Johnny Ringo
From page 55 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Elmores Lost Oasis
Realizing that he was seriously wounded Elmore managed to crawl to his burro and get his pick. Cutting the handle out he used it as a splint on his leg, binding it with strips torn from his shirt. In time he was able to moun... (2255 Total Words)

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Curse of the Henry Mountains and the Sacred Golden Jesus

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 48 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Henry Mountains are among the most rugged, unexplored areas of southeastern Utah; it was actually one of the last surveyed and named mountain ranges in the United States and, until 1878, was shown on maps as the “unknown mountains.” The el... (1516 Total Words)

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Cursed Hoard Of The White Devil

By Mike Hudson
From page 36 of the April, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Only the yelp of an occasional dog broke the still silence surrounding the Abenaki Indian town of St. Francis during the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 4, 1759. No guard was posted, and most of the residents were sleeping off the effects of a raucous wedd... (2402 Total Words)

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Cursed Treasure

By Numa Levesque
From page 63 of the January, 1993 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Bill Kelley Mine

Roy told everyone he believed there was a curse on the mine and that all who located it were destined to die. He pointed out all of the violent deaths associated with those who either claimed to have found the gold or ... (3600 Total Words)

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Custer's Last Cache

By Trini Concoles
From page 24 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On July 2, 1874, Lt. Col. George A. Custer, commanding 10 companies of the Seventh U. S. Cavalry, paraded out of Fort Abraham Lincoln, North Dakota, en route to the Black Hills of South Dakota to explore and obtain accurate information for the govern... (1272 Total Words)
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Cutting Materials Near Kramer Junction California

By James R Mitchell
From page 20 of the December, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few months ago I was shown some outstanding cabochons belonging to a gentleman from Riverside, Calif. They included some very nice specimens of jasper, agate, petrified palm and common opal. What amazed me most, however, was that all of these ge... (1061 Total Words)

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Cz-3d

By Joe Patrick
From page 33 of the June, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you talk with anyone who's been involved in metal detecting for some time, you will likely find that they are most interested in finding older coins - 'Coinshooting' is but one very popular aspect of metal detecting, with older coins being the ... (1885 Total Words)

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Cz-7a Quicksilver, Ultraviolet Lamp And Stand For Mineral And Gem Displays

By Lost Treasure
From page 61 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

CZ-7a Quicksilver
Fisher Research Laboratory has introduced the CZ7a QuickSilver target l.D metal detector. It looks and acts pretty much like its predecessor, the CZ7, explained Fisher marketing manager, Galen Young. But we wanted to fine tun... (498 Total Words)

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Dahlonega: Site of the First Major U.S. Gold Rush

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While gold was mined in small quantities in New England and North Carolina in the late 1700’s, the first major gold rush occurred in Lumpkin County, Georgia, in 1828.There are two accounts relating who was responsible for the initial gold st... (1139 Total Words)

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Dan Hoag's Lost Treasure

By Dorothy Robertson
From page 22 of the February, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Historically speaking, old Daniel Hoag holds a place in early Surprise Valley annals of the 1860s as an army scout and guide for the U.S. Cavalry, operating out of Camp Bidwell in northeastern California.

But Dan Hoag also holds a place in ... (1839 Total Words)

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Dancin' Joe Mulliner's Lost Jersey Treasure

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 13 of the November, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The well-muscled, handsome horseman hitched his mount outside the stagecoach inn at Quaker Bridge in the Pine Barrens area of southern New Jersey. The time was the Revolutionary War Period. The night was dark and stormy, but inside dancers frolick... (1185 Total Words)

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Danger With Every Step

By Jay Gold
From page 22 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Exploring old gold mines can be a lot of fun, but there can also be life-threatening situations waiting to give you an early trip to Beulah Land. I figure I used up more than my nine lives before I reached the age of 21.

Today Im a lot more... (1844 Total Words)

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Dangerous Liaisons

By Johnny Williams
From page 73 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Wickenburg Stage Robbery Loot
When they arrived in California, the pair were met by the press and were given a heros welcome. Kruger related how he had rescued Shepherd while holding off the Indians with his Colt .45 six-shooter. He said that ... (1589 Total Words)

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Dangerous Needles

By Ron Stockman
From page 8 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The following was received from Ron Stockman, Mother Lode Research Center via e-mail. What an excellent idea! Patsy
I believe the idea of utilizing information boards showing hazardous objects found by detectorists in public parks and beaches... (505 Total Words)

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Danville Confederacy Cache

By Coleman Garrett
From page 33 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Few people today know that from April 3 to April 11, 1865, Danville, Virginia was the last legal capital of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis and his Cabinet brought the monetary resources of the failing government to Danville via... (1578 Total Words)

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Dark Deed At Rocky Canyon

By Anthony Belli
From page 15 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seventeen miners who represented four companies had all camped within sight of each other while prospecting a place theyd taken to calling Rocky Canyon.

On Dec. 19, 1854 three more mining men, Dr. Bolivar A. Sparks, a Mississippian, Captain... (988 Total Words)

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Daryl J.r. Townley

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 29 of the October, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

High on a Colorado mountain side, a lone figure stands, quietly surveying the landscape. July heat has long since melted away the snow that covered the once busy ski slope. The man swings his metal detector, stops and pulls something from the eart... (1528 Total Words)

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Date Nail Update

By Al Nielsen
From page 38 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have been intending to write an article on date nails for some time now, so I will do a follow-up to the excellent article written by Ettore and Diana Nannetti in the January 1999 "Lost Treasure."

My main collecting interest is date nails... (1226 Total Words)

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Date On A Reef With Maggie

By Carl M Frederick
From page 36 of the October, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Per square mile of sea bottom, there is no greater treasure hunting area anywhere than the offshore waters of Florida. Of the estimated 12,000 vessels of all types that passed through this area during the years from 1550 to 1800, hundreds fell vic... (1961 Total Words)

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Dave Johnson-chief Engineer

By Andy Sabisch
From page 21 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The treasure-hunting hobby has a number of well-recognized figures, typically those that have written books or articles, made significant finds or own a company that produces equipment for the hobbyists. Unfortunately none of those people would be... (1059 Total Words)

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Dave Mccracken...it Oculd Happen To You

By Ron Stockman, Mlrc
From page 49 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Once again our rights as treasure hunters, prospectors and yes even United States Citizens are being stepped on by big brother. I sat down to write an article about Dave McCracken, publisher of Gold & Treasure Hunter magazine and head of Moder... (2216 Total Words)

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Dawson's Lost Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 51 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It was seven long years before Mitchell discovered that the rocks he had tossed onto a shelf in his store were rich in gold, assayed out to $6,000 per ton, and came from a strike worth millions.

Lake City, Colorado (population 100), in the ... (1189 Total Words)
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Daypacking for Good Gold

By Craig E. Redick
From page 48 of the November, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A while back I was in Gainesville, Georgia, at the GPAA Gold Show, having the time of my life.
It seems if there was a tool, metal detector or dredge made it could be found at this show.
In fact, I was there hoping to find an item I had been... (927 Total Words)

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De Soto's Florida Caches

By Charlotte Rother
From page 28 of the May, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1539, Hernando de Soto and his army of over 600 men, along with horses, dogs and pigs, landed at Tampa Bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It was soon learned that the forest beyond the bay was a maze of marshes and scum-covered ponds, separated ... (256 Total Words)

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Dead Batteries? How To Hunt Without Juice

By Bill Zinke
From page 14 of the December, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It began as idle conversation at the local barbershop. One of the barbers had lost his wedding band while picking up pecans with friends way down in south Texas. He told of borrowing two fully charged metal detectors to go back to the site. You co... (1506 Total Words)

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Dead Man's Gold

By T. W. Patterson
From page 41 of the April, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Does a fortune in stolen gold still await some treasure hunter on the dreary site of British Columbias Camp McKinney?

Camp McKinney was 20 miles northwest of the United States/Canadian border town of Midway. The old mining camp in the rugge... (1470 Total Words)
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Dead Man's Gold

By Charles K. Green
From page 54 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In 1898, two brothers were hunting in what is now known as the Doris Creek country, high up near the top of Columbian Mountain in the Mission Range in northwest Montana. Late in the afternoon they came upon a tumbledown cabin.

The cabin, in... (903 Total Words)
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Dead Mans Lost Mine

By Vern Hammond
From page 39 of the July, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the remote Salmon Range in far northern California a rich gold mine was discovered in 1849 by three men under the very carcass of a grizzly bear they had shotand it is waiting today to be found again.

The story began when a you... (332 Total Words)

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Dead Men Tell No Tales

By Hal Douglas
From page 80 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Agrihans Fabulous Pirate Loot
Upon reaching the Marianas, Robertson cruised about to explore several tiny islands, eventually selecting the uninhabited isle of Grigan, now called Agrihan. Densely wooded and containing many caves, it appeared t... (1587 Total Words)

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Deadly Mistakes

By B.G. Revis
From page 10 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Rare Gold Coins of Bear Creek
Looking through Squeekys poke, Lem found a couple of small pieces of gold-specked quartz and a piece of paper rolled up and tied with a string. Laying it out Lem found it to be a crude map showing Bear Creek, the ... (2902 Total Words)

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Deadly Rehearsal, The Copeland Code

By Lost Treasure
From page 58 of the March, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Deadly Rehearsal

Editor:

I live in the United Kingdom and have been a treasure hunter for many years. My friend, Bert Welland, who is also a treasure hunter, bought some copies of your magazine while on holiday in Salt Lake City l... (453 Total Words)
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Dealing With Gold And Quartz Specimens

By Chris Gholson
From page 24 of the May, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I leaned over the edge of the shaft and peered down into the dark hole. It wasnt one of the deepest mines Id ever seen, but it was obvious that whoever had dug it had certainly struck a nice vein or pocket of gold.

Often times the piles of ... (2392 Total Words)

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