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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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A Good Belt

By Ken Weinman
From page 31 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On a cold December day in 1910, P.W. Sayles, an Arizona rancher, rode into the town of Searchlight, Nevada, to pay a visit to Fred Bullard, the editor of the Searchlight Bulletin, a four-page weekly newspaper that served the booming Searchlight mi... (1418 Total Words)

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A Great Source Of Very Valuable Commemoratives

By Jack Reid
From page 54 of the February, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Reading your October 1990 issue, one of your readers asked a question about a commemorative medallion for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. This brought to mind two medallions that I have. One of them is about one dollar in si... (2422 Total Words)

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A Greenhorn Gets Gold

By Mark Hall
From page 53 of the July, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The experts say it time and time again. "If you want to find the gold, youre going to have to dig some trash." Well, they don't call them experts for nothing as I, still very much a greenhorn in the treasure hunting world, found out. My wife ... (853 Total Words)

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A Guide To Home-grown Web Pages

By Andre' Hinds, Lost Treasure Online Webmaster
From page 62 of the December, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Im afraid Ive fallen into a trap. I have devoted most of my Home Page columns to slick, professional web pages pages that require several artists and writers to prepare and are updated dynamically.

The Lost Treasure OnLine page relies on d... (745 Total Words)

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A Handy Dandy Coin Carrier

By Johnny Ringo
From page 33 of the December, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Those of you not equipped with a pouch when coinshooting, or who feel uncomfortable with a cumbersome pouch dangling from your side, can take solace in the handy little gadget I use when coinshooting.

Often, if Im not out for a long hunt or... (435 Total Words)

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A Hematite Hotspot In Arizona

By James R, Mitchell
From page 54 of the November, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Some of the finest specimens of hematite to be found in the southwest come from a location not too far from the little town of Bouse, Arizona. In addition, nice agate and jasper can also be picked up at another place only a short distance aw... (1262 Total Words)

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A Hobby or A Business - Either May Equal Tax Savings

By Mark E. Battersby
From page 19 of the January, 2011 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Thanks to today’s tough economy, more and more of us are using - or forced to use - our treasure hunting activities to generate income. Few prospectors, metal detector owners or treasure hunters realize, however, that with or without the ext... (1505 Total Words)

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A Hole in the Ground Owned By A Liar

By Rick Lanning
From page 52 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One thing about Joe Wilcox, he sure had a way with words.
I met Joe, an Arizona native whose family operated the Joe Wilcox Indian Den in Sedona more years ago than I care to remember.
Joe is part of the old rock now, having succumbed to a h... (2010 Total Words)

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A Horse Thiefs Treasure

By John M. Town Ley
From page 22 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In 1867, just two years after silver was discovered in the mountains to the west, the mining camp of Hiko Nevada, terminated the earthly existence of an individual guilty of an incredibly vicious murder. This, in turn, started a search for a treasure... (1806 Total Words)
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A League of Their Own

By Tobin T. Buhk
From page 16 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So you want to find a lost mine in the Sierra Nevada. You’ve obtained an old map drawn by the Jesuits after their rift with the King of Spain led to their expulsion from the New World. As the TH’er-friendly legend goes, the noble priests gave ... (725 Total Words)

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A Lesson In Mining

By Jay Gold
From page 25 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have gold panned and explored old gold mines for over 45 years, but I wanted to know more about the actual processes involved in mining. So I decided to enroll in a Mining Course at Sierra College in Northern California. They offered a 2-year co... (1309 Total Words)

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A Letter From A Special Lady

By Lost Treasure
From page 7 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
To The Readers of Lost Treasure;
I wish to thank each and every one of you for the thoughtful cards, letters and calls I have had the past six months since Michael Paul passed away. Your kindness menat the world to me.
As Michael Paul sai... (88 Total Words)
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A Little History About Reg

By Reg Sniff
From page 56 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, I am glad to see that all of you survived Y2K plus 1. Like I mentioned a little over a year ago, the Earth didnt go flat.

Unfortunately, none of you took me up on my potential insurance policy I proposed a little over a year ago, when... (1524 Total Words)

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A Little Patience Can Pay Big Rewards

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the last several months, I have given talks at a number of club meetings and treasure hunts across the country. Invariably, someone will say that all the good finds were recovered years ago and it's almost not worth the effort to head out in ... (1549 Total Words)

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A Little Planning Makes All The Difference

By Joe Patrick
From page 54 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
If you detect with a partner, you are probably well aware of the exchange of words as a work-week draws to an end and youre both trying to decide where to go detecting over the weekend. The exchange goes something like this:

Hey bud, where ... (1037 Total Words)
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A Look At Arpa

By Patti Arthur, Attorney At Law
From page 62 of the May, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The information contained in this column is of a general nature and is not meant to apply to any specific individual's circumstances. Every legal situation is unique and contains facts and circumstances that are unique. If you have a specific lega... (956 Total Words)

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A Look At The Life Of A Treasure Hunter

By George Kollmer Sr
From page 49 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As I reach back in time and memories I muse to myself about days gone by all too quickly, gazing back into the past through rose-colored glasses, to a time in life that can never be replicated. Back in 1940, at the age of only six, my thoughts and... (835 Total Words)

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A Look Back: Best Buys In Coins Less Than $25

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the April, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Back in January 2005, I wrote Best Buys In Coins Under $25 for this column.

Four years have passed since that column was released, so I thought this was a good time to review how well my prognostication was. The last four years in the coin ... (1452 Total Words)

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A Lost Mine Still Lost

By William Klette
From page 19 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Arch Mine of the Turtles.Wheat-grain size nuggets of pure gold litter the canyon floor, a canyon marked by a nearby natural stone arch that spans its narrow walls.
The legends that surround lost mines can have as many plots as a cemetery. ... (1012 Total Words)

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A Man Returned From The Dead

By W.c. Jameson
From page 44 of the June, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was one of the strangest tele­phone calls I ever received.

The caller, a woman named Helen Baker, lived in Toccoa, Georgia, and had read a recent newspaper account describing an expedition I was orga­nizing to search for a lost s... (1784 Total Words)

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A Map of The Area You Plan to Hunt - Don't Leave Home Without It

By Steve Hudson
From page 32 of the December, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 This is it. You've planned all year for your big collecting trip and now the moment has arrived. You go over your mental checklist: rock pick, chisel and hammer, sample bags and lunch. You check off extra car keys, a canteen of water, ra... (3131 Total Words)

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A Metal Detectorist's Dream

By N. Beetham (Tris) Stark
From page 59 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What happens to metal detectorists when they get really old? I may be about to find out in a few years. I know of some elderly metal detectorists who are now forced to be sedentary and it breaks one’s heart to see them suffer.
But even after ... (1893 Total Words)

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A Miners Rainy Day

By Reggie Gould
From page 56 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What do miners do when the weather is bad and it is too cold or rainy to go out prospecting?

Personally I dont like fighting the elements so I spend the time thinking up new gold recovery equipment.

The beauty of this endeavor is that... (1441 Total Words)

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A Miner's Reward

By Bruce Hewkin
From page 42 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ebb left his recliner and returned with a fresh cup of coffee. "How’s it going up at the mine?" he asked before lighting up a cigarette."Not too bad, Ebb. That placer cut I talked of the other day. Well, about 120 cubic yards ... (684 Total Words)

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A Mojave Desert Ghost

By Mollie Manuell
From page 22 of the February, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area in eastern Mojave Desert is a popular California tourist attraction. They are the only limestone caverns in the California State Park System and lots of people go there to ooh and a... (644 Total Words)

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A Montana Treasure--sapphires

By L. Lukenbill
From page 61 of the February, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A new form of treasure hunting is fast taking over the large state of Montana. It is sapphire hunting, and it is proving to be a profitable pastime and a true treasure hunt for entire families.

Recently a gem ranch opened its doors and land... (1390 Total Words)

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A Mysterious Farm Cache

By William A. Davids
From page 53 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This mystery took place in both Kentucky and Florida a few years ago. The people involved were a farm family in Kentucky which had one teenage son named Billy.

Another person, Don, who lives in south Florida and is a treasure hunter and map... (759 Total Words)

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A New Kind of Ghost Town

By Jay Pastor
From page 22 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was younger and knew everything, I could easily describe a ghost town right down to the splintering boards that served as sidewalks. It was no big deal. Anyone could do it: five or six buildings with false fronts, a saloon with swinging doo... (1247 Total Words)

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A New Look at the Beale Treasure

By William Karras
From page 11 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Capt. Thomas Jefferson Beale was a friend of Andrew Jackson and fought with him at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. Jean Laffite, famous pirate of the Baratarias, also fought with Jackson in that battle. Another man, Gaspar Trammel, w... (2981 Total Words)

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A New Look At The Lost Breyfogle

By Douglas Mcdonald
From page 48 of the December, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The tale of Breyfogle and his fabulous lost lode is probably one of the best-known stories of the old Westand one of the most misquoted. His name has been variously given as John, Jacob, Louis and Charles, and the location of his find has been rep... (1250 Total Words)

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A New Place To Hunt - Paintball Fields

By Chris D. Malerba
From page 36 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Each weekend, 100's of would-be warriors flock to the forest battlefields to stage mock warfare. The weapons shoot plastic balls filled with multicolored washable paints. Just like the real thing, these games are played on various types of terrain... (571 Total Words)

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A New Slip Plate Sluice Box

By Reggie Gould
From page 23 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Throughout time miners have been working to develop better ways to capture gold. The purpose of this article is to give the miner a new prospective on how to go about it. This author has been testing and experimenting with old and new sluice box reco... (600 Total Words)
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A Non-treasure Hunting Trip

By Richard S. Goss
From page 56 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Taking a vacation and traveling without a metal detector in the truck has never been my idea of good sense. I have always believed that any good THer would find plenty of spots to hunt as they traveled. Unfortunately, when I finished packing the t... (993 Total Words)

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A Novice Finds Beach Treasure

By Donald Frick
From page 32 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I became interested in metal detectors about five years ago, but didnt know anyone that owned one or knew much about them. Then, on an overnight fishing trip about two-years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, I met a guy who has three metal detectors and ... (1256 Total Words)

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A Novice Treasure Hunter

By Tom Vance
From page 54 of the October, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Jeanette Sorensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, wrote recently to inform me that she is a novice treasure hunter using a Garrett ADS Model #0361-091. What she wanted to know was the approximate age of her detector, whether or not it is accurate, and wh... (1932 Total Words)

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A Painful Lesson Learned

By Art Dustman
From page 32 of the March, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You've heard the expression "A site is never completely worked out." Well, it's true! My metal detecting buddy, Joe Hackett, was driving home from work one afternoon when he passed an area where only the day before had stood an old house. Joe had ... (1485 Total Words)

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 6 of the May, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The one-cent coin, commonly known as the penny, was the first currency of any type authorized by the United States. The design for the first one-cent coin was suggested by Benjamin Franklin. The original was over five times heavier and almost 50 p... (450 Total Words)

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A Penny Found is a Penny Earned!

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 11 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It’s been said that gold is where you find it. I’m here to tell you so are coins!
You can find them wherever people gather or have gathered in the past. You can also find them in places where people frequently visit, such as tourist attract... (1760 Total Words)

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A Peruvian Experience

By Chris Fisher
From page 22 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since 1992, Global Research & Discovery Network has been engaged in archeological research using the latest state-of-the-art detectors. Along the way, Global and its members have made significant discoveries in many countries and been credited... (1808 Total Words)

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A Phantom No More

By James E. Mulkey
From page 52 of the August, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The mystery of Pegleg Smiths remarkable black gold nuggets, which he found near three buttes, has been solved. The story of Peglegs lost nuggets is one of the most celebrated legends of the Old West.

While delivering a cargo of furs to the ... (1417 Total Words)
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A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words

By Joe Patrick
From page 47 of the January, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With the arrival of this month's Lost Treasure, many detector users are unable to detect because of cold, winter weather. It is at this time of year that many of us sort, clean, identify and package or build displays of our past year's discoveries... (1052 Total Words)

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A Pile Of Washers

By M.j. Doner
From page 9 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its hard to stand and look at something that had its start over 100 years ago through twentieth-century eyes, and try to imagine it as it was. But here I stand trying to visualize what this area, near East and South Streets of Redding, Calif., loo... (1188 Total Words)

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A Pirate Treasure In Massachussetts

By Lewis A. Taft
From page 30 of the August, 1967 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1967 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is good possibility that a large fortune consisting of gold dust, pearls, precious stones and Spanish pieces of eight is buried on Massachusettss South Shore, only a few miles from Boston. Long forgotten records in the colonial archives of t... (1377 Total Words)

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A Pirate's Story

By Robert E Palmisano
From page 38 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Within 24 hours, the young man single-handedly robbed an express car, shot an agent,held an angry mob at gunpoint, captured a second railroad engine, engaged in a running gun battle, and stole two horses with sleighs.


It has been said ... (1936 Total Words)
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A Pitcher-full of Treasure

By Jay Pastor
From page 24 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Several years back, someone told me that there might be a treasure cached near the village of Pitcher.
He knew nothing else about it, but felt it was an interesting tidbit. Supposedly, it’s buried in a semi-rural part of central New York Stat... (1153 Total Words)

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A Prospector Goes To The Beach

By Michael D. Merrill
From page 36 of the March, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I set out to find gold in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco, I began my search not on steep mountain slopes or in the rocky streams that define the forested ravines, but in the cool, dry vault at the Santa Cruz Museum. Having ne... (1430 Total Words)

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A Quart Of Gold

By B.G. Revis
From page 52 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sam Williams, a very mysterious man, showed up in Mills County, Texas some time in the 1880s although it was later learned that Sam Williams was not his real name. It was rumored by some that he was one of Quantrills raiders, while others speculated... (324 Total Words)
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A Rainbow Beginning

By Ray Chandler
From page 36 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whenever anyone around the community of Chennault, Ga., seems to come into unexplained money, the other locals chuckle and exchange knowing winks. So-and-So musta found some of the Confederate gold, someone will say they may be right.
Its bee... (1715 Total Words)

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A Rare Treasure Worth Looking For

By Jessie Castlebury
From page 16 of the January, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You don’t have to find a Spanish treasure or a chest of buried pirate loot to have a real life treasure, you need only one simple little rock. A rock that is more rare than platinum, gold or diamonds, approximately 4.5 billion-years-old, and... (887 Total Words)

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A Reader Shares Information

By Tom Vance
From page 58 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Note: A Jim Gardner of Bryans Road, Maryland wrote commenting on the Question and Answer Column printed in the February 1999 issue of Lost Treasure. The question related to the finding of a toy lead horse by Jack Stroming. Mr. Gardner went on to e... (1419 Total Words)

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