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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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Are Some Lost Lands Still Loaded With Hidden Loot?

By Pat Hughes
From page 62 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most of the lost lands myths are filled to the brim with valuable treasure just waiting to be found.
It is hard to unravel the myth from the grain of truth that once told the story of a missing landmass. The question that arises here is why?

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Are The Panamints Guarding A Cache Of Rare Coins?

By Carl Allenbaugh
From page 35 of the December, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How many eight-sided gold coins could a worried Indian stuff into a barley sack?

At first thought, the question may seem a bit trivial, but it isnt all that frivolous. There is more than mere whimsy to support the belief that a fortune in n... (2019 Total Words)

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Are You Happy With Your Success?

By Andrew Sabisch
From page 51 of the February, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How long have you been treasure hunting? Six months, one year, five years, 10 years or longer? Are you making the kinds of finds you hope for each time you head out? Unfortunately, if you are like a large percentage of those in the hobby... (1727 Total Words)

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Are You Too Object Oriented

By Bill G. Revis
From page 24 of the June, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever noticed how landmark or object oriented most THers are when hunting a site? They will instinctively head for the first physical object or structure to begin their hunt then move to the next one, leaving all the space in between virtu... (1335 Total Words)

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Are Your Digging Tools Politically Correct

By Ken Richards
From page 46 of the May, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Probing into the stiff December soil of a Cincinnati park, I suddenly felt a light tap on my left shoulder. Turning, I saw the pretty face of a young woman in a park maintenance workers uniform. I noticed that youre using a screwdriver, she said w... (1099 Total Words)

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Areas Of Specialization

By H. Glenn Carson
From page 30 of the November, 1991 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most seekers of lost and hidden treasures would like to go out on a fairly regular basis and dig up a cache. Not if its too hard, mind you, not if time-consuming research is required, but just a simple, easy-to-get-to cache now and then. Twenty to... (1615 Total Words)

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Arizona

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Skeleton Canyon
The town of Quartzsite, Ariz., population 2,000 in summer, draws over one million visitors in winter at a combination swap meet and carnival that lasts for months.
Skeleton Canyon

It should surprise no one wh... (1579 Total Words)
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Arizona

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 52 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Mr. Silver Hunter
Back issues of Arizona Highways magazine are excellent sources for treasure leads in Arizona, but no lead should be taken at face value do your own research.
Lost Pish-La-Ki
1. During the Civil War when Federal tr... (1585 Total Words)
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Arizona -- Aztec Treasure

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Stories of the conquest of Mexico rarely brings to light the fact that the Aztecs were viewed as hated tyrants by all of the less powerful tribes in Mexico. When Cortez arrived at the causeway leading to Montezumas capital, he had with him 5,000 I... (392 Total Words)

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Arizona -- Lost Dutchman

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So much has been written regarding the legendary Lost Dutchman mine that it is almost impossible to write more without engaging in speculative fiction. The most (and perhaps the least) I can do is try to hack away at some of the more obvious error... (557 Total Words)

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Arizona -- Lost Soapmaker

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 50 of the February, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Tinajas Atlas, or High Tanks area at the southern end of the Gila Mountains near the Arizona-Mexico line is named for the natural rock tanks that trapped rain water from the infrequent but violent desert thunder storms. In 1855 a party from Me... (543 Total Words)

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Arizona Nugget Hunting

By Reginald Sniff
From page 30 of the March, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of my recent field tests of a gold-hunting detector, the Tesoro Lobo, proved to be far more successful than I could ever have hoped. Because nugget hunting is new to many treasure hunters, I share my experiences in greater detail in hopes that... (1840 Total Words)

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Arizona Robbers' Caches

By James E. Mulkey
From page 8 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One hundred and 25 years ago, a Southern Pacific train was held up by a group of outlaws wearing masks when it made an unscheduled stop to take on water at Pantano, a grease spot on the map west of Tucson, Arizona.
The men got away with $62,000... (1338 Total Words)

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Arizona Train Robbers' Collosal Cave Cache

By Al Masters
From page 16 of the September, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a hot summer day in 1884 and the Southern Pacific mail train headed for Tucson, Arizona, was right on time. As it pulled to a halt at Pantano, a water tank stop southeast of Tucson, four armed men, their faces masked with bandanas, suddenly... (1203 Total Words)

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Arizona's Heart Of Gold

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 35 of the March, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Theres still magic in them thar hills of central Arizona. Of course, you need to own a gold detector to put that magic to work.


Probably nowhere else in the West will you find as much gold as in central Arizona.

Rich Hill, in... (1650 Total Words)
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Arizona's Top Gold Spots

By James E. Mulkey
From page 23 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Although placer gold can be found in many parts of the desert, Southwest Arizona continues to be one of the best locations for finding gold using a metal detector. Let's take a look at some of the more popular districts in Arizona where placer gold c... (1383 Total Words)
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Arizona's Ghost Trail - The Butterfield Overland

By Gerald T. Ahnert
From page 17 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Before there were organized white settlements in the Arizona Territory, there was only a crude trail across the territory with a few adobe buildings as stations. Today, the trail is dim, but sections of it can still be found. Most of the stage sta... (1986 Total Words)

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Arizonas Gold Ghost

By James E Mulkey
From page 28 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If youve ever dreamed of taking a time machine to visit the Old West, youll get your chance when you visit Arizonas premier ghost town, Vulture City.

Located 14 miles southwest of Wickenburg, this ghost town lies in the heart of gold mining ... (2026 Total Words)

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Arizona's Golden Secret

By James E. Mulkey
From page 64 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
One of the best kept secrets in the West is Quartzsite gold. Each year, Quartzsite, a small community of several hundred people, welcomes 40,000 winter visitors from all over the country who set up camp south of town at the La Posa campground, a... (1546 Total Words)
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Arizona's Lost Six-shooter Mine

By James Mccoy
From page 44 of the August, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the annals of Arizona history, the story of a lost mine made famous by the exaggerations of pulp fiction writers has been long-forgotten. The Lost Six-Shooter Mine, as the story became known, is supposedly located somewhere between the Planet M... (1574 Total Words)

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Arizona's Semi-Ghost Town and Its Ghosts!

By Vicki Huntington Hooper
From page 8 of the February, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Down in the southern part of Arizona, a mere 11 miles from the Mexico border, in a narrow green valley lay a settlement known as Arivaca.
The name Arivaca derives from “la Aribac,” an Indian word for “small springs.”
Originally an In... (1530 Total Words)

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Arkansas

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 27 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Secret of the Mulberry
Misfortune brings Sorrow enough; Tis envy to ourselves, To augment it by prediction! From Queen of Aaragon
1. Spanish treasure cache
According to the history books, the Spanish and French traded Arkansas back ... (1566 Total Words)
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Arkansas

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 54 of the January, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Lair of the Arkansas "Killers"

During the 1850's and 1860's, Napoleon, Arkansas, 10 miles east of Kelso on the Mississippi River, had a reputation of being the toughest town on the Mississippi. One of the primary reasons for Napoleon's... (1439 Total Words)
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Arkansas - Callahan Mountain

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Callahan Mountain in northwest Arkansas is one of those places whose name pops up again and again in treasure stories. The Callahan boys, a pair of bandit brothers for whom the mountain purportedly takes its name, used it as a hideout in pre-Civil... (353 Total Words)

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Arkansas - Diamond Site

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The most spectacular dia- mond occurrence in America is located just south of Murfreesboro in Pike County. Geological conditions at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, where visitors can hunt diamonds for a slight fee, are precisely the same as tho... (348 Total Words)

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Arkansas - Hot Springs

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The late Thomas Penfield said, Theres treasure everywhere, and I dont dispute him; but some parts of the country just seem to get more than their fair share. Like powerful magnets, certain special places seem to pull in treasure stories almost; i... (273 Total Words)

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Arkansas - Sultana

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 20 of the November, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
On April 27, 1865, the steam boat Sultana was en route from Vicksburg, Miss., to Cairo, Ill., carrying 2,231 Union soldiers recently paroled from Confederate prison camps, along with a small contingent of wealthy civilian passengers. The legal capac... (464 Total Words)
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Arkansas Artifacts

By William E Goode
From page 51 of the March, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Jenkins Ferry Civil War battleground on the Saline River approximately 10 miles southwest of Sheridan, Arkansas, is still a rich source of Civil War relics.

Thousands of minie balls another battlefield relics have been recovered near th... (151 Total Words)

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Arkansas Bank Robbery Cache

By Tom Townsend
From page 57 of the May, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

With six-guns blazing, a band of daring robbers shot their way out of the First National Bank in Harrison, Arkansas, in the spring of 1880, and escaped with an estimated $5,000 in large canvas bags. The four outlaws raced west along the old s... (253 Total Words)

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Arkansas Counterfeiter's Lost Silver Mine

By Tom Townsend
From page 63 of the October, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

He dwelt in a cave overbooking Tomahawk Creek near its con fluence with the Buffalo River. He traded for supplies with crude ornaments of pure silver at the little set-tlement of Silver Hill. He counterfeited dollars of a higher grade silver than ... (937 Total Words)

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Arkansas' Fabulous Treasure Caves

By Angie Irons
From page 29 of the February, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Nearly every known cave in Arkansas has some sort of legend or story behind it. Some of these stories are about hidden hoards, robber’s caches, and lost Indian treasures. Many of these stories and legends are based on actual events and have ... (2505 Total Words)

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Arkansas Gold Rush: Boomtown Of Golden City

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 46 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Southern Logan County, Arkansas, in 1886 suffered a serious drought that dried up creeks, wells, and threatened to kill livestock. In a narrow valley in the northern Ouachita Mountains known as Brushy Creek, John Redman owned a sawmill and ran a... (969 Total Words)
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Arkansas Summer 2004

By Stephen Burgess
From page 12 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Here in Arkansas, Summer 2004 proved to be weird, hot, and extremely dry. After so much rain in the spring that we had localized flooding, the sky cleared for the rest of the season. The ground got so bone dry it was difficult to scratch out a det... (1814 Total Words)

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Arkansas Tom Jones

By Andrew Hind & Maria Da Silva
From page 15 of the August, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Those names which loom largest in the mythology of the Wild West - names such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Wild Bill Hickok - gain most of the attention in popular media, in historical research, and even in our i... (1428 Total Words)

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Armuchee Ocean Fossils In North Georgia

By Steve Hudson
From page 33 of the April, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Three hundred million years ago it was easy to go to the ocean. The roads werent crowded, the gas lines werent long, and you could swim undisturbed on an ancient sea while, below you, life abounded and the trilobites slowly declined.

These ... (2361 Total Words)

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Arroa's Lost Gold

By William E. Smith
From page 20 of the November, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While prospecting in Baja, California, on the slopes of the Sierra de los Cocopah Mountains in 1873, a Mexican named Pedro Pedrillo came upon a crude and weathered wooden cross.

Carved into the cross-piece was a message directing the finder... (228 Total Words)

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Artifact Hunter's Paradise

By James Artew
From page 8 of the April, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
How A Corps of Engineers project is turning up thousands of artifacts along the Savannah River shore.

Just across the river from Savannah, Georgia, along the shore of Hutchinson Island, is an artifact hunter's paradise. Mixed in with today'... (1327 Total Words)
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Artifacts From Another Age

By John Christopher Fine
From page 14 of the December, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Loretta Monts McEntire’s great grandfather lies buried under Lake Murray, South Carolina.
Her grandparents and great grandparents farmed land along the Saluda River.
The Lexington Water and Power Company wanted to create hydro-electric... (2101 Total Words)

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Aruba Treasure Hunting

By Roy Zeper
From page 20 of the September, 1992 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The island of Aruba lies 12 degrees north of the equator and is situated just 18 miles off the Venezuelan coastline. Aruba is 19.6 miles long by 6 miles at its widest point, 70 square miles in area. The constant northeast trade winds offer a pleas... (873 Total Words)

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As Told To W. C. Jameson I Saw Part Of The Victorio Peak Treasure

By W. C. Jameson
From page 26 of the September, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The following story was related to me by a man who was hired by a legal claimant to make an attempt at retrieving a portion of a huge Spanish treasure cache hidden within the mysterious Victorio Peak located in White Sands Missile Range. He, along wi... (1731 Total Words)
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Asian Gold

By D. J. Donn (as Told By Mke Harvey)
From page 20 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Finding things with a metal detector has been my hobby for more years than I care to admit. The satisfaction of retrieving a good find is almost enough, but being able to return that find to the owner just puts the frosting on the cake!
Metal ... (921 Total Words)

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Assassins Keep Their Secret

By Bill Kelly
From page 67 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bert Caseys Hidden Loot

Brothers Vick and Jim were the first of the Casey clan to lock horns with the law. While working a farm on the banks of Mustang Creek in the Canadian region of the territory, two of their neighbors suddenly disappear... (1842 Total Words)

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Assayer's Stolen Gold Bars

By James E Mulkey, Jr
From page 29 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
He systematically hid a few of the gold bars,
and doctored the company books to cover his tracks.

The Spaniards were the first to discover and mine for placer gold in the Picacho mining district in 1778. Later, during the 1860s, Mexican... (1675 Total Words)
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At The Forks Of The Thames

By "silver" Mike Davidson
From page 26 of the May, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It is easy to forget, as we drive along our four lane highways in our air conditioned cars, or, communicate in a heartbeat through our computers, that, merely 200 years ago the part of Canada where I live was still wilderness. The first settlers ... (1561 Total Words)

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Atilla's Golden Grave

By W. Craig Gaines
From page 49 of the September, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Attila the Hun was called the scourge of Europe. Attila was probably the richest person in the world at the time of his rule over vast lands that included what is now middle and eastern Europe, as well as parts of western Asia. The Huns had emigrated... (908 Total Words)
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Attending Organized Or Competition Hunts!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 54 of the February, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In most parts of the country, winter has effectively shut down many in terms of being able to get out and do any detecting; however, this is the ideal time to start laying plans to ensure the upcoming season is your most productive one yet. Unless... (1582 Total Words)

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Attic Cache Or Unsafe Stash

By Roger Dale Miller
From page 24 of the July, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a treasure hunter since the age of 14, I am more accustomed to finding treasure, not losing it. But over the years that is exactly what happened, and I’ll bet it has also happened to many others.

I have sought out and collected the ... (896 Total Words)

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Attic Cache Or Unsafe Stash

By By Roger Dale Miller
From page 24 of the August, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As a treasure hunter since the age of 14, I am more accustomed to finding treasure, not losing it. But over the years that is exactly what happened, and I’ll bet it has also happened to many others.

I have sought out and collected the ... (897 Total Words)

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Auction Time

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 5 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Its only been a few short months since Lost Treasure Inc., introduced its newest feature online Lost Treasure OnLine Auction (located at: http://www.losttreasure.com/auction/ or another way is to just go to the home page http://www.losttreasure.com... (509 Total Words)
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Australia's Golden Glow

By James E. Mulkey
From page 12 of the September, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Stand atop of Ayers Rock and point in any direction to find Australias rich gold fields. To the west, lies the Australian state of Western Australia, while Ayers Rock lies within the Northern Territory. Point toward the northeast where youll find Que... (1567 Total Words)
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