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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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Beach Combing on the Great Lakes

By Patricia Kerr
From page 64 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Paula Matheson of the Plummer Additional Township in northern Ontario is a newbie to the world of lost treasure hunting, but her first year has proved successful because she is experienced with the water level fluctuations on the Great Lakes.

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Beach Combing on the Great Lakes

By Patricia Kerr
From page 64 of the April, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Paula Matheson of the Plummer Additional Township in northern Ontario is a newbie to the world of lost treasure hunting, but her first year has proved successful because she is experienced with the water level fluctuations on the Great Lakes.

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Beach Hunter ID 300

By Andy Sabisch
From page 23 of the July, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beach and water hunting have been passions of mine for more than 35 years. Starting with equipment that would be considered crude by any standard today, the group of detectorists that I hunted with in the early-1970s made many great finds on beach... (2481 Total Words)

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Beach Hunting Basics

By Clive James Clynick
From page 48 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the things that I like most about the hobby of metal detecting is that there is always room for improvement. There is so much more to treasure hunting than just swinging a detector. Metal detector technology is continually getting better an... (1629 Total Words)

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Beach Hunting Lessons

By Robert Colby
From page 29 of the June, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Two hundred and fifty years ago, a treasure galleon sank out there in a savage hurricane. No marker for this tragedy now except an oblong pattern of bleach bottles bobbing on the swell about 100 yards off shore. But, thirty feet below, waiting to ... (1432 Total Words)

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Beach Hunting Requirements

By Tom Vance
From page 58 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

James L. Owens of Pleasant Hill, Mo., wrote the follow- ing. He said, Id like to go ring-shooting at a beach on my two-week vacation, but living here in Missouri, Ive never been to a beach. I was wondering if you could recommend a couple of beache... (1427 Total Words)

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Beach Sites Of Yesteryear

By Will Myers
From page 12 of the July, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Wareham is a small coastal town on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. I first visited to attend a family reunion at my cousin's beach house. Recorded history of the area dates back to the early 1600's when settlers migrated there from what would become R... (857 Total Words)
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Beach Sites Of Yesteryear

By Will Myers
From page 12 of the June, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Wareham is a small coastal town on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. I first visited to attend a family reunion at my cousin's beach house. Recorded history of the area dates back to the early 1600's when settlers migrated there from what would become R... (780 Total Words)
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Beachcombing How To Find Pieces Of A Dream

By James E Mulkey
From page 16 of the June, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever had the itch to search for treasure along an isolated beach where pirates buried their booty? You say youve always wanted to find a stretch of sandy beach where pieces of eight are known to have washed up on shore? Do you daydream of... (1388 Total Words)

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Beachless In Oklahoma

By Bill Petty
From page 10 of the June, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since I am addicted to metal detecting, I was thrilled when a job assignment gave me the opportunity to spend most of the month of October in Ft. Myers, Fla. My home in Norman, Okla., has a lot of parks to hunt, but no beaches. I made a point of b... (995 Total Words)

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Beale Code No 3 Deciphired

By R. E. Hohmann
From page 23 of the April, 1973 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1973 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This list is drawn to divide owners of this treasure and their next of kin. Shares to each follows. These are the beginning words of Beale Cipher No. 3 decoded by the author. Readers need only substitute letters for numbers as follows

T H I... (1594 Total Words)

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Beale Treasure - History Or Hoax?

By Jacqueline Seewald
From page 47 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A pamphlet published in 1885 tells the bizarre story of a buried treasure that has never been located. James B. Ward of Lynchburg, Virginia, published a pamphlet with the lengthy title: The Beale Papers containing authentic statements regarding th... (852 Total Words)

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Beale Tresure Code

By Various Readers
From page 6 of the December, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have investigated the Beale treasure around Montvale, Virginia.

My last trip up there, I discovered after digging approximately six feet down...a vault. The keystone of this vault is concave on top and has two notches on the end, in the c... (1191 Total Words)

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Bean Pot Gold

By Dan Atchley
From page 20 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

First of all, part of this treasure has been found. Belas Carter, an old time cowboy of Wichita Falls, discovered part of it many years ago. That part of the cache, as told to J. Frank Dobie, consisted of a Winchester rifle, a six-gun, and $50 in ... (748 Total Words)

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Bear Cave Treasure

By Maurice Kildare
From page 22 of the July, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The late October sky hung low with wintry clouds as Alec Toppington approached the northern end of the Carrizo Mountains. At dawn that morning he had crossed the border from Utah.

The Carrizos humped somberly in black array beneath the high... (4667 Total Words)

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Bear's Ears Trail

By Mike "hawkeye" Pickett
From page 21 of the July, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Old Spanish Trail, OST, was not one trail but actually many trails with many branches and forks. From its beginnings in Mexico, the trail extended north to New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. It wound west... (1247 Total Words)
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Bearmouth Train Heist

By Linda Weinman
From page 22 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The outlaws of the old west held a special place in American history. They held up banks, stagecoaches, and trains.

In the pecking order of western history, it was the train robber that most folks admired. Even honest folks envied his darin... (2171 Total Words)

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Beastly Butler Cache

By C. Kutac
From page 60 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When the nearby placers were worked out, it was the beginning of the end for Red Mountain City near Butte, Montana. But a story of treasure was left behind when the town was deserted. It came about because of Beastly Butler.

Butler was a pr... (183 Total Words)

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Beating the Winter Blues: The Myths of Norman Island

By Carolyn Bouldin
From page 20 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You can solve the winter blues by going to the islands and their beaches, places that hold both rumored and proven treasure.
When one hears the phrase “Virgin Islands” in casual conversation, images of vacationing amidst azure blue waters a... (1492 Total Words)

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Bechtlers' Mint Revisited

By Trini Concoles
From page 21 of the December, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During the half-century between 1790 and 1840, most of the gold being mined in the United States came from northern Georgia, northwest North Carolina and the northern part of South Carolina. Thousands of people migrated to this Appalachian region to ... (1114 Total Words)
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Become Smarter During the Winter

By Jay Pastor
From page 54 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Most of us would like to know more about the way our detector does its job, and winter seems like a good time to learn. After all, what else is there to do?
But, unfortunately, no modern books, and even fewer instructors, are qualified to give ... (713 Total Words)

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Beer Trove In Lake Erie

By George F. Smith
From page 55 of the April, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the last Sunday of April 1925, a Canadian launch, the "Ada Maybelle," sank in Lake Erie within sight of Cleveland, Ohio. She took to the bottom a cargo of 300 cases of beer, which, if recovered intact, would bring the finder a small fortune. Th... (172 Total Words)

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Before The Sundance Kid

By Gary D. Peterson
From page 76 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Castle Gate Payroll Cache
In 1894, Cassidy was sent to the Wyoming state prison at Laramie for stealing horses. This was the only sentence he ever served. He fought the case in court with the defense that he and a partner had purchased the hor... (2415 Total Words)

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Beginning To Profit

By Mark E. Battersby
From page 48 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Everyone who now enjoys their treasure hunting activity as a hobby can reap an extraordinary number of benefits by taking that activity to the next level: operating it as a business.

Operated as a business, any treasure hunting-related acti... (1486 Total Words)

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Behind The Iron Door

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 50 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost Cache of the Wichita Mountains

Unless you spend a lot of time in the Wichita Mountains it is hard to imagine not finding something as large as an iron door, especially when so many have seen it. Those mountains are rugged. Their sides ... (3066 Total Words)

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Beleaguered Bullion

By Bill Moody
From page 23 of the August, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Although Robert E. Lee officially surrendered the Confederate army at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, winding down the war took a while longer. Lincoln's death on April 15 threw the whole of Reconstruction into turmoil.

One of the unresolved m... (260 Total Words)

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Bell S Lost Hidden Canyon Mine

By Jamie Ibenez
From page 17 of the January, 2008 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Heres a story for treasure hunters living in San Diego County about a lost gold mine near the border between San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The mines discoverer showed the gold ore to a camp cook at the then active gold camp of Tumco in I... (1459 Total Words)

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Bell Starr's Iron Door

By Sharon Carter
From page 31 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The notorious female outlaw Belle Starr is, like so many western characters, difficult to sort out, to separate fact from fiction.


For one thing, Belle has been portrayed as very beautiful when in fact she was, as one person described,... (875 Total Words)
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Belle Starr's Lost Iron Door Cache

By Carlos Williams
From page 44 of the August, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Like most famous outlaw figures in American history, tales of the notorious female bandit Belle Starr have taken on the proportions of legend which, as time passes, become increasingly difficult to distinguish from fact.

While a lot of the ... (1704 Total Words)

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Ben Hines- His Handicap Is No Hinderance

By Tom Vance
From page 14 of the November, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One look at the coin and ring collections of Dallas treasure hunter Ben Hines leaves the viewer impressed. Nearly 27,000 coins and four hundred rings. Pretty fair hunting for anyone. On the surface, Ben Hines story is similar to other coinshooters... (1929 Total Words)

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Ben Subletts Lost Mine Did It Ever Exist

By Eugene Anderson
From page 23 of the October, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Eccentric Old Ben Sublett supposedly died without revealing the location of his now legendary Lost Ben Sublett Gold Mine of the Guadalupe Mountains. But did Old Ben ever really have a mine to become lost at all? Or did his undeniable wealth come f... (3043 Total Words)

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Beneath The Sidewalks

By Steve Lehto
From page 47 of the December, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detectorists are always looking for virgin dirt, that soil that no one has been over with a detector. Such areas are becoming scarcer as time goes by, because people with detectors, like me, are always looking for and finding such places to ... (1578 Total Words)

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Beneath The Surface

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 3 of the June, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Yep, the water feels great depending on where you live. If your water isnt quite warm yet, wet-suits are great!
Ive been an open water diver (Scuba) since 1988. I became certified when we were living in Okinawa, Japan.
Talk about treasure... (417 Total Words)

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Bentonville Forgotten Civil War Battlefield

By Thomas L Parry
From page 25 of the June, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Chickamauga, Bull Run, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg and Shiloh are all Civil War battlefields that have been designated as Historic Sites and are administered by the Federal government. But what about battlefields that Uncle Sam didnt get his hand... (1435 Total Words)
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Bermnie Product Vibra-probe 360 Pinpointing Detector

By Joe Patrick
From page 22 of the October, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lately, there seems to be a lot of interest in handheld pinpointing metal detectors and a rapid increase in the number of companies that produce them!
Its easy to understand why a device that can make detectorists more skillful and prevent or ... (1394 Total Words)

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Bernard Mcfaddens Lost Caches

By Margaret Lewis
From page 41 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Who was Bernard McFadden? The name doesnt ring a bell for most people. Who? they say, I never heard of him. Was he a famous gangster or something like that? No, he never did anything illegal, but he was extremely rich and famous and became a house... (1552 Total Words)

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Best Buys For The Collector Without A Modest Budget

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the June, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last time we looked at best buys for coins that listed under $50; this time well look for those pieces that wed buy if we didnt care about a budget. Or, lets go crazy. To start, consider any and all key dates in just about every coin series. They ... (1413 Total Words)

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Best Buys In Coins -- Less Than $25

By Frank Colletti
From page 52 of the January, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The last time we looked at coins less than $10, this time we are raising the budget to $25 and we have a much larger group to consider. Initially, just like the last time, we will start with cents and work our way up in the denominations.

I... (1489 Total Words)

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Best Picks For Coin Collecting

By Frank J. Colletti
From page 50 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are many coins that collectors can purchase for their collections that have a better than average chance for advancing in value.In the past few years we have seen an explosion in interest and value in the Washington Quarter set, which ran fr... (1397 Total Words)

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Between Sidewalk And Street

By Michael Fay
From page 41 of the May, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Im a contrarian by nature. Theres something about obeying the rules and following conventional wisdom that just rubs me the wrong way. Now, Im not talking about violating the treasure hunters code and searching private property without permission ... (915 Total Words)

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Beware Of Tomaniwos' Curse!

By Ben T. Traywick
From page 35 of the June, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While visiting San Francisco in the summer of 1860, George Gibson was mildly surprised when Wells Fargo express delivered a three-pound package from his friend and neighbor, Harvey Miller, in Jacksonville, Oregon. George unwrapped the package... (1703 Total Words)

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Beyond the Center of the Action

By Jay Pastor
From page 64 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On August 5th, 1777, a scorchingTuesday, General Nicholas Herkimer led the Tryon County Militia across the Mohawk River into the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War.
Other than the General (who saw himself primarily as a landowner), these... (860 Total Words)

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Bicentennial Treasure Of The Defense

By Dean R. Mayhew
From page 18 of the November, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On July 6, 1779, the sheriff of Essex County, Massachusetts, swung his leg over the rail of the brigantine "Defense" and strode aft to the quarterdeck to meet Capt. John Edmonds. His mission of that summer day was a bit unusual.

The vessel ... (1515 Total Words)

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Big Bud Pro Sed

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 5 of the December, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
As a long-time fan of Bounty Hunter detectors, I was happy to hear they were back in business. So, when I was asked to field test the new Big Bud Pro SED, I gladly accepted. Bounty Hunter, now owned by First Texas Manufacturing, has just introduced t... (2624 Total Words)
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Big Nose George's Loot

By Maurice Kildare
From page 11 of the February, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The range of peaks running from northwest to southeast in Campbell County, Wyoming, is called Pumpkin Buttes. Those on the ends are named respectively North and South Butte. The buttes are 42 miles southwest of Gillette between the Powder and Bell... (2728 Total Words)

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Big Treasure In A Little County

By Howard M. Duffy
From page 47 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At first glance, Hardin County in southern Illinois is rather unassuming. It probably looks like a county in your state, with a few cities, several small towns, rural areas and the like.

But since its southern boundary is the Ohio River, th... (1227 Total Words)

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Bill Huntley

By Patsy Beyerl
From page 5 of the January, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Bill Huntley

Editors note: The following was written by Tom Vance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Huntley family.

The treasure hunting fraternity has lost a dear, dear friend. Someone who gave much more than he ever received f... (663 Total Words)

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Billions Buried In The Bronx

By Kelly V. Bouldin
From page 18 of the January, 2006 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Today in New York City there exists a treasure worth more than one billion dollars. This is a historical fact. The amazing wealth lies about 2 1/2 miles due east of Central Parkjust around the corner from La Guardia Airport. The question for treas... (1369 Total Words)

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Billions of Dollars: Cash Waiting To Be Claimed

By John F. Minges, III
From page 24 of the December, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In Lost Treasure we often read about the mystery and intrigue that surrounds a buried treasure or cache of coins. We are drawn in and captivated by the super-sleuth using a detector on dry land or in the shallows of the water. Inevitabili... (842 Total Words)

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Billy The Kid's Lone Cache

By Ben Townsend
From page 17 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The summer sun burned down on Lincoln, New Mexico, as William H. Bouncy crouched in the second-story window of the courthouse cradling a smoking shotgun in his arms.

Face down on the street below lay the buckshot-pierced body of Deputy Sher... (1299 Total Words)

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