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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 Desperate Woman Killed"

By John Manwin
From page 58 of the January, 1997 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Lady Bandits Lost Cache of Gold

The infamous feats of Belle Starr are well known, but what is less known is the fact that she and her last husband, Sam Starr, were hot on the trail of $10,000 in gold coins that were buried near her old ... (1483 Total Words)
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"classic" Treasures

By Andy Maslowski
From page 40 of the May, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
From Jason and the Argonauts to Treasure Island and modern books, stories about treasure and gold abound.
Humans like a good tale about treasure hunting. And according to written records, they have for more than 2,000 years.
Just look at ... (1628 Total Words)
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"done By Mason Of The Woods" Life, Death And Treasure Along The Natchez Trace

By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 40 of the June, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Virginia native Samuel Mason served as one of George Rogers Clarks long knives during the American Revolution. From Clark, who almost single-handedly saved the frontier, Mason received a first-hand tour of what was then the American West. He liked wh... (1135 Total Words)
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"emperor Ed" Watson's Lost Florida Cache

By Tim Casey
From page 30 of the December, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
At the start of the present cen­tury, folks in the Chatham Bend sec­tion of Floridas Ten Thousand Is­lands claimed there wasnt a meaner critter on the southwest coast of Florida than Emperor Ed Watson. A hefty, red-bearded ruffian, he was... (1323 Total Words)
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"if Gold Could Talk"

By Clive James Clynick
From page 36 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There have often been times when I have wondered what the finds in my find box would say if they could talk. I believe the more information you have on why a given gold jewelry item came to be lost in a particular location, the better chance you... (1439 Total Words)
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"look Ye For It!"

By B.G. Revis
From page 36 of the January, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
As Tom Kelly lay dying of blood poisoning on May 16, 1867, he muttered the words, If ye want it, look ye for it, and family and treasure hunters have been looking for Kellys hoard ever since - a stash estimated to be worth about $300,000, buried... (1175 Total Words)
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"may The Longest Liver Take All!" (as Quoted By Blackbeard.)

By Hal Douglas
From page 13 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Hidden Treasures of North Carolina

So many treasures we read about have their origins in our country's western states. Aren't there any lost, buried or hidden troves in our eastern states? Sure there are. North Carolina embraces over 500 po... (1729 Total Words)
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"neither Snow, Nor Rain..."

By Tim Casey
From page 69 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Snowshoe Thompsons Gold Ledge
It was impossible for the miner to proceed on foot, so he said, Ill ride. Those nuggets aint going to do me any good if Im not alive to spend them. Theres a pick and shovel in the packs. Bury the gold sacks right h... (1689 Total Words)
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"our Ma Knows Our Names"

By Margaret L. Lewis
From page 49 of the May, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
During the early 1860's, a gang of desperadoes known as the Tippie Gang operated out of the frontier town of Fort Scott, Kansas. The outlaws specialized in rustling cattle and armed robberies. Their crime spree came to an abrupt end one cold, rainy d... (994 Total Words)
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"t-bone" And His Three-ounce Gulch

By Jim Straight
From page 49 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
This article is dedicated to the late Terry Bone, a.k.a. Terry T-Bone or just T-Bone, a full-time electronic prospector.

Introduction

If you knew Terry, your life was enriched. Terry was polite, soft spoken, clean and neat and wou... (2078 Total Words)
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"well-hidden' Cache Of $1,000,000

By Jac Church
From page 57 of the February, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A cache of $1,000,000 in gold coins of the Turkish Ottoman Empire has been located in an ancient water well in Israel, according to the claims of one Avshalom Saadya, the man who is developing the find.

So far, only five coins have actually... (295 Total Words)
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"you're Going To Make A Lot Of Money, Margo

By Tom Baker
From page 26 of the January, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
"Tom! Are you awake? Wake up!" It was about two a.m. and I was very much asleep when my wife, Margo shook me to consciousness. "What's the matter?" I asked sleepily.

"Did you hear that voice---it was just as loud and clear?"

"What... (1199 Total Words)
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$100,000 In Gold Bullion

By Ken Weinman
From page 20 of the March, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometime during the morning of June 22, 1867, a lone bandit stopped and held up a mine wagon that was carrying $165,000 in newly-smelted gold bars. This spectacular hold up took place only a few miles from Salmon City, Idaho, a roaring frontier mi... (1451 Total Words)

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$14 Billion In White Gold

By Albert Atwell
From page 39 of the November, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Near Dawes, Alabama, stands the concrete flooring of an old experimental mill, creating the illusion of eight giant steps down the side of a lonely, sandy gully.

Nearby, stands a mound of reddish ore to symbolize a once-bright dream of $300... (379 Total Words)

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$20,000 Plane Crash Treasure In Arkansas

By Tom Townsend
From page 23 of the April, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was one of those rather common, violent storms that hit the Ozark Mountains each fall. North of Berryville, Arkansas, the sky blackened and inky clouds boiled above the hills, then suddenly swept down on the little town and blocked out all visi... (776 Total Words)

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$20,000 Treasure Found In Tennessee

By Frank Laereman
From page 36 of the August, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Before he went off to serve his country in World War Two, William Randolph buried his savings in a metal bucket on his Tennessee farm where it would be safe until he returned. His young wife didnt know about the buried gold and silver coins until ... (433 Total Words)

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$35,000 Gold Bar Booty

By L Kelly
From page 49 of the February, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was pure theater. In an effort to prevent Mrs. W.D. Harger from being robbed, two masked men who were robbing the passengers of Union Pacific Train No. 4, near Hugo, Colorado, on Sunday, August 6, 1900, shot Bill Fay, former superintendent of t... (1460 Total Words)

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$50,000,000 In Bolivian Gold

By D. Van Atchley
From page 37 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the world's greatest treasures is believed to be hidden somewhere near an old ruined Jesuit mission where the Sacambaya and Inquisivi Rivers meet in the province of Inquisivi in Bolivia, South America. The treasure, known as the Caballo Cun... (276 Total Words)

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$70,000 Royal Ring Found In England

By As Told By Bob Angus To David R. Toussaint
From page 36 of the September, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
After arriving at the metal-detector rally in Middleham, England on a Friday afternoon in December, we searched two-thirds of the freshly plowed field at Parks Farm before dark. The search proved fruitless, and I was certain more searching would brin... (919 Total Words)
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$80,000 Hoard In The Oklahoma Hills

By B A Huddleston
From page 27 of the June, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I do not spend much time looking for big treasures. I mostly look for the smaller ones. At present, I am searching out several old settlement sites in northeast Texas and southeastern Oklahoma, and one French or Spanish fort location near the Red ... (1180 Total Words)

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'okie Dokie' Diamond Revisited

By Jim Houran
From page 32 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Although many people may not realize it, this year was a special time for the state of Arkansas. August 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of farmer John Wesley Huddlestons find of the first diamonds in Pike County near Murfreesboro. His discovery sp... (1140 Total Words)
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'the Guide Book Of Us Coins,' Part 1

By Frank Colletti
From page 56 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The last time we discussed the ubiquitous A Guide Book of United States Coins (commonly known by it nickname The Red Book) by R. S. Yeoman, and edited by Ken Bressett. The previous article focused on the early editions, and today well look at Special... (1287 Total Words)
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(N)ever Find A Cache?

By R. Neil Simmons
From page 18 of the July, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Ever find a cache, or never find a cache? A lot of people, including many treasure hunters, consider a cache to be a large deposit of hidden treasure of gold, silver, jewels, cash, or guns and collectibles.

In America, these big stashes wer... (1533 Total Words)

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...90% of the Goodies Are Found By 10% of the Hunters...

By Andy Sabisch
From page 58 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I hate to date myself, but I guess I am considered one of the Ol' Timers, having been detecting now for close to 38 years. In that time, I have made many memorable finds and have made friends around the world that share a common bond - tr... (1826 Total Words)

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‘Escape, I’m kilt!’

By Billy Taggert
From page 38 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Espinosa Gang’s Booty

If outlaws like the Murieta gang and Vasquez’s bandits seem unreal to us, then the Espinosa gang is by contrast very real indeed. If anything, they only confuse matters further while contributing to the folklore ... (1833 Total Words)
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10 Terrific Tips For Nugget Shooters

By James E. Mulkey, Jr.
From page 8 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Buy the Right Detector

All too many people try to save a few dollars by using a 10 to 20-year-old detector to search for nuggets. What they hope to find are thousands of dollars worth of nuggets using yesterdays technology.

Why hesit... (1336 Total Words)

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10 Tips To Tune Up Your Club

By Jerry Eckhart
From page 45 of the March, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Does your club have the summer blahs? Or the winter blues? Are your meetings the same old thing every month? No one wants to cooperate or assist in the programs? It happens to every treasure club from time to time. Thats when members drop out and,... (1179 Total Words)

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15 Billion Reasons to Start Detecting

By Weiss Lancaster
From page 51 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you’re a new detectorist or are interested in becoming a treasure hunter, you’ve probably heard about or seen fantastic finds made by friends or family. You may have picked up a magazine like this one, or come across a television sh... (561 Total Words)

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15 Year Old Convicted!

By C. Norman Eaton
From page 25 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Pa Sells Kansas Cache
He opened the door slowly and looked in. He froze in horror and fear. From the light of a lantern, he saw two men chopping his mother and father to pieces with a long-handled axe. It was well known around Neosho County th... (1899 Total Words)

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1715 Fleet Cannonball?

By Jack Neuhauser
From page 56 of the February, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

On the morning of July 17, I left my Ocean Village condo on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce - a beautiful place with an ocean view.
A typical travel agent description of paradise - a place on the beach with palm trees swaying.
Wick, my frie... (923 Total Words)

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17th Wedding Anniversary Turns Gold

By David Toussaint
From page 8 of the March, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Most married couples wait until their 50th year together to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. But not Carol and Jerry Hatcher. They celebrated their 17th anniversary with gold their own golden wedding band.
About the time of their si... (848 Total Words)
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1872 Law In Danger

By Joe Protroski
From page 46 of the November, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Historically an upswing in prospecting follows periods of economic recession or depression.

Often unemployed men and women have opted to pursue prospecting when jobs and money are simply unavailable.

The largest upsurge in mining act... (1503 Total Words)

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1990 Treasure World Hunt

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 41 of the December, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Alter attending the Treasure World Treasure Hunt #2, I am still mystified as to how and why the Electroscope works and sometimes doesn’t. This is the second time I have driven 1,500 miles (to and from home) in an effort to prove or disprove ... (690 Total Words)

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200 Years Of Gold Nugget Hunting

By Andy Maslowski
From page 22 of the June, 1990 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1990 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Since many Americans have been in the mood for celebrating bicentennial events during the past 15 years, perhaps it’s time to look at the history of gold nugget hunting in this country. Although it may not be as significant as the Declaratio... (1175 Total Words)

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23 Skidoo The Golden Expression

By Jake Brouwer
From page 50 of the February, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One-Eye Thompson and Harry Ramsey were headed for Harrisburg, the newest boomtown in the area founded by a good ore strike by Pete Aquereberry and the well-known Shorty Harris. A fog had settled in the canyons that afternoon high above Death Valle... (1267 Total Words)

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3-in-1 Super Sluice Combo

By Reg Sniff
From page 25 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you are intrigued with gold and the pursuit of it, the 3-in-1 Super Sluice Combo may be just the equipment you have been looking for.

Designed and built by Howard Schmidt, who is probably best known for the Schmidt Gold Trap dredge (test... (1540 Total Words)

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40 Years Of Excellence Charles Garrett

By Aaron Cook
From page 12 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What defines a mans fortune is really quite subjective. But for Charles Garrett, co-founder of Garrett Metal Detectors, real fortune is found in the contributions hes made to the metal detection industry, the many exciting adventures hes experienc... (1178 Total Words)

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42 Sunken And Buried Treasures Of Canada

By Roy T. Roberts
From page 8 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Canada has millions of dollars in lost treasure waiting to be found. Many Canadians live within a 1,000 miles from a major treasure, either buried by pirates or prospectors, lying at the bottom of the sea or lake in a ship wrecked 200 years ago, o... (1550 Total Words)

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49er Miner

By Reggie Gould
From page 22 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The 49er Miner. I always associated that phrase with the discovery of gold at what is now known as Sutters Mill in Coloma, California. It is written in the history books that while building a sawmill, to supply building materials for his businesses i... (1818 Total Words)
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6 Year Old Kidnapped!

By Bill Kelly
From page 10 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recover The Greenlease Ransom Loot

One of the more fascinating stories abut missing treasure is what ever happened to half of the $600,000 ransom money Bobby Greenleases family futility paid for his release in 1954. Carl Hall and Bonnie Hea... (1935 Total Words)

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A "buried " Treasure

By John Anderson
From page 16 of the March, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
An ancient and famous English church, constructed on a sandstone peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean near Lands End, Cornwall, is in danger of being cut off from the mainland by erosive action of the breakers. If this happens, a hoard of ... (229 Total Words)
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A $50,000 Squirrel Nest

By Burl Hunt
From page 14 of the May, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

J.0. Maloney hid his money well. Currency that he hid was found,
but the gold and silver coins still remain hidden near Morris, Connecticut.

Maloney, an old and very secretive recluse, died in 1887. It was known that he possessed large s... (326 Total Words)

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A 'jolly' Reputation For Violence And Unclaimed Wealth

By Andrew Hind
From page 19 of the January, 2009 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Head:


Loot of a sometime lawman and full-time lawbreaker in Nome, Alaska.

Lead In:

Hidden somewhere in the shivering extremes of Alaska is a small fortune in treasure acquired by gambler, fighter, and occasional law... (961 Total Words)
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A 1,000,000 Jackpot

By James E. Mulkey
From page 54 of the December, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In Kern County, a few miles northwest of the old gold mining town of Randsburg, lies Goler Canyon in the heart of Californias El Paso Mountains, a region well-known to lost mine hunters during the last century. It was here, in Goler Canyon, that John... (1672 Total Words)
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A Backyard Treasure Hunt

By Robert E. Palmisano
From page 26 of the January, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Sometimes, searching for a great place to go treasure hunting can be as easy as walking out your own back door. Well, at least for me it was. How does a treasure hunting adventure begin in one's own back yard?

First of all, I am blessed wit... (1073 Total Words)

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A Band of Gold

By Craig E. Redick
From page 20 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When most of us reflect upon the history of Georgia we envision antebellum plantations, picturesque mountains, the war for our Southern independence, and the resurgence of our beautiful state after that painful conflict.

So often a very pro... (1092 Total Words)

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A Bandit's Cache On Trinity Mountain

By James Mccoy
From page 48 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The old towns and mines of northwestern Californias Yreka and Shasta regions stand as if time has passed them by. Although neither are household words, they were places well-known to miners, merchants and highwaymen expecting to strike it big foll... (1266 Total Words)

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A Beginner Hits His First Cache Of Coins

By David E. Smith
From page 18 of the January, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have always been a collector, have always enjoyed the search. From my early childhood days in the Oklahoma City summertime when I would collect a ball of tar from the soft, gooey cracks in the street (which I then left in my pocket, much to the ... (1484 Total Words)

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A Big Beautiful Rock: Diamond Twice Discovered

By Launa Morphew
From page 28 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It was a bright sunny Sunday afternoon. Our family had just returned home from church services. Although it was a beautiful day, my heart was heavy with worry over my grandmother. Shed been battling breast cancer for 3 years. She had done pretty... (1070 Total Words)
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A Bite Out of History

By Linda Defew
From page 22 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How strange is it to have a mastodon tooth displayed on our coffee table?
Not all that bizarre when you consider our interests are far from mundane.
Even when it comes to people, my husband laughs and says, “If they aren’t a litt... (476 Total Words)

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