Buried Gold in Ohio

By Michael Paul Henson
From page 16 of the November, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © November, 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Gold - valued at $50,000 in 1862 (just consider what that would be worth on today's market!) - was buried near Fairport, Ohio, and has never been recovered.

In that year, three robbers held up a bank in Canada and escaped across Lake Erie with their loot. Arriving on the American side of the lake, the three fought among them-selves over division of the loot. Two were killed. The third robber died six months later in a Chicago hospital from a pulmonary disease.

A few minutes before he died, the man confessed his part in the crime. He told his nurse and doctor the story of the hidden gold.

Details did not leak out until a year later, after a Chicago group had searched in vain for the gold and left Fairport to return to Chicago by steamboat.

The death bed confession follows, in part:

The gold is buried three feet deep, all the bars together, 20 paces due northwest from a large oak tree near the west bank of Grand River, in Ohio, two miles south of the lake (Erie).

Since 1863, when details of the treasure first became known, sporadic hunts have taken place. Shortly after the Civil War, the hunts were feverish and many. In later years the searches were fewer and took place virtually unnoticed. But always they were unsuccessful.

Very few people have searched for this treasure over the past 60 years. Fairport is now known as Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

Most of the old oak trees are gone now and the crime and the buried gold are all but forgotten. But I believe a treasure hunter with a deep-seeking metal detector and a map of the area dating from the 1860's still has a very good chance of locating this cache.