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Famous Lost Treasures Part Six
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LOST TREASURE IN IOWA
Where are some lost treasure in Iowa?


Plan a great family vacation to Iowa and search for lost treasures while you are there. Here is a list of a few of the treasures that are known to be in Iowa that has not been recovered.

Bellevue
 

Close by the Mississippi River in the southern part of Bellevue a band of pirates in the 1880’s buried their ill-gotten gain in a cave. Shortly after hiding their loot, they were attacked and hung by vigilantes.


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Buffalo

No date was disclosed, however, just west of Davenport at Buffalo a train was robbed of around $35,000 to $50,000 in gold. As described by old timers the gold was buried on a 3-acre lot near the railroad tracks and a road close to a creek.

Cerro Gordo County

Thomas Nelson was not much into trusting and buried his fortune of gold coins in a 3-foot deep hole somewhere between Wheeler Ranch and Horseshoe Bend. He tried several times to recover his buried treasure but was unable to find the location again.
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Clinton

As it was told a lumberman worth quite a bit of money, filled an iron cooking pot with gold coins, stocks and bonds. He then buried all this close to the banks of the Mississippi River where today we know as River Front Park.

Council Bluffs

Many tales abound about Jesse James and where he buried all of the money, he and his gang, stole from various banks and trains. One such story is that $35,000 worth of gold coins is buried on a farm just a few miles north of Council Bluffs.
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Dallas County


Who has not heard of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde? It is believed that this pair buried a large amount of money in the 1930’s overlooking the Raccoon River around three miles north of Dexter.

Iowa has many treasures hidden, buried, and lost from as far back as the cowboy and Indian days to the roaring 20’s, through the gold rush era and even more recent.
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Going on a treasure hunting adventure would be a great way to explore Iowa and its beautiful countryside and the thought of finding one of the treasures listed below would top of the vacation.

There is suppose to be buried treasure in Cold Water Cave, which is 25 miles from Decorah on the Gaul farm, which was built in 1935, or so the legend goes.
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A miner by the name of Tom Kelly buried his gold and valuables in a chest somewhere near Kelly’s Bluff in Dubuque. His fortune is estimated to be worth around $200,000. Another tale tells of $300,000 of silver and gold is buried behind Saint Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Dubuque.

Gold nuggets were buried in three one-gallon ceramic jugs close to Eddyville just north of the cemetery. This is the spot that three miners hid their gold. One of the trio was killed and as the story goes; his body was burned and buried in the exact spot of the buried gold nuggets. In 1920, a skull was found in the vicinity that helps to add more credibility to the tale.
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It is believed by the words from an old Indian that in 1842 an army payroll wagon was robbed and the gold coins were buried close by Guttenburg along Miner’s Creek.

In 1957, a park worker found several hundred American silver dollars in Stone Park in Woodbury County. The stories are that there are several different treasures hidden in the park, which was loot from pirates.
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THE LOST TREASURE OF
IRISH CANYON

Where is the lost treasure of Irish Canyon?

We have all heard the tales of Butch Cassidy and his outlaw gang from his first robbery of the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889 to his death or his presumed death in South America. However, does anyone really know what happened to all the money that these outlaws stole from the banks during their bank robbery careers?

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If you read the history books, you will learn that Butch Cassidy was the groundbreaker on the Outlaw Trail, which was a small path that lead from Mexico up through Utah and ended in Montana. Along the way, there were many hideouts and ranches that would hire outlaws as ranch hands. However, what you will find in history books is that there was also a trail that leads through Colorado.

Cassidy during the late 1800’s gathering together his bandits that soon became known as the Wild Bunch and they included Dick Maxwell, Elzy Lay, and Harry Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid, Henry Wilbur (Bub) Meeks, and George Currie.
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Cassidy and the Wild Bunch had several different trails, hideouts, and ranches that dotted the countryside to hide from the law. One popular hideout for not only Butch Cassidy, but also infamous outlaws such as Isom Dart and Matt Warner was the one in Irish Canyon. Irish Canyon can be found in the northwestern part of Colorado just northwest of Maybell. It is believed that $30,000 in silver coins was buried somewhere in Irish Canyon by Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, however, no one has found the spot and there is only word of mouth to find the buried treasure.

If you would like to try your luck, after arriving at Maybell take US 40 to Colorado 318, then turn northwest onto 318 and just keep going until you reach Moffat County Road 10N, it will lead you directly through the Irish Canyon.
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THE LOST TREASURE OF
ISSYK-KUL
Where is the lost treasure of Issyk-Kul?

Long before any of us were born during the last half of the 7th century, a castle was built on one of the islands of Issyk-Kul. Here is where it is believed to be the location of Chingizhan's treasures and his tomb. It is believed that the sons of the conqueror pretended to have the funeral his funeral in 1127, in Ordos. As the legend goes, Kyrgyz aksakals know that Chagatai the son of Chingizhan ordered a coffin to be made from the strong mountain archa placed the conquerors body along with gold, and jewels, which was then placed at the bottom of the lake. The rest of his jewels and treasures were hidden away in a mountain cave. The mountain cave sank when waters rose from the nearby river.

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Another story about the islands of Issyk-Kul occurred in 1218. Christian settlers were in danger of Chingizhan and his army of knights. In fear, the monks of Christian Abbey in Suyab decided to run from the Mongols, they left with treasure with a convoy of 200 camels and started along out along the north of Issyk-Kul. They were moving in the direction of Kashgar. When they believed they had no option, they began to buy their treasure along the shore and in the coastal waters. They then rested for the night, and began moving up the mountain. Here they found a cave, which had a river flowing through the bottom; here they placed the jewels at the bottom of cave. The cave was then sealed shut with stone slabs and one of the monks marked the slab with a cross and covered it over with earth. As the tale states, the jewels were sunk.
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To this day, many have researched and searched for this infamous cave and even the bottom of lake and the treasures have never been located.

JAMES GANG LOOT IN KENTUCKY
Where is the lost James Gang loot in Kentucky?

Jesse James, Frank James, Cole Younger, and four other men made up the Gang known as the James Gang. They robbed banks and trains throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and probably more.


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On March 20, 1868, The James Gang held up a bank in Russellville, Kentucky. The entire amount they got away with was $17,000 with $5,000 of the loot being bank notes and the rest in gold coins. The banker, Nimrod Long was beaten and shot; however, he did not let the James Gang get ahead too quickly before he sounded the alarm.

Shortly after the James Gang rode out of town, a 50-man posse was on their tail. The tracked the gang to Allen county where the James Gang had gone in different directions to aid in their escape. Since the posse was hot on their trail, they did not have a chance to divide the stolen bank money.
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The posse noted that some of the tracks led toward Red River County; however, the tracks vanished before the posse could catch up with the bandits. Unbeknown to the posse at the time, those tracks belonged to Frank and Jesse James that were making their way back to Adairville only 15 miles from where they had robbed the Russellville Bank.

George T. Hite, the James brother’s cousin, had a house in Adairville. George was a grocer and a close friend and confident to Jesse. George would often allow the James Gang to hide away in his home in order to escape the law. Many believe somewhere on the Hite property is much of the loot stolen by the James Gang as this was the only hideout in all of Kentucky for these outlaws.
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THE LOST JARS OF GOLD
Where are the lost jars of gold?

The great Klondike gold strike did not reach the United States until June 15, 1897, however, when it did the news traveled quickly across the country.

When it reached the ears of Frank in Welsh Hill, Pennsylvania, he knew he had to head to the Klondike to seek his fortune in gold.


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Four years later, Frank returned home with 12 fruit jars filled to the brim with gold dust and nuggets. He told everyone this was just a small amount of the gold that he found while in the Klondike. Frank explained that he had left the gold hidden on his claim near Dawson. He spent quite a bit of his gold on family and friends while enjoying the freedom of having so much money.
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A short while later, he told his close friends and family that he was going back to retrieve the rest of his gold and to sell his claim. After several months passed and Frank had not returned, everyone was beginning to worry. A stranger brought a note stating that Frank had died of a mysterious illness. His sister did not believe the bizarre tale and went in search of her brother and his claim. When she found his claim, she also found a cabin. Inside the cabin was her dead brother. He had been dead for months, but was preserved because of the cold temperatures. The cabin had been torn apart by those searching for Frank’s hidden cache. To this day, no one has found the rest of Frank’s gold which is believed to be hidden in glass fruit jars just like the ones he brought home.
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If you really wish to look for Frank’s hidden gold, the best place to start would be in Dawson near his claim.

THE LOST TREASURE OF
JESSE JAMES

Where is the lost treasure of Jesse James?

There is a legend that was passed down from one of Frank and Jesse James friends that in fact had the original map on cowhide of the exact point where the loot from a robbery was buried. However, no one even with the help of the map has been able to recover the lost treasure.

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Conley was a friend of both James brothers and stated that he was even a look out for them when they pulled some of the infamous robberies. From the tale, Conley along with Frank and Jesse each possessed a map that showed the whereabouts of $180,000 buried in Cutthroat Gap, which is in the northwest corner of Comanche County in Oklahoma.

As the map shows, the treasure is hidden in a sealed cave, which should not be hard to find once you find the stone corral known as the Horse Thief Corral, which is home to an old log cabin where many outlaws use to hide. Here you will find a Winchester rifle mounted in the fork of a tree. This is the sign to show the way to the treasure. From the directions on the old cowhide map, you will see a long black streak on the summit of Mount Pinched. Somewhere between this streak and the rifle is the sealed cave, which holds the loot.
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The loot stolen from a payroll robbery at Dodge City is hidden here in the Wichita Mountains; however, no one has been able to find the sealed cave. All of the other signs have been found, the cabin, the black streak, and the Winchester, but no mysterious cave.

Some believe that Frank James did at one time go to Cutthroat Cap and retrieve some of the money; however, no one knows whether he did in fact take any or all of the money that was hidden there.
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JOAQUIN MURRIETA'S
STOLEN TREASURE

Where is Joaquin Murrieta’s stolen treasure?

Back in the 1850s, during the days of the Gold Rush, Joaquin Murrieta was a very well-known man. He strived to make an honest living as a miner but he quickly faced discrimination and racism. He was then therefore, forced to turn to the life of a criminal to survive. He became known either as a Mexican patriot, who was rebelling against the white man’s desire for domination, or as a bandit.


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He became the leader of a band known as The Five Joaquin’s, who were known for cattle rustling, robberies, and murders in the area of the Sierra Nevadas, known as the Mother Lode, during the years of 1850 – 1853. There are many treasures that belonged to Murrieta, rightfully so or not, that have been lost over the years. One of these treasures was a wagonload of gold that Murrieta and his gang were carrying. The band had stolen this treasure from one of the northern mines. However, when they were travelling back from the mine, a group of Indians attacked them and stole the gold.
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It’s believed that the Indians hid the treasure in an old burial grave underneath a ledge of a cliff. Murrieta attempted to go find the gold and reclaim it as his own but unfortunately, California Rangers found him and killed him before he could reach the gold.

It’s believed that Murrieta had also buried some of his stolen treasure somewhere between Burney, California and Hatcher Pass, close to Highway 299. That treasure has never been found. Another treasure that remains lost to this day is Murrieta’s treasure of $200,000, which is believed to be between Susanville and Freedonyer Pass. This is close to what is known today as Highway 36.
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One of the members of Murrieta’s group was Manual Garcia, who was known as Three-Fingered Jack, stole a strongbox from a stagecoach. The strongbox is believed to have had 250 pounds of gold nuggets, which at the time, would have been worth approximately $140,000. It’s believed that the two men buried that treasure along the banks of Feather River, close to Paradise, California. This gold has also never been found.

Murrieta has given treasure hunters today much to work with. Why he always buried his loot and could never seem to go back to retrieve is unknown. One thought is that he didn’t like to travel with too much himself. As a thief, he was quite distrustful of other people. But he is still known today as one of the most legendary bandits ever known.

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JOHN NEAL'S GOLD
Where is John Neal’s Gold?



If you really enjoy searching for treasure you may be the one that locate John Neal’s gold. John Neal lived in Hueysville in Floyd County in 1881. He had to visit Cincinnati Ohio and before he left he decided to bury his treasure in a safe location so no one would steal his $7,000 in gold and silver coins while he gone. He chose a spot in the woods behind his farm and went to Cincinnati.

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He returned home, however, he brought home with him more than he did or the rest of the town bargained for, the Plague. He died shortly after his return and so did many of his neighbors. After the epidemic settled down, his large estate was probated. One servant girl, told the story of the hidden treasure, however, no one could find the hidden treasure. Many neighbors knew that John Neal was in the habit of burying money prior to taking any long trip, so it is believed that the money is still buried in those woods.
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Since, many knew that John buried his treasure in the woods; there could be even more hidden treasure in the woods. If you find the time and really desire to find a hidden treasure, this one would be a great one to find.

THE LOST TREASURE OF JOHN SINGER
Where is the lost lost treasure of John Singer?

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John Singer was the brother of famous Isaac Singer, who invented the Singer Sewing Machine and had made a fortune for himself doing so. John Singer was interested in making a fortune for himself as well but, he was more interested in exploring the Texas coastline.

The year of 1847 found John Singer travelling through Port Isabel in the Gulf of Mexico with his wife, four sons, and another boy that he had hired to help along the way. They left the harbour at Port Isabel on a schooner that was named Alice Sadell. They soon found themselves in a storm but John was certain that the storm would soon pass. He had been in that same region before and was familiar with how the storms worked and what to do when found in one. It didn’t take long for the storm to get very worse and John, fearing for the safety of everyone on the boat, decided that it was time to seek shelter of some kind. It wasn’t long after this decision that the storm helped him out by throwing him, his ship, and his passengers onto a deserted island.
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The family waited out the weather in the safety of the ship’s cabin and in the morning, the storm had passed. Singer took his hired help and together they went to explore the island. After they had investigated and talked between themselves, they thought that they were on Padre Island, and they were right about that.

This seemed to be a popular island to land for shipwrecks. Many Spanish ships had also been shipwrecked near this same island by the same type of violent storms. These ships had been travelling back and forth from Mexico and had carried loads of gold and silver. These ships would often be sunk well below the surface of the water and the heavy waves would wash up whatever wreckage there was from the ship onto the shore of the island. Pirates also used Padre Island as a burial ground for the valuables that they would often steal along their travels.
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All of this was unbeknownst to the Singer family. Yet, they still decided that they really enjoyed being on Padre Island and decided to make it their home. They built furniture and the frame of a house with pieces of wood from what was left of the ship. Mrs. Singer made it a true home by finding seeds and planting a garden for her family. John fashioned a small boat and used this to travel to the mainland to find things such as cattle to be delivered to their island home. They also used the Gulf as a main source of food by fishing and finding other wonderful treats in the water. They loved life on the island but had no idea what the island held for them until the children happened upon some Spanish coins one day while playing in the sand.
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This small find sparked the Singer’s curiosity and they all went out in search of what else the island held for them. They came across more coins, jewellery, and a wooden chest that contained $80,000. John became very successful in the cattle business and together the Singer’s kept looking for, and finding, treasure on the island. John found a large sand dune and decided that’s where he would hide his found treasure. He called the sand dune “money hill.” Whenever he needed funds for something, he would simply go to money hill and get it. There were two small oak trees on either sides of the hill that helped him find the hill whenever he needed to.
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Yankee gunboats appeared on Padre Island at the beginning of the Civil War and the Singer family was forced to quickly move his family to the mainland. It wasn’t until four years later, after the war had ended, that he returned to the island to collect his money. What he found was disastrous. The Yankees had torn down his home to use the wood to build their fires. Violent storms and winds over the years had also drastically changed the landscape. John could not find his money hill and the oaks that marked the spot were completely gone as well.

John Singer died in 1877 and his treasure was never found. The story goes on that he died a very poor man, with no earthly riches at all. To this day, treasure hunters still comb Padre Island, looking for Singer’s buried treasure.
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JOHN SWIFT'S LOST SILVER MINE
Where is John Swift's lost silver mine?

As the legend goes, long before white settlers came to the area Cherokee and Shawnee Indians worked silver mines throughout the area known today as Wolfe County, Kentucky. John Swift was one of the white men that came to shore around 1757 or 1758 at the port of Alexandria Virginia.

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He became friends with a man by the name of George Mundy who had been held captive by the both the Cherokee and Shawnee Indians that mined the silver. Mundy was one of the several prisoners during that time that the Indians made mine the silver as well; because of this, he knew the whereabouts of the silver mines. How these two met and why Mundy felt the need to give this information to John Swift is not known. However, in 1761, Swift and Mundy along with a few other men two of which were experienced miners headed off to find the rich loads of silver in the land beyond the mountains.
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According to a record of John Swift in his journal on June 6, 1761, they discovered three of the mines after crossing Sandy Creek close to its headwaters and then going west for a long distance. He also recorded finding other mines in the same by going southwest along a large ridge until they came to large river and then north to a big rocky creek.

For eight years, John Swift and his companions went over the mountains and back numerous times, mining and bringing back the silver from these mines. They did have quite a few problems in the process such as quarrels among the men, rough terrain, rival traders, and of course hostile Indians. Because of these problems, the men often buried large quantities of silver ore along the route.
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From records of John Swift he stated that on September 1, 1769 they left around 22 and 30 thousand dollars in English crowns buried near a large creek that ran a southern course. Nearby they left their names Swift, Jefferson, Mundy and the rest of the party on the trunk of a beech tree.

John Swift on a return trip to England was imprisoned for his views of the problems he saw between the colonies and England. When he returned to America, he was very old and had lost his vision. He did try to organize more miners and tried in vain using only his memory of the terrain to find the silver mines. John Swift died before ever finding the mines again. His last entry found in his journal concerning the mines, "It's near peculiar rock, don't ever quit looking fer it, it'll make Kentucky rich."
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To this day, no one has found the mine that Swift talked of in his journal.

THE LOST TREASURE OF
JOSE GASPAR

Where is the lost treasure of José Gaspar?

José Gaspar was a pirate who came from Spain and called Boca Grande, now known as Gasparilla Island, Florida, home.

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From 1789 to 1821 José Gaspar pirated over 400 ships and made off with an estimated $30 million in booty.

José Gaspar and his crew buried their loot on the islands in and around Charlotte Harbor and in the vast network of streams and swamps in the Peace River area.

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In 1822 José Gaspar was ready to retire but the day he and his crew were splitting up loot he spotted a British merchant ship and had to go for one more haul.

This was a bad mistake as the ship was actually the USS Enterprise sent by The American government on a pirate hunting mission.

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After a short battle José Gaspar knew all was lost and rather than face a hanging he tied a chain around his neck and jumped overboard never to see his treasure again.

None of José Gaspar's treasure has been found to this very day.
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KANAKA JACK'S MINE
Where is the lost treasure of Kanaka Jack's Mine?

In El Dorado County in California, many years before any one had heard of the gold rush, natives of the Hawaiian Islands were here during the 1800’s. The native’s were known as Kanakas. They worked in the hide and tallow trade before creating permanent settlements and farming through what is now known as California.

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The Kanaka’s established the first town in El Dorado County; they were rather quiet and enjoyed life farming until gold was discovered in the area. Along with along others searching for their fortune in gold many of the Kanakas joined in the mining. Their little settlement town soon became known as Kanaka Town. Many of the islanders along with other miners sold their produce from farming in a nearby village called Coloma.

“Kanaka Jack” was one of the islanders that was soon seen in the village of Coloma bringing in large amounts of gold that he had found along Irish Creek which was close to the town. Many in the area began calling it the Kanaka Jack Mine. Kanaka Jack died in 1912 before telling anyone where his mine was located.
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Many treasure seekers have to this day tried in vain to locate the lost Kanaka Jack Mine.

THE KILN CANYON TREASURE
Where is the lost Kiln Canyon treasure?

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During the 1870s, there was a lot of mining happening in Nevada. The lead-silver smelters were very busy and charcoal was needed to keep these operations running. Three ovens were built on top of McCann Summit. The ovens were constructed in a unique beehive shape and it was from these ovens that the wood contractors turned pinyon trees into charcoal and then sell it to the smelters.
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One day, a contractor from Portugal was owed quite a bit of money from a Tybo smelter. He collected his money and made his way back to Tybo so that he could hire more contractors for woodcutting. Along his way to Tybo, he divided his money and took a section of it to hide along his travels. He did this same thing with any money that he received as he was saving as much money as he could so that his family could one day come and join him in America. After hiding his money securely enough, he continued on his way to Tybo. Close to the spot where it’s thought that he hid his money, he was found dead, where his horse had thrown him. The contractor died instantaneously when his neck broke.
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One of the contractor’s workers later stated that his boss would always go northwest of a dugout that was across the street from the beehive ovens. Based on the length of time that his boss would always be gone for, his worker guessed that the money would be approximately three-quarters of a mile away. There were also no trees that were built around the ovens, as they had all met their fate with the wood contractors much earlier.
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Many people have fled to the McCann Summit to search out the contractor’s money. The total amount of money is thought to be approximately $5,000 but someone has yet to find it. Tybo has become an abandoned place that only holds traces of life lived long ago, including this lost treasure. However, for any treasure hunters that want to try their hand at it, the treasure can be found somewhere near the three ovens that still sit atop McCann Summit in Nevada.
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KING JUBA'S LOST TREASURE
Where is the lost treasure of King Juba?

Can you imagine Africans arriving to Illinois before Columbus discovered the New Continent? The lost treasure of King Juba seems to be the missing chain of an untold history that is evidence of Africans in America before any European stepped here.

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Certainly, there are archeological vestiges evidencing the arrival of Chinese and Viking explorers before Amerigo Vespucci or Columbus himself, but the arrival of people from Africa during the Roman era is something that nobody else apart from Frank Joseph, the editor in chief of Ancient American magazine told us before.

Juba was born in the year 52 BC and was the king of Numidia before he moved to Mauretania. Later he married Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of the Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark Antony. According to Joseph, King Juba arrived in America along with other exiled Celts, Africans, Romans, Christians, and Jews.
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To support his theory, Frank Joseph wrote a book with details on his research and unsupported information regarding the journey that ended in Illinois. The existence of the treasure, however, is based on archeological artifacts that Russell Burrows discovered in a cave in 1982.

Based on his own research, Joseph is convinced that such artifacts are part of King Juba's treasure. Due to the nature of Frank Joseph's job, most people believe that his book is more likely a fictitious novel based on very outdated history texts.
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There is also a book in which Russell Burrows recreates his adventure and how he found those artifacts that were sold or suddenly disappeared leaving no evidence behind. Certainly there are pictures of Burrows buried in the mud rescuing the treasure, but none clear enough to show what he found in that cave.

Lie or truth, treasure hunters try to reconstruct the paths that Frank Joseph barely cited in his book and other bibliography reference that includes testimonials published in the Ancient American magazine. If that treasure exists, the most valuable piece will be its contribution to history, recording Africans as the first explorers of the so-called New World.
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LOST TREASURES OF KIOWA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA - PART 1

Where are the lost treasures of Kiowa County, Oklahoma?

The Wichita Mountains stretch from about the mid of Kiowa County from the North Fork of the Red River into Comanche County close by Fort Sill. Legends claim that the Wichita Mountains are the oldest mountains in America. If there are treasures scattered through these mountains, maybe a few of the tales from past generations can lead you to the fortunes.
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April of 1541, Coronado left Mexico along with 30 soldiers and crossed the Red River searching for Cibola, the Seven Cities of Gold. An Indian guide told of this city and by his directions that searched for this wonderful city. As the guide described the area, he called it Quivira. He stated that Quivira would be found where there was a river in Flat County where canoes were able to travel with over twenty rowers on each side. He went on to describe – Their Lord sat under a golden awning. The lord would take a nap under a beautiful tree where golden bells hung quietly ringing with the breeze until the lord fell asleep. No one ever mentioned finding any treasures or the Seven Cities of Cibola.
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At the mouth of the Devil’s Canyon, lies a small Mexican ghost town. If you are seeking gold around this area, you will be met with ghosts that guard the treasures. As the legend was told by Don Diego Del Castillo and his crew of Spanish miner that traveled here in 1650. The Spanish explorers traveled through Devil’s Canyon, which they called Canyon Diablo. This area between Flat Top Mountain and Soldier Mountain as legend goes is home to lost Spanish gold mine, smelters, an old church, a brass cannon and the treasure from a Spanish ship. Part of this mysterious 768 acres today, is protected by the Quartz Mountain State Park.
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Legends have always abounded about the ghost in shining armor that protect the hidden treasures which include a brass cannon filled with gold and a silver casket full of the church’s treasures. The cannon was supposed to be buried somewhere in the canyon. The Spanish missionaries that lived in the area in 1629 claim the casket are buried in a hidden cave.

During 1806 a mysterious and quite frightening incident occurred when a group of well to do Mexican were camping near an old village in Devil’s Canyon. During this time, there were some prospectors there searching for two old mines they had heard were there, Black Shaft and Tunnel Shaft mines. The Mexicans had been in there campsite for around 4 weeks when in the middle of the night the prospectors hear a large blast at around 10pm, and five more blasts about 20 minutes apart. The next morning, as the prospectors were reading themselves for another day of searching did not claim any responsibility for the blasts. They decided to visit the Mexican’s camp. When they arrived, the camp was completely empty and there were no signs of any type of blasts in the mountains.
The finding of the mines or any treasure was not reported from any of the expeditions.
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The finding of the mines or any treasure was not reported from any of the expeditions.

After the Mexican explorers and miners, not much is mentioned for around 100 years and then more tales begin to surface around Devil’s Canyon and the Wichita mountains. A man by the name of Lugert was out hunting in the area when a snowstorm hit. While he was on the flat area described in part two between Devils Canyon and Bird Canyon, he found a very large hole in the ground. He kicked all old log down into the hole and estimated the depth to be around 40 feet. He went home with plans to return later to discover what might be down in the mysterious hole.
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He gathered some friends and went back to the mesa as soon as the weather permitted. However, once they were on the mesa, the hole had mysterious disappeared.

Other tales of treasure on or around the Wichita Mountains include a tale of $100,000 of gold bullion buried at the Twin Mountains, which is about 10 miles southeast of Roosevelt. Many have searched for this gold and even found small clues such as the initials “JJ” and “BDL”, but the authenticity of the rock with these initials was never proven and of course, the gold has not been discovered.
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How this mysterious gold bullion was buried here is as mysterious as the gold itself. One legend claims that Spaniards while traveling through the area were attacked by Indians but buried all their gold before they were killed. An elderly Indian woman was found digging on Twin Mountains and claimed that she was there and took three mules with her that were packed down with gold. She claims that as the Indians were leaving the area with the gold mules, they were attacked by Mexicans. She states that the Indians hid the gold on the west side of Twin Mountains and escaped the Mexicans. However, when they returned to find the gold they could not find the location in which they had buried the treasure.

Another tale which might explain the initials “JJ” is one of Jesse James and his booty in a cave in the Wichita Mountains.
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No matter how the legends began, many believe there is a wealth of gold hidden away in the Wichita Mountains in Kiowa County in Oklahoma. Many of these are from Indian attacks, battles from Spaniards and Mexicans, and many lost mines. Who knows for sure what lies deep in the mountains. Does the ground change as soon as an entrance is found, do the ghosts help to hide the treasure, or could it be that weather and time has changed the looks of the mountains?
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LOST TREASURES OF THE
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

Where is the lost treasure of Knights Templar?

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was an organization formed in the Middle Ages, best known as the Knights Templar, but also referred to as the Order of the Temple. One of the early military orders founded in Europe, during the Crusaders, the order was not so poor by the end of its days, and dissolved accused of excessive ambition.

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From the 1100’s to the early 1300’s the power of the Templars, endorsed by the church, surpassed their original purpose and goals. When the order was dissolved their fabulous treasures came into account, including gold, silver, religious items, artifacts, and crown jewels taken from almost all the royal European families.

One of those treasures was finally located on Oak Island, a small island near the coast of Nova Scotia with an estimated value above one billion dollars. Because the Knights Templar was prosecuted, some of them probably arrived to this Island to escape from the execution order pending over their heads.
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However the first attempt to rescue this lost treasure was focused on a different finding. In 1795, an expedition arrived to Oaks Island trying to find a pirate treasure, Captain Kidd's booty presumably buried here. After discovering the vestiges of a ship the explorers began with the excavation that revealed a different treasure that is found lying here.

After finding a series of tunnels and laid flagstones in successive platforms, the three men who started this venture knew that something big was buried there. Eventually a company was formed to rescue the treasure, but throughout a thousand years, the dug has only returned iron scissors, some gold chains, and an undecipherable parchment.
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Because of the complexity of the dug, many theories have arisen. Whatever is buried on that island is not a pirate treasure, and not that of the Captain Kidd, whose treasure was found at some point in New York. This could be a Templar treasure due to its characteristics, but the items found are frustrating making researchers believe that perhaps the Knights Templar were not as rich as people believed when their organization was dissolved.

THE LOST TREASURE OF
LA CAVERNA DEL ORO



Where is the treasure of La Caverna del Oro?




This post was modified from its original form on 05 May, 18:35
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The legend behind La Caverna del Oro is one that is plagued with evil spirits, death, and of course a fortune in gold.

Atop Marble Mountain in Colorado lies an area in which the Native Indians believed was full of demons, therefore they would not set foot on this 13,000 fee high mountain. However, in 1541, Spanish monks during an expedition in Colorado forced the Indians into slavery and had them extracting gold from this demonic cavern. The Indians went against the monks and killed two of three, leaving alive, one very smart monk, De la Cruz. He convinced the Indians that he could control the evil spirits that were present in the mine. The Indians through forced labor extracted large amounts of gold for De la Cruz. When he was finished with the Indians, De la Cruz along with other remaining Spaniards killed the Indians and left for Mexico, along with the gold.
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Today, even though many have gone down into the cavern no one has been able to locate the whereabouts of the wooden doors that hold the treasure. It is believed that these doors are around 500 to 700 feet of the cave entrance. It could be that the real entrance to the cave has not been found and that the one where others are searching could have been the escape route.

To find the entrance that everyone is using marked with a cross you must venture up Marble Mountain, go northeast of the Great Sand Dunes just over Music Pass.
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THE LOST TREASURE OF THE
LA MADALENA

Where is the lost treasure of the La Madalena?

A 250-ton Spanish galleon by the name of La Madalena commanded by Captain Cristobel Rodriquez was headed back to Spain after visiting Vercruz, Mexico and Havana in 1563. A bad storm tossed the small boat around and finally sank the galleon. There were 300 people aboard and only 16 survived the storm.


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At the time when the storm hit, she was carrying over 50 tons of silver in bullion and coins, 1,110 pounds of gold in jewelry and small ingots, 170 boxes of silver objects such as candle sticks, and many other valuables that belonged to passengers.

Finding the La Madalena has been a mystery for years. Using the most sophisticated equipment such as the magnetometer, which can only detect ferrous metals, has not been able to find the exact location since her cannons were made of bronze and the equipment cannot locate this type of metal. The bronze cannons themselves on today’s market alone would be worth somewhere around $30,000. The total count of these bronze cannons aboard the ship was 28.
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Shrimp fishermen have been lucky in the area and have recovered one bronze cannons that was sold to a private collector for $15,000, another bronze cannon was found in close proximity but was dated after the decades after the ill-fated La Madalena. A chest of 3,000 Spanish four and eight real coins was discovered by another shrimp fisherman in his shrimp net. The coins were dated between 1748 and 1751.

Somewhere in this shrimp fishing area lies the treasure of the La Madalena.
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