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July 15, 2003---Volume 1, Number 10
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FROM THE EDITOR: OK---here we go with our 10th issue ! I started this newsletter and website 4 1/2 months ago. I'm having FUN doing this, but it is tough to fill a newsletter by myself. I foresee the future might bring about a change. Time constraints and very few articles being submitted might force this newsletter to become a monthly issue. SO: if you have any articles or suggestions---send them to me at: LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
SCOUNDREL OR SCAPEGOAT ?
An American Indian who chose to live his life by his own rules found himself
at odds with the white residents of early
Clark County, Nevada. Killer? Bandit? Read these 2 stories:
SEARCH THE WEST
Here is a very comprehensive source list for information about the Old West. It should keep you going for hours: http://www.torcida-online.com/~west/html/searchtw.htm
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL ?
Just a little fun thing to try out: http://www.frontiernet.net/~cdm/age1.html
MY FAVORITE UTAH SITES
Here are about a dozen of my Favorite sites. Here is where I hang out---when
I'm not on my forums or website:
399 Historical Photos
Some interesting photos. Some can be enlarged by clicking on them.
The NUGGET HUNTER
By Richard Delahanty
Seven short stories---from his website: http://www.nuggetshooter.com/RD/TheNuggetHunter007.html
THE PROSPECTOR STORE
MAPS OF NEW ENGLAND
Historic USGS maps of
New England :
PREMONITION OF DEATH
The official RMS Republic website: http://rms-republic.com/index1.htmlIOWA GOLD Iowa Gold Newsletter for the latest in Iowa Gold News: http://www.iowagold.com/iowagolddotnet/ DEEP DIGGERS A website that showcases the finds and stories of a bunch of Georgia relic hunters:
"The 100 Best Westerns Ever Made" http://www.americaone.com/westerns/movies.htm
GUNFIGHTERS & LAWMEN
Read about the legends of the Old West. Determine for yourself if they are worthy as legends: http://www.geocities.com/gator2856/oldwestoutlaws.HTM
THE DETECTING SMARTGROUP
Find out what over 1,950 detectorists worldwide have already found: http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/detecting
LOST LEGENDS OF THE WEST
LOST LEGENDS OF THE WEST is a weekly TV show that searches for lost treasure in the Western United States. Click on all of the links on both of these websites to learn how you can enjoy this show: http://swashbucklerstudios.com/ http://www.americaone.com/shows/lostlegendswest.htm
Your source on the web for daily archaeological news and information: http://www.archaeologica.org/
COIN & RELIC GAZETTE
Knowledge and tips for the metal detecting hobbyist: http://users.rcn.com/sbuckner.enteract/gazette.htm
Seven pages of links---most are archaeology related: http://www.har-indy.com/Links.html
METAL DETECTING & TREASURE HUNTING WEBSITES
NUGGETS FOR SALE !http://www.goldmartinc.com/
LOST SILVER MINE
West Marshall County or Benton County, MS: This story was
told to me in April 1989 by Mrs. Connie Bonds Beck, a lady in her eighties. She
was married to Leon Jackson Beck, who was the son of John Benjamin Beck, who was
the son of John T. Beck, who was the son of Orrin Beck. The interesting point
in this story is that John T. Beck married a widow named Frances. Frances had a
grandson that grew up to be General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Back to the
story: The Indian chief was a friend of Orrin Beck. This was about the time
that the army was to move the Indians to Oklahoma. The Indians had silver of
all kinds. Even their saddles were adorned with silver. The chief told Orrin
that he ( the chief ) would tell Orrin where the mine was located before the
army took him to the reservation. Orrin made a trip to Tennessee to purchase
horses and while he was gone, the army came to transport the Indians. The chief
came to Orrin's home to tell him about the mine. Since Orrin was not home, the
chief would not divulge the secret to a woman. The army moved the Indians and
to this date no one has found the mine.
FOR SALE: $1,500.00 ---I have authentic documents of a
remote Mayan area in Mexico ( 3-5 pages ) showing details. The area has been
described as containing several Spanish, Mexican, and Mayan mines and vaults
with gold bars and artifacts.
This is for real ! Several years ago I encountered a gentleman from Mexico who wanted to sell 20 tons of gold ( 106 bars ). The bars appeared to be Spanish---this is due to the size, shape and weight of each bar. Also, the consistancy was approximately 82-87 % pure, indicating Spanish mining. During our many meetings he told me many stories about the area. Among the stories he mentioned was the area being littered with old Spanish artifacts and several vaults flloded with water that have been there for hundreds of years. The area is also filled with many old Spanish mines that have not been explored for centuries. However, many of these mines and vaults have been cursed and booby-trapped by the Mayans that live there. What makes this even more intriguing was that at the time I was not into treasure hunting, and neither was he. These were merely mentioned in casual talk and had nothing to do with the deal I was brokering on the gold. Simply put: I had no interest at that time in the history or folklore of the area. I wish I had, for I would have paid more attention to these details. He mentioned that this area is extremely remote and is Mayan. There is no English or Spanish spoken here. So you will need an interpreter ( that you can trust ) to be your guide. I WILL NOT SELL THIS INFORMATION TO ANY AMATEUR. THIS IS STRICTLY FOR THE SEASONED HUNTER WHO KNOWS THE RISKS INVOLVED. YOU MIGHT NOT RETURN. Among the usual environmental risks, this is an extremely dangerous adventure ( i.e. Indiana Jones ). The Mayans will greet you with guns and booby traps and curses. You will need to be well-armed and have a well-organized team for this. I recommend a doctor or someone who can perform extreme first aid, if necessary. He also mentioned to me that even just getting to the area is dangerous. The roads are dotted with Mayan traps. The closest village has no phone, electricity, running water, or any conveniences. There is a dirt airstrip near the village. I will assist the buyer of these documents with all of the leads and knowledge I have to help in his success. There are too many details to put into this description. I will answer any "serious question" by email at:
THE BLACK HOLE
Submitted by Hoang Ho
The Salmon River in Central New
York has much scenic beauty and a great variety
of fish, which include salmon and lake trout. The fish spawn at certain times
of the year and attract hordes of fisherman to its banks. The river empties
into the Great Lake Ontario at Pulaski, and early trappers and traders founded
that settlement for its excellent location in trading circles. This story
relates to an infamous stretch of river called the Black Hole. Located upstream
from the mouth of the river about seven miles, the Black Hole is a combination
of rapids and peculiar rock formations that can be extremely dangerous.
The story begins for our purposes in the year 1716 when the only inhabitants of
the area were Native Americans and a few trappers and traders, mostly French,
who made a life trapping and selling the wolf, mink, fox, and other furbearers.
Marc Toussaint was one such man. Born in Montreal, he was one of a family of
trappers and loggers who were part Mic-Mac, or perhaps Oneida Indian. He had
bartered for a trapping grant from the local government at the time and was
awarded a lot compromising about thirty square miles in the area of what is now
the Adirondack State Park. Marc Toussaint tried as hard as he could to make it
rich. He could have been called a workaholic type because he began to increase
his legal trapping area to include lands that were outside of his original
grant. To avert suspicion he traded his excess furs at Pulaski instead of
Montreal. He had a plan to build a big house and have a horse and carriage in
Montreal someday and his workaholicism gave way to a bit of greed
and robbery. He was not adverse to stealing from the traps of others, and
since this crime was difficult to detect, he always got away scot-free. Marc
Toussaint was getting rich fast. His modern day counterparts would be
successful Wall St. traders or commodity brokers. He insisted on payment in
gold and soon amassed a small fortune that equals $6,000,000.00 by present day
measures. He even had a secret forge and molding operation at which he remolded
his bullion(some of which was said to be stolen) into blocks he could carry and
manage best. In all his total in gold bars was thirty. Monsieur Toussaint had
aquired a poor reputation in Montreal for his suspicious business practice, and
he in turn suspected the authorities there of conspiring to imprison him and
steal his gold. He made a decision therefore to quit the area, move his
treasure to Pulaski or perhaps Kingston, Ontario, and ponder his next move.
His sturdy canoe was loaded with his traps and furs and 1/2 of his gold in
a chest and he set off on the Salmon River in late fall. His trip was
successful, and he made it to a new camp of his choosing at an unknown
location. In early winter he made his way back upstream and decided to wait
until spring to bring the last of his gold and supplies to his new location.
In early spring the Salmon River is at its most dangerous. Modern day fisherman
have only to take that one extra step into the current in order to get caught
and carried away. The legendary Black Hole is an underground rock formation
that causes an underground tunnel. When spring comes and the snows melt, the
violent river action can cause anyone or thing to be more or less "flushed"
underground with no hope of holding their breath long enough to survive the
trip out of the Black Hole. Mon. Toussaint was well aware of the dangers of
that particular stretch of river in this early springtime. Yet in his rush to
leave the area, and also with his greed pushing him, he decided to chance the
trip to Pulaski. After loading his remaining gold into the chest along with his
rifle and provisions, he pushed off the riverbank and started out. Toussaint
was a very confident man, and his thoughts were more attuned to his future
grandious life in Pulaski or Kingston than on his canoe paddling. He
should have known that with the extra heavily laden canoe he must be in
perfect position ahead of the Black Hole in order to successfully navigate it.
He awoke himself from his daydream only too late to set his canoe on the proper
course. The rapids and splashing water began to fill the canoe, Marc Toussaint
reached for a floating satchel and capsized only fifty yards from the Black
Hole. Toussaint screamed, but the river was making louder noises that day, and
sure enough he was swallowed up by the Black Hole. Many men have died since
then on the river at the Black Hole. Some bodies are recovered, but many are
not. It's possible that Marc Toussaint's treasure is still out there, half of
it in the woods somewhere near Pulaski, and the other half sitting and waiting,
in the Black Hole.
A short story from the book " SHORT STORIES OF LOST TREASURE IN THE ADIRONDACKS"
THE LAS VEGAS FORT
There is a lot we don't know
about Las Vegas.
Hoang Ho, Mean Co. Inc. CEO has some information that is not even in the
history books. " There is a lost fort that dates back to the time of the
Revolutionary War right here in Las Vegas." The fort located on North Las Vegas
Blvd. in North Las Vegas was a bivouac and storage area similar to other
fortifications from the era.
Mean Co. Inc. has a Treasure/recycle Div. and has located a number of
potential sites here in Clark County. Apparently the knowledge of the fact
that the Revolution was fought here has been lost. Hoang Ho attributes that
fact to the secret nature of the mining operations that were out here back
then. Prisoners and 'impressed' men worked the mines of the area. Perhaps they
didn't want to talk much about it when they were released from the prison
mines. Hoang Ho has found artifacts like flints for flintlock rifles, and says
there is a mine in the valley that still has a room with artifacts and
documents dating back to the 1770's. "I wouldn't be surprised if we found a
copy of the Bill of Rights out there." Says Ho.
Hoang Ho has experience in treasure hunting. He helped Barry Clifford of
Maritime Explorations locate the pirate ship 'Whydah' off of Cape Cod in the
early 80's. He also dove for Mel fisher on the 'Atocha'.
Ho was in the Pentagon in the early 70's and found an old General there who was
in charge of antiquities. He had maps of earthworks on parchment, and Ho
believes that the fort on N. Las Vegas Blvd. across from the Pep Boys is one of
those forts. There was another site on the property Steve Wynn is building for
his new casino 'Le Reve', but the construction destroyed that place before he
could get in touch with him. Hoang Ho located another fort similar to this one
in Central New York but ran into legal problems with the property owners after
having a verbal agreement to dig there.
Mean Co. Inc now files claims according to Federal Abandoned Property Law
(keyword) treasure trove. The law states that an agreement with the property
owner is the obvious compromise.
Apparently the British blockaded the Gulf of Baja so the Americans couldn't get
up the Colorado River to get to Las Vegas The term 'vegas' is spanish for
meadows, like the ones the men slept in at night. There is real possibility for
a National Historic site in Clark County. Hoang Ho has been in touch with the
Clark County Planning Commision about the possibilities. Aaron Burr's men
blocked the passage through Texas from Galveston, and the knowledge of the
place was lost. The Revolution bogged down during that time and the gold and
silver needed for finance was not available. The location of the fort coincides
with data that says uniforms and other supplies were purchased in Mexico.
Hoang Ho has been trying to get UNLV and other interested parties to help
document the sites. Interested parties can email the project manager at
Check out our page at Google groups.. Mean Co. Inc.
Mean Co. Inc. PO 492 Chadwicks, NY 13319 (702) 528 - 2983
a nevada corp. 96'
THE ROCK HOUNDS OF NC NEED YOUR HELP !
Hi Everyone ! The Ray Mine is near
Burnsville, NC. We need your help to try and get the road back open by having
you call U.S. Representative-Congressman Charles Taylor at 1-202-225-6401. Tell
him you would like to see the road re-opened. I was told that he does listen to
people. And you can call the Forest Service at: 1-828-682-6146 and complain to
them about the closing of the road and that you want it re-opened. They are
discriminating against the disabled by keeping them away from the mine. You may
email Representative Charles Taylor at:
IMPROVING OUR NATIONAL PARKS
Interior Secretary, Gale A. Norton, recently submitted his report to President Bush. For more info: http://www.doi.gov/news/030702b.htm
ROADS TO RUIN
How a 137-year-old mining law directs the wilderness debate of Utah and the
RESPONSIBLE USE OF PUBLIC LAND
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public lands. It represents over 1,100 organizations and businesses with approximately 650,000 members. "Preserving Our Natural Resources FOR The Public Interest Instead Of FROM The Public"... Check out their website: http://www.sharetrails.org/
LAW GONE LOCO
The Property Rights Foundation Of America, Inc. has a good website. Don Fife has a series of articles/essays that are worth looking at: http://www.prfamerica.org/DonFifeIndex.html
Well---not exactly treasure related, but you might find something entertaining on this website: strange artifacts, mystic places, ancient writings, etc: http:www.world-mysteries.com/
GRAND CANYON MYSTERIES
These three websites have good stories on them.
THE WEST'S FIRST TRAIN ROBBERY
"TREASURE THIS" CORRECTION !
In the June 15th issue I ran a story titled: TREASURE THIS. Somehow I forgot
to add the author's name ! OOPS !! My apologies to the author: PETE GALLACCHI.
Pete is the V.P. of the Empire State Metal Detecting Association. Their group
has some great info & pictures on their finds at:
JUST A REMINDER !
There are MANY groups out there protecting our rights to the usage of public lands and the right to use our detectors. Do your bit to help yourself ! Join one or more of these groups---or at least make a donation to help them continue their efforts. I've listed several in this newsletter ( and past newsletters )---just choose one or two and we will continue to enjoy this hobby of ours ! ALSO: PLEASE join me at www.wwats.org THANKS !!
OK---the end ! Hopefully I've covered
a lot of our associated hobbies: metal detecting, coin-shooting, treasure
hunting, rock hounding, relic hunting, etc. The past ten issues have covered
thousands of interesting websites. If you print them off ,and put them in a
binder, they will be a nice reference source in the future. Please forward this
newsletter and my website address (
www.LostTreasureUSA.com ) to your buddies and fellow club members. My goal
is to have 5,000 plus readers each month by the end of the year. There IS power
in numbers and if we stick together we can help decide the future of our
sport/hobby. Pass the word ! Thanks !!
The next issue is on August 1st. Hopefully Tara & I will be leaving Florida by then. We are heading to our "baby" daughter's wedding in Minnesota---then on to Utah for 3 months ! Got any good treasure leads for me, there ? The August 1st newsletter will be emailed while I am on the road to Minnesota and the August 15th newsletter should be on time ( if the phone company in Salt Lake City acts fast in getting our motorhome hooked up )---and sent to you from Utah !
Who does not know ( by now ! ) who this newsletter ( and the website ! ) is dedicated to ? Go on---raise your hand ! Hmmm---that's GOOD !! EVERYONE now knows that my wife TARA is my partner in this "adventure" ! She works---while I play this great Treasure-Hunting Game. I've got a great life !
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