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August 15, 2003---Volume 1, Number 12
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Explore It All Section with links
PHILOSOPHERS STONE FOUND ? (A letter from a reader )
MORE TREASURE LEADS !
TWO REFERENCE TOOLS
AUGUST PRIZE DRAWING
Solution if you want DSL speed but it is not available in your area
SAVE YOUR MONEY !!
HAT PIN FOR SALE
KGC GOLD IN THE EVERGLADES
NATURE CONSERVANCY UNDER INVESTIGATION
NOWHERE TO LOOK !
FOSSIL COLLECTING TO BE BANNED ?
SPAIN TRIP PLANNED !
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FROM THE EDITOR: ( From "somewhere" between Minnesota and Utah ! ). The wedding in Minnesota was nice and now Tara & I are looking forward to reaching Salt Lake City and getting settled down in our motor home for 15 weeks ! Enjoy this newsletter and I'll send your next one on September 1st---from Salt Lake City !! FLOYD MANN LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
LOST TREASURE USA
Be sure to visit my website OFTEN: http://www.LostTreasureUSA.com THANKS !
EXPLORE IT ALL !
I really like this website ! Still under construction, but worth checking out: http://www.geocities.com/explore_it_all007/
LOTS OF LINKS
Here are about 142 websites dedicated to treasure hunting and metal
THE TREASURE LEGEND
Viking treasure: http://www.vikingtreasure.com/chests.html
This website has tutorials, news, equipment & more: http://www.geocities.com/wyo_gold/
INSCRIPTION ON BIBLICAL TOMB
Points to John the Baptist's father: http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/07/07/holyland.tomb.ap/index.html
From one of H. Glenn Carson's books: http://www.waybilltoadventure.com/articles/THing/Rumors_In_Purgatory_Chap2_GdTreasCO.html
UNRECOVERED SPANISH TREASURE
Financial help needed for recovery: http://www.northbaytreasurehunters.com/projects/billDenton.htm
8,000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Largest dig in UK provides insight: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_800431.html
Two sites to learn more about these unique specimens:
AN INTERNET MUSEUM
Archaeology, history, cultures and more: http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/index.shtml
LOST GOLD AT LAMPASAS RIVER
A Texas tale: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~turnbo/tx/pg39.htm
HOW METAL DETECTORS WORK
VLF ?, BFO ?, PI ? : http://www.howstuffworks.com/metal-detector.htm
THE GOLD BARS OF MOUNT SIGNAL
QUEST FOR PERALTA GOLD
Evidence of the Lost Dutchman Mine and Sombrero Mines in Arizona: http://www.sombreromines.com/qfg/evidence.asp
THE TROUBLE WITH TREASURE
Just one of many essays AGAINST treasure hunting: http://nautarch.tamu.edu/shiplab/ethicselectedtexts-troublewithtreasure.htm
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FLYING VEHICLES
Try explaining this one to me ! : http://www.crystalinks.com/ancientaircraft.html
SATELLITES HUNT FOR BURIED TREASURE
My friend, Dale Bascom in Utah, has this great website---be sure to read the 6, or so, stories he has ! http://www.slimsgold.com
TONS OF GOLD & SILVER
When the World Trade Centre was destroyed tons of gold and silver had to be
Links to 50 sites that mention MAPS: http://www.mysteries-megasite.com/main/bigsearch/treasure-maps.html
LOST MINES & TREASURES
Stories, work songs, folklore and more: http://collections.ic.gc.ca/folklore/mines/
FIND GOLD CLOSE TO YOUR HOME
This website sells books and has lots of good info & resources: http://www.stangrist.com/FindGold.htm
DOWN TO EARTH
FREE sample magazine: http://www.computaworld.com/metal/treasure.htm
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET GOOD ?
An essay/article answering this question: http://users.rcn.com/sbuckner.enteract/getgood.htm
GOLD FEVER !
A miner's life, prospecting,stories: http://www.museumca.org/goldrush/fever13.html
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors: http://www.fohbc.com/
BEFORE YOU DIVE IN
Billions await you in Florida waters: http://www.scubasource.com/travel/us/treasure_part_1.html
TALE OF THE LOST DUTCHMAN
LOTS of info here, related to the Lost Dutchman & the nearby area: http://www.lost-dutchman.com/dutchman/related.html
An ancient Hebrew Inscription in New Mexico? : http://www.unitedisrael.org/loslunas.html
MOTHER OF ALL TREASURE
Impressive collection found in house: http://www.iht.com/articles/98785.html
ROCKS, MINERALS, GEMSTONES
Three websites: http://www.minerals.net http://www.worldofrockhounds.com/ http://www.minrec.org/
GOLD BARS FOR SALE
SHE FINDS TREASURE !
A background story on a successful treasure finder: http://www.haywireonline.org/back_issues/2001_winter/haywire/alumfeature.html
SIR WILLIAM PHIPS
An early treasure hunter: http://www.blupete.com/Hist/BiosNS/1600-00/Phips.htm
FLORIDA FOSSIL HUNTERS
EXPLORERS FIND HIDDEN TRIBE
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC article: http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0308/feature1/index.html
SAHARA METEORITE PROSPECTING
Photos, information, new rare meteorites: http://www.saharamet.com/
CATEGORIES OF GOLD BARS
World Gold Council Web Site: http://www.gold.org/pr_archive/html/bars/Categ.htm
THE WILD WILD WEST
Renegades, rebels & rogues: http://www.gunslinger.com/west.html
FROM LAWYER TO TREASURE HUNTER
One man's story: http://www.iht.com/IHT/MONEY/072598/my072598b.html
PROPOSED BAN ON SHIPWRECK EXPLORATION ?
THE ULTIMATE TREASURE HUNTER
Profile on diver Bob Marx: http://www.divernet.com/profs/01203marx.htm
SIX BODIES FOUND AT STONEHENGE
THE MERKERS MINE TREASURE
Nazi gold: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/holocaust_era_assets/research_plunder/nazi_gold_merkers_mine_treasure.html
EXPLORING THE URBAN CANYONS
Check out the culverts and ditches of your town: http://www.treasurenet.com/westeast/97-05/featurearticle1.html
Need help finding treasure? http://www.treasurelocators.com/
RISKY ADVENTURES OR SERIOUS BUSINESS ?
Unique investment opportunities in treasure salvage projects: http://www.wrecksalvage.com/fe/s2.html
Is this magazine still around? http://www.treasureexpeditions.com/TQNovDec98.htm
A book review: http://www.geocities.com/bobsbooks_2000/gold.html
175 IMPERIAL TREASURE SITES
More on Yamashita's Gold in the Philippines: http://www.bowstring.net/south_china_morning_post.htm
GOLD COINS OF THE 1733 SPANISH TREASURE FLEET
Bob "Frogfoot" Weller defends Mel Fisher: http://www.apex-ephemera.com/treasure/rebuttal/
UNDERWATER TREASURE HUNTER TRAINING
Onboard training, great adventures, partners needed: http://www.uw-treasurehunters.com/targets.htm
CLASS RING LOST & FOUND DIRECTORY
ART FOUND IN PLACE THAT TIME FORGOT
Rock art site in Australia: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,6687632%5E16953,00.html
Discovered in 1939 this royal burial ship and its treasure are one of the most important finds in British archaeology: http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~snlrc/britannia/suttonhoo/suttonhoo.html
WEALTH OF THE THRACIANS
The oldest gold objects fashioned by human hands: http://www.travellady.com/ARTICLES/article-mfaexhibits.html
A short story, and then a few more !: http://www.archetypal.com/xanadu/discovery/chapter_one.html
A great hiking website for Arizona: http://www.hikearizona.com/
TREASURE COLLECTING SOFTWARE
Keep track of your finds: http://www.geocities.com/cladview/menu.htm
PHILOSOPHERS STONE FOUND ?
(A letter from a reader )
Hi Floyd, I ran across this info recently. If it's true, it may be the most
amazing find in the history of mankind. Remember the shipwreck found a few
years ago with a platinum cannon and 140 barrels of white powder in the hold?
This may be what that cargo is: monatomic gold and the platinum metals group,
as discovered by David Hudson in Arizona.
Here is the url to a site about monatomic gold, etc. It has links to David Hudson's patents and lectures. Read his lectures first to get the background. http://www.asc-alchemy.com/asc.html
Or you can go here for another good presentation. http://monatomic.earth.com/contributed/white-powder-primer.html
Then go here for more links. http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/morelink.htm
Please read it over and let me know your thoughts about it. Regards, D.K.
EDITOR'S NOTE: After reviewing the websites ( very interesting ! ), I located this site:
Check out my website to see the August events coming up in the next two
MORE TREASURE LEADS !
I have added over 50 more treasure leads to the STATE TREASURES page on my website. Check out Alabama's 11-28, Alaska's 11-13, and Arizona's 11--to the end ! Check weekly as I'll be adding additional ones right on down the list: http://www.LostTreasureUSA.com/StateTreasures.htm
TWO REFERENCE TOOLS
I like these sites. Good for working with maps. (1) Look up Latitude & Longitude of various major cities in the U.S. : http://www.bcca.org/misc/qiblih/latlong_us.html and (2) Calculate the distance ( as the crow flies ) between two places: http://www.indo.com/distance/
AUGUST PRIZE DRAWING
This month we have FOUR winners---rather than the usual three---because we have had no response ( for 2 months ) from one of our June winners. So: this month's winners are #300, #500, #700 and #1500 ! You will be notified by email on how to claim your prize. This month's 4 winners can choose any $20.00 ( or less ) book from: http://www.waybilltoadventure.com
SAVE YOUR MONEY !!
OOPS !! A few issues back I posted a link to a website of a Michael Griffith
who claims to know some KGC info. I was NOT advocating that anyone buy his
$50.00 package of a book & video. ! I only recommend books I LIKE & have at
least READ. OK ?
WELL: I heard from a few readers that thought I was crazy ! One even sent me the package (that he had received ) to look over & he didn't care if he got it back ! Folks---I am recommending that you just keep your money in your wallet. It is a poor-quality video and a binder of photocopied pages----mainly copied from OTHER people's books ! I won't even tell you what I REALLY think about it. Enough said. If I LIKE a book---I'll tell you. DONE !
HAT PIN FOR
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FLOYD---Here is the Civil War hat pin I found on some high ground overlooking St. Andrews Bay ( Florida ). St. Andrews was a site for one of the many skirmishes over the salt works along the Bay. I'd like to get $1,400.00 for it. I did get a high bid of $1,500.00 on EBAY, but my reserve was too high. Thanks, Karl.
KGC GOLD IN THE EVERGLADES
By Randy Sumpter ( Offering FREE research help ! )
In 1862, under the auspices of a hot Florida sun, Confederate Major Thomas Reynolds was on the run from Union troops. His mission was simple enough, get a shipment of gold coins estimated to be nearly $200,000 worth to a secret location near Jupiter Lighthouse, where a Confederate blockade runner waited to transport the hoard for shipment to banks in Europe. This gold was from members of the secretive Knights of the Golden Circle in Ohio.
To avoid capture, Major Reynolds reached Lake Okeechobee and decided to head South. He and his men found a small village in the Everglades, about 30 miles South of the lake, where a group of Baptists from South Carolina had established a sugar plantation in the 1830's. Figuring this was a safe spot, Major Reynolds instructed his men to bury the chest of gold coins for safekeeping.
For one reason or another, the chest of gold was never recovered. Shortly after World World 2, a pilot flying over the Everglades about 30 miles West of Fort Lauderdale spotted an island where banana trees were growing, something highly unusual for this area. He led a small party who rented an airboat and spent the next 3 weeks combing the region, recovering a number of CSA rifles, canteens, bullet molds and other misc Confederate military equipment.
Most treasure experts say this is the location where Major Reynolds buried the Knights of the Golden Circle chest of gold coins. Some have even suggested that the cache may have been divided and buried between 2 islands at this location. But, would they have had time to do this? I feel if they buried the cache here on this island and knowing full well that Union troops were scounting nearby for them, Major Reynolds would of only used one location. Using logical sense would make the difference. If they had returned to salvage the chest of coins I don't feel Major Reynolds would of spent the extra time digging in two spots when he could of just dug in one.
There are numerous accounts of treasure being stored or lost in the Everglades and one smart treasure hunter with a sense of direction could probley find this island and the original location of the sugar plantation. Who knows what else may be hidden there? Only the alligators and snakes know for sure and I doubt they are going to provide any answers!
NATURE CONSERVANCY UNDER INVESTIGATION
Issue: The wealthiest "environmental" group in the country, the Nature Conservancy, is being investigated for possible misuse of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants by both the agency and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The investigations were prompted by a Washington Post expose´ of the organization¹s sweetheart deals for its supporters and alleged possible tax fraud.
Comment 1: These investigations are well warranted but do not go nearly far enough. The Nature Conservancy receives over $30 million in taxpayers¹ money every year from the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior and a viety of federal agencies. All should be investigated.
Comment 2: The real question should be why a special interest group with over $700 million in annual revenue and over $2.7 billion in assets should receive taxpayers¹ money at all.
Comment 3: All grants to so-called environmental organizations should be investigated. These are all special interest groups with left-wing political agendas.
Comment 4: The EPA also gives taxpayer money to such organizations as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that, in turn, files costly lawsuits against the agency to advance its political agenda.
Comment 5: The General Accounting Office reported to Congress that it could not audit EPA grants to groups such as NRDC because of insufficient records of what was expected and what work was performed.
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NOWHERE TO LOOK !
By Karl Backus
Just the other day I watched a bulldozer push off a large area of land in order to begin construction on yet another condominium on the beach. This area was a great place to metal detect until a few years ago when every time we started detecting there a self appointed Beach Meister would proceed to tell us how wrong it was to dig holes in the beach and damage the environment while pursuing our hobby. This same self appointed Beach Meister would walk past his neighbors who were allowing their dogs to run up and down the beach unrestrained, right past the giant crater being dug by the kids to bury their sister in up to her neck, a crater that would never be filled in after they were finished by the way, and right past the folks who had driven down the beach to park and fish. Right past all this our concerned citizen would walk to give us grief about digging a small hole in the sand in order to recover a coin or ring and then covering the hole back up. This same concerned citizen has yet to speak up about the bulldozer knocking down the dunes and the condominium that will soon block what was once a wonderful view of nature. Figure that one out. I know you all have run into similar situations if you’ve been detecting for long. What are we to do?
With more and more places being developed and more and more places being placed off limits to detecting we have to learn to be more creative in our search for a place to detect. We also have to be more active and willing to swing our detectors just about anywhere. With ideal locations becoming more and more scarce we are forced to detect when and where we can. Not to worry! You would be surprised at what can be found at some of these places we consider less than ideal. Carry that detector with you at all times in your vehicle. Take it out at different places and spend from 15 minutes to half an hour thoroughly and correctly searching the most unlikely places you can find. Keep a log book and record your finds for a month and you will be surprised at what turns up. You will have a bunch of newly acquired treasure and will have developed a better feel for finding unique places to hunt. Don’t write off any place until you have checked it out.
A few years ago a good friend of mine was checking out the settings on his detector in his own back yard and recovered a 1906 Barber head dime in great condition. Is this just a lucky one time event that only happens once in a lifetime? No! This gentleman has went on to recover some really significant finds literally in his own back yard to include Indian head pennies, shield nickels, Barber head quarters, tax tokens and old jewelry. Nothing about the place would indicate that anything was there before. He has since located several other places, all by accident that have produced civil war relics, old coins to include his first silver dollar, a large cent in excellent condition and a variety of jewelry. Again he has learned not to rule out a place just because of no obvious signs of history.
Just last week the Panhandle Research and Recovery club had a seeded hunt in a vacant lot in downtown Panama City. The night before, several of the members had went down and buried a bunch of silver coins in the area and the following day we all met there to hunt the area and see who could recover the most stuff. Of course the thrill of finding seeded coins is not the same as finding an old site and recovering finds, but it is a chance for the club members to get together and like fishermen swap lies and spend some quality time together. After the hunt it was quite obvious that besides the seeded coins there was a bunch of really good stuff that was already in the ground. I was able to recover an 1880 Indian head penny, several wheat pennies a Barber head quarter with the date worn off and a beautiful silver religious medal. Several other members also recovered some beautiful finds that were not placed there by the club, by far the best find of the day in that vacant lot, downtown with not a sign that anything had ever been there before was a 1773 copper British coin of King George. 1773! Imagine that.
A few months ago I drove past a small park where the dirt had been scraped down about fourteen inches and then about six to eight inches of yellow sand placed on top of that to make a playground for children. I took my detector out and searched the area for about an hour. In that hour I was able to turn up several modern coins in the fresh sand and below the level of the fresh sand I pulled out a 1920 wheat penny, several copper objects that I was unable to identify and a civil war badge from the Wisconsin volunteers. This site is very close to the site of the St. Andrews skirmish during the Civil War where the Union sent a force down here to attack and destroy the confederate salt works that were operating at St. Andrews. I have yet to research and find out what units made up the attacking Union force but wouldn’t be surprised if the Wisconsin volunteers were part of that raid. The area around the park has also turned up lots of old coins in the past. Again nothing in the area would indicate that this was the place to look.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of being stationed in Spain with the United States Air Force. I was trying out a brand new detector that had just been shipped to me in the mail. I got a really good signal at about eight inches and dug out what looked like a heavy copper bracelet with designs cut into it and that beautiful green coating that copper takes on when it has been buried for a long time. This was right beside of a modern building on a military installation and it turned out to be an ancient Celtic bronze bracelet over 2500 years old. On that tour of duty I was able to recover hundreds of valuable coins and relics that just seemed to pop out of the ground at some of the most unlikely places. You never know where valuable treasure is buried until the head of that detector passes over it and many sites will never have that detector head pass over it just because it doesn’t fit our idea of what is a good place to look.
Chances are real good that all of the obvious places have been looked at and most of the really good places are closed to detecting. You need to always be ready to take advantage of any situation that comes along. A vacant lot gets scrapped off in preparation for building a new parking lot or convenience store, you have only a few days to look it over before it is gone forever. Get in there when a new road is being cut through the woods or an old sidewalk is taken up in order to lay a new one. Any time earth is being scraped, dug or moved in any way is the time to check out the location. Get permission of course, the best time being while it is in the hands of the contractor. Try to get permission from the contractor to work the site after they are done for the day, it might cost you a six or twelve pack of beer but many times it is definitely worth it. Sometimes we have to give a little to get a little. Be prepared for that.
Another good place to look is down old country roads, again don’t look for the obvious places, they are probably off limits. I have had real good luck around old fishing ponds and swimming holes, the high ground around these places always produces for me and with the drought we are having many of the old ponds are dried up. Excellent time to get down into what used to be a swimming hole back in the 1800’s and really clean up. Also be on the lookout for areas in the woods that are without any vegetation growing on them. Occasionally I find sites like these that are small patches in the middle of nowhere where nothing is growing. No bricks, broken glass or other signs on the surface to indicate human habitation in the past, but WOW!, what a place to look. Normally after digging down to retrieve a metal detector find, I’ll start uncovering old bricks, broken glass and other debris that would indicate a historical dwelling, but nothing on the surface. In one such site I recovered an 1876 Seated Liberty dime, a 1910 wheat penny and a silver Baptist Sunday School pin shaped like a star as well as some old lead toys and an assortment of interesting relics.
Try hitting some unlikely locations this next month, search at least 15 minutes to half an hour. Spend more time on the site only if you start finding something. Keep a log to record your finds and let me know how it goes after a month. I think you’ll be surprised and pleased with the results. Happy hunting.
FOSSIL COLLECTING TO BE BANNED ?
Just a quick note re:
S546 - the Akaka [The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act] bill - the
bad news is that it passed the Senate Thursday evening and has been referred to
the House of Representatives Resources and Agricultural Committees - this is
what you can do now - and must if you are to keep your rights to do any fossil
collecting on BLM, USFS, USF&W, Corps of Engineer lands - but it must be done
NOW all across the country -
We are not finished with this fight - either S546 or the House Bill HR 2416 must pass the house and it looks as if we will have some time - not much - but some to make some inroads there. Please contact your Member of the House and ask him or her and ask that he/she NOT support HR 2416 or Senate Bill 546 if either comes to their committee or to the full House for a vote.
The Chairpersons of the House subcommittee oNational Parks, Recreation and Public lands need to be contacted with our concerns and some accurate information immediately by AAPS/ALAA members and other concerned and knowledgeable people: They are Chair: The Honorable George Radanovich (CA) and Ranking Democratic Member: The Honorable Donna M. Christian-Christensen (VI). In the subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, the Chair is: The Honorable Scott McInnis (CO) and the ranking Democratic Member is: The Honorable Jay Inslee (WA). In the fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans subcommittee, the chair is The Honorable Wayne Gilchrist (MD) and the ranking Democratic Member is: The Honorable Ron J. Kind ((WI) Send correspondence to the members of these subcommittees as well or, at least, send them copies of the letters sent to your member of the House of Representatives.
These contacts need to be made NOW - this week if possible - share your letters with AAPS/ALAA members through theesite - that will encourage others to write. Keep up the fight - we have not yet lost this battle.
Take care and write NOW! Marion Zenker, Legislative Liaison
collectors need your help. Please read and use the link at the botm to contact
your congressional representative:
''We're not trying to ensnare the amateur collector, like a Boy Scout picking up rocks. We want to stop illegal excavation,'' said McGovern's press secretary, Michael Mershon. --REPORTED in the Boston Globe.
Here's what Washington Watch says about the bill that just was passed by the Senate:>
S 546 (Akaka, D-HI) Anti-rockhounding bill titled the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act. Places severe penalties on recreational rockhounding, would permit only "experts" to disturb public land surfaces. Allows for seizure of private vehicles, camping equipment and anything else the government wants to grab for even minor violations. Thisill assumes
that Big Brother Government has all the answers, even though some of the
greatest discoveries of dinosaurs and pre-recorded history has been done by private individuals."
Pete Lucero, Bevinetto Fellow, Senate Energy and Natural Resources, National Parks Subcommittee wrote, "The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act places no new restrictions on amateur fossil collecting on federal lands.
Every activity that an amateur can legally do today would still be legal after the passage of S.546."
That's true. The current regulations say no excavating. Nothing will change in the law about excavating.
It will STILL be ILLEGAL to excavate.
The difference lies in the enforcement and punishment. Under the existing law they have to ke you to court to collect the $50 fine; it is rarely enforced. Under the proposed law, they will assess penalties from the BLM, BOR, or Forest Service offices and can take your
vehicle and equipment (without trial or any recourse to trial for civil offences).
If the above is enough for you, write your representative in the house to stop this bill. Here's an easy link.
This bill opens the door to end all excavations on public land. Baucus is involved in this.
If you want more information go to www.colossal-fossil-site.com/475-legislative.html
Please send the email form and LETTERS [LETTERS GET MUCH MORE ATTENTION THAN EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS PLUS LETTERS GETS EVEN MORE AND MORE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. PLEASE WRITE LETTERS AND CALL IMMEDIATELY - RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE SINCE THE SENATE HAS ALREADY PASSED THEIR VERSION [S546]. Get your friends and co-workers to do the same. There isn't much time left.
By Anthony M. Belli Publishing
All Treasure Tales USA
Standing at an elevation of 9892’ Eagle Peak in Modoc County’s Warner Mountains serves as a prominent landmark.
A freight wagon carrying several hundred pounds of gold ore from Nevada to Sacramento was robbed by a lone gunman in March of 1881. Two of the three guards were murdered outright while the masked highwayman forced the third guard and driver to surrender.
After the road agent sent his two prisoners walking south he boarded the wagon, tied his horse to the back and drove it north to a predetermined site on the western slope of Warner Mountain where he cached the loot.
The robbery-murders went unsolved for years but over time the man suspected was a Pitt River Indian known as “Holden Dick.” For years he traded small amounts of gold ore at Susanville and Alturas. On one occasion Dick brought a large quantity of ore into Susanville and bought drinks for the house here in a local saloon.
Several men tried without success to get the Indian to talk believing he was working a secret mine. On several occasions men tried unsuccessfully to follow Holden Dick to his mine, on one occasion he shot and killed one such man by the name of Samuel B. Shaw.
Arrested for Shaw’s murder, Holden Dick found himself locked up in the jail at Susanville. One night four men broke into his cell and took him into the street. In their attempt to get him to revile the location of his gold he was beaten, whipped and tortured until dead. His corpse was then hung at the blacksmith shop. These events took place on the night of January 23, 1886 five years after the initial robbery – murders.
At some point it was determined that the gold Holden Dick was trading was not from the local area but from the Nevada mines. No longer a secret who’d robbed and murdered the freighter years earlier the only unanswered question remaining was… “Where’s the gold?” That question has never been successfully resolved.
This lost treasure is not all that well known, but Holden Dick did leave behind some clues that defiantly pin down the vicinity where he cached the ill-gotten loot from the robbery in 1881.
Holden Dick was known to live almost year round in a cave located in one of the many canyons which extends from Eagle Peak on the western slope of the southern Warner Mountains.
He constructed a crude rock wall at the cave’s entrance. Today even if this rock wall has collapsed evidence of it’s existence should remain, and identify the location of hundreds of pounds of gold ore cached more then a century ago.
Since Holden Dick lived nearly year round in this cave I’d look in the area of lower elevations since the Pitt River Indian would’ve known not to camp in a location where he could find himself snowbound for extended periods and starve.
$40,000 in gold coins was lost by a group of Mormons while fording Clear Creek in the area of Horsetown. The raging torrent prevented recovery at that time. The Mormons returned the following spring but were unable to locate the place where they originally forded the creek.
No recovery was ever made. In 1910 one single $10. gold coin dated 1841 was recovered from the creek.
In an effort to avoid British warships, the privateer Winged Canoe sailed up the mouth of the Salmon River where she ran aground and sank. Little else is known, some believe the pirate vessel carried treasure.
· G.T.- Hamburg located 8 miles SE of Seiad Valley. Check locally, Hamburg was a bustling mining town in the 1860’s but was wiped out in a flood in 1863.
· G.T.- Somes Bar located 18 miles NE of Weitchpec along the county line where the Klamath & Salmon rivers met. It was once a mining town and fishing village.
An army payroll detachment transporting gold coins was attacked by Indians on the road between Redding & Weaverville. During the battle one soldier buried the gold and marked the site by forcing his rifle into the ground. He was severely wounded and the only survivor.
Taken to French Gulch he told his story of the attack and buried payroll before he died. A number of searches were then attempted without results. Years later two deer hunters in the vicinity of French Gulch found the rifle
and removed it not knowing the story. The treasure was never found. French Gulch was a mining boomtown in 1849 and was located 10 miles ESE of Lewiston. (Date: Unknown)
About six miles out of Redding along the old road to Centerville, a stage was robbed in September, 1890.
A large quantity of gold coins and another $800. in passenger’s valuables were taken. The loot was buried approximately ½ mile off the road near the scene of the robbery. It was never recovered.
Outlaw Richard Barter, aka: Rattlesnake Dick and his gang robbed a muleteam in 1856 taking $80,000 in gold that was in transit over the Trinity Mountains. The gang tied the muleteers to trees and hauled ass with the gold and pack mules. The mules however clearly displayed the mining company’s brand making them useless to the gang. Barter ordered the loot cached and set free the branded mules.
He went to Auburn to obtain additional pack mules to replace those set at liberty. While attempting to steel the replacement mules from a local farmer, Barter along with another member of his gang were arrested and lodged in the Auburn jail, leaving the other three members of the gang sitting in wait.
The second day passed when one member of the gang waiting for Barter observed that the muleteers had escaped and would soon bring the law down upon them. About $30,000 in loot was distributed to the three outlaws in wait, who then re-buried the remaining $50,000. They proceeded to Barter’s Folsom cabin expecting to find him there, but instead found Sheriff Boggs and a five man posse laying in wait inside.
In the gunfight which ensued two of the three outlaws was killed the third one wounded. He was sentenced to state prison where he died of consumption without ever giving up the location of the cache. No recovery has ever been made.
· G.T.: Lower Soda Springs was located at the mouth of Soda Creek S of Dunsmuir. It was burned during an Indian attack and never re-built.
· G.T.: Delta or Bayles which once had a post office was located 2 ½ miles S of LaMonie.
· G.T.: Whiskeytown was one of the infamous gold camps of the Trinity Mountains in the 1850’s. $25 million in gold was taken from the diggings. It was located 4 miles ESE of the (G.T.) of French Gulch. French Gulch sat 10 miles ESE of Lewiston which was a gold boomtown in its own right in 1849.
· G.T.: Clear Creek was founded in 1848 not long after James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill on January 24th of that same year. The site is located 6 miles NW of Anderson. Fort Reading established in 1852 also sat in the vicinity.
Del Norte County
The Lost Cabin Mine and buried cache is reported to be in the Klamath area. Not many details are available but the story goes that a miner took out a fortune in one year which in buried below his cabin.
Indians attacked, burned the cabin and left the miner wounded but not dead. His wounds kept him from ever retuning to the site but he gave relatives directions.
Although they searched it was without results. The mine and cache remain… missing.
Somewhere S of the Cook and Green Pass on the old Applegate trail an emigrant party lost a wagon when a lynch pin broke sending it over a cliff. Members of the party had to climb down to the wreck and bury a large cache of gold coins intending to retrieve it later. The area where the accident occurred is 2 ½ miles W of Condrey Mountain & 4 miles E of Kangaroo Mountain. As the emigrants lost their way no attempt was ever made at recovery.
The steamboat Brother Jonathan heavily burdened with 192 passengers, 700 tons of freight, 300 barrels of whiskey, 54 crew, and between $800,000 and $1 million in gold coins and bullion wrecked while fighting heavy seas along the St. George Reef 9 miles W of Crescent City. In less then 12 minutes the ship sank, 227 lives were lost. No salvage was attempted.
In 1941 the American steamer, Katherine Donovan went down on January 1st 9 miles off Crescent City with $50,000 in gold and silver specie.
The sidewheeler American sank off Crescent City on June 24, 1855 taking to the bottom $40,000 in gold and silver specie.
· G.T.: Monumental is located 17 miles NE of Gasquet on the Oregon State line.
· G.T.: Requa is located on the coast line 3 miles NW of Klamath. Founded in 1851 it grew quickly.
· F.T.: Fort Ter-Wer was located on the Klamath River 6 miles above its mouth. Established in 1857 it was hit by a flood in 1861 and abandoned the following year.
TRIP PLANNED !
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