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BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK (SD) PALEONTOLOGICAL THEFT
On the afternoon of June 20th, rangers received word that two people were apparently poaching fossils in the Conata Wilderness Unit of the park. They were evidently collecting surface fossils near an ongoing paleontological dig commonly called the “Pig Dig” – an area known to contain a tremendous number of fossils. As park law enforcement personnel were responding, the pair returned to their vehicle and left the area. Ranger Shannon Wojtowicz stopped the vehicle just as it was about to leave the park. FTEP ranger trainee Steve Rooker and other personnel quickly arrived on scene and began the investigation.
[Submitted by Mark Gorman, Acting Chief Ranger]
ALONG THE GOLDEN TRAIL
RANDY " JESSE JAMES " SUMPTER
This is the start of a new series for all of you Treasure Hunter's out there who are looking for some sites that are not that well known. I hope you find some enjoyment in these stories.
One of the busiest stagecoach roads in the early days ran on Hwy. 20 from Michigan City to South Bend, then continued on Hwy. 31 to Logansport and then followed Hwy. 421 to Madison.
A battle was fought with Indians on Tipton's Island in 1812 in Jackson County.
Pioneer relics can be found along the old Wayne Trace which ran from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Fort Wayne
In the 1850's, a cache of gold and silver was buried on the Miller farm close to Baden Springs.
Henry County is the setting here.
Ghost Towns: Rome, 7 miles WNW Mount Pleasant founded in 1836. ketcham, on RR, 3 and a half miles E of Rome. Oakland Mills, on RR in area, 3 and a half miles W Mount Pleasant. Denova, on RR in area, 5 miles SW Mount Pleasant. Berry, 5 miles NW Lowell.
Cave in Rock located in Hardin County is one hot spot for outlaw loot. There are reports of a cache of gold coins being buried there in 1821. Coins have been found on the river bank near the large cave after it rains. Some locals have stated they have heard this hoard to be in the area of $200,000! Much has been pulled from this area in the past. Permission to search will have to be gained from the Park Ranger.
Hooven Hollow is another area near Cave in Rock that abounds in legend. There are numerous caves but the area is heavily infested with rattlesnakes and caution must be given here.
Anna Bigsby's cave is also located in Hooven Hollow and Anna was supposed to have secreted away much of her fortune. So far no reports have been made of any recoveries in this area.
Civil War artifacts have been reported found down near Cairo and some underground tunnels were found that contained some military supplies.
More stories will follow in future issues.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRATES
RANDY " JESSE JAMES " SUMPTER
When we think of pirates our imaginations begin to run wild with thoughts of golden riches and savage times. Pirates have been around since Julius Caesar. In fact, Julius was captured by a band of pirates before Pompey rid the Mediterranean of them. They plagued medieval and Renaissance shipping from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, and Barbary Coast pirates operated until well into the 19th century. The end of the buccaneer era in the late 17th century gave rise to the period known as "the golden age of piracy."
Much is not known about some of the earlier pirates that plundered ships in the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and other foreign lands. Characters such as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Gaspar, Black Bart, Louis d' Aury, John Laffite, Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Boyle, Benito de Soto and Pedro Gibert worked the pirate system well. There are many others who roamed the seas in search of adventure and many pirates found themselves at the end of a short rope swinging in an ocean breeze in a foreign port.
There is much truth about pirate treasure being buried in states starting with Maine and ending with Texas. There are even rumors of Drake's booty in California. One thing is certain, evidence and fact are two hands that fit together to prove pirates hid their wealth and hid it well. Some of the well known pirates that sailed our coasts were very clever in hiding their booty. Blackbeard was known to kill some of his men that went ashore in order for their spirits to guard the various locations. Laffite used multiple locations in different states and set up a code system to hid his loot. Some pirates built vaults and some even shared the same location with other pirates. Signs and symbols were another way for pirates to code their secret locations and some of the codes are very tricky to figure out.
There were pirate strongholds throughout the Caribbean. Jamaica was a good island for pirate activity and so was Grand Cayman. Galveston, Texas was a favorite hangout for Laffite. Blackbeard used North Carolina and Virginia for protection and was once rumored to have built a fort in the swamp area of Charleston, South Carolina. Rumors and legends sprung up all over about pirate treasure being buried here and there. Amelia Island was one of these rumored spots and much has been found there over the years and many locals became rich. Florida seems to be the one state that boasts the most legends about pirates.
Through my research, which started back in 1967, I have hundred's of pirate leads and locations throughout the USA. In upcoming issues of this newsletter we'll explore some of these leads and give some clues which might help you uncover something of real value. Yes, you can say I'm a specialist in pirate lore and I pride myself in the research done over the years. This isn't a side of me others see often but it's what I love and the passion still fuels the fire inside. Stay tuned, pirate legend and lore is coming your way.
THE TREASURE OF THE FOUR KINGS
Story Written By: COSMOWOLFF
It=s a little known secret that the Knights of The Golden Circle established major treasure and goods depositories in every state in the United States plus Canada, Mexico and other places in Central and South America.
A list A list of of many of the treaures and depositories buried by the Knights of the Golden Circle was listed in the book AJesse James was one of his Names@, by Del Schrader and his co-author Lee Hauk a.k.a. Jesse Lee James III. All of the information for this book was provided by Lee Hauk including the specific names and list of treasures provided in code.
The K The KGC had a very prescribed and detailed method to burying large treasure depositories; also leaving a very sophisticated and overlapping methods of signs, clues, and many other types of locating devices. Every treasure has a name that may or may not give a clue to where the treasure is located. Remember, these treasure were not to be easily found by weekend treasure hunters but were meant to be located and opened by the right person or group of people. I will indulge myself in this article to describe some very public and well protected methods of communication left by the leaders of the Knights of the Golden Circle.
It should be
also divulged that the KGC
buried smaller treasures in the
vicinity of large depositories
in an effort the conceal and
divert attention away from the
major treasures or depository.
They also knew better than to
keep all their eggs in one
If you should happen to find a locating device please do not destroy it as it may prove valuable later on as you understand the KGC method of location intelligence. Sometimes a locating sign besides pointing to something local, can also be a locating device for other treasures many miles away and in some cases hundreds of miles away in other states. I have heard of locating devices or treasure signs (symbols) strung along a chain of mountain tops covering over 120 miles. Its important to know that the exact distance between the locating devices as they can be very important and should be plotted on the oldest U.S. topographical maps that you can obtain.
In this article I will begin to list and describe certain signs and symbols which will provide a great deal of history and information on a set of of KGC treasures buried using the four corners region of the United States. It is the apex or starting reference point for one major KGC treasure known as AThe Treasure of the Four Kings@. Please keep in mind that there are also hidden KGC treasures known as AThe Four Queens@, A The Four Jacks@, and @The Four Aces@, and possibly AThe Four Tens@. If you can find the area where the Four Kings are located, you will start to pick up locations and clues to the other @Royal Deck of Card Treasures@.
The 4 Kings Treasure was listed in the book under KGC code F. The treasures listed in category code F are all located in the State of Colorado and New Mexico with locations in Arizona and Utah ie......the four kings, the four states, the four major depositories, marked by four major petroglyph sites and, with the major depositories located near or around four special mountain peaks
Please keep in mind also that the KGC organization used numerology in many of its ciphers and if your not familiar with numerology you should know that the number four is a very dangerous and mysterious number. If I had to describe it in a few words I would describe it as a bad code or bad number.
Confederate or KGC codes utilize many variations of numbers usually associated with
Masonic Symbolism and Biblical stories.. A good example would be King Solomon who would be associated with the number 666, which is the amount of gold that was given to him by the Queen of Sheba. Well now, you already have a hint about two very important people associated with the KGC, a King and a Queen. I wonder if they are depicted as one of the Four Kings in the Salt Creek Canyon petroglyph site in Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah.
Also, did you know that there is or was a road in central Arizona listed as route 666, which by the way terminated in a town called Solomon in Southern Arizona. The old route 666 is a very important reference point for anyone trying to locate KGC treasure in Arizona.
Are you familiar with the Old Route 66 which of course today is Route 40, running east and west across the United States.
Have you heard of the AVanishing Wagon Train Treasure@ located in a famous pass between Leadville and Fairplay, Colorado. It just happens to be 66 tons of Gold carried by 33 oxen carts.
You might note that other bad KGC numbers might be 2's, 4's, and 8's . Also multiple of these numbers such as 16, 32, 64, and 128
Most KGC or confederate codes are deciphered using multiples of 3's, 5's, and 7's, and of course the multiples there-of, such as 12's, 24's, 48 and 96.
You probably won=t find to many 10's, 15's and 20's or even 11's,14's, 21's and 28's associated with Confederate secret codes. If you do, you better be careful as you may be in eminent danger.
If you find a number 13 B make a camp on a trail.
Many of these referred to treasures are primary depositories and should contain many different types of goods necessary to stock a marching army. They are very heavily booby trapped and many false entrance were developed that may not be good for your health if you locate and attempt to enter one. Besides Gold and Silver they probably contain uniforms, food stuffs, saddles, livery supplies, guns, ammunition and black powder. It should be mentioned that black powder turns to nitroglycerin with age, so be careful.
Please remember that when searching for buried KGC treasure that some of the clues are very sophisticated and can have double meanings. Although I will not give you every clue, I will provide enough information to get you started in the right location and direction.
The rest is up to you.
One has to keep in mind that even though these old timers were fairly smart and clever. The one thing that they had that we don=t today is a lot of idle time.
It takes many hours, days and weeks to travel across this country by horseback or wagon. There=s lots of time to think of a lot of different things and you didn=t have to watch out for crazies on the road with you.
GOLD COUNTRY TREASURE SEEKERS
At the July
monthly meeting of the Gold
Country Treasure Seekers of
Placerville, a metal detecting
and prospecting club, two local
columnists from Lost Treasure
Magazine, will present a
demonstration of the latest in
The Gould Bazooka dredge developed by Gould Engineering of Garden Valley, Ca. is the latest in gravity dredge technology used for recovering gold.
Columnist Anthony Belli will also speak on the process of treasure hunting research focusing on California s Mother Lode counties. The public is invited to attend.
Anyone interested in treasure hunting and prospecting is encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at the Placerville Senior Center building on Monday, July 19th at 7:00pm. The Senior Center is located at 937 Spring Street, Placerville. For more information contact Bud Hamilton at (530)626-1621, or Anthony Belli at (530) 644-1533, or at:
My trip to Spain got off to a real good start. Less than 2 hours after landing in the capital city of Madrid, I was in an open field swinging my new Shadow X5 detector. The first find came in less than 5 minutes with the recovery of a coin that turned out to be a Spanish republic piece dated 1870. Not the best find ever but a start. I was soon into a rhythm and finding the usual musket balls, horseshoes and the occasional odd relic and then the bronze terminal piece from a medieval dagger sheath. I have a collection of these and this was a welcome addition to the collection. Before that day was over I was to find another medieval terminal and one roman bronze terminal for a total of three. Not bad for the first day out. Jet lag was soon taking its toll one me as well as the intense Spanish heat so I decided to take a break and drive around looking for more sites in the immediate area.
I soon located an olive grove full of medieval and Arabic potsherds and decided to give it a whirl. I got a good signal on the first pass that turned out to be an aluminum coin of the dictator Francisco Franco mounted on a horse in the fashion of a noble night. The Americans that metal detect in Spain irreverently refer to this coin as “Tony on a pony”. Not what we’re looking for and into the junk pocket it went. Two passes later and a Phillip II copper cob came out of the ground and then a medieval religious medal. Next a beautiful button with the bust of queen Isabel II. Time for lunch. I drove up onto some high ground to get a better view of the land and to enjoy a lunch of salt cured Serrano ham and a small loaf of bread known as chapata. I washed it all down with two liters of water and leaned back against an ancient olive tree and lit up a smooth Kentucky cheroot cigar. Does it get any better than this? Oh yeah!
Evening was coming on and the fierce heat of the sun was giving way to a chill dry wind and it was time for Karl to find a place to bed down. I soon located a spot with lots of tall standing dry grass and made myself a nest to put my sleeping bag on. I was soon staring at the stars and watching meteorites streak through a night sky so full of stars and so clear it looked like you could reach out and touch em. I awoke at about midnight and spent another hour looking at the sky and don’t remember much until the sun woke me in the morning.
Breakfast was a couple of muffins and more water and then it was back to swinging the detector. The day produced another dozen or more musket balls from a battle between the French forces under Napoleon and the Spanish. In years gone by I have had so many musket balls in my pockets that they pulled my pants down over my hips. I flung these recent finds into fields still planted with wheat so that some other lucky soul might find them after the harvest. I’ve still got a 12 ounce drink cup full of them at my mother in law's house and no longer collect them. I managed to find a piece of ground with the bright red potsherds of the roman high imperial times and from there recovered a few roman coins and a lead weight or balance used with ancient scales to measure grain. I normally don’t save lead anymore unless it is in the form of an interesting lead seal, statuette or gaming piece from ancient times. About noon I returned to my vehicle to start the trip to the city Zaragoza where my wife and two daughters were waiting at my sister in law's house. I made several more stops on the way and checked out a field where I normally pull gold coins from the late 1700’s through the middle 1800’s but found it planted in wheat. The quickest way to get sideways of the law while detecting in Spain is to enter a planted field and start digging. Common sense would dictate that you don’t do things like that but common sense doesn’t prevail among Spanish detectorists and they have gotten a bad name for themselves by doing just that as well as violating the tombs of ancient Celtic-Iberian, Roman and Visigoth burial grounds. It is getting more and more difficult to detect in Spain because of the actions of renegade detectorists. If they would at least cover their holes instead of leaving them gapped open that would help.
I soon made my way to a site known as “Las Tetas” or the breasts. A pair of mountain peaks side by side topped with bare rock give the impression of, well let your imagination run wild. I started at the bottom and fought my way through the thick underbrush to get to the top and on the way found a nice Visigoth brass adornment for clothing. I was starting to get the hang of the Shadow X5 and with the light weight and raw power of this machine I knew I had a winner. While hanging off of a tree branch and swinging the detector on the down side I got a great repeating signal and after moving away 8” of dirt still had the object in the hole. Another 3 inches of dirt and there lay a beautiful 2500+-year-old Bronze Age arrowhead sitting in the same spot where it fell thousands of years ago. A few more roman coins and bronze relics capped off the day here and I dropped back to an “Ermita” or small church in the mountains all that remained of a medieval village. This place was well known to every detectorist in the area and had in the past produce hundreds of coins for me from medieval times through the 1800’s. When I got there you could see where other detectorists had moonscaped the place in search of coins and relics. Time to put the Shadow X5 to the test. I selected a small medieval garden plot surrounded by 4 rock walls and began a slow steady sweep right through the middle of some obvious recent recoveries. All of the holes gaped open at 6-8” and would have discouraged me in the past. Not so with the Shadow, it wasn’t long until I got that faint repeatable signal coming through the headphones like an echo from the past. I moved about 6” of dirt and the signal got loud and clear but was still deeper in the hole. It took another 6” of dirt being removed to reveal a beautiful hammered medieval coin made of billion or a mix of copper and silver. Five more deep faint signals turned out to be another 4 medieval coins and a bronze medieval belt buckle. Not bad for a hammered site. I then moved down into field that had always been planted in wheat before but not this time and soon located another 3 coins and 4 buttons. All of the buttons were in great shape and I now had one with the bust of king Fernando VII the father of Isabel II. These buttons with the busts on them look like small coins and the best I can tell from research were worn by supporters of the king or queen and was an outward sign of their support or a downright attempt at sucking up. At any rate they are interesting to say the least.
Time for me to get on the road to home base and to prepare for a trip to a village to document a church basement full of medieval mummies. After a day of rest my niece’s husband Santi “Santiago Portolé s” picked me up in his four wheel drive for a trip to a remote village in the province of Soria. We climbed up and up into the mountains and was soon among some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable and the smells of the spices and herbs growing wild were almost overwhelming. Eagle soared among the mountain peaks and wild streams loaded with trout rushed down the mountain. I counted hundreds of potential sites that had never had a metal detector put to them and one day will return to try my luck at those sites also. After a long drive we arrived at the town of Calcena and the Mayor of the town, a friend of Santi’s escorted us to the church. Things had changed in the two years since I had first gotten the invitation to view the mummies and the Mayor was taking a chance by letting us in the beautiful medieval church. The town’s people had pulled up the ladder going into the pit with the mummies and all photos and filming had to be done from above. I was under the impression that the bodies had been buried and then through some natural means had mummified. Surprise on me when I found out that these mummies predated the church and were discovered after the church was built. Seems that the priests walking across the floor noticed a hollow sound and dug through the floor just to ensure that the area was structurally sound and would not cave in. During the investigation they discovered that this particular room was atop a great cavern and in the cavern was over 50 grown men that had died so suddenly and so horribly that they remained on their feet with a horrified look on their faces. What ever killed them had preserved them and had forever frozen the look of shock and horror on their faces. The bodies were so well preserved that medieval medical students would travel for miles to the site and tear the bodies apart in their studies of anatomy and medicine. Medieval writings mention the strange circumstances in which these mummies were found but offer no explanation or speculation as to what had caused this most strange and mysterious arrangement. The town’s folk are now trying to cover this thing up and I fear that I was the last outsider allowed to view the remaining mummies. I would love to be allowed down to study and even take some soil samples to analyze in order to explain the mystery. Right next to the church is the remains of a Roman castle and the cavern extends from the church to just under the hill where the castle is situated. A mystery indeed and one that I am not ready to let got of anytime soon and would love any comments or inputs from Floyd’s readers. What could have caused this? I leave you with this question and with some pictures to contemplate. Pictures of the church, of the mummies and of some of my finds.
This trip was quite productive as I located future detecting sites that I can’t wait to hit in the future. I’ll have some more reports for you soon for this trip as well as some pictures of outstanding finds made with the Shadow X5 metal detector in my opinion the best metal detector I’ve used yet. It is the lightest and easiest to pack into a site and has more power than any other detector I’ve used. I have used a variety of the top detectors by the top manufactures to include the new multi-frequency detectors while detecting in Spain and would with confidence pit the Shadow X5 against any of them. Adios for now and keep on swinging that detector.
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