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August 15, 2004    Volume 2, Number 12
Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

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FROM THE EDITOR:  Issue #36 !  We are having some really nice weather here in Utah, so I am able to get out and about a LOT without fear of having heat-stroke !  Next week we take our motorhome & tour some of the National Parks in southern Utah.  I received a lot of submissions from my usual submitters, but I'd sure appreciate it if YOU would send me at least ONE link during the next 2 weeks.  It will help to make this newsletter even better !   THANKS !!




































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For THIS newsletter's subscribers ONLY !  In 1896 RAND McNALLY produced an ATLAS that listed each state's cities and towns ( with their 1890 population ).  The ATLAS gives the town name, county and rail connection.  You can have a copy of YOUR state info ( from this old atlas ) for only $3.00 and a long self-addressed envelope.  This info has been advertised elsewhere for $5.00 and the envelope.  Send your request, $3.00 and the LSASE to:  HARLEY BISSELL, 518 South Hamilton, Delphi, IN  46923




MESSAGE FROM FLOYD:   The following six LINKS were sent in by my good friend Randy "JESSE JAMES" Sumpter.  He ALSO contributed the two stories that follow these links.



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     Florida was a favorite haven for many a pirate. With open coastlines, swamps, plenty of inlets and rivers, the pirate's of those days had ample areas to stash their loot.
      Gasparilla, was born in 1756 near Seville, Spain.  His real name was Jose Gaspar. By the age of 39, he had already captured and burned thirty six Spanish ships. He wasn't a stranger to murder either, he would stab prisoners in the back and toss them overboard. Old women and children also met the same fate while the most pretty of women would be kept and divided among the crew.
     His headquarters was on an island at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor on the west coast of Florida. There, he kept and housed his prisioners and warehoused his riches.
     By 1821, Gasparilla was the only major pirate still operating in the Gulf. At age 65, he set his sights on South America but he would never see the land he desperately so wanted to settle in.
     He readied his ship for the long voyage and it was heavily laden and by the time he reached open water, he encountered the American ship Enterprise. After a brief volley of fire, Gasparilla realized his situation was hopeless and he wrapped the anchor chain around his waist and threw himself into the sea. This ended the career of this pirate but the legends continue on.
     Near the mouth of Tampa Bay is Christmas Island where Gasparilla buried some chests on the southern end.
     Other areas of interest include Gasparilla Island off Charlotte Harbor, northof Ft. Myers and on Anastasia Island near St. Augustine.
      Gasparilla tossed a very large chest of gold and jewels into a small lake near Lettuce Lake and attached a chain to the chest and then wrapped the chain around the bottom portion of a cabbage palm tree. The only problem with this one is-the lake is filled with water mocs and they are very deadly.  There are some reports of his treasure being buried around Tampa Bay, Long Boat Key, Pensacola and many other spots.
     Vero Beach has many legends associated with it. A large chest lies in quicksand at the mouth of Indian River and every so often appears for a brief time. Attempts have been made by no one has been successful in hauling in this one. 5 miles south of Vero on A1A is another area where two chests were put down by Blackbeard.
     Outside of Deland in Volusia County one can find Ponce de Leon Springs where an iron bound chest was reported to be seen on the bottom of the springs. Here's another one that suddenly appears and then disappears.
     Jensen Beach is also another hot spot where 5 chests are buried off the beach in the dunes and is contributed to Blackbeard.
     Jupiter Island, north of Palm Beach has 4 chests near the old Lighthouse. One was recovered back in 1985 but the other 3 remain. There's pirate booty on West Palm Beach amid the rows of million dollar homes.
     Boca Raton has many legends of pirate booty spread around its beaches and dunes.
     Thee's pirate loot all the way from Jacksonville to the Keys and then up the gulf side. Captain Bily Bowlegs buried 4 chests and other artifacts near the mouth of a small river that empties into Choctawatchee Bay, north of Ft. Walton Beach. He also buried $5 million in gold near Franklin and don't overlook Pensacola especially near Fort San Carlos.
     A large treasure is on the north side of Santa Rosa Island in Apalachee Bay.
     Ft. Pierce has a large treasure associated with it and it was put down by EL Mulato. Look towards the southern end of the existing city line for this one. The pirate Copeland, a genius for his time, buried three large kegs of gold coins and jewels in Money Bayou in 1825.
     Amelia Island has more treasure stories associated with it than any other spot in Florida. Much has been found here and real estate development has also covered a few biggies.
     Yes, pirate's roamed the waters around Florida and many put down stashes that are still waiting. Some built small vaults, others used mounds, and there are some who buried off the beach into dunes and around old trees that faced the ocean. They were clever, the pirate's used code and other measures available at the time to secret away much of their riches.
     As always, permission to hunt must be granted and you need to check the laws in Florida since much has changed over the years.
Jesse James




Use of an LRL in Spain can be both rewarding and frustrating. I found this out the last two times I went to Spain for a treasure hunt and attempted to locate gold and silver with no leads or treasure stories whatsoever and basically shooting in the dark. I quickly discovered that Spain has native silver and gold as well as an abundance of gold and silver coins and relics that really drive the antennas crazy on an LRL. With over 2000 years of metal history the ground is littered with these two metals. A lot of medieval relics were covered with a thin layer of gold that will attract the antennas and many medieval coins are either silver or contain a mix of silver and copper that really attract an LRL as well. I don’t think I found a site that didn’t have several hits for gold and silver. Narrowing these hits down to follow-up with a traditional metal detector was quite a challenge.

Not being an expert with the LRL and still learning my guess is that even a small coin with a little silver mixed in or a gold plated relic can really emit a strong signal after being in the ground for over a thousand years. I used the LRL Model QRS 150 manufactured by Quadro (a company put out of business by the FBI a few years back) to quickly walk through a field and narrow down gold or silver hits marking then by dragging an X over the spot in the dirt with my boot. When I had several targets marked I would follow up with a metal detector to see if I could hear that wonderful Beep, Beep sound. I probably got a hit on the metal detector approximately 10% of the time and most of the time it turned out to be silver or silver mix coin or relic or a gold plated bronze relic. I have used this method of marking targets here in the United States and have had some success as well but not to the extent I did in Spain.

Another LRL the DEETRON searcher, a programmable LRL developed by the late Orestes Lima of Miami produced similar results but was much more difficult to transport, set-up and then program for the metal I was looking for. The DEETRON did however help me to locate the largest Celtic-Iberian necropolis or burial ground I had ever seen. My good friend Mr. Lima had given me several frequencies to use with the DEETRON one of them being the frequency for human remains. Mr. Lima had used this frequency to assist rescue workers find bodies lost in mudslides in Peru and to help archaeologists in southern Florida locate Indian burial grounds. He has also helped amateur archaeologist in Mexico locate ancient Mayan burial sites and with the frequency for Jade was able to make some remarkable recoveries of Jade idols, figurines and jewelry from some of the richer burial sites. I had the privilege of being able to see some of these remarkable finds before Mr. Lima passed away a few years ago and have to say they were quite impressive.

The burial site I located was obviously a mixed site with the majority of the burials I could see in the washed out hillside being Celtic-Iberian urn burials with the cremated remains of the individual placed into an urn and buried along with all of their worldly possessions to include weapons, jewelry, buckles and brooches. I did manage to locate one magnificent stone cairn burial but couldn’t bring myself to violate the final resting place of what had to have been a very important person. A few of the other graves were lined with and covered with red roofing tiles, more of a roman type burial and a few washed ossuary types that could have held Visigoth dead at a later date. You may be wondering why locate a burial site it you are not going to attempt to make a recovery of the personal items left behind. My thinking is that with a burial site that large there must have been a very large village or small city close by in the time of the Celtic-Iberians and knowing that they buried their dead about 500 meters from where they lived this could get exciting. The problem I ran into was that nearly the whole area was planted in some sort of crop. Wheat, barley, hops and oats are planted everywhere and I was there at the wrong time of the year. I did scout out the area and managed to locate a possible site with a well-worn Iberian coin being recovered along with some bronze relics that could be early roman or Celtic. I look forward to returning and following up in the fall when the crops are all harvested.

The next place I went was a well-known site that has produced gold and silver in the past. This site has been searched hard for over 14 years by every Spaniard with a metal detector living in or around the Madrid area. I placed the gold chip in the Quadro QRS 150 and walked down 4 rows of freshly plowed field and then repeated the procedure with the silver chip installed. I must have had at least 30 hits in the short distance and after narrowing them down and marking them it was just a matter of putting the coil of the metal detector over the site. The first few didn’t produce a signal on the detector but a huge blast through the headphones soon had me on a gold plated medieval figurine of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus. I made my way up and down the rows and managed a couple of thin medieval coins made from copper and silver and a beautiful 1st century silver roman coin of the emperor Vespasian, ruler of Rome from 69 AD through 79AD and is the emperor that destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. A large gold coin of king Carlos III that could quite possibly be a counterfeit from the time dated 1788 was also recovered.

All things considered I didn’t find a huge buried treasure but using the LRL as a tool in conjunction with a traditional metal detector definitely improved my chances of making some very nice recoveries. I know another 10-acre site that has produced a number of gold coins for me in the past that was planted in wheat this time. My plan is to survey the entire 10 acres with the gold chip marking every hit and then try with the detector, if no hit then I’d like to dig about a foot of dirt away and try again to see if the coin might be below the depth range of my metal detector.

I would love to hear from anyone out there that uses an LRL on small targets and get some tips on how to refine my methods. Until next time, happy hunting.





As you know Oct 22--24, 2004 at Longs Fishin & Diggin Campgrounds outside of Kingston, Texas will be our 2nd annual open WWATS Rally, focused on making many folks clearly aware of what threatens our hobbies we so enjoy. We hope that many will have input into directed efforts for the securing of our troubled hobbies future to offer. This open meeting will be scheduled around 12:30 PM Sat. 23rd, under the big tent at the campground, everyone is invited (detectorist, prospectors, rockhounds, collectors and etc.). It is our hope, that some of the key organizations such as Public Lands for the People and other organizations will participate by sending a representative to speak at this Rally.

Along with this extended weekend WWATS Rally will have many activities. 

 Friday evening will start with the Clue Hunts and Big Fish contest being kicked off. Both Clue Hunts are Free and the Big Fish Contest will charge $5.00 entry per person, split the pot on 1st and 2nd place winners.  We will end the Friday night activities with a "group cookout" where we will provide the cooks, grill and deep fryer; you bring your own food. Some meat will be supplied by WWATS that has been donated for the cookout. Also after the cookout will be a Free Night Hunt (no lights of lighters allowed) mixed coins and prize tokens thrown on top of the ground for participates to find with their metal detectors.

Saturday will start with WWATS ever famous OPEN FREE HUNT. It cost the contestants nothing and they ke ep what they find and the prizes they win. Mixed coins will be buried with prize tokens. Last year we gave away over 100 prizes all DONATED by many WWATS members and friends. WE NEED DONATIONS PLEASE, both for prizes and coins to bury in this hunt. Everything in this hunt is donated and is very important to the success of the hunt. Please seek prizes for this annual hunt, it does not have to be hobby related. Please let me know if you have any donations. kwills@worldnet.att.net

After the WWATS Rally meeting mention above at 12:30PM Sat., the GPAA Chapters have volunteered to sponsor a gold panning contest and to have available gold dredges, highbankers, and equipment to demonstrate how to refine your tailings for their gold and allow you 'hands on training' of the equipment. Also the 200 acre Indian Village is open to those interested in digging arrowheads and points at no charge. The fishing is good, mostly Blue Catfish and Black Bass this time of year. The water will be just right for swimming as well. The campground is 150 years old with lots of history and metal detecting is allowed (cover your holes!). Picnic tables, fire pits, trash barrels, and pot-a-johns are located throughout the campgrounds. Camping is allowed everywhere in those campground, first come first serve. Some electricity throughout the campgrounds and at the six cabins located there. Cabins are $35.00 per night, three beds per cabin with electricity. Saturday night will end with an Ole' Time Campfire Gathering of treasure stories and singing, bring your instrument, stories and your lawn chairs.

Sunday will start off with WWATS Open Free Kids Hunt, at no cost, kids 15 and under are allowed. Mixed coins and tokens buried to be found with a metal detector, tokens for prizes to be won. This is a FAMILY weekend of fun, bring your family! There will be several other small activities throughout Sat. and Sun. during the day to keep you busy. Sunday will continue with WWATS Pay Open Hunt with a charge of $60.00 entry up till Oct. 1st and then it goes to $80.00 per person entry after and at the gate.  This hunt will be silver coins buried with prize tokens for many good prizes. We will conclude the day by announcing winners of the two Clue Hunts and Big Fish Contest winners. You are welcome to continue camping for as long as you wish, if you would enjoy staying over several days longer check with owner.

The only charge for the use of these campgrounds, camping and other activities, is by the owner a cost $20.00 per day per person (kids 12 and under free). Well worth the cost just for nothing else but the beautiful scenery on the banks of the Llano River.

WWATS Board of Directors-----I could use your suggestions as to how we can afford a few minor cost for this weekend. We should recover all or most of that cost by having a few fundraisers during the weekend. However some of the expense must be paid in advance of the weekend. It will be neccessary to have a large tent (30 X 40) for the meeting in case of rain or needed shade. It would be nice if we could supply "another" large tent also for some of the equipment distributors that might wish to attend to display the latest equipment available. Also we need a PA system with mic and speakers for that large tent area and the meeting and a few possible seminars during the day. I can use my 16 foot flatbed trailer for a stage at the campfire gathering for music equipment or anything else we may need it for. I will bring some firewood for the campfire gathering, bring my four wheeler to run about on, first aid kit, bring my grill, deep fryer and some tables.

It is my hope that some very nice prizes will be donated for the winners of the Gold Panning Contest by someone.

Folks attending will need to bring their own water, there is none available there, other than river water. I will be asking the many suppliers for donations for these hunts and activities for the WWATS Rally weekend. I need you to help me with searching for donations if you would PLEASE. If you have any ideas to defray the cost of renting a large tent and PA system, please let me know. No pets and no firearms allowed. I will be staying the weekend of Aug. 28th at the campsite for the purpose of working out the arrangements and details of the event. Any more information or a flyer of this event is available by contact me. Keith Wills, president WWATS kwills@worldnet.att.net or call: (903) 843-5555. Ship to address is: 201 S. Montgomery St., Gilmer, Texas 75644


On Tuesday , August 10th, I visited Antelope Island---which sits in the middle of The Great Salt Lake of Utah.  I was researching some treasure leads.  The island was MUCH bigger than I imagined ( 26,000 acres +- ) and it even had a herd of buffalo---about 400 of them.  It was a nice day spent with a new-found friend from Spain.  He took a lot of pictures to prove to his wife that he had fun in Utah.  Below is a picture he took of me standing in front of THE LAKE.  We have had a drought the past few years, so you can see that the lake level is WAY down.  I thought it was funny that there was a NO SWIMMING sign near this little puddle that was about 6 inches deep !  A lot of places you have to walk about a half-mile of dried lake bed to reach the water's edge.  I'll be going back in October to locate that Aztec loot ! 



Article Submitted By:  COSMOWOLFF

From the records of the Knights of the Golden Circle


They drew a circle and shut us out.

In vain, they thought they=d won by rout

But men of God, with wit to win.

Drew a larger circle and shut them in.


The Brass Kettle Treasure of the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, located somewhere near Fort Sill and Mount Scott.  The general vicinity is south by southwest of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.

Several powerful Indian tribes quietly united in grim anger to pool their resources in order to reap revenge against the U.S. Seventh Calvary under the command of General George Armstrong Custer. It was because of the terrible cold-blooded senseless and brutal wholesale slaughter of Chief Black Kettle’s Cheyenne Indian village,  one cold-snowy morning on the banks of the Washita River.


Some miles south of Camp Supply, wherein many peaceful Indians brutally killed by units of the Seventh Calvary were mostly women and children.  Several other groups of Indians also camped along and below the Washita arrived at the scene too late to save Chief Black Kettle and his people.  It wouldn’t have been so shocking but for the fact that Black Kettle’s people had almost been previously wiped out in Eastern Colorado by Colonel Shevington’s troops just previous to this time period.


Black Kettle had signed a treaty and he foolishly believed that his people were at peace with the U.S. Government.  So, many associated tribes united for a  War of Revenge and self preservation, so it was said.  The  various Indian tribes made contact with the underground Confederate headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Confederate Inner Circle of the Knights of the Golden Circle met with the Indian war chiefs, under the specific leadership of Colonel Jesse Woodson James.  The date was around March 3rd 1876.


Once a quick agreement by and between the Indians and Colonel Jesse James was set, from out of the mountains, canyon and plains of the southwest emerged several large Indian pack trains, wagons and Indian travois trains loaded with nuggets, gold bars and gold coins which was confiscated and captured over the years. When finally calculated and tallied the total amount in gold alone was well over  $16,000,000.  Due to rain, snow and bad whether at this great encampment old Jesse had no fit or usable paper or parchment so he improvised in order to draw up a legal contract.  With the use of a harness tool he proceed to cut the said contract into the smother sides of a large brass kettle.  The manufacturer’s name was stamped on the bottom and dated in the year 1851.

This famous Brass Kettle Treasure contract contained 12 individual names and they were:  Jesse James, Frank James, Roy Baxter, Bud Dalton, Cole Younger, Uncle George Payne, the Overton brothers, etal others present at that place and date.


With the combined labor available a shaft 18 ft. deep was dug and every bit of gold was buried with the said Brass Kettle and so it was recorded that very day.  Almost at once herds of horses, Steel dust, Copper bottoms and Standard Bred were moved secretly at night toward the location of the great Indian encampment on the Little Big Horn river.  At the same time vast shipments of clothing, blankets, horse-shoes, guns, ammunition were being moved via the Missouri River.  Mule packets and wagon trains loaded with corn beef, beans & pork, canned milk by Borden’s.  Other shipments of repeating rifles – 44-40 caliber, 1873 model Winchesters, 45 and 44 caliber colts, Webley and Remington pistols in addition to two 45 caliber Gatling guns.  Everything was scheduled to arrive by mid June of 1876 at the great Indian encampment.


On June 25th, 1876, George Custer and his units of the Seventh Calvary foolishly attacked the Indian camp as Major Reno approached about five miles up the river to the South.  We all know from out history books what happed that day but to this date many of the full facts have been with held from our historians and the general public of this great American country of ours.


Well some time after this historic battle in the valley’s of Montana in 1876 we will move to the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma in the months between March 20th to April 17th 1893.  This was the year of the money panic during the terms of President McKinley.  Times were tough, money was scarce and so the elected leader of the Knights of the Golden Circle, Jesse James sent word out for all surviving members or their heirs to meet on March 3, 1876 at Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. The said $16,000,000 gold cache was dug up by the group, along with the Brass Kettle. Colonel James divided half of the said $16,000,000 or $8,000,000 with those men present. Then with a big dray pulled by 10 huge horses and a hand selected staff of KGC bodyguards, the said $8,000,000 started out in the general direction of Fort Reno.  The load proved to be to heavy so Colonel James decided to unload a fourth of it and so $2,000,000 was buried in the banks of the Washita River.


In the early 1930 it was reported that the heavy chest tumbled out of the bank, reported by the local KGC sentinel guarding the $2,000,000 cache, was duly identified and deposited in a big bank by Jesse Woodson James under an assumed name.

Farther up the vast grass country, Colonel James buried $2,000,000.  The balance of $4,000,000 was hauled northeast of Fort Reno and placed in a cave where it was sealed shut.  It was considered a safe place for a  the depository or cache in that wicked trackless early day Oklahoma.

The dray and teams were given to some western traveling settlers passing close to the area during the early day land rush.

From there Colonel Jesse Woodson James, financial Comptroller of the

Loyal Order of the Knights of the Golden Circle moved on West up thru Colorado and Utah to Butte, Montana where he was badly needed at once to take care of some other special KGC secret business.

More to come.




OK !  LOTS of information in this newsletter !  I hope it carries you through to the September 1st newsletter.  I'll be "GONE" ( with TARA & her parents---on our motorhome vacation ) August 20-25th.  I'll answer all phone calls, emails and letters when I return !   THANKS !!


To my wife TARA---who treats me WWAAAYYYY  better than I deserve !!  I need to find a HUGE treasure so SHE can retire !

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