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A heavy ironbound pirate chest was buried in the sand at Stratford Point in
1699. A Negro fisherman witnessed the treasure burial, but was afraid to tell
anyone about the incident until many years later. It is believed that the
chest was never recovered.
A prisoner, sentenced to a life term in Sing Sing in 1916, admitted to another
prisoner that he had buried a cache of stolen loot amounting to $150,000 south
of the upper bridge ,near a rock, in Bruce Park at
Greenwich. $50,000 of the cache was alleged to be in gold coins.
In the early 1800s a Spaniard named DeGrau searched for a lost cave,
containing a huge fortune in silver, in the rocky area known as Hell's Half
Acre outside of Bristol. He claimed that his father and a group of Spaniards
had found a rich vein of silver and had melted the ore into bars, hiding them
in a cave for later recovery. He left the area without finding the cave.
A pirate treasure is reported to be buried on Money Island off Stoney Brook in
the Thimble Island group. One report has it that it is in a crevice of a
large rock formation that is underwater at high tide. Some sources attribute
this hoard to Captain Kidd who is said to have used Thimble Island as a
During the French and Indian War, in 1758, the residents of Windham had to
flee for their lives and bury their money and valuables before leaving. The
town was burned to the ground and many of the treasure caches were never
Recluse J.O. Maloney died in 1887. It was well known that the miser possessed
large sums of currency and gold and silver coins. After his death, numerous
searches were made around and in his old house near Morris, but nothing was
A prisoner sentenced to a life term in Sing Sing in 1916 admitted to another
prisoner that he had buried a cache of stolen loot amounting to $150,000 S of
the upper bridge near a rock in Bruce Park at Greenwich. $50,000 of the cache
was alleged to be in gold coins.
In the late 1600s, the pirate Captain Kidd anchored off
Oyster Bay on Long Island, then sailed to the mouth of the
Connecticut River and continued upstream. On a small peninsula jutting out
into the river, near what is now the town of Wethersfield on the west bank,
and the town of Naubuc on the East bank, at a place called Tyron's Landing, he
went ashore. He selected a hillside and buried 2 chests of gold, silver and
The pirate Captain Kidd buried 2 chests containing $450,000
worth of treasure at Clarke's
Island in the Connecticut River.
Pirate's Cove, on the southern tip of
Conanicut Island, is supposed to be the hiding place of pirate
treasure attributed to Captain Kidd.
The pirate James Gillian, a member of Captain Kidd's crew, buried a cache of
treasure on Kelly Island in Delaware Bay. According to Gillian, the cache is
located between two trees bared by the wind and a large rock. After Kidd's
execution, Gillian planned to return to the island and dig up the treasure,
but he never did.
The 800-acre strip of land in the extreme northwest corner of the state was
called The Wedge, claimed by both Delaware and Pennsylvania around 1910. It
is located where the two boundaries come together with Maryland. Between 1893
and 1921 it was a no-man's land where all sorts of illegal activity flourished
including bootlegging, gambling, operating stills and a refuge for criminals.
All of them took advantage of the absence of law enforcement and there are
numerous stories of money and jewelry being buried and hidden in The Wedge.
"Fat" Patty Cannon and two male partners operated a tavern and inn near
Reliance from 1819-1829 where they robbed and killed more than 37 wealthy
businessmen and travelers. She committed suicide to avoid capture after her
deeds became known. One of her partners was killed and the other hanged.
Local residents claim that she buried between $75,000-$150,000 in gold coins
on, or near, her small 2-acre property at Johnson's Crossroads.
Purgatory Woods is located in an area bounded by White Clay Creek and St.
George's Creek, between Newark and Cooch's Bridge. A cache of gold coins was
buried, and never recovered, during the Revolutionary War.
Reedy Island, on the Delaware River a few miles south of Delaware City, was
the scene of numerous shipwrecks. After storms, coins can be found washed
ashore at the location.
According to legends,
Madagascar pirates hid 2 large treasures near New Castle in
The pirate Blackbeard is said to have buried a treasure on the
banks of Blackbird Creek near the town of
The pirates Captain Kid and Blackbeard are both said to have
buried treasures at
Woodland Beach, 7 miles from Smyrna, around 1800.
The pirate Captain Kidd is believed to have cached a single
chest near Lewes. On
Kelly Island near a large boulder.
A cache of treasure attributed to Louis Guillart is buried on
The pirate Jose Gaspar buried a large chest of jewels, which was attached by a
heavy chain to a nearby palm, in the middle of a mud pond lake. To reach
this location, start at the southern tip of Placida Island, then go due north
through Cape Haze. At this point you turn right and go east one mile until
you come to the lake. The reason why this chest remains unrecovered is that
the lake is full of water moccasins.
Pirate Billy Bowlegs Rogers buried $3 million in a secret cavern below
Pensacola's Fort San Carlos, an old Spanish bastion built in the 1600s. It is
said that the old fort had two carefully concealed tunnels leading to a large
hidden chamber. One originated from the fort itself, while the other led from
a well-hidden spot somewhere outside the fort's thick stone walls. The
treasure, secreted in the early 1800s after Rogers discovered the tunnels, has
never been recovered.
Legends say that a $6 million hoard of Spanish gold bars was buried in clay
crocks in a 8-foot deep pit at the eastern tip of St. George Island and never
Seven pony loads of English gold coins worth $100,000 were buried by the
Seminole Indians in 1818. The money was from the British for their support
against the American colonies. The Indians were being pursued by Andrew
Jackson and lightened their load while trying to escape. The site selected
was at a swamp known as Old Yarbor Pond, also called Money Pit, just north of
Hwy 2 and northeast of the Jct. of Hwy 2 and the Chattahoochee River on
Carter's Mill Creek. The hoard has never been found.
Hidden up a small river from Choctawatchee Bay is the 2-year accumulation of
pirate treasure of gold and silver bars, plate, coins, and church vessels
contained in 4 large brass-bound chests. The cache is attributed to Billy
Bowlegs Rogers and is valued at upwards of $50 million.
Indians witnessed an old pirate craft fleeing from a Spanish
patrol ship on
Pensacola Bay, sailing up the flooded Escambia River in the
vicinity of present-day Century. The pirates beached the ship and covered it
with sand and rocks in the swamps about 1/2 mile W of the river. Following an
old dry channel today, there is a mound nearly 30 feet high and 120 feet long,
presumably the covered vessel. In a mound about 1/2 mile N of the ship mound
is another mound where treasure is supposed to be buried.
There are numerous legends of Indian mounds, chests of gold and
signs of pirate markings on trees on
Pine Island. The pirate Baker is alleged to have buried a
cache of treasure on Pine Island around 1800.
The pirate Billy Bowlegs Rogers buried 3 chests of treasure
under an old palm tree somewhere in the vicinity of Bald Point (
Escamcia County ). Additional pirate treasure is known to be
hidden near Bald Point.
Following raids in the Caribbean and Gulf regions, the pirates Gasparilla,
LaFitte and Bowlegs all buried large quantities of treasure on the islands
facing Choctawatchee Bay.
Early pirates used St. Vincent's Island in Apalachicola Bay as a campsite in
the 1700s. There are several reports of buried pirate loot on this island.
Legend says that a huge fortune is buried on the grounds of the
Williams-Jones-Ferguson house at
S. Liberty and Washington Streets in Milledgeville, supposedly hidden during
the Civil War.
A cache of Indian gold, totaling 3 filled gallon crocks, was hidden in a hole
in the rocks on the sharp bend of the Etowah River, just west of the mouth of
At the close of the Civil War, a chest of gold bullion and coins from the
Confederate Treasury was buried along the banks of the Oconee River south of
Athens. The site was marked with an iron chain tied to a tree.
$18,000 in currency, in fruit jars, was buried near the old McKnight trailer
house a few miles south of Ellijay on Hwy 5.
A large cache of gold is buried in the garden of the Bona-Allen home, located
1/4 mile beyond the old Buford Airport, southeast on Hwy 20.
An Indian treasure cave is located on
Rocky Face Mountain a few miles below Keith in the heart of old
Dalton--Cherokee Indian gold fields. The cave reportedly holds a tremendous
store of 1,000 gold bars, each 9 inches by 9 inches by 6 feet which was hidden
and covered over by the Cherokees when they were forced to leave their lands.
Several gold caches are believed to exist in the area around an old log inn
once used as a stage stop between the Trace intersection of Hwy. 201 and the
ford on Coahulla Creek. The site, now torn down, is about 15 miles SE of
A pot of Cherokee Indian gold is buried on
Doogan Mountain, 2 miles E of Cisco.
The richest man in Georgia, Joseph Vann, his father James Vann
and his grandfather Clement Vann, lived on 10 square miles of land in
Murray County in the 1700s. It is conservatively estimated
that several million dollars in gold coins, dust and nuggets were concealed in
numerous iron pots and buried on the huge estate, somewhere near Chatsworth.
An Indian treasure cave containing a huge store of gold bars is said to be
located behind a waterfall and partially submerged in the water on the N bank
of the Coosawattee in the vicinity of Carter's Quarters, just off Hwy. 411.
In 1823, a group of pirates buried 6 chests of treasure at Kaena Point (
Oahu ) near some walls of fitted stone located at the top of a hill.
Kauai was a treasure depository for hundreds of years. Legends say that an
extinct tribe of people lived there, after their original home sank into the
sea ,and were the guardians of all the treasure that had been buried on the
Legends say that the greater portion of the wealth of a successful businessman
was hidden in a cave on Ford Island, possibly in the Cave of Kings.
A huge hoard of treasure was buried inland, in the hills or caves, on the
north side of Kealakeku Bay on the island of Hawaii.
The battle of Kepaniwai was fought at Iwao Stream, 3 miles W of
Wailuku in 1790. The invading army of Kamehameha slaughtered most of the
Maui warriors and dumped their bodies into this stream. It is
probable that relics and artifacts from this battle can still be found in this
The burial chamber of
Hawaii's most famous ruler, King Kamehameha, who died in 1819,
has never been located. Entombed with the corpse is a tremendous treasure of
jewels, pearls, diamonds, and his elaborate warrior robes decorated with
feathers from now-extinct birds. The feathers alone are priceless. Legend
has it that the burial is in a cave in a rain forest.
Captain Cook was killed by
Island natives in 1778. The guns, lead, powder, ship's
treasure and other items were seized by the natives and taken to their king
who believed the articles were magic and ordered them buried. The treasure
store is believed to remain somewhere on Kauai and never recovered.
Alfred Devereaux was a notorious opium runner supplying
merchants with goods which he smuggled out of
China. It is believed that he buried or hid $100,000 in gold
or silver coins on Kahoolawe before he was killed under mysterious
circumstances. His death was blamed on jealous smugglers who wanted his
A hoard of treasure, known as the Peruvian Treasure, is cached
somewhere in the area of
The English pirate Captain Cavendish buried $5 million in gold and silver
coins and other treasure somewhere in the area of Palemano Point.
An eccentric miser living near Hope in the early 1900s buried many caches of
money on a hill behind his house on the outskirts of town. He died in poverty
in 1932. He never told his wife and two kids where the money was buried.
300 lbs. of gold was stolen during a stagecoach robbery in the 1860s and
buried near the site of the robbery about 3/4 mile north of McCammon at a spot
now called Robber's Roost.
Outlaws robbed a freight wagon carrying $75,000 in miner's gold at a place
today known as Robber's Gulch, along the Salmon River, about 5 miles S.S.W.
of White Bird. The bandits hid the gold among the nearby rocks and started
toward the rough Seven Devils area. A posse caught up with them in the
mountains and all of the robbers were shot before anyone had time to ask them
about the loot. The gold was never found.
A shipment of $40,000 in newly-minted gold coins, still in their original
wrappers, was secreted in a metal box in a small cave above ground level, at
Rye Flats and near the Nevada state line. The outlaws never returned for the
A lone bandit robbed the Jarbridge-Idaho stage in 1888 near the present day
Salmon Dam and was overtaken and killed by the posse. They failed to find the
strongbox containing a quantity of gold and it is believed that the outlaw
buried the chest somewhere on the east side of Brown's Bench, a large flat
mesa about 15 miles west of Rogerson.
In 1888, prospector Zak Stoneman buried 3 burro loads of gold
when his mules died after eating poisoned weeds N of
Priest River and 3-4 miles below Priest Lake. When he returned
later to recover the gold he was unable to find the right location.
A superstitious miser-hermit lived in a shack near the
Bayview Highway outside of Athol in the early 1900s. A second
cabin was built 1/4 mile due N of the first location where he died. His hoard
of money was never found and is believed to remain cached near one, or both,
of his two cabins.
A bank in the Wallace-Kellogg area was held up around 1900 and the robbers
fled with about $80,000. During the night they buried the loot somewhere in a
4-mile stretch between Huettner and Post Falls. The next morning they were
captured and presumably hanged since they never returned for their cache.
According to local stories, a can containing $400 in gold coins is buried
between the Blackwell Bridge in Coeur d'Alene and the site of the old Gibbs
Sawmill on the Spokane River.
The outlaw Butch Cassidy buried a cache of loot N of the old stage road
between Spokane Falls, Washington and Wallace, Idaho, along a creek on the W
edge of a beaver dam.
A cache of gold and silver coins is buried in an orchard on the old
Taylor farm 5 miles north of Charleston.
Treasure is believed buried on the old Orville Lowery farm, about 2 miles S.W.
of Helm. Numerous carvings of Indian or Spanish origin were found in 1925 and
can still be seen.
A cache of treasure is supposedly located on the old Ferkle farm near what is
now 34th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island.
After high waters recede each spring, silver dollars dated in the late 1800s
are found along the west bank of the Ohio River near Golconda. The coins have
been washed ashore for many years and local stories say that they come from a
wrecked steamboat that was carrying millions in silver.
A man named Shaffer owned an 80-acre farm 4 miles from Carlinville in the late
1800s and converted all of his profits into gold coins. After his death in
the early 1900s, searches were made for his buried coins but nothing was ever
During the 1920s prohibition, the Roger Touhy gang buried an
estimated $60,000 in the area of
Rockford. The cache went unrecovered when most of the gang was
captured and sentenced to long prison terms.
In 1931 Harvey J. Bailey and his gang robbed a Lincoln, Neb.
bank of over $1 million. He was sent to prison, for life, in 1933 and refused
to tell where his main cache was. One of his hoards is buried on a farm near
Richmond, just below the Wisconsin state line.
In the early 1800s, horsethieves operated in the area of
Sabula, Iowa, and are believed to have buried money and loot
across the river just S of Savanna. Lawmen chased the gang out of the area
and they never had time to recover their caches.
In the 1870s, Benjamin Boyd and Dr. Briggs were successful
counterfeiters, passing bogus cash all over the state of
Illinois. They used the Abbott farm near Unionville as a
headquarters until 1875 when U.S. government agents caught up with them and
sent the pair to prison. When the old Abbott farmhouse was moved across the
road to its present location, several bundles of bogus bills and the engraved
plates were found in the basement. Local stories say that several caches of
legitimate currency and gold coins remain hidden somewhere on the old farmsite.
David and Taylor Driscoll led a gang of outlaws in the 1830s. In 1841, the
gang was captured and shot, but the Driscolls escaped and were never seen
again. It is believed that several caches from their robberies and stagecoach
holdups remain buried near their hiding place on a farm S of DeKalb, one
reported cache amounts to $30,000.
Aged miser-recluse John A. Thompson killed himself in 1906 at his farm, a few
miles east of
Hammond. It is said that he had a fortune buried near, or in, his house that
has never been recovered.
Bank loot stolen by John Dillinger, including $175,000 in negotiable bonds,
$76,000 in cash and at least $300,000 in jewelry, all stripped from safety
deposit boxes of the Unity Trust & Savings Bank of Chicago in 1933, was buried
in a field on his father's small 10-acre produce farm just outside
When the Indians were forced to leave their lands in the 1830s they buried
their tribal treasury somewhere on Pigeon Creek near Millersburg.
Legends claim that a band of Gulf Coast pirates, traveling north along the
White River in the 1820s, buried a cache of gold coins on a bluff east of
Freedom and marked the spot by driving a sword into an oak tree. The party
never returned for the treasure.
In 1862 Union soldiers were ordered to take a large amount of gold and silver,
believed to be a government payroll, across the Ohio River from Kentucky into
Indiana. They then followed the old Corydon Pike, now Hwy 62, for 5
miles and there buried the money. The payroll is believed to be buried
near the railroad tracks just before starting up the hill to Edwardsville on
Hwy 62 on the right side of the road heading west.
In the 1920s, Big Jim Colosimo was a gang leader in
Chicago dealing in bootlegging operations and prostitution. He
was fascinated by diamonds and carried pockets full wherever he went. When he
met a new passion, a showgirl named Dale Winter, he claimed that he no longer
needed the accumulated gems and buried them "outside Crown Point." Rival gang
leader Johnny Torrio had Colosimo killed and the hoard of diamonds, worth an
estimated $800,000 at the time, went unrecovered.
In 1916, a woman lived alone in a shack at
Ogden Dunes, refusing to see visitors. She was the daughter of
a wealthy Chicago doctor and buried her inheritance somewhere near her cabin.
She was suddenly taken ill and died and her cache, believed to be of
considerable proportions, was never recovered.
Ed "The Polack" Kravenski was a booze runner for Al Capone during the 1920s
until he was caught and murdered for having stolen many cases of illicit
liquid from the gang leader. 2,000 cases of expensive liquor, worth between
$200,000-$500,000 today, lies hidden in a cave along the Indiana shore of Lake
Michigan and somewhere in the area of Michigan Shores.
Until his death in the early 1900s, George Downing accumulated a fortune from
his cattle ranch and farm near York. His brother Bill went west and joined
the Sam Bass outlaw gang. Bill often visited his brother's farm and bragged
that he had money buried on the Indiana property. It is believed that over
$100,000 in gold is still buried somewhere on the farm.
A large quantity of cash belonging to the 1920s gangster Jim Genna was buried
near the intersection of Hwys. 6 & 331. A former bodyguard who helped bury
the cache stated: " We left Highway 6 and traveled about a mile and a half
down a side road." Forced to lay down in the back seat of the limousine, he
stated, "I believe the money was buried in a pasture, possibly marked by a
A band of Indians robbed an army payroll wagon around 1842. An old Indian
said the gold coins were buried along Miner's Creek near Guttenburg.
A wealthy lumberman filled an iron cooking pot with stocks, bonds and gold
coins and buried it near the banks of the
Mississippi River at a place now known as River Front Park in Clinton.
There are stories that buried treasure is associated with Cold Water Cave,
located about 25 miles from Decorah, on the ( 1935 ) farm of a man named Gaul.
Numerous treasure caches are reportedly buried in Stone Park and in the hills
overlooking the bend in the Missouri River at Sioux City.
Between $35,000-$50,000 in gold was stolen during a train robbery along the
Mississippi River west of Davenport at Buffalo. The loot is believed to be
buried in a 3-acre area just off the railroad tracks and highway near the
creek in the area.
In the 1800s, Red
Brussels lived in a log cabin on an island in Trumbull Lake
near Terril. A group of irate vigilantes tracked some stolen horses to his
place and hung him. Brussel's cache of money and valuables is still believed
to remain there.
Around 1863, there was a grove of trees about 1/2 mile SE of Harcourt on the
Orville Anderson farm. A outlaw buried his loot there.
A gang of outlaws and cattle rustlers, known as the Banditti of
the Plains, headquartered near the mouth of the
Boone River in the 1800s. It is believed that they buried
their loot in an ancient Indian mound located in the immediate area and never
recovered the cache. The mound is covered by a thick growth of oak trees and
is located near the John Lott Monument.
Soldier of fortune Thomas Nelson came to
Cerro Gordo County and took a job at the Wheeler Ranch in
1884. He brought with him a large quantity of gold coins and word soon spread
of his wealth. Fearing that he would be robbed, he buried the hoard somewhere
on the Winnebago River between the Wheeler Ranch and the Horseshoe Bend area
in a 3-foot deep hole. He was never able to locate the exact spot again.
In 1893, farmer John W. ( last name unknown ) buried $50,000 in gold coins in
casks on his property, 4 miles from Eldora. He went insane in 1897 and cold
not remember where his treasure was buried. It was never recovered.
It is estimated that over 100 caches are buried in the vicinity of Pawnee Rock
( along the
Santa Fe Trail ) near Larned.
A large cache of gold coins, in a pair of buffalo hide saddlebags, were hidden
by a buffalo hunter on the Neosho Trail between Baxter Springs and Coffeyville
at a point where the trail crosses the river.
Around 1862 an army paymaster was robbed of $195,000 in gold and silver coins
while enroute from Lawrence to Denver. Buried between 2 sycamore trees
someplace between Lawrence and the Wakarusa River, just to the south of
$24,000 in silver coins was buried in 1828 on Chouteau's Island, in the
Arkansas River, 5 miles southwest of Lakin.
$500,000-$1 million in gold coins are buried on the old farm of Abram Burnett
on the north side of Shungannunga Creek which cuts through Topeka. His farm
took in the SE 1/4 of Section 9, Twp. 11, R15 E in Mission township.
Peter Robidoux was the first merchant to settle in Wallace in the 1800s and
prospered. He is known to have hidden a number of caches of gold and silver
coins, in and around the townsite, which went unrecovered after his death.
In 1928 the Fleagle gang robbed a Nebraska bank and fled into
Kansas. About $100,000 of the loot ended up being buried in
one or two places: A) in the area of Battle Canyon, in the badlands of the
Logan-Scott County area (B) somewhere on a chicken ranch that one of the gang,
Ralph Emerson Fleagle, lived at near Branson,MO, before he was captured.
A party of either Spaniards or
California gold miners threw a chest of treasure into the
Soloman River near Morland when they were attacked by Indians. The river
changed course and the chest was never recovered. Some sources claim that the
treasure, now under dry ground, was a hoard of gold bars worth $400,000.
In 1870, a RR payroll of $22,000 was robbed from the Wells
Fargo office at Ellis. According to local legend, the money
was stashed around the limestone banks of Big Creek just outside of town and
Indian worshippers tossed gold coins into a spring called "Great Spirit" to
gain favor and health from their gods. The place is located near Osborne.
Jack Clemons buried a large quantity of silver coins in a metal bucket on his
property in the early 1900s and died without revealing the exact place of the
cache. His property was located on Big Branch Creek, about 3 miles southeast
of Quicksand. The old house is still standing on the right hand side of the
creek, about 1 mile above its mouth.
$15,000 in silver is buried about 2/3 of a mile behind the old grist mill site
operated by Nicholas Daugherty from 1812-1816, 5 miles above Barbourville.
Wealthy landowner James Langstaff left a note, before he died in 1872, to his
wife that he had buried $20,000 in gold coins on land he owned, near a
cottonwood tree, either on Broadway or
South Third Street in Paducah.
Jonathan Swift buried a cache of $150,000 in silver bars and ore in the 1760s
in a cave, located somewhere near the Breaks of the Sandy River at the base of
Pine Mountain on Hwy 80 near Elkhorn City.
A large cache of money is buried in a group of peach trees, or somewhere
nearby, and possibly in the house itself, on the old Pitts farm just outside
Late in the Civil War, the Cole brothers sold their tobacco
crop for $5,000 in gold coins which they concealed in the hearth of their
fireplace in their cabin, 20 miles from
Paducah. A few weeks after the sale, a robber broke into the
cabin and killed the two men, hiding the $5,000 near
the house. Hotly pursued by lawmen, he fled to
Texas where he assumed a new name and lifestyle, leaving the
cache behind. Around 1900, dying, he told the story of the cache to a close
friend who, in turn, made the trip to Kentucky to recover the treasure. When
he arrived, he learned that the house was torn down shortly after the Cole's
deaths and he was unable to locate the cache. Presumably, the treasure is
Just SW of Mayfield stood Camp Beauregard, a large training base for
Confederate troops in 1861-1862. Severe epidemics caused a vast number of
deaths here lending credence to researchers who believe that many individual
money "pokes" were never recovered.
In the 1880s, a man named Moore lived near Dycusburg. He was killed by two
hired hands for the money he had hidden, but it was never found. The hired
hands were imprisoned for life and admitted that they never found the hidden
hoard of coins.
The outlaw Micajah Harpe, who ruthlessly murdered and robbed from 1795-1804,
buried $300,000 in the area of Harpe's Head Road near Dixon.
A barrel of pennies is buried at Fort Campbell.
A miser named Holt died in December of 1963 and is said to have buried several
caches of money at various places around his farm property which was located
about 5 miles north of Vivian, then 1 mile west off Hwy 1.
A wealthy plantation owner buried a fortune on his property near
Athens during the Civil War that was never recovered. The last known owner of
the property was J.B. Hawk.
The pirate Jean LaFitte and his band used the barn on the old LeBleau
Plantation, 5 miles west of Iowa, as a meeting place. It is said that
treasure was buried here and never recovered.
Around 1900, a man named Evans buried his life savings, two half-gallon fruit
jars filled with $10 and $20 gold pieces, somewhere on his farm about 3 miles
east of Baskin.
Around 1800, the wealthy Gabriel Fuselier de la Claire built a plantation home
at Grand Coteau. During the Civil War his grandson buried a fortune worth
$500,000. Union troops burned the plantation and the cache was never
Prior to 1890, Monsieur Richarde, a semi-recluse, resided 1 1/4
miles W. of
Shreveport between the Cobar farm and the residence of Captain
Joseph Boisseau. Richarde was reportedly a very rich man who spent much of
his time working his garden. After his death, a few Spanish and French coins
were found, but the gold coins he is believed to have hoarded were never
found. They remain cached somewhere on his old property.
During the Civil War, Southern refugees, fleeing the advancing
Union troops, buried a considerable treasure near
Old Camp Place. Estimates have placed the value of this hoard
at between $20,000-$180,000 and supposedly consisting of gold and silver
coins, jewelry and other valuables.
A cache of treasure is said to be buried near the mouth of
Cheniere Creek on the
Ouachita River near West Monroe.
treasure is buried on the old Limerick Plantation near Monroe, cached during
the Civil War and never recovered.
During the Civil War, a man named Bullin lived W. of
Delhi on Eudora Road, later the McLaurin farm. Hearing stories
that Federal troops were approaching, he took his life savings and dumped the
coins down a well. Bullen died a few days later and the cache was never
Around 1900 Anse Hanley lived up the
Allagash River from Fort Kent. He cached $60,000 somewhere on, or near, his
Rumors of buried treasure are mentioned of a curious "H"-shaped chasm that was
hewn out of the solid ledge on the southeast side of Cliff Island. Great
caves are located on both sides of the marker.
Wealthy recluse Hiram Smith buried a cache of gold coins in his potato field
on his farm near Bangor. The cache was never recovered.
A large cache of gold coins and bullion is supposedly buried in the vicinity
of Skowhegan Falls on the Kennebec River at the fork of Hwys 201 & 201A. The
treasure was buried by a pirate in the 1720s.
Years ago, Sidney Odum, a lighthouse keeper at Fort Point near Stockton
Springs, supposedly witnessed pirates burying several chests of treasure
somewhere on either Sandy Point or nearby French's Point.
In the 1850s, it was widely known that diamonds were being
smuggled into the
U.S. from Canada. A man came out of the woods near Buffalo and
claimed that he had buried a leather pouch filled with diamonds, worth
$250,000, on top of Carpenter Ridge. He also buried his daughter nearby, who
had died along the route on their trek to catch a sailing boat at Bangor.
In an effort to attack the British at
Quebec during the Revolution in 1775, Col. Benedict Arnold was
given a war chest full of gold coins and a contingent of men to make their way
through the Maine wilderness to Quebec. Rain and snow made the rivers
treacherous, and somewhere along either the Dead River or below a waterfall on
the Chadiere River, the gold-filled paychest containing $50,000 was lost.
Converting all of his notes, checks, shares and bonds into gold sovereigns,
wealthy sawmill owner Jim Dolliver secreted $42,000 in gold between the Forks
and Murphys along the old French trail. Fearing a robbery, the gold coins
were buried in an old stump enroute from Canada to his home. The cache was
never recovered by relatives after his death.
Just beyond the village of Wesley, at the foot of Wesley Hill, many stagecoach
robberies took place. It is rumored that some of the loot was buried at this
location and never recovered.
Probably the greatest pirate treasure awaiting recovery in the U.S. today was
secreted by the pirates Samuel "Black" Bellamy and his partner Paulsgrave
Williams. In 1716, the pirates constructed elaborate fortifications and a
colony on both sides of the Machias River, exactly where Hwy. 1-A now crosses
the river i Machias Township. Near these fortifications, they constructed a
vast, intricate underground chamber to be used as a treasure vault. 180 bags
of gold, each weighing 50 lbs. , and a store of gold ingots, silver coins,
gems and ivory taken from the captured vessel Whidah were put in this vault.
The pirates and crew were killed in a storm that wrecked both of their ships.
The vault has yet to be discovered.
Wealthy Senator Perry Hall buried a large cache of gold, silver and family
valuables somewhere on his 350 acre
Miles River estate in 1798 before he suddenly died. The hoard still remains
unrecovered on his old property, 4 miles west of Easton, even though
generations of Halls have searched for the cache. In 1967, the property was
sold to Kirkland Hall College.
In 1931, a recluse-hermit died on Dan's Mountain at his cabin near Dan's Rock
close to Midland. Rumors had it that he was extremely wealthy and at one time
had been a prosperous southern planter. Shortly after his death, treasure
hunters found $200,000 in Confederate currency hidden throughout the cabin.
No coins were found and it is believed that other caches remain hidden near
In 1906 an eccentric Quaker named Calvin E. Harlam was struck by a train near
Baldwin. Thousands of dollars were scattered along the tracks. It is quite
probable that additional caches were buried or hidden at his residence.
In 1832, an unknown traveler was injured during a freak storm and taken to the
old Hagen Tavern at Braddock. While on his deathbed, he confessed to stealing
a chest of gold coins and jewels from a French Grand Duchess and burying the
loot in 1830 on a mountain slope near the tavern. He died and the loot is
still searched for.
In 1793 Frenchman Jean de Royer Champlaigne buried a chest with $50,000 to
$150,000 in French gold coins on his estate on the old Frederick Road near
Catonsville. The estate was later owned by Colonel William DeVere and a man
named Windsor. In the 1960s the property was sold to the Baltimore County
Department of Education. The loot is still there.
It is reported that several caches of money remain buried in the area of Red
House, located on old Hwy. 40 W. of Frostburg.
In 1921, Grover
Cleveland Bergdoll and his brother Erwin were still on the run
trying to avoid Federal authorities who were anxious to prosecute them for
draft evasion during WW1. While staying at a hotel in Hagerstown, they
allegedly received $150,000 in gold coins as payment for some illicit
activities, $110,000 of which was buried in 5 valises "as heavy as lead"
somewhere in the area. One source says the hoard was cached to the S. of
Hagerstown in the general vicinity of Harper's Ferry. Others believe it is
located just S. of Brownsville, somewhere along Hwy. 67.
During the Civil War, $100,000 in coins was buried along the
banks of the
Monocacy River about 2 miles S. of Frederick.
The old Mansion House in NW
Baltimore is believed to have $65,000 in treasure buried or
concealed in its vicinity.
The pirate Captain Kidd is said to have buried treasure at
Druid Hill Park near Baltimore. The cache consisted of a
seachest filled with gold and jewels.
A large cache of $170,000 in British gold coins was buried in the early 1800s
along the banks of the Parker River, and within sight of a large boulder
marked by a chiseled "A" six inches high, in Byfield.
In the 1960s a former German claimed that he was dropped off at
Plum Island in 1943 to perform sabotage in the U.S. Due to bad weather and
other foul-ups he was the lone survivor on the beach where he hid a
box,containing $200,000 in U.S. currency, on the Atlantic side of the island.
He then abandoned his Nazi-laid plans and took up residence in Wisconsin,
later becoming a U.S. citizen. He made one attempt many years later to
recover the cache, but it was never located.
A crate of Revolutionary-War-era rifles were stolen by American Patriots and
hidden somewhere on the north shore of Thompson Island in Boston Bay. The 15
rare English sharpshooter carbines are worth well over $5,000 each to
collectors today and are known as the Ferguson Breech-loader. The crate of
antiques, packed in thick grease, should be well-preserved and still await
today's treasure hunter.
Dungeon Rock, located at the mouth of the Saugus River near Lynn, was used as
a resting place by a band of pirates and they often brought treasure chests
ashore for safe keeping. One pirate lived in the cave and an earthquake
caused a rock to fall across the entrance, sealing the pirate inside. The
treasure, believed to be buried in, or near, the cave was never recovered.
In 1720 a number of men stayed at the Thomas Smith house in Maynard on the
Assabet River, about 20 miles west of Boston, and buried a large cache of gold
and silver coins in the woods north of the cabin. The strangers never
returned for the treasure and it was later learned that they were pirates.
The site of the old Smith house has been lost, but it was established 1880
that it stood near the A.S. Thompson house.
A large cache of gold and silver coins was buried in 1926 on the
Hudson Burton farm site on the outskirts of Buchanan.
A vast treasure was buried by wealthy French fur trader Joseph Bertrand in oak
chests somewhere near the site of his trading post at the junction of several
old Indian trails that crossed the St. Joseph River near Bertrand.
In 1895 a wealthy retired saloon keeper lived in an old cabin about 3 miles
off the Meredith Grade between Garrison and Meredith. Buried on his property
was a large cache of gold coins. He was murdered, but did not disclose the
location to his murderers.
A couple named Fletcher owned a prosperous farm near Lake Odessa and Mr.
Fletcher died without his wife knowing the location of the $30,000 he had
buried on the property.
$74,000 in gold coins was stolen during a stagecoach robbery in 1874 near
Traverse City. It was buried between two tree stumps on the north shore of
Benton Lake in an old iron stove. The hoard was never recovered as the
robbers feared arrest or possible lynching by the irate lumberjacks whose
payroll they had stolen.
During the Civil War a settler buried $5,000 in gold coins on the west bank of
Mississippi River near what is now the south city limits of Minneapolis. He
could never relocate the cache and now the property is owned by the State and
is on the grounds of the Minnesota Old Soldiers Home.
$60,000 is believed to be buried on the property once owned by H. Lilly of
LaCrescent in 1904.
During the 1930s Ma Barker and the Alvin Karpis gang obtained a $200,000
ransom and somewhere between Chatfield and Rochester, a 10-mile stretch along
old State Hwy 52, they buried $150,000 in $5 and $10 bills under a fence post
in a canvas wrapped metal box. They were gunned down in a Florida shootout
and the cache was never recovered.
Thomas Fontaine owned a farm east of Mentor. He was well-off and in 1904 was
brutally murdered and speculation has it that he had a large cache of cash
buried or secreted somewhere on his farm property.
Charles Ney operated a brewery for many years in Henderson. He had amassed a
large fortune in gold coins and after his death the gold was never found in
the brewery. Probably buried on the property?
Herman Kayser owned the
Bradford Plantation near Corinth in the 1850s. During the Civil War he buried
his fortune and fled the area. When he returned in 1865 he found all of the
buildings destroyed and the land given to freed slaves. He never recovered
The notorious Mason-Harpe outlaw gang used Rocky Springs as a hideout in the
early 1800s. It is believed that $75,000 in stolen gold and silver coins was
buried along the Natchez Trace here between the church and cemetery at Little
Sand Creek near Rocky Springs.
A large iron cook kettle or chest seven foot across and three feet deep,
filled with gold coins, jewelry, and other valuables stolen by the notorious
outlaw Samuel Mason, is said to lie buried on the Reber Dove farm, 4 miles
northwest of Roxie, but the location is not certain. It could be buried
anywhere in the immediate area---near an artesian well.
$400,000 in gold coins is buried on the site of the T.P. Gore mansion. The
mansion site is marked by Gore's grave at Gore Springs.
In the mid 1800s the James Copeland outlaw gang hid three barrels of gold
coins on the banks of Catahoula Creek in a thick swamp about 1 1/2 to 2 miles
from the old Gale H. Wages house.
Ellis Trast buried a cache of stolen outlaw loot about 3 miles outside of
Huzzah. The cache was carried up a small hollow from Haunted Springs to a
shelter rock and put in a fox hole under a bluff and covered with rocks. The
skull of a horse head was left as a marker.
There are legends that tell of a cache of Spanish treasure buried in the area
of Noble Hill, on Hwy 13, about 13 miles north of
Springfield on the Polk-Greene County line.
The outlaw Hillary Farrington buried a cache of loot on the old Duram farm at
A cache of gold coins known as the Kaffer Treasure is buried in the area of
Around 1927, $25,000 in gems and jewelry, hidden by bandits who robbed a
jewelry store, was buried at the foot of an old oak tree between two large
roots about 6 miles east of Independence.
Outlaw Henry Plummer buried the loot from several stagecoach robberies,
amounting to $100,000 to $150,000, along
Cottonwood creek near Deer Lodge.
The outlaw Curry Brothers owned a ranch 5 miles south of ghost town Landusky.
Several caches of loot are buried on the property.
Pompey's Pillar is a towering natural rock formation about 27 miles east of
Billings. It was a guide post for all of the early -day travelers and
pioneers and is believed to be the location of a number of buried treasure
The early-day miner known only as "Beastly" Butler placed his daily
accumulation of gold in tin cans which he cached near his one-room cabin on
his claim at Highland City. He was killed in a cave-in. He bragged that he
had hidden over a hundred cans of gold.
A prospector's mule broke its leg and the prospector was forced to bury 200
lbs. of gold nuggets along the banks of the Clark Fork River, either on or
near the Fort Missoula Military Post.
In 1867 a band of outlaws robbed a treasure express stage coach of 400 lbs. of
gold bars along the Sidney-Deadwood road near
Sidney. A posse surrounded the gang on Lodgepole Creek just east of town.
Evidence indicates the treasure was buried along the banks of the creek.
A cache of treasure was buried about 200 paces behind the old jail in Ogallala
during the days of the cattle drives.
The Jesse James gang used Robber's Cave, on the bluff along the Missouri River
near Macy, as a hide-out. It is believed a cache of buried treasure was left
in, or near, the cave.
In 1855 blacksmith Al Medley buried $2,000 in gold coins on his property in
Peru. He went to Missouri to purchase merchandise and never returned. Some
sources believe the cache was buried near an old mill Medley often visited on
David Colbert "Cobb" McCanles made a fortune charging travelers using his toll
bridge at Rock Creek, along the Oregon Trail, in the 1800s. He put $50,000 to
$100,000 in gold coins in a blackened iron kettle and buried it close to his
Rock Creek Station. He was killed in 1861 by Wild Bill Hickok and the cache
has not been recovered.
Near Mountain Springs, in the
Spring Mountains, is buried two chests of silver coins.
$50,000 in gold coins are buried in several zinc-capped jars under an old oak
stake at a 1867 campsite, located about 10 miles south of Hiko in the
An enormous cache of gold, stolen from Virginia City, is said to be buried
near an arch of stone 5 feet wide and 5 feet high located in the rugged
country northwest of Virginia City.
A treasure chest, stolen from a stagecoach just east of Empire, is hidden
somewhere north of the Nevada State Prison in Carson---somewhere between
Empire and a ranch on the Carson River.
In the 1880s a prospector buried $250,000 in gold ore near Tohakum Peak, about
2 miles northeast of the north tip of Pyramid Lake.
In 1829 a miner named Woods owned a prosperous sawmill near the junction of
Connecticut and Ammonoosuc Rivers near Woodsville. He buried a large fortune
in gold coins, somewhere near his business, which was never recovered after
In 1816 Mrs. Hayes buried a hoard of early-dated silver dollars in the woods
near the old Hayes farm and north of the house at a spot between 3 trees in
the present-day Green Hill area of Barrington. She buried it at night and was
never able to relocate it.
In the 1650s John Cromwell built a prosperous trading post and 300-acre farm
on the west bank of the Merrimack River at a point later known as Cromwell's
Falls, not far from present-day Merrimack and about 2 miles above the mouth of
Pennichuck Brook. When he learned that the Indians were about to attack his
trading post, he buried his accumulated fortune somewhere on the grounds and
fled to England. The Indians attacked and burned the trading post to the
ground, but Cromwell never returned to the site before he died in 1661.
In the early 1700s the Algonquin Indians had a huge treasure stashed in a cave
in the Rock Rimmon area---2 miles west of Kingston. It has not been found.
In 1938 a gang of burglars operated using Newport as their headquarters. They
hid over $10,000 in an old farmhouse near the town. They were caught and sent
to prison and the loot was never recovered.
In 1915 Henry Roller lived on a farm near Folsom. He died without telling
anyone where he had hid his fortune on the farm.
Recluse Furman Dubel died around 1905 at
Burlington. About $200,000 is believed buried, or hidden, at his home and/or
other properties around town that he owned.
The wife of Aaron Kitchell buried $50,000 in gold "under a big tree" before
she was killed in the early 1800s. The cache is buried in, or near, Hanover
Neck, Morristown. One of the recent owners of the property was Henry Walker.
The cache has not been found.
Bandit and outlaw Jacob Fagan, and his henchman Lewis Fenton, robbed and
murdered in the Pine Barrens country in the 1700s. Their hideouts were
located in man-made caves just outside Farmingdale. All 25 members of the
gang are believed to have buried their shares of money and valuables in or
near these cave hideouts.
Indian Chief Brandt and a cowboy named Claudius Smith robbed large amounts of
gold and silver from settlers and had a habit of hiding the treasure in
caverns and caves and burying it in different locations in the Vernon area.
There are several treasure historians who believe that the huge Gran Quivera
hoard, 1,600 burro loads of gold and silver, is located in the southern
Manzano Mountains and possibly in the Hell's Canyon of the Four Hills area,
both near Tijeras Canyon on Hwy I-40.
Three days out of
Santa Fe, on the way to Independence, MO., 25 bags of gold coins ( $150,000 )
was buried by freighters under attack. One escaped, but died after telling
his story. Cache is located in the area of 3 large rocks, one of which was
"half as large as a house". Between Ute Park and Cimarron.
In 1851 two pioneers buried $40,000 in gold coins near a campsite on the old
Santa Fe-Cimarron Cut-Off Trail and near the Point of Rocks. The location is
23 miles east of Springer, then 7 miles north, then 2 miles east, and finally
1 mile north in Youngblood Canyon. There are graves there.
A cave, filled with a pile of gold Spanish coins literally knee deep, lies on
a steep east canyon wall from a ravine on the exact Mexico-New Mexico border
west of Columbia. Known to an Apache Indian, who removed several hundred
coins in the 1950s, the exact location was lost when he was killed in an auto
A huge store of Aztec Indian treasure in gold bars and rich ore, said to total
some $25 million, is located in the Capitan Mountains, possibly in a cave or
The early Indians are said to have cached a great deal of treasure on
Blenheim Mountain near its peak, valuables stolen from their raids on the
During the Depression $45,000 in gold coins was buried on the Rogers farm
about 2 miles west of Warsaw.
A cast iron kettle containing $40,000 of train robbery loot stolen in 1895, is
buried in a 1/2 mile square area outside Geneva. The location is just east of
the Big Oak Golf Course and Pre-Emption Road and is bound on the north by a
power line and on the east by a farm.
The Loomis outlaw gang hid $40,000 in gold and silver coins in Montezuma Swamp
near Seneca Falls.
The old hermit Moses Follensby buried a cache of gold and silver coins worth
$400,000 in the early 1800s somewhere near his cabin that he built at the
north end of Follensby Pond, near where Follensby Branch enters the small
lake. The cabin was near the brooks entrance into the pond "in the rear of
the blunt headland." The site is a few miles southwest of Tupper Lake.
It is reported that a cache of treasure is located in the old mining cabins at
the Anson Mine on Richardson Creek, a branch of the
A banker embezzled $500,000 from his bank and buried the loot in or near his
fishing cabin on the Cape Fear River just southeast of Tarheel. He died after
being apprehended and the money was never recovered.
During the Civil War Julius Benjamin owned a farm about 1 mile north of Mount
Pleasant. He buried a large quantity of gold and silver coins somewhere on
the property during the conflict. He was killed and his family never found
The pirate Blackbeard buried a cache of treasure on Bluff Point and at several
other locations along Pamlico Sound.
In the area of 2 rocks, about halfway between Wests Mill and the bridge at
Caler Fork, 10 miles N.N.W. of Franklin, a prospector hid a 50 lb. bag of
emeralds. It was not recovered.
$150,000 in gold and silver coins and currency, the entire cash contents of
the bank at Dunseith, was stolen by a lone bandit in 1893 who had time to hide
the loot in the nearby foothills of
Turtle Mountain before he was killed by a posse.
An 80-wagon train was besieged by Indians in 1864 near the Montana border town
of Fort Dilts. Many of the travelers were killed in the 14-day siege and at
least 4 members of the party are known to have buried their money and
valuables at the beginning of the assault. One of the men buried $40,000 in
gold coins. The solid fortifications of their last defense can still be seen.
Outlaws robbed a trader's pack train in 1877 of a large cache of gold coins on
the east side of the Missouri River near ghost town Raub. The packers chased
the bandits and killed them after a few miles chase, but the gold coins were
not found. The coins must be buried or hidden somewhere along the short
16 successful miners, returning from the Montana gold fields in 1864, pulled
their boat ashore at a point where the Knife River enters the Missouri near
the town of Stanton. Anticipating they would be camped here for several days,
the $200,000 in accumulated gold was taken ashore and buried. A band of
Indians massacred all of the miners except one---who was out hunting. Not
knowing where the gold was buried, he was not able to find the gold.
$40,000 in gold coins are buried at Big Butte, 7 miles south of Lignite.
In the 1780s the renegade Simon Girty and his brother had a trading post in
the bend of the Maumee River on Hwy 24, about 7 miles from Defiance State
Park, on Girty's Island. It is believed that they buried a number of caches
of loot and treasure in the area before Girty was found a traitor and had to
Canada, leaving his caches behind.
In the early 1800s Indians attacked a stagecoach on the northeast edge of
Kingman Hill, south of Stratford and just south of the present Perkins
Observatory site. All passengers were killed and the strongbox of gold was
reported missing. The Indians had no use for gold and it is believed that it
was buried or hidden somewhere in the vicinity of the attack.
The old Geyer farm was located near Alton in the late 1800s. Geyer was highly
secretive about his money, distrusting banks. He never told anyone, including
his wife, where he hid his money. A hired hand killed him and the money
remains on that property today.
Treasure is believed hidden in the area of Perry's Den, 3 miles east of
Cumberland, near Wills and Duck Creeks. The place was a hideout in the early
1800s for counterfeiters, horse thieves and outlaws.
During the War of 1812 an army payroll was hidden near, or perhaps in, Fort
Fridley just prior to an Indian raid and never recovered. The officer in
charge of hiding the treasure was killed during the attack and the location
During the Civil War 4 kegs of gold coins were captured from 2 Federal wagons
by Confederates during a skirmish in
Kansas. The rebels were attacked by outlaws in Oklahoma and the gold coins
were hidden in a cave close to the Blue River about 5 miles NE of Brown. The
Confederates were murdered by the outlaws and the coins remain hidden.
There is a legend that a huge cache of treasure is buried near Sugar Loaf
Mountain. The plate, bullion and coins were buried during the Civil War by
In 1933 Samuel Stewart buried $5,000 in $20 gold coins in the Gyp Hills on his
farm near Butler. He concealed the coins, in a metal box, in one of the
cave-like niches in the hills, but in 1935, a flood altered the terrain and he
was never able to locate the cache again.
In the early 1900s three outlaws made off with $40,000 in gold coins during a
Wichita bank robbery and headed off for the Wichita Mountains. They
skirmished with some Indians and one of the bandits was killed and their
horses were stolen. After burying the gold, one of the outlaws killed the
other to keep the gold himself, only to be captured in Marlow shortly
afterward. In his attempt to escape, he was badly wounded and, before he
died, confessed that the gold was cached in the rocks SW of Mount Scott.
In the 1870s outlaws accumulated $500,000 worth of stolen gold coins and
ingots in Colorado and were being pursued by a posse. In the area of Kite,
the gang buried the gold in several different places on the side of a small
creek that ran from east to west, and not more than 5 feet from the running
water. The location of this treasure is placed on the 1920 property of Jim
Barnett near Clarita.
Overlooking the river in
Astoria is a landmark on Coxcomb Hill called Astoria Column. In the 1920s a
cabin stood along Coxcomb Hill Road along the edge of a hill and was occupied
by an elderly man. Before he died, he revealed that he had inherited $10,000
which he put in a coffee can and hid in a tree stump near his cabin. Searches
were made, but no cache was found.
In the early 1860s outlaws robbed a Pony Express rider carrying 40 lbs. of
gold in saddlebags. The posse surprised them at their campsite on Fields
Creek, about 1 1/2 miles up the canyon, where a deep side canyon enters from
the east, at the base of Alvord Mountain. Years later, one of the surviving
bandits confessed on his deathbed that the gold was buried at the campsite,
not far from the old Harvey Nance ranch house.
After robbing several stagecoaches, running from Jacksonville, OR to
California over the Siskiyou Mountains, one of the outlaws confessed that he
had buried a huge cache of gold coins, in the dark of night, about 190 paces
east from the back door of the old Swan Lake post office, which served as a
stagecoach stop on the route between Lakeview and Klamath Falls, in the 1800s.
A Spanish treasure, of from 1 to 6 chests, are buried either in the coarse
seagrass-covered sand dunes of Nehalem Spit or on the south slope of adjacent
Neahkahnie Mountain. The cache comes from an ancient Indian legend that says
survivors of a treasure ship buried the treasure.
Around 1850 five teakwood boxes, filled with Portuguese coins and treasure,
were cached by early emigrants on the Oregon coast. The hiders diverted the
waters of a small creek, dug a hole and deposited the chests, covered them
over and then put the stream back on its former course. The search area for
this treasure is just south of the Nehalem River.
Some papers came to light in 1980, dating back to the 1800s, that mention a
stream and a flat rock. The location is about 1 1/2 miles on
Hanover Road out of Union Mills, Maryland and 1 mile along a gravel road to
the woods where it ends. The suspected search area is said to lie 80 yards
farther into the woods from this point.
Local traditions say that a plateau located between the Chemung and
Susquehanna Rivers near Athens was used by the early day Spaniards. The
Indians say they came to this area with chests filled with coins and concealed
the treasure in a cave in Carantouan Mountain.
In the late 1700s the Doane outlaw gang is believed to have buried a large
cache of gold and silver coins, in the area of Buckingham, on the old Preston
Rich farm that once stood on Mechanicsville Road.
A farmer reportedly buried a cache of gold coins near an old covered bridge
crossing Roaring Creek NW of Mill Grove. He failed to tell his family the
exact location before he died.
$70,000 from a lumber company payroll was buried or hidden by robbers
somewhere in Warrior Gap, possibly along the banks of Warrior Run, about 3
miles south of Wilkes Barre and just north of Hwy I-81.
In the early 1700s Thomas Paine buried his fortune at a spot now called
Pirate's Cave on the southern tip of
A large number of stagecoach robberies took place at a spot called Robber's
Corner on Hwy 2 near Wickford Junction. Caches of loot were buried in the
immediate area and not recovered.
During the Revolution, the Overings were one of the richest families in New
England and owned the present Prescott farm near Union Street in Portsmouth on
Hwy 14, as well as some of the buildings which are restored today. The place
was occupied by the British during the Revolution and legends tell that
British General Prescott buried a substantial quantity of gold coins somewhere
on this farm before being captured by patriots during a raid.
In the late 1600s pirate Captain Thomas Tew hid $100,000 in treasure near
During the French and Indian Wars pirates used Block Island as a base of
operations and stories tell of left-behind treasures.
The British used the
Hampton Plantation as a base during their occupation of Charleston. It is
located 1 mile west of the Santee River bridge. The British supposedly buried
a substantial amount of treasure there.
Pirate Blackbeard Teach built a fortress near a mosquito-infested swamp west
of Charleston and is believed to have buried a considerable amount of plunder
The Middleton Plantation was located on the Ashley River, 14 miles NW of
Charleston in 1741. During the Civil War Middleton buried a large cache of
money and valuables somewhere on the grounds and died trying to defend his
property. The Yankees destroyed the mansion and the treasure went
There are reports that the early-day pirate Murrell buried a cache of treasure
in the marsh area somewhere along Murrell's Inlet on the coast.
In a surprise raid in 1780, the Patriots attacked the Williamson Plantation,
about 4 miles east of McConnells and killed the notorius Captain Huck and his
band of Tory raiders. The Tories had accumulated a large store of plunder in
a period of 5 years of raiding, and it is believed that the hoard was buried
somewhere on the plantation grounds and never recovered.
After a stage robbery in 1887 bandits hid the strongbox, along with money and
valuables stolen from the passengers, near their hideout on Hat Creek, and
Battle Creek, a few miles south of Hermosa.
In 1874 miner Henry Thomas buried his saddlebags, containing placer gold,
about 5 miles SE of Gordon's Stockade along French Creek. He died and did not
A chest containing $30,000 in gold coins, stolen during a train robbery in the
1800s, is reportedly buried along Hat Creek, in the side of the riverbank,
In the SW corner of Haakon County, Edward Sanchez operated a roadhouse, tavern
and inn on the old stage line for 20 years and accumulated a sizable fortune.
He put his money in fruit jars about once a month and left the tavern heading
NE following Dirty Woman Creek. He would be gone about an hour before
returning. In 1902 he was killed in a poker game and his loot was never
Seven horse-loads of raw gold were buried by Ezra Kind in 1834. It is
believed to remain buried in the vicinity of Spearfish on the west side of
Crow Peak, near the base of Lookout Mountain. Worth over a million
dollars--it was secreted when the miners were attacked by Indians.
Denton Treasure is reportedly buried on Flat Creek in Bedford County.
During the Civil War in 1862, a U.S. army payroll chest containing $15,000 in
gold coins was buried 200 feet due east of one of the 5 springs on Dollar Hill
The secretive Civil War society, KGC, buried one of their largest deposits in
a natural cave about 11 miles south of Nashville.
In the 1870s J.B. Moore and his 2 sons were notorious outlaws who lived about
12 miles NNE of Lexington and accumulated a large quantity of gold and silver
coins. The three were killed during a stagecoach robbery and, before he died,
one told of 4 caches of coins they had buried between the house and a creek a
half mile to the east. The treasures were never recovered and still await
recovery in the 30-acre area, about 500 feet south of an old Baptist church,
about 5 miles N of the Natchez Trace State Park exit off Hwy I-40.
The widow Bonnie Kathie lived at the old Woodlawn Plantation from 1890-1904,
on the old Selmer Road near Selmer. Her large cache of gold coins remains
buried on the old plantation grounds.
Legend has it that Jean LaFitte buried 3 chests of pirate treasure among a
group of trees at False Live Oak Point, at the south end of
San Jose Island, that has never been recovered.
A cave filled with small kegs, possibly filled with treasure or rich ore, is
located near Leon Springs and about 2 1/2 miles NE of the old Soldiers Camp.
A soldier found, and lost, the location in 1916 while hunting.
On her deathbed, a nurse that had once been a member of Pancho Villa's army,
stated that a large cache of treasure was buried near San Antonio. "Coming in
from the SW, the first church with high walls is the site. The money is
buried 15 feet from an orange tree in the church yard."
A cache of treasure is reported buried in a cave near the old San Antonio Road
crossing on the Brazos River west of Bryan.
A pack train, carrying gold and silver treasure, was attacked along the old
Spanish Trail while enroute from Nacogdoches to San Antonio, near Bryan. The
treasure was unloaded and buried under a petrified log and never recovered.
In 1881 outlaws robbed a train and netted $105,000 cash, jewelry, diamonds and
watches from passengers. They buried the loot about 4 miles north of Corrine
Two outlaws, fleeing from a posse, are said to have buried a quantity of gold
coins somewhere near Tony Grove Lake in 1800s.
$28,000 in gold coins, stolen in a train robbery, was buried among the roots
of a large pine tree, near the cabin of a group of 5 outlaws, located on the
mountain above the elbow of the valley just west of Bridgeport and south of
the Green River.
In the late 1870s two army officers were transporting $60,000 in gold coin
payroll and had made camp near the junction of Ferron, Huntington and
Cottonwood Creeks, about 9 miles SE of Castle Dale. Fearing an Indian attack,
they buried the coins and made their escape. Planning to keep the gold for
himself, one killed the other and said it was the Indians. He wasn't believed
and was sent to prison for 20 years. Upon release he looked for the treasure,
but never found it.
Two miles west of the old Dugway Stage Station, a party of 4 miners were
killed at Dugway Pass by an Indian war party. Years later one of the Indians
stated that all of the miner's belongings, including several heavy sacks of
gold, were thrown into the deep cracks in the rocky ridge above the pass.
In 1752, 4 Spanish deserters, from the galleon
San Jose, made off with 80,000 gold doubloons. The party was attacked by
Indians who killed their pack horses. The gold was buried in a space between
2 giant rocks in the area known today as Hell's Half Acre near Bristol.
Several chests, containing $90,000 in gold coins, were buried near
Bennington. It was stolen from the British Army by Patriot raiders who were
later captured and shot. The treasure was not recovered.
A cache of treasure is believed to be buried on Stave Island in Lake
Champlain, north of Mallet's Bay.
It is said that if all of the loot reportedly cached, hidden or buried in the
caves at Smuggler's Notch, south of the villages of Jeffersonville and
Cambridge, was found, it would take a dozen semi-trucks to haul it all away.
Almost every thief, counterfeiter and smuggler in the area in the 1800s used
this area as a hideout and storage place at one time or another.
In the early 1700s lumberman David Jarvis made a fortune in the logging
industry and kept a large cache of gold coins buried somewhere on his farm
near the headwaters of the Winooski River. He died in a logging accident and
the treasure was never recovered.
Prior to his death a few years ago, a man named Hurley is believed to have
buried a cache of money on a hill, behind his house, in Mill Creek Hollow near
During the Civil War a Confederate general and some slaves concealed more than
$4 million in gold coins and bullion on the McIntosh Farm, about 1 mile south
of Forest and a few miles west of Lynchburg. One version states that the gold
was thrown into a deep well that was then filled in, and in another version
the gold was buried near a barn and the slaves killed to keep the location a
$3 million in gold, silver plate, jewelry and other valuables was contributed
by patriotic southerners to the Confederate Treasury in Richmond during the
Civil War. A band of guerillas killed the guards and fled with the hoard.
They got as far as the James River, where it is believed they buried the
hoard. All 12 members were killed by pursuing troops and the loot was not
William Kirk was believed to have been a pirate in the 1750s-1770s. When he
retired, he settled on a farm about 1 mile south of New Baltimore and led a
secluded life. He died in 1780 without telling his wife where his hoard of
$60,000 in gold and silver coins was hidden on the 380-acre farm. The
property has since became known as Snow Hill Farm.
Legends say that a large Spanish treasure of gold and silver, being sent to
this country during the Mexican War, was buried somewhere on Mount Rogers, the
highest mountain in the state, and located on the Smyth-Grayson county line.
While transporting $85,000 in gold bullion to the coast, 3 prospectors became
frightened, after seeing Indians, and decided to bury the gold and retrieve it
later. They all died before they could go back and retrieve the gold. They
buried it back from the
Columbia River, about 3 miles above Vantage Ferry, on the Moose Trail.
Outlaws buried $30,000 in gold in a cave somewhere on Sentinel Mountain in the
Saddle Mountain Range, about 3 miles SE of Beverly.
A railroad paymaster in British Columbia, Canada in 1862 stole an iron chest
with $60,000 in gold coins. He crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca and
somewhere inland from the beach at Discovery Bay he buried the treasure. It
is between Discovery Bay and the current Chevy Chase Inn.
In the late 1800s Harry L. Sutton owned the Blue Light Saloon in Port
Townsend. He made long weekly walks into the forest behind Ben Pettygrove's
orchard to bury his money. He was killed in a gunfight and searches have been
made for his caches of gold and silver coins---with no success.
Lars Hanson was a logger and lumberman who accumulated a large fortune in gold
coins in the 1870s. He lived on Vashon Island, on the banks of Judd Creek,
near Burton. Over $200,000, in various caches, are still hidden.
In the late 1800s bandits who robbed travelers and payroll trains used a cave
near a place called Island-In-The-Sky in Babcock State Park south of Lookout.
It is believed that loot of this gang is buried somewhere in or near this cave
John Gratton lived in a cabin near the headwaters of Rooting Creek. Around
1900, a stranger appeared at his cabin seeking help in unloading a wagon of
camp supplies for a party of hunters that he said were arriving later.
Gratton agreed and went with him to a spot further up the mountain. The first
item removed was an extremely heavy iron kettle which a neighbor witnessed
being carried into the woods by the two men. Sometime later, the neighbor saw
the stranger pass down the road but, neither he, nor Gratton, were ever seen
again. Legends persist that the kettle contained a hoard of gold coins that
has yet to be recovered.
Willow Hall, in Hardy County, was the home of the leader of McNeill's Rangers
who harassed Union forces in West Virginia. The band obtained huge amounts of
plunder, prisoners and arms during these raids. There is speculation that
money and/or valuables may remain buried around the old home site.
Prior to his death in 1820, Joseph Van Swearingen buried his accumulated
fortune of gold and silver coins on his property, about 1/2 mile N of
Sheperdstown, without telling his family the location. Extensive searches
never unearthed the cache.
The miser-peddler Moishe Edelman died in 1933 of a heart attack. Before he
died, he left a map to a doctor showing the site where "thousands of dollars
in coins are hidden in 4 chests." The directions on the map read: "Go along
the hard road until you reach Fry. Go toward the settlement of Leet, across
the mountain from Fry. At Leet, Laurel Fork Creek empties into the Big Ugly
River. Go up Laurel Fork for a mile or two until you reach a large rock.
Directly across the road from the rock, in a small bend of the creek, are the
chests of coins. Dig along the banks." The doctor, and many others, failed to
locate the hoard.
Around 1700 a party of pirates operated out of a cave-hideout on
Hermit Island, preying on trappers, traders and passenger ships. In 1705 they
attacked a party of French traders and all of the pirates were killed. It is
believed that their plundered valuables were secreted somewhere in the area of
the cave and never recovered.
$80,000 in gold coins, earmarked as payroll for outposts and military forts in
1832, was buried during an Indian attack on Fort Crawford at Prairie du
Chien. The coins were buried by a detail of soldiers from the fort "on the
highest bluff across from the fort. In four piles. Each 20,000." The soldiers
who hid the payroll were killed before returning to the fort and the gold was
$35,000 in gold coins is believed to remain buried along a fence line near
Muddy Creek, also known as Mud Creek, just west of Elk Mound. The original
wood posts have been replaced with metal ones, but the treasure was never
found when the posts were changed.
Before Benjamin Hurlburt died in 1899, he was a prosperous farmer who owned 80
acres of land 10 miles east of River Falls. He was considered one of the
wealthiest men in the Rush River Valley, but after his death, only about
$195.00 was accounted for in his estate. Neighbors say the old man hid his
money in the woods and never told his family where he had buried it. His
property was 8 miles east of River Falls on Hwy M, north on Hwy T for 1/2
mile, then east 2 miles just past the junction with Hwy Y on the town road.
His farm was on the south side of the road. Different sources have spelled
his name Hulbert and Hulberg.
$200,000-$750,000 in currency, contained in a suitcase, was buried by the
gangster John Dillinger in 1934 in the woods behind the Little Bohemia Lodge,
8 miles SW of Mercer. When Federal agents stormed the hideout, Dillinger fled
through a back window into the woods with the money. He was without the money
when he met the rest of the gang and it has never been recovered.
In the 1800s two outlaws robbed a Salt Lake City, Utah bank of $200,000 and
fled to the south, crossing into
Wyoming along the Big Horn River. Pursuing lawmen overtook them near the
mouth of Gypsum Creek where the two outlaws were killed in a gun battle. It
is believed the outlaws buried the loot in the immediate vicinity and the
posse never found it.
In the 1860s a band of outlaws robbed an army paymaster, on his way to Fort
Fetterman, of $40,000 and fled into the mountains south of Glenrock. A
cavalry detachment tracked the bandits and cornered them, and in the ensuing
gun battle, all were killed. Before dying, one of the gang confessed that the
loot was buried near a cave far up Deer Creek where they had made camp. A
search was made, but the treasure was not found.
An early pioneer buried $40,000 in savings near his wife's grave, when she
died while traveling along the Oregon Trail, where it crosses Sweetwater
The old Nolan cabin was located east of Kaycee on the south bank of the Middle
Fork of the Powder River. Nick Ray and Nate Champion, two of Wyoming's famous
outlaws, were killed in a gunfight at the cabin in 1892. Some historians
believe that the loot of these bandits was buried somewhere in the immediate
vicinity and never recovered after their deaths.
In 1936 three men found what they believed were 3 lead ingots, each weighing
1,500 oz., along an old foundation near the cemetery close to Fort Bridger.
In 1961, one of the bars was sawed in half by the son of one of the finders
and discovered to be pure silver. More could remain in the vicinity.
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