Category Archives: Treasure

Gold Bars of Signal Mountain

We were back in our camp in Nine-Mile Wash, and once more sat around the camp fire sipping our cup of coffee, talking of the days before the land rush brought innumerable settlers to Imperial Valley. When the winter was rough on man and beast in the Laguna Mountains, cattlemen brought their animals into the […]

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Lost Gold of Pegleg Smith

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The background to the story is quite simple. A one legged man (most likely named Smith), while crossing the desert, became lost in a sandstorm and decided to wait it out. In the morning, he climbed one of the nearby small hills or buttes to get his bearing. The top of this hill was covered […]

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Legend of Bourbon Springs

In treasure hunting the key is always “first edition”, a treasure hunter can spend years in the wrong location, just because they did not locate the original story. So it is always important to check out where the story came from and in what year was it written.Such is the case in the Legend of […]

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Myth Hunters Lost Ship

Recently, I had the privilege to be part of the TV show Myth Hunters on the American Heroes Channel. The episode was about Charley Clusker and the lost ship of the desert. For those of you who missed the show, or did not get the channel, here is the You Tube video of the show. […]

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San Miguel’s Lost Treasures

  California’s mission San Miguel, located in San Luis Obispo County, has long been a popular tourist attraction. Founded in 1797 by Padre Fermin F. De Lausen, the mission represents a Queen Anne style architecture, pleasant grounds, and a colorful history. Like many histories, however, this one has some dark elements, one of which is […]

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Lost Treasure of Travertine Pt.

It was near the close of 1750 when a group of French and Spanish renegades headed north, after plundering silver and gold artifacts from churches in Mexico. But the local Indians were not willing to part with their treasures so easily, with each theft the group trailing the renegades got bigger and bigger. It was […]

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Mad Conquistadors Lost Gold

                There is a primal lesson that all people should learn in childhood. Treat people with respect….. If you don’t, it just might end up killing you. Unfortunately for a man named Don Juan, this lesson was tragically learned way too late. But for whatever reason, this lesson […]

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The Silver That Saved Nevada

                    If you had been in Nevada in 1900 you were probably there because your parents or grandparents came for the big mining rush to Virginia City some thirty years earlier. But in 1900 Nevada is not a land of excitement and far from a land […]

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Lost Crosses of Silverbell Road

                    Recently I watched an episode of America Unearthed with host Scott Wolter, a forensic geologist, about the buried artifacts found at Silverbell road near Tucson. These artifacts consist of 32 Roman aged religious and warlike items ranging from crosses to spears and swords. But why […]

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Carvers Lost Ship of the Desert

  In May of 1964, Harold and Lucille Weight conducted an interview with a man named Elmer Carver, the man who knew exactly where the Lost Ship of the Desert was located… He is one of very few people to have actually seen and touched it. Elmer Carver was just a young 17-year-old boy trying […]

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Lost Bells of Santa Ysabel Ca.

             A piece of a missing mission bell, more than two centuries old, is back where it belongs, thanks to history sleuth Kathleen R. Frazee. Fascinated by the mystery of the missing bells of Santa Ysabel, an asistencia (or sub-mission) of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, Frazee, a staff member in the Center for […]

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Treasures of Corn Springs Ca.

  The history of Corn Springs goes back thousands of years, back to the first native inhabitants of the area. As you enter the canyon you will be greeted with rocks and boulders covered with Native petroglyphs that possibly go back thousands of years. Many of the petroglyphs are in what is called entopic forms, […]

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Lost Mine of the Blond Mayo

Illustrated by Bill Edwards Lost Mine of the Blond Mayo By JOHN D. MITCHELL From Desert magazine May 1953 TEN MILES northeast of the old mining town of Arivaca, Arizona, half way between Baboquivari Peak to the west and Old Baldy or El Felon, stands the Black Princess, a natural rock formation carved by wind […]

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