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Get your shovel! (5 still hidden treasures)

April 7, 2010

Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, right?  It’s the thrill of the chase and the fortune that can be had at the end.  And who couldn’t use a few extra bucks in this economy?   There are many stories of people who have dedicated their life to find treasure, only to go broke and never find that proverbial (or in this case actual) pot of gold.  Even if they find the treasure, there will likely be a lengthy battle over who owns it.  A few years ago an expedition found a treasure in a sunken ship worth as much as $500 million.  It didn’t take long for Spain to put in a claim on it because they said the treasure had initially been stolen from their country.

Finders not necessarily keepers

So even if you find it, there’s no guarantee that you will keep it and reap the rewards.  But as I said before, it’s all in the thrill of the chase.  Or so they say.  Well, if you have any inkling about going out and finding treasure of your own, these may be a few good places to start.


Captain Kidd’s plunder

Treasure: Gold

Possible sites: Connecticut River, Block Island in New York

William Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was a privateer (read: pirate hunter) who allegedly turned to the very act he was supposed to stop. After amassing quite a fortune, he was arrested on his return from the Indian Ocean in 1699.  He was tried and executed in 1701.  What was never found were most of the riches that would have proved his exploits.  One of his hiding places was uncovered on Gardener’s Island  in New York and sent to England to be used against him in his trial.  The belief that he had other hiding places for his plunder was never substantiated, but it is this belief that sends people out with their shovels to this day.

He was tough. They had to hang him twice.

The most talked about location of Kidd’s treasure is up the Connecticut River somewhere on Clarke’s Island.  Rumor has it that the gold has to dug up by three people, in complete silence, during a full moon with the moon directly overhead.  There’s a legend that three men once followed all these directions to the very end.  But once the treasure chest started to be uncovered, one of them yelled “You’ve hit it”.  Upon hearing a direct violation of the rules, the chest promptly sank into the sand and out of reach.


Better than Al Capone’s vault

Treasure: $7 million cash

Possible site: Phoenecia, New York

Schultz (born Arthur Flegenheimer) was a mobster in New York in the 20’s and 30’s.  During his criminal career, he amassed quite a fortune from his dealings.  The government continually tried to take him down for violent crime but were unsuccessful.  They finally had to go the Al Capone route and charge him with tax evasion.  Schultz, thinking he was going to go to jail, decided he needed to make sure he would have some cash when he got out.

It could be anywhere in here

He took $7 million in cash and buried it in a hidden location in upstate New York.  The only two people who knew the location were Schultz and his bodyguard.  Unfortunately, they were both gunned down before he went to prison.  The bodyguard was killed, and Schultz lasted a while until an infection took him as well.   Although there is no proof that either man revealed the location to anyone before their deaths, some say Schultz’s ramblings as he was dying points to a forest in Phoenecia Park.  It is said that many of his rival gangsters spent the rest of their lives looking for the treasure, Lucky Luciano among them.


Calling on Rainman

Treasure:  2900 pounds of gold, 5100 pounds of silver, lots of jewelery

Possible site: unknown

Robert Morriss, an innkeeper in Virginia, was approached by a man named Thomas Beale in 1820.  Beale gave Morriss a box and asked him to keep it until somebody came to get it some time in the next 10 years.  Morriss was told that if nobody came in that time period, he could keep the box for himself.  No one ever showed.  After twenty year, Morriss finally opened the box and pulled out three pages of nothing but numbers.

Figure this out and be richer than you are now.

It was a code, and Morriss spent years attempting to decipher it.  After his death, a friend of his who ended up with the box and reported that he deciphered the second page using the the Declaration of Independence.  The page said that the treasure contained 5,100 pounds of gold, 4,900 pounds of silver, and thousands of dollars in jewelery.  But the page said nothing of the location.  It is assumed that the location is revealed in page one or three, but nobody has been able to decipher those two pages to this day.  You can check it out for yourself here.


Once a pirate, always a pirate

Treasure: Jewels, gold

Possible sites: Cocos Islands, Coastal Peru

In 1820, Peru was near revolt.  The viceroy wanted to transport the country’s wealth away until things calmed down.  He tabbed Captain William Thompson to lead the 11 ships full of treasure and take it to Mexico.  Unfortunately, it was in the days before background checks.  Thompson was once a brutal pirate, and this was too much of a temptation.  As soon as he left port, he killed the Peruvian guards and sailed to the Indian Ocean.

Not the greatest pirate beard

The Mary Dear, Thompson’s main ship, was captured shortly afterwards and the crew sent to trial.  Everyone was convicted and they hanged all but Thompson and his first mate.  Those two cut a deal agreeing to lead officials to the site of the treasure.  They sailed to the Indian Ocean, towards Cocos Islands, but slipped away onto an island and disappeared into a jungle.  Neither one was ever seen again and the treasure was never recovered.    Many expeditions, up to 300 over history, have set out to locate the treasure.  Most of them centered on the Cocos Islands, but newer expeditions have also concentrated on several islands just off the coast of Peru.  They think Thompson could have unloaded the treasure before going across the Pacific.


There’s gold in them thar hills… maybe

Treasure: Gold

Possible site: Ohio

In the 1700’s, when the French still occupies U.S. territory, they knew a battle with the British was coming.  In anticipation of this, they thought it good to move their riches to a safe place.  Ten men were selected to move the treasure of gold and silver.  They used the Great Trail, a Native American route, to move everything.  At some point, sensing an ambush, they buried it.  The attack did occur, where all but two of the men died.  They did not disclose the location of the treasure.

The great trail

Years later, a relative of one of the men found some pages talking about the treasure.  They described the location of the treasure as being “between two natural springs, with the landmark of a tree that had a deer carved into it, and another tree with a rock in the branches”.  The relative, among others, searched but came up empty.  Some time later, both trees were found along with shovels and muskets that were left behind by the French troops.  The location is near Minerva, Ohio but the treasure has yet to be uncovered.

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40 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 6:16 am

    this is amazing! treasure hunting anyone?

    • treasure hunter permalink
      April 23, 2012 11:33 am

      where do you live

    • treasure hunter permalink
      April 23, 2012 11:34 am

      i like to search for treasures

      • i am looking 4 captain kidds treasure permalink
        February 12, 2019 7:11 am

        me to whats your name

    • treasure hunter permalink
      April 23, 2012 11:35 am

      anyone to search for a treasure

  2. unclaimed smegma permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:44 am

    Spelling only counts in school. Your howls of outrage are in vain, lost as they are in the maelstrom of the internet. If it offends you so greatly, please feel free to copy it out (in longhand, please. No cheating!) exactly as it appears, correct any misspellings, and mail the author your corrections. Wait for reply via return post.

    That should keep you busy long enough to go fuck yourselves.

    • moomar permalink
      April 10, 2010 8:26 am

      The standard cry of the uneducated buffoon.

      • Jason permalink
        April 10, 2010 8:29 am

        That is not a complete sentence , you poorly educated buffoon .

  3. Brainy Brandon permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:45 am

    The spelling and grammar, or lack thereof in this article is disgusting. So to unclaimed smegma I just want to say that one should practise using one’s chosen medium properly. Otherwise we will have artists selling paint-by-numbers pictures as works of art, which they are not.

    I will not counsel you on your rudeness in a public forum because that is bad manners.

    • josh permalink
      April 9, 2010 10:33 am

      My daughter painted a paint-by-numbers once and I considered it a work of art. You must live an angry and unfulfilling life. Try relaxing dude.

      • Jason permalink
        April 10, 2010 8:33 am

        Amen to that , Josh . He’s ripping on his grammar while writing imperfect grammar .
        He is also quite rude to do so himself .
        angry, empty, and hypocritical

  4. chris permalink
    April 9, 2010 10:29 am

    I live near Minerva and have heard of people looking for the gold that is supposedly there. Lots of stories, nothing to show for it. Great story. Keep it up.

  5. sayhuh permalink
    April 9, 2010 4:02 pm

    check out bedford VA or somesuch

  6. Jason permalink
    April 10, 2010 8:39 am

    It’s spelled p r a c t i c e , Brainiac Brandon .

    Shall I also point out the mistakes you made in grammar? I only do that for idiots like you who start whining about spelling and grammar, but are too stupid to realize they’re not perfect either .

  7. Devil's advocate permalink
    April 12, 2010 12:36 pm

    Practise / Practice

    In many parts of the English speaking world (UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and South Africa) “practice” is the noun, “practise” the verb. However, in the U.S.A the spelling “practice” is more often used for both the noun and the verb. Contrary to popular belief a significant minority of the American population also observe the distinction. If you are not sure about what a verb or noun is, it might be safer to just use the spelling “practice”, as many Americans do!

    Just an FYI!

  8. Jacob permalink
    April 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    Actually, Beale’s treasure was deciphered and discovered already? 😦 Sorry! They found it had been discovered years ago and was empty when they got to it.

    • April 14, 2010 7:38 am

      In my research I saw that there was a claim that it had been found. However there was no proof given nor did they give an example of what the code said. Because of this lack of evidence many believe the story to be false.

  9. June 25, 2011 8:54 pm

    I want to sign up for this treasure. The hunt is on

  10. January 14, 2012 12:39 pm

    Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give one thing again and aid others such as you aided me.

  11. ganch permalink
    February 20, 2012 11:35 pm

    This is king ganch and im on my way 2 find that treasure and wen i get my hands on that gold ha haha ill be on my next treasure hunt

  12. March 2, 2012 8:36 am

    i hope some one has informatio n on gun lake in shelby ville michigan sopposedly al capone stayed in cottage is there any tunnels there with treasure thanks jon macvean

  13. Curtis permalink
    June 19, 2012 4:39 pm

    I found it ha ha!

  14. March 6, 2013 7:00 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about forex trading training.

  15. May 28, 2013 7:32 am

    My name is Emerson and I did some research on gold buried in Carpathians Mountains.I need someone who is passionate about finding treasures and a few metal detectors, I know the area where it would be very high chances to find verry old Dacian gold( Since living near).You can make research on google maps Sarmizegetusa, Hunedoara etc etc .

    I hope to receive an answer.

    • richard thomas permalink
      July 27, 2013 5:18 pm

      emerson where is carpathians mountains//

    • Drew permalink
      August 5, 2013 10:05 am

      I can help. Have everything you need, equipment and experience.

  16. December 2, 2013 12:47 pm

    Anybody wants to found treasure I want to go with them…. Plz contact me on my email address….

  17. Jaco permalink
    February 15, 2014 9:44 am

    Do you guys know about the hidden Kruger Millions somewhere in South Africa?

  18. Anderson Dias permalink
    October 18, 2014 4:18 pm

    Where i can find treasure in Goa(India)please tell me

  19. syman permalink
    July 26, 2015 3:14 pm

    Web master. Please remove this disgusting comment.

    • MARTY permalink
      August 8, 2015 12:58 pm

      I agree, there should be screeners to remove this kind of comment before they get this far .

  20. Walt permalink
    April 24, 2016 12:00 pm

    Then you woke up on a futon in your moms basement with nut in your pj’s.


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