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TEXAS TREASURE HUNTING

Buried & Sunken Treasures in Texas

  • Potosi Stories by Mike Cox 8-3-17
    Potosi's pot of gold.
  • The Lost Spanish Mine by Michael Barr 2-1-17
    For centuries the legend of the Lost Spanish Mine has lured fortune hunters into the Texas Hill Country. That legend began on a hill south of Llano.
  • Mystery of the Spider Rocks by Clay Coppedge 7-7-16
    " The thing that keeps academics and treasure hunters alike interested in the rocks is that people in the area keep finding stuff..."
  • The Endless Search for Texas Cannon by Murray Montgomery 4-6-16
  • Bad Luck Creek by Mike Cox 6-18-15
    Unlike many treasure tales, this one seems to involve a real person.
  • Sunken Treasure and the Wreck of the Steamer New York by Mike Cox 8-15-14
    "Overpowered by the hurricane, the New York went to the bottom. Thirty-six people managed to survive, but 17 passengers and crew, including five children, drowned. In addition to the loss of human life, the New York carried some $30,000 to $40,000 in silver, gold and bank notes..."
  • Found Horns and Lost Gold by Mike Cox 5-30-12
    For a time in the 1920s and ‘30s, a Southerner who got to Texas as soon as he could reigned as Texas’ “Horn King.”
  • Plunder In The Pines by Dana Goolsby 7-11-11
    Just beneath the surface of the Pineywoods, buried treasure is said to be scattered. One of the many fortunes left behind is believed to be in southern Anderson County. Mexican gold bars, gold coins and jewels have eluded treasure hunters for well over a century, but some still believe there is buried treasure in Elkhart, Texas.
  • The Sword in the Tree by Mike Cox 1-27-11
    The story Todd heard as a kid is classic folklore: A Spanish mule train laden with gold coins from Mexico is shadowed by Indians. Desperate to lighten their load and escape attack, the teamsters bury all the gold on the bank of a stream that would come to be called Walnut Creek.
  • A Hero Named Tom by C. F. Eckhardt 12-1-10
    We don’t know much about Tom’s background, because Tom was a slave. He belonged to William Snyder, a plantation owner in East Texas... James Adams, Lucien Daly, and Snyder set out from San Antonio for the Big Bend country in the early summer of 1852. They were hunting what most men who went into the Big Bend country before 1865 were hunting—gold...
  • Hughes Springs and Trammell’s Treasure by Mike Cox 10-21-10
    More than 300 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, the community of Hughes Springs owes its existence to a fanciful pirate story and one man who believed it.
  • Looking for hidden treasures by Bob Bowman 8-8-10
    Fortune-hunters have been searching for buried and hidden riches for as long as there has been a Texas. The Spanish often hauled silver and gold bars, coins, and jewelry long distances to reach their destination, but often without success and the occasional loss of life.

  • Gold is in men's hearts, not mountains by Britt Towery 4-14-10
    The Catalinas are between our home in the copper company town of San Manuel and the ever-exciting historical city of Tucson. These mountains are not known for ghost or lost gold mines, but the earliest visitors sure looked for it from time to time...
  • Jean Laffite by Clay Coppedge 1-1-10
    Before Texas was known as a haven for Old West outlaws it was a haven for pirates... Laffite was the best known and casts the longest shadow across Texas history...
  • Ranger Silver by Mike Cox 6-18-09
    Most treasure stories lack any physical evidence, but in this case, there are traces of the mine...
  • The Snively Expedition by C. F. Eckhardt 5-29-09
    Jacob Snively was either a con-man, a fool, or probably the unluckiest man on earth. It’s hard to tell which. He claimed to be a mining man who’d prospected the Sierra Madres. He also claimed he’d found one of the richest gold mines on the continent in the mountains below El Paso, on the Texas side of the Rio Grande...
  • Joe Pruno by Mike Cox 5-14-09
    The story of Joe A. Pruno reads like a Victorian-era dime novel, complete with ample exaggeration, outright fabrication and historical inaccuracies... . [He] was buried in the town’s Catholic cemetery. If he ever had a tombstone, it has not been located. Neither has his treasure.
  • Steamship Texas Ranger by Mike Cox
    In the summer of 1875, a nameless storm off the lower Texas coast battered a vessel with a famous name. She was the Texas Ranger, a coastwise steamboat.
  • Steamship Texas Ranger - 2 by Mike Cox
    I wrote about this ship with a famous name last summer, but only recently ran into some additional information on her...
  • O. Henry and the Shoal Creek Treasure by C. F. Eckhardt
    "...While Santa Anna was trying to put down the Texas rebellion of 1836, two high-ranking Mexican officers-one was, so the story goes, the paymaster, the other a high-ranking general-decided to steal the entire payroll for the Mexican Army in Texas. They planned to bury it in an area not frequented by white men, either from Mexico or the US, and leave it until an opportunity arose to get out of the country with it..."

  • Disappearing Cows by Mike Cox
    "...But at night, especially when the moon bathed the landscape in a light far cooler than day, the energy level rose. Not only did the animals move, many believed that unrested souls flitted about. Strange things were said to happen..."
  • The Ranger's Creek of Gold by C. F. Eckhardt
    In the first chapter of what was the treasure-hunter's bible for many years, J. Frank Dobie's CORONADO'S CHILDREN, there is a story called "The Rangers' Creek of Gold." Dobie told this tale as 'once upon a time a long time ago in a land far away.' Yet in the story there are, if you read it critically, enough clues to tell you what time of year it occurred, where in Texas it occurred, approximately what year it occurred, and the exact location of the creek of gold.
  • Llano Gold by Mike Cox
    Washed in golden sunset, from a distance Llano County's Sharp Mountain looks like a giant Paleolithic flint hide scraper lying on its side. At 1,594 feet above sea level, the landmark barely deserves its mountain designation... Few today know about the long-abandoned mine shafts the mountain hides...
  • The Lost Treasure of Padre Island by Murray Montgomery
  • Bosque Treasure by Mike Cox
    Maybe he thought stringing law enforcements officials along with a tale of buried treasure could save him from being strung up, but Daniel H. Evans ran out of rope just the same. Described by one newspaper as a “handsome young man,” the 20-year-old convicted murderer-robber left behind “respectable connections in Tennessee, Missouri and Texas” as well as a long forgotten legend of hidden loot.
  • Texas Gold Rush by Mike Cox
    Only four years after thousands of Forty-niners flocked to California in search of riches, a wave of Fifty-threers headed for the Hill Country in a little known ... Texas gold rush...

  • Tyrant's Gold by Mike Cox


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