by Mike Cox 8-3-17
Potosi's pot of gold.
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.
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
Endless Search for Texas Cannon by Murray Montgomery
by Mike Cox 6-18-15
Unlike many treasure tales, this one seems to involve a real person.
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..."
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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...
Mike Cox 6-18-09
Most treasure stories lack any physical evidence, but in this case,
there are traces of the mine...
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...
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
Texas Ranger by
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.
Texas Ranger - 2 by
I wrote about this ship with a famous name last summer, but only
recently ran into some additional information on her...
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..."
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..."
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.
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...
Lost Treasure of Padre Island by
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.
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...
by Mike Cox
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