Here are the stories of hidden treasure in Iowa.
Black Hawk, the Indian Chief, supposedly buried $50,000 in gold coins in the hills near Denmark.
An Army paymaster supposedly buried approximately $7,000 in gold coins during an Indian attack. The treasure has been reported to be near Fort Atkinson, which is located near Decorah. The paymaster was killed before he could relate to others where he buried the gold.
Another story about a hidden payroll states that somewhere along Miner’s Creek near Guttenburg, is another, even larger Army payroll.
Kelly‘s Bluffhigh above Second and Bludd Streets in Dubuque, holds a fortune in gold and silver coins. The treasure was hidden by Tom Kelly, a lead miner during the early 1800’s. Apparently, this wealthy man buried more than one treasure on the bluff. Over the years, half a dozen caches of gold coins have been found. It has been estimated there is still $100,000 still hidden somewhere on the bluff.
Hauntown is a ghost town located on the west side of the Mississippi River, approximately 5 miles south of Sabula. Hauntown was known for making whiskey during the nineteenth century. Rumors of buried treasures in the old town has circulated throughout the years.
The Elk River Ruins was used as a hideout for outlaws during the mid 1800’s. They are located near Almost on the edge of that town.
You need to understand that if you are searching for buried treasure on State Lands there are laws you need to follow regarding the digging of any relic.
When I was filming my metal detecting, TV series, the Archaeologists tried to shut us down, and we were not breaking any of the laws. I was the first to produce a metal detecting, TV show.