South Dakota Lost Treasure
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The Broken Boot Gold Mine
Located west and just outside the town of Deadwood. This gold mine was in operation from 1878 to 1904. Using a metal detector around the area may result in finding some dropped gold nuggets.
Homestake Gold Mine
Located on routes 14A and 85, near Lead. This old mine dates back to the era of the first gold discovery in the area. Again, if you have a metal detector, it's a good place to try searching.
Old Ashton Ghost Town
located on the Mud River across from Ashton, approximately two miles east of route 281. Anytime you can search around a ghost town you have the chance of locating some treasures of various kinds. Caches, relics and personnal belongings are often located in the old towns.
The Ghost Town of Bloomington.
Located approximately north of Vermillion on route 77. There are rumors of several caches buried here.
The Ghost Town of Bugtown
Located approximately three miles north of Custer on route 385. Bugtown was at one time a wealthy gold mining town. Supposedly there are also several buried treasures here as well.
The Nelson Roadhouse Ghost Town
Located on the Canyon River approximately five miles west of Custer. It is now called, Custer Farmhouse. In 1875, during his trip to the Black Hills, Custer used this roadhouse. The town was once a military outpost, and later a town which prospered during the gold rush. Using a metal detector around the area may produce some interesting finds, or even treasures.
The Ghost Town of Rockerville
Located at the base of Storm Mountain, in the Black Hills, near route 16, approximately twenty miles southwest of Rapid City. An old gold miner, Carl Bufford supposedly buried a large cache of gold bullion in the old cemetary.
The Bear Mountain Treasure
Somewhere on the west side of this mountain may be a treasure in gold worth more than $1 million. In 1879 two prospectors buried their gold strike near their cabin. However, outlaws heard of the strike and killed the two men before the whereabouts of the treasure was disclosed.
Always ask for permission when searching for South Dakota lost treasure on private property. And pay attention to the State laws regarding digging on State lands.