Before you begin your search for lost treasure, you should do some research regarding each treasure. The more information you have about any treasure, the better your chances of locating one. A good place to begin your research is on the Internet.
The Internet has opened a whole new world of research. You can visit archives, museums, and historical societies regarding any subject. If you cannot get the information you are looking for through the Internet, then visit the historical societies of the area you are searching in. Ask questions, and follow up on any lead pertaining to your treasure search. You will be surprised at how much information you can gather. Also, read old newspaper articles, and old books. Search out any clues that could help you in your search for buried treasure in North Dakota.
If you do not own a detector, it’s a good idea to purchase one. Do not spend more than $450 for a metal detector. The more expensive models with all of the bells and whistles are most often very complicated for the new user. They may actually slow down your search results until you learn how to use it properly. Some individuals never learn how to use the more expensive detectors, and then give up in frustration.
Purchase a less expensive model, and study the owners manual. Learn how to use it properly, and you will be able to find as many items as the person using a more expensive model. Hidden treasures are out there, people do find them, and there is no reason why you cannot locate one also.
Here are six places to begin your search for buried treasure in North Dakota.
Fort Dilts is located on route 12, between Rhame and Marmarth. This fort was built in 1864. In that year Indians massacred everyone, and then burned down the fort. The inhabitants may have known of the impending attack and then buried their possessions for safe keeping. Like Fort Abercrombie above, the caches may still be there.
The Missouri River, near the mouth of Burnt Creek, supposedly holds a treasure buried by a trader in the late 1800’s. Approximately $55,000 in gold and silver coins may be lying in wait about a quarter mile north of the railroad bridge between Mandan and Bismark.
Old Bottineau is another ghost town that is located on Oak Creek, near the Canadian Border, approximately one mile north of Bottineau, on State route 218. Treasure hunters have located buried treasures here. Could there be more?
Miners buried, approximately $90,000 in gold nuggets along the Missouri River, approximately one mile east of Fort Clark in Oliver County. The miners were returning from Montana when they were attacked by Indians. Upon their return to the area they were unable to locate the cache.
Near the junction of the Knife and Missouri Rivers, is approximately $100,000 in gold dust, and nuggets. It was buried by a miner returning from California.
Sunset Butte,, may still hold a treasure of gold coins. The coins were stolen from an Army paymaster during the Civil War.
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