Buried Treasure in Utah
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Are you interested in buried treasure in Utah?

Utah has plenty of treasures throughout the State. Stories of lost gold mines, Spanish treasures, and outlaw caches have been written and talked about for years.

Although I have listed a few areas of possible treasures in Utah, there are many more opportunities to locate a treasure cache in your state if you’re willing to put the time and effort into researching where they could be located. First, you need to understand that finding lost treasure is not just about the search, more important you need lots of information. Be like a detective searching a robbery or murder case, be inquisitive, and ask questions. Also, search for old books, and old newspapers, visit historical societies, ask questions, about the treasure you are looking for, and never give up. Do not become addicted to a Google search to try and find a story about a buried treasure in Utah. Most of the stories you’ll find there are often rewritten stories that have been around as a myth forever. Many of those online stories have led many treasure hunters to search for them. If you want to locate a hidden treasure, then look for the stories that not many or possibly know one know about.

Researching For Buried Treasure in Utah

Before you begin to haphazardly start searching it’s important to know that every professional treasure hunter has lots of information before venturing out to do the actual search. A treasure is rarely found without adequate knowledge of where to look. So do what the pro’s do and follow the guidelines I have mentioned.

In addition, here’s an example of what to search for and how to go about it. For years, the old town newspapers often wrote articles about possible treasures. If you visit the local historical society of the area you want to search, they have old newspaper articles on microfilm. Read through the newspapers and look for any stories about the deaths of hermits or a recluse. Often they hid their valuables. Stories about bank robberies sometimes tell about the robbers hiding the loot they stole before being caught, or even killed. There are many hidden treasures cached by bank robbers across America that have never been located.

The above information should be a good start to begin your journey to locate treasures in your state.

Modern-day treasure hunters have an advantage over old-time treasure seekers. That is because the use of metal detectors makes searching more simplified. In the past, if a treasure hunter thought a treasure was buried in such and such spot, they would break out their shovel and begin digging. And most likely they ended up with an empty hole and a pile of dirt. So on to the next area, they went to dig another hole and hoped for the best. Today’s metal detectors take the work out of locating a possible treasure.

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Do you plan on searching for one of these? If so, it’s a good idea to have a metal detector. If you don’t own one and are thinking of purchasing one, don’t spend a lot of money. $300 -$500 is all you need to spend on your first detector.

You do not need one with all of the bells and whistles which makes it harder for a newbie treasure hunter to learn.

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Buried Treasure in Utah

Here are five areas in Utah that have stories about buried treasure.

The Treasure of the Golden Jesus - in 1810 an alleged, very large crucifix of solid gold was hid in a cave along with forty burro loads of buried treasure. The cave is supposedly located between Escalante and Boulder, near the Escalante River, close to County 12, in Garfield county. 

The Lost Silver Ledge of Santa Clara - During the Mormon War in 1857, leaders of this religious group were supposed to have hidden a large treasure near the old Spanish road as it crosses the Santa Clara River, approximately ten miles southwest of St. George, Washington County.  Brigham Young was rumored to have buried three million dollars in treasure in St. George.

The Montezuma Hoard -  is a supposed cache of between ten and one hundred million dollars of buried treasure. This treasure was rumored to have been removed from Mexico by the Aztecs to keep it from Cortez. The treasure is assumed to be hidden in caves on White Mountain near Kanab.

The Lost Josephine Gold Mine - had ore being assayed at $50,000 a ton during the 19th century. It is located near other abandoned gold mines in the Henry Mountains near Waterpocket Canyon in Garfield County.

Famous Outlaw Butch Cassidy - buried treasure worth approximately $72,000 in gold and silver coins were cached approximately ten miles southeast of Castle Dale, in Emery County. The treasure was supposedly hidden in Buckhorn Wash in the Coal Cliffs.

Here are a few more lost treasure stories in Utah.

Know What the Laws Are

If you plan to search for treasure on private property it's always a good idea to ask for permission from the property owners.

Will you be going on to State or Federal Lands?

Here's What Happens If You Break The Federal Law

You can get arrested for breaking the above law. It does happen. I have listed a few of the incidents of people who have unknowingly broken the Antiquities law at the link below. Be careful!

People are getting arrested for breaking these laws.

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