Illinois Lost Treasure

Illinois lost treasure sites are listed on this page.

And if you have ever dreamed of locating one, then perhaps this page can help you.

Before you begin you need to understand that research is the key to locating treasures. I cannot promise that this information is completely accurate. As treasure tales go, because they have been passed down through many years, certain elements of the lost treasure story may have been altered, either intentionally or otherwise.

For that reason, this information should be researched through other means as well. Never rely on one piece of information about a treasure story you are researching. Use multiple research tools. The Internet is a good place to start, but do not rely solely on the information you find there. Use historical societies, read old books, and newspapers. Be like a detective on a murder case, and follow up on all leads.

For more information on where and how to research for lost treasures, please visit my research page.

Good luck! And have fun in your search for Illinois lost treasure.

Illinois Lost Treasure Sites

Bishop Hill Ruins

Located approximately two miles north of Bishop Hill. U.S. 34 in Henry Cty.Originally settled in 1846 by Swedish religious rebellers. It was abandoned in 1862.


Located on State rte 20, in Jo Daviess Cty.Galena was an important riverboat town during the nineteenth century. It was also one of the richest towns in the State. Over the years as the Mississippi River changed its course, it left the town of Galena two miles away from the rivers banks. Old abandoned ruins and buildings still remain there.

Fort Checagou

In 1679 Sieur de la Salle a Frenchman settled here, somewhere on the east bank of the Illinois River, near Peoria.

Abbot Farm

Located approximately one half mile from the Mississippi River, near Fulton, off rte 136 in Whiteside Cty.There have been rumors that a large cache of gold coins were buried on the farm.

Author, John M. Hoffman

This well known author may have buried a large treasure of gold, silver coins and jewlery in or near his home in Chicago.

Gangster Stashes

There have been many rumors that gangsters buried treasures in or around their homes in the Chicago area. The Cicero area has produced gangster hoards.

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