Minnesota Lost Treasure

Minnesota lost treasure sites are listed on this page. However, 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.

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.

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

Minnesota Lost Treasure Sites

La Prairie Ruins

Located on the Mississippi River approximately one mile east of Grand Rapids. This old town burned in the late 1800's. Treasures and personnal items have been located by treasure hunters.

Otter Tail City Ruins

Located at the mouth of Otter Tail River. In 1875 this town was abandoned. Treasures or small caches may be buried here.

The Pelan Ruins

Located on the South Fork of Two Rivers, between Greenbush and Karlstad. This town was also abandoned years ago. Search for buried caches and lost personnal items.

The Salol Ruins

Located approximately eight miles east of Roseau. Salol was at one time a rich lumber town. Many lumberjacks hid their pay. Search here for small caches and lost or dropped personnal items.


Located across from Pembina, in Kittson County. Treasures have been found on the western banks of the Red River near Noyes. The treasures may have been from the wrecks of riverboats that crashed in this area.


Located on State Rte 10. In the late 1800's a treasure of gold and silver coins were buried by outlaws, west of Wadena. The outlaws were then killed by a posse.


Located on County rte 30. Somewhere near Pipestone, Jesse James buried $55,000 in gold coins and bullion.

Understand The Laws Regarding Digging On State Lands

The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the ARPA  (Archaeology Resources Protection Act)laws explain why you cannot remove artifacts from State or Federal lands that are more than 100 years old.

Digging for a treasure that is more than 100 years old comes under the protection of these two laws. But remember, the laws only pertain to State and Federal lands. Know the law before you dig.

Minnesota lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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