Montana Lost Treasure

Montana 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 Montana treasure.

Montana Lost Treasure Sites

Chinese Grade

Located near the Clear Fork River, between Drummond and Bearmouth. During the gold boom of the 1860's many miners lived here. Supposedly they buried much of their gold for safekeeping. Did some of them die, without revealing where their caches are?/i>

Hell Gate Ronde Ruins

Located approximately two miles northwest of Missoula. The Henry Plummer gang buried a cache of gold coins, and nuggets somewhere in or around this town. Shortly thereafter the gang was hung without them telling where the cache was buried.

Fort Missoula Military Post

Located on the Clark Fork River, approximately three miles south of Missoula. In the 1880's, a miner supposedly buried approximately two hundred lbs of gold nuggets. The story is that the miner's mule broke a leg. A few weeks later upon his return, the miner could not locate the cache.

The Lost Springer's Gold Mine

Located near the Bagg's Creek Drainage area, one mile north of the junction of Baggs and Cottonwood Creeks, near Anaconda. Three miners took three hundred pounds of gold from the mine, but after leaving, were unable to locate it upon their return.

Hollow Top Mountain

Located approximately seven miles northeast of Waterloo. The Plummer gang buried $800,000 in gold bullion and coins in a cave on the mountain. The gang was hung before getting back to the treasure.

Haystack Butte

Located near Choteau. Before he was hung, Henry Plummer buried $650,000 in gold bullion somewhere on the Missouri River near Haystack Butte.

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.

Montana lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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