North Dakota Lost Treasure

North Dakota 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 North Dakota lost treasure.

North Dakota Lost Treasure Sites

Fort Abercrombie Ruins

Located off route 81, just east of Abercrombie. In 1858 the fort was constructed as the first Federal fort in North Dakota. Twice, the Sioux Indians attacked the fort and killed many of the troops. Knowing of an impending attack, the troops may have buried their belongings. If they were killed, the caches may still be there. In 1877, the fort was abandoned.

Fort Dilts

Located on route 12, between Rhame and Marmarth. This fort was built in 1864. In that year Indians massacered everyone, and burned down the fort. The inhabitants may have known of the impending attack and then buried their possesions for safe keeping. The caches may still be there.


This ghost town is located a mile north of State route 2, approximately four miles west of Lakota. This town was once a popular railroad town, and known for it's many saloons. Many of the towns ruins are still standing. Treasures large and small have been located in and around ghost towns.


This was a river port, located approximately fourteen miles south of Grand Forks, on the west bank of the Red River. In 1897 it was destroyed by a flood. During the flood, several safes containing large amounts of money were swept into the river.

Old Bottineau

This ghost town 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?

Pleasant Lake Ghost Town

Located forty-five miles northwest of Devil's Lake, on route 2. In the 1880's, bank robbers buried several chests of gold bullion in the town.

The Big Butte Treasure

Located near the town of Lignite on State route 52, on Big Butte, is a treasure worth approximately $40,000 in gold and silver coins. The treasure was buried during an Indian attack, by a paymaster who worked for the Hudson Bay Company. The paymaster was killed, and the treasure was never located.

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.

North Dakota lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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