Ohio Lost Treasure

Ohio 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 Ohio lost treasure.

Ohio Lost Treasure Sites


Located on route 20. In 1876, a Pacific Express train, dropped into a gorge near Ashabula, when the bridge over the gorge collapsed. A car carrying 2 million dollars in gold bullion fell into the river.


Located on route 6. Nineteenth century gold and silver coins from a ship wreck in Lake Erie, have been found on the beaches near Vermilion.

Locust Point

Located approximately 15 miles esat of Toledo. During the Revolutionary War, a British warship, wrecked at Locust Point, carrying 100,000 sterling, in gold and silver coins. The survivors buried the cache on shore. A few weeks later they returned to retrive the treasure but was unable to locate it. Snow had fallen and covered the area.

Isle St. George

Located in Lake Erie, approximately 15 miles north of Sandusky. During the French & Indian War, a French army officer cached a large treasure on this island. It was stolen from the local residents.

The Grand River Treasure

Located approximately two miles from Lake Erie, near Fairport Harbor, on the west bank of the Grand River, is a treasure worth approximately $100,000. In 1862, a bank robber cached gold bars, "three feet deep and 30 paces northwest of a large oak tree on the river bank."


Located on route 65. Near the Pierpont farm, in a cow pasture, close to Leipsic, the gangster John Dillinger in 1930, supposedly buried more than one million dollars in paper currency.

Fort Finley

Located on U.S. 75, near the town of Finley, is a payroll buried during the War of 1812. It was cached by an officer before an Indian attack. The officer was killed, and the treasure was never revealed.

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.

Ohio lost treasure may be located in ghost towns.

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