Oregon Lost Treasure

Oregon 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 Oregon lost treasure.

Oregon Lost Treasure Sites


Althouse is a ghost town located on County route 46 halfway between Cave Junction and the Oregon Caves National Monument. These old towns still have many relics waiting to be found. Also, there have been treasures, large and small, located by treasure hunters. Just be sure you get permission before entering the area.


Auburn is another ghost town located on the Powder River, approximately nine miles southwest of Baker, on routr 80. Auburn was founded in 1861. It was a gold mining town that later became the county seat. Somewhere near the Chinese cemetary, a Chinese merchant buried four hundred pounds of gold.


Auroria is a ghost town located on the other side of the creek from present day Auroria. I heard that a treasure hunter located a large cache in a ghost town near Auroria. Apparently he stumbled upon it.


Granite is a ghost town located on Granite Creek, approximately forty miles west of Baker. Granite was founded in 1862, and was called Independence. It served as a gold mining center. Many old relics, and possible treasures buried by past residents may still be there.

Skelton Mountain

Located on route 5 in Jackson county. Apparently, an outlaw confessed to burying a payroll of $60,000 in gold coins. He took the coins from a stagecoach. The treasure is buried approximately twenty miles east of Glendale on Skelton Mountain.

The Graveyard of Ships

Located between Fort Stephens, at the northwest corner of the State, and Tillamook Bay, and approximately fifty miles to the south of this area. There are more than two hundred shipwrecks of this coast. Along the beaches are found many old relics and coins that have been washed up from these wrecks.

Sexton Mountain Pass

Somewhere near the Sexton Mountain Pass, on the Rogue River, approximately ten miles northwest of Grants Pass, is a treasure of gold bullion. Apparently, during the 1850's, Indians tossed loads of the gold bullion into a gully. The Indians took the bullion from a band of outlaw Indians who raided mining camps.

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.

Oregon lost treasure may be located in ghost towns.

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