Treasure Hunting in Alabama

Treasure hunting in Alabama can be a real possibility. That’s because stories about lost and buried caches and hoards have been written and talked about for hundreds of years. Some of these stories are indeed myths that have been passed down through generations, but I also know that many treasures have been found. They have been found by amateur treasure hunters, and pros, as well as unsuspecting individuals that fortunately come upon them by accident.  

I know of construction workers who are tearing down homes, suddenly finding money or jewelry, or both.

People remodeling homes are finding caches in walls, under floors, in attics and basements. Although these kinds of sudden finds are rare, many people are actively searching for them. However, before these individuals ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have done their research first.

The best way to get a lead on lost treasures in your State is by visiting local historical societies. Many times, they will have old newspapers archived on microfiche film. You can scan through the film and look for any stories that may pertain to a treasure.

Also, ask the historian who works there if they know of any leads about local treasures. Asking questions is the best way to get started in your search.

Do you know older persons in a small town or village? They know everything that has gone on for years. Often times they love to talk about the past. You will be surprised at what you may learn.

A few years ago, a fellow treasure hunter told me that he had asked the town elder if he had heard of any stories about buried treasures locally. The old fellow, who was in his late eighties, was quiet for a moment and then told the treasure hunter that he heard about a bank robbery, back in the 1930s, that happened a few towns over. Apparently, the robbers tossed the safe into a local river. The bad guys were arrested but never divulged where the safe was. They thought they would eventually go back to retrieve it. However, they were both killed in another robbery attempt shortly after being released from jail.

Anyway, after two years of searching the local rivers, the treasure hunter located the safe. The bank had since closed, so the found treasure became his.

It’s a good idea to have a reliable metal detector when searching.

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Treasure Hunting in Alabama Can Be an Adventure

Here are a few areas in Alabama that may have treasure.

The Margaret Ann, an American vessel, wrecked near Fort Morgan on Mobile Point in 1822. Over the years, treasure and artifacts have washed onto the beach near the fort.

Near Birmingham is a supposed treasure of gold worth millions. In 1862 the gold was to be delivered to the Richmond Virginia treasury as part of the Confederacy. The gold was buried and never recovered. The exact location of the gold has never been determined. Research and determination could lead to the hoard.

Near Bay Minette, in Baldwin County, are tales of gold and silver buried by the Spaniards as they fled from hostile Indians in 1780. Once again, research and determination are needed to search for this treasure.

Here are more possible hoards and caches in Alabama.

If you’re going to go treasure  hunting in Alabama on public lands, then be aware of the Federal law regarding removing items from State or Federal properties.

Treasure hunting in Alabama ghost towns can be a great adventure. 

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