Have you ever dreamed about treasure hunting in Arizona? If so, you’re not alone.
The stories about Arizona and it’s possibilities for this adventure have been written and talked about for many years. Some of these stories are myths. They’ve been passed down by story tellers through generations. However, 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.
Construction workers that were tearing down homes have found money, jewelry, and other collectible items hidden in walls and floors.
Others that are remodeling homes are finding treasures. Desert finds of outlaw stolen loot, and gold nuggets have also been documented. There are people that are actively searching for these. But before the smart treasure hunters ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have done their research first.
But remember, many of the stories you read about lost and buried treasures are full of inconsistencies. The stories have been told so many times by different people that the truth of the story, if it is true, has been changed. Sometimes the stories have been changed on purpose to throw searchers for the treasure into another direction. This is why it’s so important to research every story before you head out to search an area.
Ideas for Research
The best way to get a lead on lost treasures in Arizona 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.
Read old magazines about the old west. They often told stories about treasures hidden in the State. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores or at flea markets, estate sales and auctions.
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 good idea to have a reliable metal detector when searching.
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If you’re ready to take up the adventure, here are a few areas in Arizona that may have treasure.
In the town of Cottonwood, in Yapavai county, are many bottles of gold dust that were buried in the late 1800s. They were buried by two miners. In the 1960s a boy digging for worms to be used for fishing, found three of the bottles. This story needs to be properly researched further.
The Lost Laguna Treasure is a story about 50 pounds of gold nuggets. The nuggets were thrown into a gorge by Indians that ambushed miners in the hills near Laguna Dam between the Colorado River and Laguna Mountains. The miners bodies were also tossed into the gorge.
Near the Yuma Crossing on the east shore of the Colorado River, near Yuma, is a supposed buried cache of gold and silver coins worth millions. In the 1850s, a man named Lincoln was reported to have buried the treasure.
Here are more possible treasures in Arizona
If you’re going to be treasure hunting in Arizona on public lands, then be aware of the Federal law regarding removing items from State or Federal properties.
Treasure hunting in Arizona ghost towns can be a great
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