Treasure Hunting in California

Treasure hunting in California. Has the thought ever crossed your mind? If so, you’re not alone.

The stories about California and its possibilities for this kind of adventure are some of the most exciting. But some of these stories are myths. They’ve been passed down by story tellers and writers through generations. And yet, 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.  

It’s well known that large treasures have been located in California. And that many more exist there. But before the smart treasure hunters ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have first done their research. It’s non-sense to read a story about a treasure and use only that information to set out searching for it. This is because many of the stories you read about are full of inconsistencies. It’s the reason 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 California 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. I know a few treasure hunters that have found dozens of small granny caches by scanning the old newspapers.

A granny cache is a small treasure of coins hidden by a woman for various reasons. They are often found in the gardens of older homes. It’s an area where many wives would spend a lot of time.  The garden was an easy access to retrieve or add to the cache. Gardens were an area that were a common hiding place for coins.

Look in the old newspaper archives for stories about a person dying and they had no living family members and were called a miser, or even a hermit. Often times, that person would hide their money. The old newspapers would have stories like this above situation. Many granny caches have been found in this type of situation.

In addition, ask the historian who works at the historical society if they know of any leads about local treasures. Asking questions is the best way to get started in your search.

Read old magazines and books about California. 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.

It’s also a good idea to have a reliable metal detector when treasure hunting in California.

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Treasure Hunting in California Can Be an Adventure

If you’re ready to take up the adventure, here are a few areas in California that may have treasure.

The Santa Susanna Pass in Los Angeles County holds a treasure that was worth $65,000 in gold in 1853. That was when a lone bandit robbed a stagecoach of the gold and buried it near that peak. The robber died of a gunshot wound suffered in the holdup. The treasure was never recovered.

In Poway Valley, located approximately 15 miles northeast of San Diego a large cache of Spanish treasure is supposedly buried in a cavern there. The Spaniards hid the treasure during an attack by hostile Indians.  After the attack, the Spaniards left the area, and the treasure was not recovered.

The Mountaineer Roadhouse was a notorious outlaw hideout during the middle of the nineteenth century. It was located on the Folsom Rd 3 miles from Auburn. Several supposed treasures are rumored to be buried near the Roadhouse.

Here are more possible treasures in California

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

Yes, we do have ghost towns here in the east, and treasure hunting in California ghost towns can be a lot fun. 

Buried Treasure Books

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