Treasure Hunting in Idaho

Treasure hunting in Idaho is an opportunity for you to chase an adventure. If you have ever dreamed of treasure hunting in Idaho, this article will point you in the right direction.

Idaho is full of stories about buried caches, hidden loot stolen by robbers, tales of old silver and gold mines, and much more. You can search for these treasures, and you may find success, others have, but you need to do the proper research first before you begin your adventure.

However, most treasure stories are myths. As storytellers and writers have passed down the tales through generations, the stories change.  Sometimes the stories are changed on purpose with the intent to throw off any would-be treasure hunters. It is the reason why, before you begin your physical search for a treasure, you should research the story first. Otherwise, you’ll end up most likely chasing after the fictional pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Ideas for Research

The best way to get a lead on lost Idaho treasures 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 treasures by studying the old newspapers.

An example would be to search in the old newspaper archives and to look for stories about a hermit or a miser dying. Often, that person would hide their money. The old newspapers printed articles like the above situations.

Read old magazines and books about Idaho; they often told stories about treasures hidden in the State. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores.

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

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

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Treasure Hunting in Idaho Can Be an Adventure

Here are possible treasures in Idaho.

In 1876 an outlaw named Jim Looney, stole $100,000 of gold bullion from the Boise-Kelton stagecoach.  The robbery happened in the center of the triangle made by the City of Rocks in the town of Almo. Looney was killed in a barroom gun fight, but before he was killed  mentiond that he buried the gold bullion in that area.

There’s a story that a lone bandit robbed $150,000 in gold bullion and then hid it in an abandoned mine shaft near the City of Rocks formation. He died in jail never getting the chance to head back to get the treasure.

On Rye Flats, approximately two miles south of Riddle, outlaws hid $40,000 in newly minted gold coins. They cached the coins in a metal container.

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

Here are a few more treasures in Idaho.

Buried Treasure Books

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