Treasure Hunting in Illinois

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

Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois; 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 Illinois Can Be an Adventure

Here are possible treasures in Illinois.

John Hills Fort, was a stockade built in the early nineteenth century. It was located about ¼ mile from the now present court house in Caryle. It’s been rumored that John Hill, buried a large amount of gold coins in or near the fort.

A man only known as Larson, supposedly robbed a train and then buried a cache of gold and silver coins near Centralia.

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

Here are a few more buried treasures in Illinois.

Treasure Hunting in Illinois ghost towns can be rewarding.

Buried Treasure Books
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