Treasure Hunting in Kansas

Treasure hunting in Kansas has been going on for many years. That’s because the potential to discover a buried cache offers a unique challenge and adventure. If you have ever dreamed of treasure hunting in Kansas, you have opportunities to do so. There are some exciting stories about treasures hidden in Kansas. I’ve listed a few places below.

Kansas history is filled with stories about buried caches, hidden loot stolen by bank robbers, and much more. Searching for these treasures, as many others have, may give you the success to locate a treasure as others have. However, it would help if you did the proper research first before you began your search. 

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 Kansas lost 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 stagecoach or bank robbery by outlaws. Research to see if the money or goods was hidden and if it was ever recovered.  

Read old magazines and books about Iowa; 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 Kansas Can Be an Adventure

Here are possible treasures in Kansas.

An abandoned well near Richmond, supposedly holds a treasure of approximately $85,000 in gold coins. The treasure was cached their by a prospector returning from California. Soon after telling his wife, the prospector was killed. The wife never located the treasure.

Located on State rte 77, in Marshall cty. A horde of gold coins may be buried at the lumber yard Blue Rapids. They were supposedly buried by the owner of the yard during the early 1900's.

Two miners killed by Indians as they returned from the California mine fields first buried a large number of gold nuggets on the east bank of the old Nemaha River channel about 11/2 miles north of Seneca on State route 36.

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

Here are a few more buried treasures in Kansas.

Buried Treasure Books

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