Treasure Hunters

Posted Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 8:33 AM
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  • As a boy in Oklahoma's Osage -- legends of outlaw loot being buried near one creek in the upland grasslands were part of existance.

    The big one had the James/Younger/Dalton gangs burying a fortune in a big iron "wash kettle" close to that creek.

    These youngsters who should remain nameless to protect the guilty, devised a plan - which involved a certain bachelor farmer's farmstead "donating" a cracked iron pot. The pot was buried with the top about a foot beneath the ground's surface, exactly 50 paces north of one giant oak tree and 50 paces east of another giant tree.

    After a few rains -- the pot was carefully dug out with the clear impression left in the clay subsoil -- fully visible from the field lane, naturally with the grass and brush heavily crushed around it.

    Within two days, that land's owner was calling the entire community via the party line to come see where outlaw treasure had been buried on his land.

    He constantly complained about going past "..that buried treasure a thousand times, without realizing it."

    -- Posted by bigsurmac on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 12:48 PM
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    A year or so ago, a very dear friend of ours from Danbury died of Cancer. She was a treasure hunter, and it always astounded us just how many treasures she found!

    One thing that sticks out, was a piece of sandstone, that would fit a human hand, that had been beveled out to form a bowl, along with a "spoon" of sorts. Theresa (our dear deceased friend) took that stuff to the University of Nebraska for examination, and she was told that this bowl and spoon may be almost seven hundred years old.

    She found lots of other "treasure" and there is allot of history that went on in our part of the country. You may end up being surprised over the treasures you find. Good Luck!

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 5:31 PM
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    I've seen many native artifacts over the years and quite a few from this area... We've even got a scraper of some sort that Margie found in the California desert. Our neighbor mentioned that you have to keep your eyes peeled to find artifacts as they seem to pop out of the ground all over the place. For me, I seem to keep my eyes on the horizon, but Margie looks for those little treasures. I'll probably never find an arrow head, but I bet my better half will sooner or later.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 8:09 AM
  • If you've got a navigation unit in your car, you may be able to use it to get close enough to find a cache. Mine is a portable unit that has a "walking" mode, then you scroll through the menu to enter the coordinates. I usually use a Garmin eTrex I bought for about $100.

    I placed a new cache Saturday; we'll see if the moderator OKs it.

    -- Posted by croswind on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 4:37 PM
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