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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 04:36:01 pm »
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so the bottom line is a basic, go back as far as you can, to the most original source....glad im smart enough to be doing that anyway!

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 04:46:49 pm »
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so the bottom line is a basic, go back as far as you can, to the most original source....glad im smart enough to be doing that anyway!

That's about it. Apply a bit of logic and reasoning to every treasure tale. Think about how heavy it would be to transport 20 bars of gold, for example. If the treasure is in an area that is accessible by foot only, that would knock it on the head for me. By wagon? Perhaps, but moving them from the wagon to the site is the next issue. Any witnesses? If so, they may have gone and recovered any bonafide treasure buried there.

The other side of things is to always keep an "open ear" for what can only be described as real hidden treasure. For example, reading in a Depression era journal, you see where the family bought something expensive. You can assume that they came into some cash. The mindset of Depression era families was always to put a little aside somewhere for emergencies. Hundreds of mini caches have been found this way.

Your instincts are almost always right when it comes to treasure. Surprisingly so. Let's say you are hot on the trail of a good lead and you come to a fork in the road that wasn't there when the treasure was lain into its hiding place. The lay of the land and your own instincts regarding travel in the day will eliminate the side that looks like 4WD country only because wagons didn't have that capability. Horseback or pack animals, perhaps, but big treasure always required wheeled transport.

Just use your noggin for something aside from making girls smile and you'll become a treasure hunter. And never forget that failure is still a learning opportunity. In about half of my quests, I have found evidence that I was too late and someone else had found what I was seeking. In the half that remain, I sometimes find I have chased a will-o-the-wisp or a nonexistent treasure. For the remaining leads, sometimes they are just too well hidden.

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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 05:57:15 pm »
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I always figure every treasure story has some errors or fabrications in it or someone would have found it already. If you can't find a few solid facts or names to fit the time of the story you could be looking in the wrong town, county, state, or even country...

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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2011, 09:48:37 pm »
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I always figure every treasure story has some errors or fabrications in it or someone would have found it already. If you can't find a few solid facts or names to fit the time of the story you could be looking in the wrong town, county, state, or even country...



I think its more common the we realize that the same story gets told over and over with location changed to make it seem more real or closer to home.


As for the big legendary treasures other then the fun of researching them they are a waste of time in my opinion. If you want to be a successful treasure hunter you will need to find new lead from local stories, old diary's   stories that few if anyone else knows about

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