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Buried Treasure of the United States
How and Where to Locate Hidden Wealth
Marx
1986

I figured by 2010 most of the stuff hidden would probably be found by now.  Great topic for a public library but this is SO dated.  This particular title features a state by state index of treasure troves.  Of course I looked up Michigan and thought PROGRAM!!  Sadly, the choices for Michigan include basics from any tour book– Detroit historical sites,  Mackinac Island, and mines in the UP -nothing the average fourth grader couldn’t tell you.  No details or maps with X marks the spot.  Gotta say I love the idea of metal detecting or treasure hunting for a collection topic or program.

Still looking for that buried treasure,

Mary

15 Responses to Library Fundraising the Easy Way

  • Ever done geocaching? It’s treasure hunting 21st-century style.

  • That book is perfect for this site. You guys deal with buried treasure all the time… or is that stuff that needs to be buried?!?

  • Replace this with a book on Geocaching. Anyone looking for a treasure hunt will be glad you did.

  • Wow! My husband loves to treasure hunt and he’d love this book. Believe me most of the treasures have NOT been found. Yes, yes great new books on treasure hunting would be fantastic.
    If you find one with X marks the spot put it on EBay. You’ll make a mint.

  • Well, there was that guy in Britain who found the Anglo-Saxon hoard of gold a year or two ago …

  • I would think that all the treasure in the book would have been exhausted in the 26 years since publication…but then what do I know! Any of that treasure in Ann Arbor?

  • Here in Arizona, well, you can imagine. These folks are everywhere. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But money-wise, looking for treasure; all that gas and time and whatnot, against the same amount of time at $8/hour working at a store. What brings in more?

  • I used to live in 29 Palms, California in the Mojave Desert. In the local history section they had a bunch of books on how to find lost gold mines and stuff like that, and those books were all tattered they had been checked out so many times. A couple of them had been re-bound at least once and they were already worn out again!

  • Our library in Minnesota has a copy of this book in our collection. Now granted we’re a historical society. But still some things just don’t belong.

  • The obvious joke is, you will never find any of the stuff on the cover.

  • Our Archives Dept has got an interesting old map that once belonged to the pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. It shows a mysterious long island (labelled ‘Here Be Indyans’) very close to a coast, with a big X marking a spot in a place labelled something like ‘Man-Hatta-Tana’ (?). Nobody has ever been able to make any sense of this. Could it be a treasure map?

  • I’m thinking that the Day-Glo orange on the cover is pretty groovy. It goes perfectly with the ancient metal detector maching. Time for an upgrade!

  • Robert Marx was quite a famous tresure hunter back then and earlier. I read a number of books, mostly diving for Spanish gold. Here is the Wiki entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Marx

  • I searched for about 8 hours the one and only time I went treasure hunting. I found about 3 Coke cans buried a foot underground and that’s it.

  • Which makes me wonder: who bothers to bury Coke cans a foot underground?