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11/24/2013 11:43 am  #1

Here is some interesting treasures that you can research.............

Among the treasures supposedly hidden in the Coastal Bend are:

Payroll for Spanish soldiers buried on St. Joseph Island's southern end.
Gold and ornaments for a Vera Cruz cathedral buried on St. Joseph Island opposite Rockport.
Valuables from a Spanish fort, Casa Blanca, hidden in a northeastern Jim Wells County cave.
Money hidden in a rock pile at Casa Blanca.
Gold valued at $125,000 buried along a former trail near Armstrong.
Doubloons and pieces of eight stuffed into two large brass cannons on Padre Island.
More than 50,000 pounds of precious metal from Spanish galleons wrecked off Padre Island.
$1,000,000 off Padre Island from the Spanish galleon Capitana.
Between $100,000 and $210,000 from the French ship Maria Theresa off Padre Island at the mid-point of Kenedy County.
Canvas bags filled with $200,000 from the sidewheel steamer Paisano off Padre Island in Kenedy County.
Gold buried in Kleberg County from a Spanish ship stranded 20 miles south of Padre Island's northern tip.
A Lafitte treasure chest buried in Point of Rocks, a peninsula that juts into Baffin Bay in Kleberg County.
Gold, silver and jewels hidden by Hernando Cortez, later unearthed and reburied by Jesse James near Three Rivers.
Treasure hidden in the stone wall of Fort Ramirez in the southeast corner of Live Oak County.
Treasure buried by Spanish padres near Lagarto in southeastern Live Oak County.
A treasure chest buried on the west bank of the Nueces River where the old Laredo-to-Goliad road once crossed.
An iron safe filled with treasure hidden near Old Fort Merrill on the west bank of the Nueces River.
Two burro loads of gold bullion buried near the base of a large oak tree near Old Fort Merrill.
Gold and silver bars stolen in Mexico buried in the banks of Lake Corpus Christi.
Treasure belonging to a member of the Russian nobility hidden on the western side of Mustang Island.
About $16,000 buried at the foot of a mesquite tree on the west side of the Nueces River at the old Paso Piedra.
A pay chest for General Santa Ana's army lost in the Nueces River at Paso Piedra.
Between $50,000 and $60,000 buried on Corpus Christi Beach.
Money, jewels and gold plate belonging to Maximilian, former emperor of Mexico, dumped in Laguna Madre just off Flour Bluff Peninsula.
Treasure buried in sand dunes on Mustang and Padre islands.
A chest of gold and other valuables buried along the Nueces River on the Riverside Ranch.
A Lafitte fortune buried under a millstone on the northern tip of Padre Island.
A silver mine on the Nueces River near Edroy.

"Always leave the place you have detected in better shape than when you arrived"

11/24/2013 5:42 pm  #2

Re: Here is some interesting treasures that you can research.............

James, This stuff is sure to get the detecting juices flowing!!! Now I know why I need to get the surf pi up and running. This is great stuff and I can't wait to check out some of these tales..... The more I research the stories the better they become. I now, have come to believe that the research is as fun as the hunt. I had no idea that history could be so interesting. 

I guess that's why Jack Haskins, legendary diver, treasure hunter and historian taught himself to read old spanish script, then going to Seville to study the Archives Of The Indies finds the sites and locations of over 40 wrecks  of the Spanish treasure fleet. Shoot he even told Mel Fisher he was looking in the wrong spot for the Atocha and the Santa Margarita. When another legend Chuck Mitchell (one of the original treasure hunters in the keys) asked Haskins why he never worked the Atocha, he simply said who knows!
Guess that reseach pays off!!

Last edited by texas todd (11/24/2013 10:51 pm)


8/29/2015 3:58 pm  #3

Re: Here is some interesting treasures that you can research.............

little late to be posting about this i guess far as the iron safe at old ft. merrill, i have been given 2 three hour + tours of the place by the 3rd generation caretaaker. he grew up practically on the place farming it w/his grandfather and father. when i introduced him to google earth he was amazed at seeing the place from above. he also showed me original and copies of maps, crossings, etc and a manifesto of the place. everything down to the number of forks and spoons, bandages, etc was accounted for. including a small boat for when the river flooded.  during its existance, an army beaurocrat was given the task of visiting every single army outpost and inventorying every single item on each post and the fesability of keeping each post open or closing it down. there is no mention of an safe on this list. i have heard the local lore of it, but its simply not fact as relating to this place. it was supposed to hold the pay for the soldiers. there ARE some interesting facts about the place however. the soldiers that died and were buried there were dug up and moved after the war but to where? the most likely place i can find is an old civil war cemetery in san antonio but the first burial there took plce after years after ft. merrill closed in 1855 (?). i THINK it was occupied from 1850 -1855 but i'd have to verify that again. after it was abandoned it was sold to a private party as a ranch. his family from many generations are buried there. one was dug up recently and reburied in corpus. two brothers in corpus now own it. the military cemetary was right next to the current cemetery. i was allowed to take pics of the headstones and was blown away by the early dates. settlers that debarked off ships in corpus making their way to california in wagons often stopped there for fresh water and supplies. i was shown the old cistern for this purpose that the current caretaker had to recently fill in as too many cows kept falling in. one wagon of settlers stopped there soon after it was in civilian hands and the head of the family, the father, asked the rancher if he could leave his small son there as he was "slow" and they feared for him on the long journey, but promised to send for him when they settled in california. they were never heard from again and the rancher raised him as his own and he has a big beautiful headstone there. one of the "headstones" is an obvious corner stone of a building dating back to the fort days. someond scratched "boy" into it and an 1880s date. a local historian was allowed to metal detect the place some years back with the stipulation anything found would be turned over to the owners. after they discovered he had some of the items he found on his fireplace mantle at home no one has ever been allowed to detect there again.and he was part of a sanctioned archiological dig. at least thats what i was told as to why no one can detect there.  parts of the officers quarters, baking ovens, hospital etc etc remain. i have tied my boat up to their dock many times and fished off of it not knowing where i was! i was told the dock is at the edge of the fort where they crossed to go to escort travelers fron corpus to san antonio. they caretaker lives close by on his own place and we talk on the phone a lot. since i convinced him to quit dial up and get THE DISH he and i have searched trying to find where the bodies of the soldiers were relocated to. i have forgotten more than i remember of what he has told me about the place.   
BTW...the child that was dropped off there was born Christmas Day 1848.

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8/29/2015 6:02 pm  #4

Re: Here is some interesting treasures that you can research.............

Never too late my friend. Very interesting story indeed. You have done well in making friends with the property owner. That could lead to getting permission to detect. Hang in there, you have your foot in the door! Thanks for the post and info.

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