25 Real Life Treasure Hunts

Do you want to go looking for buried treasure? I’m not talking about treasure hunts that we see in movies. And, no, I’m not talking about those fake maps that we may have used when we were kids. I’m talking about real buried treasure. From ancient artifacts that have been symbols of peace during a war to great big ships filled with gold, silver, diamonds, and other mouth-watering gems, these treasure hunts are legit. Many men have tried and failed looking for this buried treasure. There are those who came close and one man in particular actually found five-hundred million worth of treasure in the United States. Don’t believe us? You can read about him and many other brave fortune hunters as we present to you 25 Real Life Treasure Hunts.


Forest Fenn Hidden Treasure


An 87 year old Vietnam veteran and art dealer said he buried a treasure chest filled with a fortune, about 1,000 miles between Santa Fe and the Canadian border. Thousands of people have gone out looking for it, but still haven’t discovered it. Even Fenn’s wife doesn’t know where the treasure is hidden. He did however leave a clue, hidden in a 24 line poem, that he wrote in his memoir.


Oak Island "The Money Pit"


The interesting thing about Oak Island is that no one knows if there is actually anything buried there. The pit was discovered by Daniel McInnis, John Smith, and Anthony Vaughn in the summer of 1795. They called it the Money Pit because of what they thought was down there. Many explorers have attempted to go down the pit, and some have gone far but no one has gone all the way down yet.


Mojave Desert Teasure


The legend goes that there is treasure from a sunken ship in the Salton Sea. Although there is no proof that the treasure was ever found, in 1870, the LA Star published a story about a man named Charlie Clusker who supposedly found it, but because there were no other stories published on the matter, many people believe the treasure is still out there.


Treasure of LaFitte


Jon La Fitte, and his brother Pierre were French pirates who would rob merchant ships. They robbed so many of them that they had to bury some of thier loot. After Jon LaFitte died, there were stories about buried treasure in Lake Borgne, off the coast of New Orleans.


Nuestra Senora de Atocha Treasure


When the Nuestra Senora de Atocha was heading to Spain, it was hit by a hurricane. The ship was carrying vast amounts of gold, silver and an assortment of gems when it was lost. However, a lot of the treasure has been found by Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter. Don’t worry though, experts say there is still more out there.

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