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27 Unusual Places To Look For Treasure

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rockpup:
treasure facts Dec/jan 1994


27 unusual places to look for treaure By Michael Paul Henson



During my 30-odd years of treasure hunting I have been amazed at the number of unusual places and methods different people have used to conceal their valuables.
I know of numerous instances where more time, effort and money were spent in concealing valuables than they were worth. The information in this article can be helpful to treasure hunters in their search for a "stash" made recently, or long ago.
Always remember, the people who hid their valuables most certainly meant to return for them. So, in most instances, they went to great lengths to make certain they would not be found by anyone else.
Following is a listing of places to search, what to look for, methods used to conceal valuables, and items I have found or saw someone find.
 

1)Under walkways (very
important spots): Landowner
could see cache, too much
work for a thief to remove
the stones. I once found a
slave collar (a very valuable
collectors' item today) un
der a stepping stone at an old
underground railroad stop.
In this instance, I doubt if the
slave planned to retrieve it.

2)Old-fashioned square
door locks were occasion
ally used to hide currency.
Also, hollow handles in tools
were used.

3)Rocks were sometimes
hollowed out, valuables put
inside, then the rock was
turned over, with open side
down.

4)Fence posts, and those
used to hold clothes lines,
were sometimes hollowed
out and used as hiding places.
 
5)False bottoms to feed
bins in barns and pastures
were used to hide money.

6)Old house shingles
were sometimes made with
a small cavity on one side,
valuables placed inside then
the shingle was put on the
roof. This practice was also
used in log cabins. Another
method was to carve a cav
ity in a log in a cabin, then
hide money in it.

7)Hollow bedsteads
(where the top of each leg
could be screwed off) were
used. Coins, etc., were
dropped inside.

8)Old clothing stored in
closets has been used to hide
currency. (Author's Note: I
once saw a man find $5,000
in the lining of an old house
coat.)
 
9)Shelf paper in kitch
ens: Currency would be put
on one sheet, then another
sheet put on top of it. Any
one looking for money
would remove the paper and
if nothing was under it would
then throw it away, never
realizing the money was be
tween the sheets.

10)Flower gardens were
favorite sites for housewives
to hide valuables.

11)Inside bicycle tires
were good places to hide
currency, especially on long
trips.

12)Cushions on couches
and chairs were used to hide
valuables.
 
 
 
Unusual Places To Look For Treasure

13)Wagon seats and horse har
nesses were places farmers preferred
for concealment because they were
almost always close by. Later ...

14)tractor seats were used for
the same purpose.

15)A modern method of con
cealment is to put currency in
greens, then put them in the freezer.

16)Around Boy Scout camps,
search the lofts of all cabins. This is
a favorite place for boys to hide
small items or money.

17)Around military posts (both
old and new) search all barracks
locations, inside and out, for caches.
Remember, these men were sta
tioned here, in some instances, for
long periods of time. You would be
surprised at the amount of money
that was won by an individual sol
dier during poker games and then
hidden. The man was later trans
ferred to another post and had no
chance to retrieve his "cache."

18)When checking houses:

A)Look around fireplaces,
door and window casings, under
stairways, rugs and closet floors.
B)Watch for lumped or
sagging places in wallpaper.
C)Search under porch
floors, in basements, especially in
the corners and between the foun
dation stones.
D)In closets, check the
ceilings for a small cavity built here
to store valuables.


19)Examine any prominent
landmarks you think someone
might have used.

20)Do not overlook the barns
and outbuildings of old farms be
cause 50-100 years ago the farmer
spent most of his time with live-
stock around the barn. All flat, horizontal suporting beams should bechecked (this is a good place for a
small cache). Look over all supporting posts to see if they are hollow, especially if they were made by nailing 1x6 boards together. (I know a man who found a good cache his grandfather had put into a hollow barn post some forty years before).

21)Look at the shingles used in
roof coverings of old barns, out
buildings and cabins, also all flat
rafters used for support.

22)Check old outhouses, along
the rafters and the cornerstone foun
dations.

23)The chicken house was a fa
vorite place to hide valuables be
cause chickens are excellent "watch
dogs."

24)Check old fence rows. Years
ago, farmers used what was called
"post-hole" banks.

25)Don't forget the area around
the well or spring. Rocks inside were
loosened, valuables put behind them,
then the rocks replaced. No one
would suspect that the farmer was
getting or hiding his money when he
went for a drink of water. (I once saw
a cache that was found in the bottom
of a spring.) Also, check a line be
tween these places and other pos
sible markers.

26)Another overlooked spot is
what was called a "later hole" in
older farm houses. This was a cavity
in lieu of a basement, that was dug in
front of the open fireplace, usually
with a trapdoor, to store potatoes,
turnips, apples, etc., during the win
ter.

27)In old log cabins (these can
still be found in rural areas) use the
same procedure as searching in an
old house (#18), except be sure to
search the "chicking" (insulation)
between the logs and the corner foun
dation stones. These two spots were
favorite places to hide valuables.
Also, search both inside and outside
of the chimney.
 



 
 

ABEARZZ:
rockpup, great info...

strickman:
good post <-good_>

Denadii Cho:
What an interesting article.  I never would have thought of many of those places!    Thank you.  I cut and pasted the article into my Word files.   With the authors name of course.

WILL-D:
 Very interesting

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