Do you want to strike it rich and find lots of treasure? It's not as easy as it seems. Sometimes treasure-hunters get lucky, sometimes they make mistakes. Occasionally, a clever treasure-hunter will do some hard work and dig up a treasure that took years to track down.
James M Deem always wanted to find treasure, especially some pirate treasure. He has written:
I remember one morning, when I was in third grade, that I created a treasure adventure for myself. Without telling anyone, I went to our backyard with a shovel and dug many holes around our big oak tree. I was looking for a pirates' treasure chest, and I was sure they had buried one under our tree.
Of course, I never stopped to think that we lived 700 miles from the ocean--hardly a distance that pirates would travel overland. So I struck out. But I had fun looking (and filling in the holes later when my parents found out!).
Here are six treasure stories that appear in his book How to Hunt Buried Treasure:
The Ghost Town Treasure -- a story about three boys and the unexpected treasure they found in a deserted building
The Red River Treasure -- an account about a missing treasure left behind by four bank robbers
The Lost Treasure of the Bighorn River -- a compelling story about a lost shipment of gold
Hunting for the Donner Party -- discovering information about past events can be as rewarding as finding monetary treasure, as shown by this story
Treasure of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine -- a story bout one of the most famous treasures of all
The Missing Treasure of Clifford, Colorado -- a tale about the missing treasure from a stagecoach robbery