Other Kansas Treasures Just Waiting to Be
Reportedly, a stolen
Wells Fargo treasure was hidden west of
Bandit loot hidden at Point of Rocks northwest of Elkhart, Morton County,
In 1870, a railroad payroll of $22,000 was robbed from the Wells Fargo
office at Ellis. According to local legend, the money was stashed
around the limestone banks of Big Creek just outside of town and never
$24,000 in silver coins was buried in 1828 on Chouteau's Island, in
the Arkansas River, 5 miles southwest of Lakin. Chouteau Island was
but has since disappeared due to the erosion of the Arkansas River.
A large cache of gold coins, in a pair of buffalo hide saddlebags,
were hidden by a buffalo hunter on the Neosho Trail between Baxter
Springs and Coffeyville at a point where the trail crosses the river.
In 1851 a party of returning
gold miners and their families was attacked by
just across the Arkansas River from what later became Taylor Ranch two
miles southwest of Offerle. $90,000 worth of gold dust was buried in a
Dutch oven at the site, and the only survivor was a eight year old
girl who was taken captive by the
She survived to pass on the story to her descendants. In 1918 a woman
who claimed to be related to a survivor of the massacre (none outside
of the eight year old girl was known to exist) turned up in Kinsley
with a map indicating that the
was hidden somewhere southwest of town, but she was unable to find it.
Iím writing you on behalf of a article you
wrote. I am writing to let you know that this is only a myth. My
family owned that land that you talk about and we used it for grazing
cattle and sold it to a farmer of which I donít know of the name, but
if needed Iím sure I can come up with it. Within the time the
farmer had it Iím sure that his discs would of have hit the treasure.
- Dylan, October, 2004.
Around 1862 an army paymaster was robbed of $195,000 in gold and silver
coins while enroute from Lawrence to Denver. The coins are
supposedly buried between two sycamore trees between Lawrence and the
Wakarusa River, just to the south of Lawrence in Douglas County.
$500,000-$1 million in gold coins are buried on the old
farm of Abram Burnett on the north side of Shungannunga Creek which cuts
through Topeka. His farm took in the SE 1/4 of Section 9, Twp. 11,
R15 E in Mission township.
Peter Robidoux was the first merchant to settle in Wallace in the 1800s
and prospered. He is known to have hidden a number of caches of gold
and silver coins, in and around the town site, which went unrecovered
after his death.