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Texas treasure hunters could face a $340 million payday if rumors of buried loot are true

SAN ANTONIO – Buried treasures aren’t just for Hollywood movies. An estimated $340 million worth of buried treasure is rumored to be scattered across Texas, from the Hill Country to the coast.

According to TexasHillCountry.com, Texas is said to have approximately 229 treasure sites – more than any other state in the US

Some of the rumored treasure locations are open to the public with permission from the landowners, while others are on public lands.

Here are some alleged treasure locations in Texas:

Corpus Christi

California musician Nathan Smith may indeed have found one of Texas’ hidden treasure troves. Smith believes he found a sunken ship on Google Earth in 2006 at Refugio, north of Corpus Christi. There’s quite a bit of backstory to this one that can be read on Texas Monthly, but the owners of the land Smith believes the ship is on weren’t exactly welcoming.

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The treasure is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars and Smith even filed a lawsuit known as Nathan Smith v. The Abandoned Ship, to allow him access to the area. The judge eventually ruled that the lake is “within navigable waters of the United States,” but landowners aren’t keen on treasure hunters trying to gain access to the area.

Franklin Mountains

Hispanic conquistadors were reportedly hiding a vast stash of gold and jewels in a mine shaft in the Franklin Mountains near El Paso’s Guadalupe Mission, OnlyInYourState.com reported. The conquistadors are said to have filled in the mine so that no one else could discover the treasure. Supposedly it is still buried under the ground.

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“Legend has it that El Paso’s Guadalupe Mission was built so that the midday sunlight shines directly on the mine,” according to OnlyInYourState.com.

Leander

A Texas legend has it that somewhere outside of Leander there is a cache of Spanish silver buried. Members of the Comanche tribe are said to have pursued a train of pack mules carrying heavy loads of silver, and the men responsible for the bounty buried the silver to prevent it from being stolen. According to Lone Star Treasure, the silver has yet to be discovered as the story is based on a Spanish document from the Conqueror era.

While the Spanish cache has yet to be discovered, Lone Star Treasure reported that W. E. Snavely had found a ruby ​​red arrowhead weighing 15 carats and several other gems from Taylor in 1925.

Pack saddle mountain

Legendary outlaw Sam Bass is said to have hidden gold in canvas sacks on Packsaddle Mountain in eastern Llano County.

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Around $60,000 in gold and silver coins are said to be buried in a creek bed near Castell, a Llano County township. According to Lone Star Treasure, Bass is said to have marked the spot “with a rock in a tree fork.”

Round rock

Legendary outlaw Sam Bass is said to have buried his bounty from stagecoach, train and bank robberies in several areas around Texas Hill County. One such story, according to multiple sources, is that Bass hid loot in an ancient hollow tree about 2 miles west of Round Rock. It was never found.

Bass is also associated with legends of buried treasure in Burnet and Llano counties and Packsaddle Mountain, reports Lone Star Treasure.

Legend has it that Bass used Longhorn Caverns in Burnet County as a hideout after some of his robberies, although treasure hunters have yet to find any loot in the caves.

Sabine river

LoneStarTreasure.com states that the notorious privateer Jean Laffite stole $2 million worth of silver from the Spanish in the early 19th century. Fearing an ambush by Native Americans, he and his men dumped the silver in the Sabine River. Fishermen are said to have hauled some bars of silver ashore in the mid-18th century, but the river has yielded no stolen Spanish loot since.

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“Oil workers actually took readings that there was metal at the bottom of the lake. They send a probe down and it hit metal just before a huge storm hit and destroyed the raft and all other evidence. Many believe the treasure still lurks underwater, just waiting to be discovered,” according to OnlyInYourState.com.

swarm stream

Have you ever seen an oak tree with two eagle wings carved on it? According to TexasHillCountry.com, nearly $3 million is said to be buried somewhere near where Shoal Creek meets the Colorado River. The stolen bounty was part of the Mexican payroll in 1836 and is said to be buried 5 feet deep near the oak tree.

South Padre Island

Ever heard of Money Hill near the southern tip of South Padre Island? It is said that in the mid-18th century, John Singer buried a chest containing between $60,000 and $80,000 worth of various Spanish coins, silver bullion and jewelry, which he had acquired while salvaging shipwrecks.

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Singer buried the chest after being forced to leave home and returned several times to find his buried treasure but was never able to recover his fortune. You can read Money Hill’s full story at LegendsOfAmerica.com.

Do you think you can find some of the legendary hidden loot? May the odds always be in your favour.

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