Saturday, December 22, 2012

End of the Road for "Treasure Trove Dreams"

Law of Diminishing Returns

After much consideration I've decided not to continue writing or publishing new material or updates to "Treasure Trove Dreams." The reasons for this decision are manifold and include the fact that after almost five years of effort here, it's become an enterprise of diminishing returns for me.

I'd like to spend more time writing and developing my small-scale gold mining site, "Bedrock Dreams", which is my first love and avocation and move on to other areas of interest. Additionally, I'd like to pursue a book project that's been rattling around inside my head for some time now and something's got to give since I don't have unlimited time to make things happen.

Use the Archives and Search Functions

I thought about pulling down this site entirely, but there's no cause or real rationale for doing that. There are over 400 posts or mini-articles in the "Treasure Trove Dreams" archives and all that info may prove to be a valuable resource, especially for those "newbie" treasure hunters out there just coming up the pike.

That said, please feel free to make use of the archives via the ARCHIVES section located in the sidebar to your right. Ditto for the SEARCH function, where you can type in a search word or phrase to pull up posts on specific areas of treasure hunting interest.

Still Answering E-Mails

Here's the kicker: I will continue to answer your e-mails about the content of the posts herein or any other treasure hunting queries you may have. As always, you can contact me at

To those of you who have been loyal readers and followers I want to express my sincere thanks for your readership and support over the years. Hang in there and good hunting!

Jim Rocha (J.R.)
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Rich Silver Ledge in the Mojave's Piute Mountains?

 (The Piute Mountains.)

The Piute Mountains of southeastern California's Mojave Desert cross modern-day Interstate 40 in an area that is, at least during the summer months, inhospitable to all comers. Most travelers along I-40 are in a big hurry to traverse this stretch of desert and few know that a rich ledge of silver may lie nearby.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Use Care With Your Coin and Artifact Finds

 (Fifty dollar gold "slugs" like this have a collecting value far beyond their face value.)

As an individual treasure hunter the greatest majority of your finds will be composed of coins and artifacts. Yes, gold and silver bullion recoveries do occur, but in my own experience those incidences are pretty rare events unless you're involved in underwater treasure hunting or large trove searches.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

More on Hank Brandt's Lost Gold

 (Fish Creek Mountains Wilderness Area...this photo makes the area look rather me, it's not.)

In my previous post I mentioned a treasurer hunter who, back in the 1960s, made a thorough reconnaissance of the area of southeastern California where old-time gold prospector and miner Hank Brandt struck it rich. Let me remind you here that Hank Brandt was as real as you or I and his activities in the area of the legend is well documented.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A New Dimension in the Legend of Hank Brandt's Lost Gold?

 (Southeastern California's Superstition Mountain.)

In an earlier series of posts I related the tale of an old-time gold prospector and miner named Hank Brandt who was said to have struck it rich in the desert region of extreme southeastern California near Superstition Mountain. Now I've gleaned some additional information on this tale of lost gold that'll undoubtedly prove of great interest.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Canyon of Gold in Southern Nevada?

(A fortune in gold may still exist near Goodsprings, Nevada.)

A fortune in natural gold may await a lucky treasure hunter or gold prospector somewhere near Goodsprings in southern Nevada. Although large amounts of gold, platinum, silver, and vanadium were mined in this region, legend has it that a canyon rich in gold still awaits discovery nearby.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Don't Invest in Treasure Schemes

I usually try my best not to come up with post titles that are "blanket" or across-the-board statements. I try...but I don't always succeed. However, when it comes down to the opportunity to save you money and potential heartache I tend to just forge straight ahead.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Big Bucks in Placer Gold Discovered in Sacramento Home

 (The duct work leading to an old floor heating grille like this held hidden treasure in Sacramento, California.)

A couple of Sacramento, California homeowners were not looking forward to the expense of having their entire heating and cooling system redone. However, what they didn't know is that in the process, they'd come up with more than enough gold to pay for the installation.