Everyone has at one point of time or another, read a book or watched a movie about an adventurous treasure hunt. The experience seems to be very exciting when imagined through the lens of the characters in the story. And, if such a treasure hunt were to be experienced in real life, it would be nothing short of exhilarating. It might come to you as a surprise that there actually are multiple real hidden treasures around the world. If you love to travel and possess an affinity for thrill and adventure, the following real hidden treasures are sure to motivate you to pack your bags and set out to find big bounties!
10. The Treasure of Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy is one of the most famous outlaws to have roamed the American midwest during the Wild West era. He was such a notorious robber that his legends have been immortalized in various American movies. Having carried out multiple robberies with his gang, The Wild Bunch, he buried his loot worth over $20,000 while fleeing from sheriffs. It is believed that the loot is still buried somewhere in Irish Canyon, which is in the northwest part of Colorado. If found, the loot would possibly be worth millions of dollars.
9. Dynamite Doc’s Gold Treasure
Doc Noss’ tale of finding treasure is a rather peculiar, yet fascinating one. While looking for water in the harsh environment of Victorio Peak in New Mexico, he stumbled upon a hidden tunnel which led to a labyrinth. There, he found an old chest full of gold, silver, and jewels worth millions. He was unable to bring out all the treasure through the narrow opening, so he blew up the entrance to the tunnel with dynamite. However, the entrance shaft collapsed and all the treasure was left inside – buried among the rubble. It is believed that the treasure remains buried there, waiting to be found.
8. The Hidden Treasure of Emperor Tu Duc
Tu Duc was an emperor of Vietnam whose rule lasted for almost four decades in the nineteenth century. Besides managing his kingdom effectively, emperors believed that they have found suitable heirs to succeed them. However, Emperor Tu Duc was infertile. He was unable to have children and therefore, there was nobody to carry forward his legacy. All his riches were buried along with him when he died. Some believe that his treasures still remain in his tomb castle, which is protected by Vietnamese guards. Others believe that the treasures are buried in a secret location outside of the castle.
7. Dutch Schultz’s Lost Safe
Dutch Schultz was a gangster in New York City in the 1930s, infamous for bootlegging and other crimes. He was sought by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the millions of dollars he had stolen. In order to evade them and prevent his loot from being confiscated, he locked it in an iron safe and buried it somewhere in the city. Schultz managed to evade the IRS after they found nothing on him. However, he was murdered before he could recover his money from the iron safe. The safe has not been found yet.
6. Mojave Desert Treasure
The Mojave Desert is the driest desert in North America, primarily located in the state of California. A ship containing several precious pearls uncannily managed to drift inwards into the desert via a drying lake and sank there. If one were to see a shipwreck in the middle of a desert, he or she would arguably consider it to be a mirage or a hallucination. However, the pearls that were aboard the ship have never been found and many believe that they still remain scattered across the desert. If you don’t mind the scorching heat and dryness of deserts, this will make for a thrilling hunt.
5. Jean LaFitte’s Treasure Caskets
Jean and Pierre LaFitte were brothers and French pirates who roamed the seas in and around the Gulf of Mexico in the early 1800s. They would raid merchant ships and vessels and then sell the goods at various ports and warehouses. The brothers were quite successful in their wicked endeavor and became so wealthy that they had no option but to bury their riches. It is claimed that their treasure caskets are buried in Lake Borgne, near the coast of New Orleans and in a gum tree grove near the Sabine River.
4. The Buried Treasure of John Dillinger
Another outlaw as notorious as Butch Cassidy, John Dillinger was a rich criminal. He was hanging out with his accomplices in a lodge when an encounter took place between them and FBI agents. While three of his buddies were shot dead, Dillinger managed to run via the back door. He buried a suitcase containing dollar bills that amounted to approximately $200,000. Unfortunately for him, Dillinger was shot dead two months later, before he got the chance to recover his suitcase. Nobody knows where it still remains buried, waiting to be found.
3. Leon Trabuco’s Gold Treasure
When the Great Depression took place in the 1930s, Leon Trabuco sensed an opportunity for profit. Along with his associates, he buried sixteen tonnes of gold in the New Mexico Desert. He predicted that the value of gold would augment during the time of the Depression. If that would happen, they would be able to make huge gains. However, before they could liquidate their gold holdings, a law was passed which made the private possession of gold illegal. Soon, Leon and his associates were murdered. Their buried gold has not been recovered yet.
2. The Hidden Treasure of Forest Fenn
Forrest Fenn was a collector of valuable, ancient artifacts. In the 1980s, Fenn was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Knowing that he did not have too long to live, he wanted people to find his treasure. Fenn hid all his artifacts and publicly provided clues so that people could find his treasure. His treasure is assumed to be valued at over a million dollars, containing gold and jewelry among other artifacts. Fenn survived his illness, and now himself claims that nobody has been able to find the treasure, although certain people have come very close to doing so.
1. The San Miguel’s Treasure
In the early 1700s, a Spanish treasure fleet was traveling from Cuba to Spain. The fleet of eleven ships was inundated with gold, silver, and jewels – all of which is assumed to be worth billions of dollars today. Unfortunately, the ships left the Cuban harbor just before a hurricane struck the area, resulting in the sinking of all the ships. While seven of the ships have been recovered, only a small portion of the valuables have been found. The San Miguel is one of the ships that hasn’t been found yet and is believed to contain significant chunks of the treasure.
It’s time for you to pack your bags, and prepare yourself for the wilderness. Chase the thrills of fantastic treasure hunts, and even if you are not able to find something, revel in the beauty of the experience!