Stumbling across long-lost treasures in bizarre places


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Many years ago when I was just starting life, I had a problem: I didn’t really want to work for a living. I wanted to stumble upon a pot of gold that would allow me free time to pursue my interests.

Oh, I worked off and on at jobs here and there, but somehow I had it in my head that a regular job would hinder me in my other pursuits. A nine-to-five life wasn’t how I planned to make enough money to support myself and anyone I might meet in the future who would want to share her life with me.

Of course, it wasn’t easy finding someone who wanted to share her life with a guy who didn’t want to work for a living. (As you might guess, I also had somewhat of a problem with relationships.)

Well, I eventually worked through all that stuff and wound up with a real job as a teacher (I wound up in a wonderful relationship, as well). It turned out that I loved teaching and came to the realization that working a regular job for a living could be a good thing. I saw that living a nine-to-five existence in the work world did not necessarily mean I had to forgo my other interests.

I thought about my youthful attitude and how I was looking for a pot of gold instead of a weekly paycheck the other day when a friend mentioned lost and buried treasure. He told me of the stories he heard as a young boy growing up near Madison on the Ohio River. He remembered the stories and had investigated the legends. He invited me to do the same, so I did.

The story goes that two caches of gold coins are hidden on or around an old building on a farm about three miles from Madison. The old house was part of the underground railroad before and during the Civil War. The gold was used to help pay the people who transferred the slaves to their next stop on the “railroad.” It is claimed one of the caches is in a tunnel which was accessed from the farmhouse basement and the other is buried in a hollow near the Ohio River. Although he has a real job now too, I suspect a part of my friend still wonders, “If I tried, I just might find that gold.”

Many of the Indiana lost treasure stories feature criminal activity.

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