Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales

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University of Oklahoma Press, May 1, 1989 - Fiction - 340 pages
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“Son, there's more treasure buried right here In Oklahoma than in the rest of the whole Southwest.” Those words from an old-timer launched Steve Wilson on a yearslong quest for the stones of Oklahoma’s treasures. This book is the result.

It is a book of stories-some true, some legendary- about fabulous caches of lost treasure: outlaw loot buried in the heat of pursuit, hoards of Spanish gold dud silver secreted for a later day, Frenchmen's gold ingots hidden amid massive cryptic symbols, Indian treasure concealed in caves, and lost mines- gold and silver and platinum.

It tells about the earliest treasure seekers of the region and those who are still hunting today. Along the way it describes shootouts and massacres, trails whose routes are preserved in the countless legends of gold hidden alongside them, Mexicans' smelters, and mines hidden and sought over the centuries.

Among the chapters:

  • 'The Secrets Spanish Fort Tells,"
  • "Quests for Red River's Silver Mines,"
  • "Oklahoma's Forgotten Treasure Trail,'"
  • "Ghosts of Devil's Canyon and Their Gold,"
  • "Jesse James's Two-Million-Dollar Treasure,"
  • "The Last Cave with the Iron Door,"
  • and, perhaps most intriguing of all, "The Mystery of Cascorillo-A Lost" City."

This is a book about quests over trails dim before the turn of the century. It is about early peoples, Mound Builders, Vikings, conquistadors, explorers, outlaw, gold seekers. The author has spent years tracking down the stories and hours listening to the old-timers' tales of their searches.

Wilson has provided maps, both detailed modem ones and photographs of early treasure maps and has richly illustrated the book with pictures of the sites that gave rise to the tales. .

For armchair travelers, never-say-die treasure hunters, historians, and chroniclers and aficionados of western lore, this is an absorbing and delightful book. And who knows? The reader may find gold! 

 

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Mr. Wilson's book is intriguing; the thing I found myself thinking was "tell me more!" While he encompasses most of the state, much of his writing centers around the southwest. If you have the slightest interest in the Wichita Mountains, then this book is a must read.
I originally bought this book when it was first published, for my mother, who grew up near the Wichitas. That stated, I have gone back to the book at least twice a year for memory freshening. The stories of Frank and Jesse James are fascinating, with the possibility of remaining buried loot making me want to start treasure hunting.
If you have any interest in the Old West, early Oklahoma, or treasure hunting, this book is a must for your library.
 

Contents

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6
On the Trail of Lost Treasure
25
The Secrets Spanish Fort Tells
39
Quests for Red Rivers Silver Mines
69
Oklahomas Forgotten Treasure Trail
89
Oklahoma trails
100
Ghosts of Devils Canyon and Their Gold
111
Jesse Jamess TwoMillionDollar Treasure
129
Landmarks for the Frenchmens gold in Cimarron County
217
The Mystery of CascoriIIoA Lost City
233
Northwestern Oklahoma
234
The Treasures the Arouckles Guard
249
Indian Territory 185566
252
Johnsons Map of Indian Territory 1883
258
Gold the Outlaws Never Spent
279
Lost Indian Treasure
287

The Last of the Old Prospectors
148
The Wichita Mountains
150
Skeletons Jewels and Platinum
189
Gold the Stagecoaches Never Delivered
201
The Lost Cave with the Iron Door
211
The Treasure the Spaniards Keep Hunting
297
Southeastern Oklahoma
300
Notes
303
Index
319
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About the author (1989)

Steve Wilson , who was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in the fabled Wichita Mountains, is a graduate of Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma. From childhood he was entranced by his grandfather's stories about Frank James, Cole Younger, Al Jennings, Heck Thomas, Quanah Parker, and Geronimo, all of' whom the elder Wilson met when he was an early settler in Lawton Wilson became interested in writing this book, when he discovered that many of the tales had never ˙been recorded. He is Director of the Institute of the Great Plains and editor of the Great Plains Journal whose headquarters are in the Museum of the Great Plains, Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton. He is the author of many articles on southwestern Americana.

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