The Lost Treasures of Washington State

The Lost Treasures of Washington State

There are several legends and tales of lost of buried treasures throughout the state of Washington. None of the treasures have ever been found though, and since word of mouth is the only proof we have that they actually exist, no one knows for sure if the stories are true or just made up.

The Secret Clark County Mine

For more than a hundred years, there have been rumors that there is a mine full of riches hidden in the Cascade Mountains near the headwaters of the Lewis River, somewhere in the wilderness between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams.

The mine was said to have been worked by an old Spaniard in the 1880’s. He often visited The Dalles to do his banking at the French and Company Bank and on a number of occasions, other prospectors would attempt to follow him as he returned to his mine. Time and time again, the old Spaniard eluded them. When he suddenly stopped making trips to the bank, local miners began to wonder what happened to him. A year later, Yakama Indians began to show up at stores in Washington—paying for their goods with gold nuggets. They never said where they got the gold. People began to wonder if the Indians had found the old Spaniard’s mine.

Some years later, a skeleton of a man and a mule were found near Spirit Lake around Mt. St. Helens. The skeleton was thought to belong to the old Spaniard who had been killed by the Indians—and some say the mine is hidden behind a waterfall in a cavern near there. Still undiscovered to this day.

Buried Treasure in Walla Walla County

According to many tales, bandits stole a number of gold bars from a train during a robbery near Wallula in the late 19th century. Intending to catch a ferry boat for Portland after the robbery, the men missed it and had to bury their stolen gold near the old Fort Walla Walla. The bandits were later shot without ever revealing the final hiding place of their loot. Today, the old fort is long gone and people believe somewhere near Wallula there is a treasure in buried gold.

There are probably more treasures and buried loot throughout the state of Washington—not to mention, more stories of buried loot and treasure. If you have an adventurous soul, it may just take a little time and digging to find your own.

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