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Spanish explorers in the 1540s found gold in Arkansas. Gold prospecting can be done in the Ouachita Mountains. Between 1800-1830, gold was found in various areas of the Ouachita Mountains, often associated with manganese in stained quartz veins. The Ouachita National Forest is public land and open to non-commercial rock hounding and prospecting...however, check with district rangers before any activity as various claims and property are throughout the area and laws/regulations constantly change.
Arkansas River: Glacial gold has been found in the northern area of the Arkansas River.
Hot Springs: Gold nuggets and flakes have been found 12 miles SW in local streams and dry washes. Sparse
amounts of gold and silver in vein material have been found associated with igneous dikes around Hot Springs.
Ouachita Mountains: Gold can be found in stained quartz veins. This has most likely worked out into local streams
Arkedelphia: Located in Clark County. A bag of gold stolen from local Indians is to have been buried by Hernando De Soto somewhere along the Quachita River
near here. Heading South along the Ouchita River from Hot Springs, Hernando De Soto reportedly saw Indians near Camden wearing armlets and other ornaments
of pure silver. A silver mine may be in the area. After De Soto's death, some Spainards reportedly returned and found the mine, giving it the name of The Lost
Spanish Mine. They worked the mine for several years before sealing the entrance with a rock and destroying their smelting equipment. (See Sprindale)
Bee Creek: Located in Boone County. Near Bee Creek along an old wagon trail a sink hole reportedly contains two iron pots of silver and gold coins that were
buried by three Indians during the time of the Civil War.
Brushy Mountains: Located in Perry County. Jesse James is to have buried some 32,000 in gold, stolen in 1877 from a stagecoach, between Hot Springs and
Butterfield: Located in Hot Springs County, about 5 miles just west of Malvern off State 270.
Camden: Northwest of Camden is the Poison Spring Battlefield. Confederate troops stopped Union troops here in 1864. Many Union wagons of supplies and goods
were left behind at this battlefield
Claredon: Located in Monroe County. A gunboat from the Civil War was recovered by one John Crittenhouse that reportedly had some 150,000 in gold coins.
When it was demanded by the Federal Government, he is to have hid it in a cave near Clarendon. During the Civil War, a Federal Gunboat was sunk as it approached
the area from a cannon that the citizens of Clarendon had mounted on the levee overlooking the river. $150,000 in gold was reportedly in the safe.
DeQueens: Located in Sevier County, a pair of twin springs along the Cosatot River North of DeQueens. A Spanish treasure was reportedly buried near here prior
to an Indian attack.
Kelso: Located in Deshna County. A Spanish treasure of some 45 million in gold bars is reportedly buried nearby known as the "Spanish Galleons Treasure".
Lake Chicot: Located in Chicot County. On Stuarts Island near Lake Village on the north side of Lake Chicot two treasures have reportedly been buried in the
1800s by a bandit known as John Murral.
Little Rock: Located in Pulaski County, approximately eight miles east of Little Rock is Big Rock. Many outlaws are to have buried various treasure around this
area in the 1880s.
Pineville: Located in Izard County. Somewhere nearby, over 100 million dollars in silver and gold bars are reportedly buried.
*Rhedes Canyon: Located some 30 miles east of Hot Springs about two miles up from the mouth of Rhedes Canyon is reportedly a lost Lead Mine. Chunks of
pure lead have been found in the mountain sides in this area.
Short Creek: Located in Boone County. A rich trader is to have buried a bag with over 1,000 gold pieces somewhere along the creek in 1876.
Spanish Treasure Cave: Located in Benton County, off Highway 59 between Sulpher Springs and Gravette. The legend of the Spanish Treasure Cave involves
an old Spanish mine with some three million dollars worth of treasure. The mine is reportedly on a side of a hill marked by a map carved on a large oak tree. This
cave may hold unheard of treasures. This treasure story may possibly be related to the one listed under "Sulphur Springs."
Sprindale: Jessie James may have buried treasure from a robbery in Missouri somewhere near here in a cave that was reportedly blocked by a large rock with
writing on it. A local woman is said to have stated that the cave had a reddish rock on the outside and a larger rock blocking the entrance with carvings on the rock.
Sulphur Springs: Benton County. Spanish gold is reportedly buried on a farm in the Ozarks just southeast of Sulphur Springs. The farm is reportedly owned by
one Elias Dunbar. Some Three million dollars worth of gold may await one lucky treasure hunter. Also See "Spanish Treasure Cave" above.
Wickes: Located in Polk County, the Twin Springs Treasure is to consist of some million dollars in gold bars buried during the Civil War somewhere nearby.
Ghost Town Sites
Anderson Flat: Located approximately 30 miles south of Harrison, 15 miles from the Buffalo River (On 235 south until a white sign sites Anderson Flat
cemetary. An old school house reportedly still remains. Originally called Verona in the early 1900s. It was destroyed by dust bowl conditions. A settlement of
Indians were to have lived in the area also.
Bruno: From Highway 65 take 235. 235 reportedly meets with a split into a fork, take a left and it will run into Bruno. A few residents in the area. Established
in 1885. Had a post office.
Chalk Bluff: Located in Clay County on the St. Francis River approximately a mile from the town with the same name. It is to have lasted about thirty seven years
after it was founded in 1842. It was built around a ferry before bridges were built. Included a store, post office, several houses, and ferry. A Civil War battle took
place near a river crossing and the ferry was burned. A Cannon was reportedly thrown in the river by retreating Confederates.
Davidsonville: Located in Lawrence County six miles northeast of Powhatan. It was founded in 1815 and abandoned after yellow fever struck the area.
Dwight: Located in Pope County off of State Highway 64 near Russelville. Dwight was founded in 1822. Some foundations reportedly remain in the area.
Fort Hindman: Located in Arkansas County off State 1 and 169 just southeast of Gillett. Confederate forces built this fort near Arkansas Post. Union troops
sieged the fort in 1863. Admiral David Porter is to have sailed with his fleet up the Arkansas River and forced the fort to surrender. The fort was then destroyed
by the Union soldiers.
Graysonia: Located in Clark County, off of Highway 8 about 15 miles west of Arkadelphia and 10 miles east of Amity along the Antoine River. William Grayson,
founded Graysonia in 1907. It was a company owned sawmill town. The mill left in 1932 and turned from lumber to local cinnabar. A CCC camp was located
in the city during the 1930s also. The post office closed in 1950. Largely owned by the International Paper Company. This town shipped the first flask of
Arkansas cinnabar in 1932.
Jacksonport: Located in Jackson County at Jacksonport State Park northwest of Newport on State highway 69. It lasted from about 1833-1872.
Kilgore: From Belvins, head west along rail road until arriving at a small tressel. The town is reportedly in ruins (few foundations) in the woods around the tressel. It
was abandoned around 1900 and an old city limit sign remains near the tressel.
Kirby: Located in Pike county near where State Highway 70 and County Road 27 meet. A nearby mercury mine sustained the mining town until it closed in 1903.
Ledwidge: Located in Perry County, Highway 216 into Pleasant Valley. Take a right up Wye Mountain. Take a left at a split near a small chapel on the right. Follow
this until it reaches a dead end and take a left and you will come out on a dirt road. Follow it to the end of the Fourche LaFave river. You are in downtown
Ledwidge. A few graves and house foundations are said to remain.
Lewisburg: Located in Conway County just south of Morrilton. Established in 1831. The county seat moved to Morrilton in 1883.
Napoleon: Located in Deshna County where the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers meet. It was primarily a shipping town until it was destroyed by a large flood in
Norfold: Located in Baxter County where the White and North Fork Rivers meet, south of Mountain Home.
Paragould: Jesse James reportedly threw a suitcase of gold into the Black River near here.
Ravenden Springs: Located in Lawrence County, east of Imboeden about six miles along State highway 62. It was left around 1910.
Rondo: Located in Miller County northeast of Texarkana off of US 30 about three miles.
Strong's Point: Located in Cross County. In 1739 the French are to have settled this riverport south of Levesque along the St. Francis River. It was later
Arkansas River: Many historical ships and individuals traversed this river. In 1863, the Confederate gun boat Ponchatrain was destroyed at Little Rock
to prevent its capture.
Chalk Bluff: A Civil War cannon was reportedly thrown in the nearby river to this ghost town as Confederates were retreating (see above).
Helena: The steamer Tuscarora burned by accident near here November 23rd, 1861.
Memphis: The steam ram General Beauregard sunk a quarter mile below the Loosahatchie Bar in about 20 feet of water, June 6th 1862.
The steam ram General Thompson is run aground near the Beauregard and blew up, the shore was reportedly littered with iron fittings and braces from the
explosion. The Colonel Lovell, a 521 ton steam ram was sunk in deep water just below the Looshatchie bar in the middle of the Mississippi.
Mound City: The towboat Grampus No. 2 is burned and sinks, January 11th, 1863. It was stripped by Confederate privateers near the boat landing. It
reportedly floated downstream some distance before sinking.
Napoleon: During a great flood in 1874, more than 400,000 in gold bars and coins were lost when a steamer sank near this ghost town (see above).
St Charles: The steamer Eliza G. and ships Mary Patterson & Maurepas are sunk in the White River near here, June 16th 1862.
St. Francis River: The French and many other travelers have utilized this river over the years. Submerged treasures undoutedly await determined
Ashley County: Various agates can be found in this region.
Bull Shoals Caverns: Located in Bull Shoals. Explore a limestone cave with a variety of features.
Cosmic Cavern: Located in Berryville. Includes guided tours of various cave formations and underground lakes. ***NTO Seal of Approval!***
Crater of Diamonds State Park: Located near Murfreesboro. Offers campsites, waterpark, and diamond bearing field to find
Arkansas Diamonds. Various demonstrations and guided tours are also offered free of charge. ***NTO Seal of Approval!***
Check out this excellent VIDEO by Glenn Worthington.
Mystic Caverns: Cave located eight miles South of Harrison.
The Old Spanish Diggings: Located in Hot Spring County are several Indian quarries where novaculite rock was quarried for spear and dart points. Nearly a mile of various pits and trenches span this area. The site is
likely more than a thousand years old.
Onyx Cave: Cave located six miles East of Eureka Springs. A self guided tour.
Ron Coleman Crystal Mines: Located near Hot Springs in Jessieville, this mine offers a great opportunity to find some excellent quart crystals and clusters. Pay the daily fee and keep what you can haul out! Watch this VIDEO
Wegner Crystal Mines: Located in Mt. Ida.
Fiddler's Ridge Rock Shop: Located 7 miles east of of Mt. Ida.
Wegner Crystal Mines: Located in Mt. Ida.
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