Legends of Lost Treasures Pennsylvania (c)



Cambria county, Pennsylvania: & Indiana RR passenger train was robbed of a payroll destined for the Colver Coal Mine amounting to $33,000. The train was stopped, as it was about to cross the concrete bridge outside Belsano and the robbers dragged the safe from the express car to a getaway car parked near the RR tracks. The robbers were captured 2 weeks later and 2 of the men, Michelo Bassi and Anthony Pezzi, were convicted of murder and died in the electric chair. Not all of the money or the safe was ever found and some sources believe that it remains hidden in the area of the robbery site.

Cambria county, Pennsylvania: Included in the treasure lost in the Johnstown flood of 1889 was the metal safe from the local bank containing $50,000. It was never found



Centre county, Pennsylvania: The area banks gathered up their gold deposits and placed them in 6 barrels. The treasure was loaded aboard a wagon train headed for Clearfield, some 40 miles to the N, but because of the rugged terrain the caravan took a more circular route, NE to Wingate and then to Snow Shoe Mountain. The wagon train stopped for the night at Mountain House, a tavern and inn on the summit of the mountain. The next morning the 6 barrels of gold were missing and no trace of the hoard has ever come to light.


Centre county, Pennsylvania: The outlaws Lewis and Conley frequently attacked travelers along Drover’s Road, also known as the Great Shamokin Indian Path. The outlaw David Lewis was arrested and imprisoned at Bellefonte in 1820 where he died of wounds received during his capture. Before his death he swore that he had buried a fortune in gold within sight of the jail


Centre County, Pennsylvania: During the Revolutionary War, soldiers secreted several bags of gold coins in Penns Cave, 6 miles NE Spring Mills. There have been no reports of any recovery of this cache.


Centre County, Pennsylvania: Woodward Cave was the hideout of a band of outlaws in the 1820’s, located N of Woodward on Pine Creek. Stories have persisted that loot of this gang remains hidden or buried in the area and has yet to be recovered.



Chester County, Pennsylvania: the Fitzgerald outlaw gang had a hideout in a cave in the mountains near Brandywine in the area of Hands Pass. The bandits robbed several farmers and taverns in the region and rumors of their having buried loot in or near the cave have circulated for many years.


Chester County, Pennsylvania: An unnamed old man died in the S part of Chester County shortly after the Revolutionary War. He had served as an informant for the British and had received gold coins in payment, which he buried in a crock somewhere near his hut. He told of the treasure cache on his deathbed but did not give enough details to afford any recovery and the gold coins were never recovered.


Clearfield County, Pennsylvania: A trapper in the late 1700’s had a secret lead and silver mine somewhere in the vicinity of his cabin at the junction of Morgan Run and Little Clearfield Creek near Stoneville. Rich ore was found in his cabin after his death, but the source remains to be found.


Clearfield County, Pennsylvania: There have been stories told for years by old-timers in the Woodland area that a cache of treasure is buried somewhere along the trail between Indian Rock and Long Run on the Woodland side of Missionary Ridge. In 1914, the old Lambert homestead was located along Clearfield Creek, 2 miles S of Dimeling. He buried a butter crock full of pennies somewhere on his property that has never been recovered after his death.



Clinton county, Pennsylvania: Around 1835, a man named Groves witnessed a group of Indians from the Thomas Burns house, on the W branch of the Susquehanna River 2 or 3 miles above Keating, find a rich store of silver ore within a day’s trip upstream from the house. Following their tracks, Groves found that they ended at Birch Island Run, but searches in the area failed to locate the Indian silver mine at this site. It is believed that the silver deposit is located somewhere between Birch Island Run and Spruce Run


Clinton county, Pennsylvania: A priceless piece of American history is located at old Fort Horn. On July 4, 1776, the Pine Creek Declaration of Independence was signed near Hersey Shore under an ancient tree, placed in a heavy, iron box, and buried in the middle of the parade grounds at the fort. In 1778, the fort was burned to the ground during a Tory reprisal. In 1779, when a search was made for the box, located on an elevation on the bend of the Susquehanna River between present-day Pine Station and McElhattan, it could not be found and has remained lost ever since.


Columbia county, Pennsylvania: A farmer reportedly buried a cache of gold coins near an old covered bridge crossing Roaring Creek NW of Mill Grove. He failed to tell his family the exact location before he died and the treasure was never recovered



Cumberland county, Pennsylvania: The early 1800’s outlaw, robber and highwayman David Lewis is known to have buried a cache of loot and valuables along Conodoguinet Creek W of Carlisle. This location was his first known hideout. Another cache of treasure attributed to David Lewis is believed located on the old farm owned by his parents near Carlisle. Carlisle served as the main military base in the state during the French and Indian War and the jumping-off place for pioneers heading west.


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6 Responses Jun 24, 2009

I know of a metal safe in johnstown. Very old. It sits in a underground passage. I would like someone to contact me or if anyone has interest. Please message me @ escoesco48@gmail.com thx

I am the discoverer of new silver strikes in southern Lancaster County Pa in 2012. I am Christopher L. Haefner, the 14-year-old in 1974 who rediscovered rich, thick strikes of silver in the abandoned Pequea silver mine and wrote about it in 2009 in "The Silver! Mine!" The new-found strikes promise to yield in the tens of thousands of dollars!

We have a hunting camp near Snow Shoe Mountain, I think i should look for that treasure some time ;)

I had no idea so many people were burying little treasures in PA. lol. <br />
Where do you find such stories? <br />
The six (6) barrels of gold owned by the banks being transported....I wouldn't be surprised if the bankers robbed it themselves... did they have insurance back then? Bankers were thieves even back then. <br />
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And then there is my favorite treasure story.....<br />
"........a butter crock full of pennies somewhere on his property that has never been recovered after his death". Priceless.

I know, I would love to just get out and wander the Hills of PA to look for some of this stuff. I have plenty of stories left to post over the next couple of weeks.

Damn I wanna go digging around Pennsylvania!