Legends of Lost Treasures Pennsylvania (M)
McKean county, Pennsylvania: Le Marquis de Vaudrevil, the French Royal Governor in America in 1749, assigned Chabert Joincaire to construct 40 outposts the entire length of the Allegheny Valley from Pittsburg to Renovo. Near every one of these locations, he buried an iron chest filled with gold and silver coins. The two men were returned to France in 1756 and convicted of crimes against the crown and the outposts were abandoned, the chests of treasure never recovered. The search area extends from Pittsburgh Northward to Olean, New York, then Southward through Potter county to Renovo, along the old Boone Road.
McKean county, Pennsylvania: In the early 1900’s, a vast counterfeit operation headed by Cyrus Cole was run in the Eldred area. He spent most of his time in the Pennsy Marshes N of the town and was finally arrested in 1913 when one of his “agents” blew the whistle on him. The authorities, however, were unable to find neither his “factory” nor the hoard of genuine money he was known to have accumulated. The dies, molds and counterfeit and genuine gold and silver coins remain buried or hidden somewhere in the swamp, possibly on one of the knolls, or in the mountains to the E of Eldred where he frequently visited. The mountains at the time were filled with oil pumping jacks and old abandoned shacks and the hiding places were numerous.
McKean county, Pennsylvania: Around 1900, a lone bandit robbed a bank at Emporium taking $50,000 in gold coins and currency. As he fled to the NW into McKean County, he buried the money in several glass jars under a bridge. He was captured, became ill and died before he could recover the loot.
McKean county, Pennsylvania: In the 1860’s, the old stagecoach road followed present-day hwy. 6 near Hazel Hurst. The most famous hotel and inn along the route was the Halfway House, just off the hwy. above Hazel Hurst, built by Joseph Barnes in 1859. Business grew and he prospered, accumulating a large quantity of gold coins. Lucy Barnes didn’t trust banks and was often seen heading for the mountainsides with a jug under her arm. She died suddenly in 1866 without telling the family exactly where the jugs of coins were secreted.
McKean county, Pennsylvania: A Spanish treasure ship sank off the Bahamas in 1680. In the early 1800’s, the British Captain Blackbeard (no relation to the notorious pirate Edward Teach) found the wreck and recovered several tons of silver bars worth more than $1 ½ million. He sailed into Baltimore with the intentions of having the treasure shipped to London, but he encountered a French privateer named Karthaus who was very interested in his cargo. Rather than risk losing the hoard, Blackbeard loaded the hoard onto 6 wagons and headed overland hoping to eventually reach a port in Canada. As he reached Renovo, the party learned that the War of 1812 had erupted so the convoy proceeded past Emporium and buried the silver in the mountains to avoid having the treasure fall into enemy hands. Blackbeard sent Colonel Noah Parker to guard the store of silver. Parker later built a huge mansion and mausoleum near the RR line running between Harrisburg and Buffalo and supposedly completed his task of keeping intruders away from the area until his death in 1894. The huge store of silver has never been recovered and remains buried near Silvermine Run above Emporium and about 5 miles W of Gardeau in a salt lick in a narrow trench. Some sources place the location of Blackbeard’s silver in the mountains along the McKean-Potter county lines, about midway between Keating Summit and Gardeau.
Mifflin County, Pennsylvania: Fort Granville about 4 miles WSW Lewistown, founded in 1755, the French and Indians destroyed the fort in 1756. A cache of currency, known as the Fracker Treasure, is reportedly buried in the vicinity of Lewistown. Further details of this treasure are unavailable.
Mifflin county, Pennsylvania: 1. The outlaw David Lewis hides his saddlebag containing $10,000 in gold coins behind a rock on the banks of the Juniata River to the S of Lewistown. When he returned to retrieve the cache, high waters had obliterated his markings and he was unable to find it.
Monroe county, Pennsylvania: A copper strongbox containing $30,000 in gold coins was being transported by the Pennsylvania RR paymaster via canoe through the flood-ravaged Delaware Water Gap around 1915 when he became violently ill. He rowed ashore and buried the chest near a cliff, “somewhere on the left bank of the river downstream of the bridge, near the far end of the gap.” He managed to make his way to the RR camp suffering from extreme exhaustion where he told his story, then suffered a heart attack and died.
Montgomery county, Pennsylvania: The Black Horse Tavern was located on the road from Philadelphia to Valley Forge. It was a notorious hangout for Tories and outlaws in the 1770’s and many travelers were robbed and killed here. There are numerous stories of buried coins and silver plate in this immediate vicinity. The Doane outlaw gang was a notorious family of Tories during the days of the Revolution who are known to have buried a number of caches of treasure and valuables in SE Pennsylvania before being captured or killed. One of these un-recovered treasures, a large cache of silver coins, remains buried on the Schuykill River outside colonial Philadelphia along the rock wall of an old potter’s field graveyard.