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    was wondering if anybody read theses articles



    1. Apostle Islands

    There are numerous treasure stories ·some plausible, some fanciful · associated with the Apostle Island Group. Oak or Acorn Island just north of Hermit Island is said to be the hiding place of a treasure buried by a nebulous band of lake pirates dubbed the ?welve Apostles,·about whom no verifiable facts are known. But there are, however, reports of a group of pirates operating out of a cave on Hermit Island who were defeated in a fight with French fur traders in the 1700s and summarily executed. This may or may not be the same group.

    There are several contenders for the position for the hermit of Hermit? Island, and all of them have a treasure story associated with them. In 1868, Frederick Prentice opened quarry operations on Bass, Stockton, and Hermit Islands in the Apostle Group. By 1890, Prentice had built up a sizable fortune, (estimates of how sizable range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars) and built a house dubbed the ?edar Bark Lodge·on Hermit Island near his quarry where he lived alone for the rest of his life. When Prentice? life was ended, searchers found almost no money in his possession, and since he had no bank account, it was assumed he cached the loot somewhere on the island. Prentice was preceded on Apostle Island by wealthy barrel maker William Wilson who built a solitary cabin from which he commuted to nearby Madeline Island. When Wilson died in 1861, none of the estimated $90,000 that he had brought to Hermit Island was found. It was rumored to be buried in the area northeast of the cabin site, which was still identifiable in recent times.

    Perhaps the true hermit of Hermit? Island was the mysterious stranger who settled into an isolated cabin in the early 1800s. A true recluse, this hermit was only known to leave his fortress of solitude to purchase supplies at the trading post at La Pointe. These he always paid for with Mexican gold and silver coins, a habit which undoubtedly led to his subsequent murder. However, after the body was discovered, a search of the cabin revealed a sack containing 44 silver dollars and a few gold pieces, found in an old clock, leading to speculation that other caches as well may have been overlooked by his killers.

    British soldiers reportedly made several caches in the Apostle Group, including a cache of gold ore and nuggets on Stockton Island, an iron box containing $12,000 worth of gold coins hidden on the York Island in 1760, and a chest full of silver coins buried on Sand Island in 1778. A chest containing $128,000 in gold coins hidden by British soldiers during an Indian attack is reportedly ?uried somewhere along the shore line·on Hermit Island.

    In 1733 Louis LaRonde, the commander of Fort LaPointe, received permission from the Indians to mine the rich copper deposits on Madeline Island in the Apostle Island group. But operations had to be shut down in 1740 due to trouble between the Chippewa and the Souix, and a large cache of copper had to be buried rather than shipped. LaRonde passed control of the fort to his son, Philippe, who was succeeded in 1749 by Joseph Marin. When the garrison was withdrawn during the French and Indian War in 1759, the copper had still not been recovered. It never was, and the location of both the cache and the mine remain a mystery to this day.

    Of the 22 islands in the Apostle group, only Madeline Island is populated. The other 21 are under the protection of the National Park Service and can be reached only by sailboat, kayak or motor launch. The islands are home to six lighthouses, 20 or 30 black bears, and several ship wrecks.

    2. Government bond cache

    A personal cache of $50,000 worth of government bonds was hidden somewhere in the woods about 25 miles north of Glidden in Ashland County by rich man-turned-hermit James Becky. Becky fled to a hut in the woods after his wife left him in 1883. He was known to have taken the fifty G? worth of negotiable bonds with him, but intensive searches of his north woods retreat after his death in 1893 uncovered only 15 cents. On the bright side, from the treasure hunter? point of view, the bonds are reportedly earning interest.

    3. Millionaire? coin cache

    After R.C. Bennett? death in 1950, his wife discovered a note among his papers directing her to the location of 60 boxes of silver coins buried in the basement of their Eagle River home. The total value of the numerous caches of half-dollars, quarters, dimes and nickels she uncovered was an estimated $40,000 ·but it was only a drop in the rather large bucket of caches thought to be hidden by R.C. Some sources feel the wealthy businessman may have hidden several million dollars worth of coins and currency in the vicinity of his Eagle River property.

    4. Stolen silver coins

    In 1924 Martha Battaglan confessed to stealing and caching $11,200 worth of silver coins. About $3,000 worth were recovered from her father? farm near Beaver in Sawyer County. Several thousand more was retrieved from her home in St. Paul, Minn. Most of the rest is still missing, and it is possible that additional caches are waiting to be uncovered at the Beaver River site.

    5. Crazy man? cache

    Islandwood Island in the Stumpy Bay area of Okauchee Lake used to be known as Crazy Man? Island. Shortly after the Civil War, formal rights were then given to the then uninhabited island to a shell shocked Union officer whose great strength made it impossible for his family to deal with his mental illness. The crazy man, whose real name has been lost, was the sole inhabitant of the 13 acre island for over 40 years. According to an article in the Oconomowoc Enterprise, ?e ate mostly berries, fish, and wild game which were in abundance·even though he had plenty of money. It is a matter of record that he continued to collect his Civil War pension and ?ork for nearby farmers and was in great demand·for his great strength.

    The crazy man made numerous small paths through the woods leading to ?tations·of his own creation, as well as the house he built between two large basswood trees. Since he lived over 40 years without spending much, if any of his pension or the money he made working for local farmers, the natural assumption is that he left a sizable cache behind when he died ·but none has been reported found.

    6. Psychic? detective town 1560

    In the 1920s Albert Price Roberts was known to Milwaukee police as the Psychic Detective. Although not a member of any law enforcement agency, Roberts lived closely with numerous police departments. He successfully located the bodies of several murder victims (including one who, just as Roberts predicted, was found snarled in some sunken logs at the bottom of the Menomonee River) and identified the murderers. Roberts correctly informed police that the murdered body of wealthy Chicago financier, J.D. Leroy, would be found in the bottom of Devils Canyon in Arizona. He successfully identified the perpetrator of an unsolved murder in Fond du Lac and correctly apprised police that the murderer was located in Canada and working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Evidence ?sychically·uncovered by Albert Roberts saved Ignatz Potz from execution and correctly predicted a series of terrorist bombings in 1935. Roberts even predicted the exact date of his own death by natural causes. Roberts only failed once: Roberts identified a suspect in the 1925 robbery of the Northwestern National Bank. Based on the subsequent investigation, police concluded that the man named by Roberts was, indeed, the robber. The suspect was arrested but was later acquitted due to lack of admissible evidence. The loot from the robbery was never recovered. Since Roberts had located hidden money before and the police were confident that he had identified the proper suspect, Roberts·supporters were at a loss to explain his inability to lead police to the location of the stolen bank loot.

    People familiar with this type of phenomena have since theorized that one possible explanation for the psychic detective? failure in this case might be that the robber himself no longer knew the exact location. Perhaps the stolen bank loot had been cached in haste and even the landmarks had changed or the robber had mistaken them and no longer knew ·or at least was uncertain ·of the location of the cache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skip_a_loo View Post
    was wondering if anybody read theses articles



    1. Apostle Islands
    The other 21 are under the protection of the National Park Service
    Well, so much for those leads.
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." — Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

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    I've been looking into these and I find it coinsidental that all the treasure is in areas where the state owns the land. I find it hard to either think the legends or stories are true or the EPA is trying to keep people from digging.

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    this seams to be true for Minnesota too all the good areas are state parks just like how they turned the vermillion gold rush site into a state park...

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    It is one of those control facts. Think of it as behavior modification.
    They can manipulate your activities with there rules and regulations.
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