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Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales Paperback – May 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (May 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806121742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806121741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Wilson, who was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in the fabled Wichita Mountains, is a graduate of Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma. From childhood he was entranced by his grandfather's stories about Frank James, Cole Younger, Al Jennings, Heck Thomas, Quanah Parker, and Geronimo, all of' whom the elder Wilson met when he was an early settler in Lawton Wilson became interested in writing this book, when he discovered that many of the tales had never ÿbeen recorded. He is Director of the Institute of the Great Plains and editor of the Great Plains Journal whose headquarters are in the Museum of the Great Plains, Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton. He is the author of many articles on southwestern Americana.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was really interesting! It provides the stories of lost gold mines, buried outlaw loot, old Spanish mining efforts, and more. Includes lots of pictures.
For the serious treasure hunter, this book may provide a place to start looking for sources, but it doesn't contain any detailed maps or secrets.
Nonetheless, I would strongly recommend this book to people with an interest in lost treasure or with an interest in the history of Oklahoma. (I found out from this book that I grew up about 20 miles from a lost gold mine area!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the definitive work on lost treasure in Oklahoma. The author gives an excellent survey of most of the lost treasures in the state which are commonly known (and some which are not so well known). The author seems to have researched the treasures in the western half of the state, particularly those in the Lawton area, more heavily than the treasures in the eastern half of the state. Nonetheless, on all of the treasures surveyed, there is sufficient information in the bibliography for the serious student to start researching any of the treasures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Brewer on December 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although this book was originally published several years ago, it remains "the best" reference book for authentic treasure leads ever published, particularly for Oklahoma.

Many of the old west treasure stories recorded here would now be lost to history if not for Steve Wilson's thorough detective work.

I was shocked to read one review here stating "there are no detailed maps" in the book. I beg to differ with that opinion. This book contains several authentic treasure maps. It is an absolute fact that treasure was recovered using some of those maps. (Read "Shadow of the Sentinel" or "Rebel Gold" for the story of one treasure recovery). I'd go as far as to predict, that in the near future, other treasures will be found using the maps in this book.

Every day another treasure hunter enters the ranks of those who seek buried gold. They can do no better than to read, and read, then re-read the OKLAHOMA TREASURES AND TREASURE TALES.

To truly understand the way treasure maps are actually drawn and how they work this book is a must. Study these maps paying careful attention to the codes and ciphers hidden in them, then with some luck and lots of hard work you might be the next person to get rich from Steve's work.

Bob Brewer

Author/Historian/Cache Hunter
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A. Wilson on August 25, 2005
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Steve captures the essence of the Wichita Mountains in an inspiring way. As someone who grew up in these magaical mountains, I appreciate the insight he brings to the book. The photos, maps, and stories offer great depth into an area that I've enjoyed exploring since I was a young girl. Thanks to Steve for sharing the stories of Oklahoma with the world. He's a great storyteller, an amazing author and photographer.
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Having grown-up in Oklahoma and my Grandfather was born in Indian Terrority, I thought this book would be interesting stories. As it turns out, most were based on some facts and a little imagination. Some were totally fact-based & some were second-third hand versions. I found this very interesting and plan to try and visit some of the places mentioned in the book. I have already investigated the very short story about Mud Creek near Comanche, OK. A friend knows the landowner where an old Spanish rock crusher is located.
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