Gold bars were lost in Paisano Pass near the
Brewster-Presidio county line, Brewster County.
Coins taken by Emperor Maximilian from the
Mexican treasury may have been spirited off to
Texas and hidden there.
Notorious Texas outlaw Sam Bass spent time in
the 1870s robbing stagecoaches including several
near Deadwood in the Dakota Territory. Seeking
other opportunities, Bass and his sidekick Joel
Collins went to Big Springs, Nebraska, and there
held up the Union Pacific Railroad, escaping with
a payroll of 3,000 freshly-minted 1877 $20 gold
pieces in a trunk. Although $25,000 worth of coins
and jewelry (this would have been 1,250 $20 gold
coins if the jewelry had been minimal) was
recovered, Collins and Bass died without
revealing where the rest of the loot was. It is said
that Bass had hidden his part in Cove Hollow
about 30 miles from Denton, Texas, where, who
knows, it may still be today.2
In spring 1894 four men held up the First National
Bank in Bowie, Texas, and rode away with 500
$20 gold pieces ($10,000) and $18,000 in
currency. Considering that the bank, chartered in
1890, issued its own $10 and $20 notes, could
there have been any of these among the bills
taken? Before crossing the flooded Red River they
decided to bury the heavy coins as they might
impede their crossing, but it seems highly unlikely
that at the rate of 125 coins per man, each coin
weighing about one ounce, that they would really
have been a problem. Anyway, as the story goes,
the men were later captured and hanged, but not
before one of the desperadoes confided to
lawman Palmore that the gold was buried beneath
a large tree, supposedly in a stand of cottonwoods
near where the Red River meets the Little Wichita
A cache of coins hidden by robbers near or on
Biloxi Creek near Lufkin, Angelina County, has
never been discovered.
At Castle Gap, about 15 miles east of Horsehead
Crossing, the gold and other treasure of Emperor
Maximilian may be buried. A 15-wagon caravan
was ambushed circa 1866 by ex-Confederate
soldiers and other opportunists. Does this
treasure exist. If so, does it include gold coins?4
Treasure of the Forty Niners hidden at Buffalo Gap
south of Abilene remains unfound.
In Illinois a gang of desperadoes held up a train,
escaped with $350,000 in loot, and for some
reason took it to near San Antonio, Texas, to hide
it, apparently so well that it has never been found.
Butterfield Stage treasure was hidden at Castle
Gap near King Mountain, Upton County.
Loot hidden by an Illinois train robber near San
Antonio remains unlocated to this day.
A lost cache of $20 gold coins in Palo Duro
Canyon, Armstrong County, will certainly yield
surprises if found.
A Missouri wagon train treasure, possibly as much
as $30 million, was hidden near Willow Springs
northeast of Monahans, Winkler County.
Forty Niners laden with gold from California, on
their way back east, buried gold in Buffalo Gap,
Taylor County, when ambushed by Indians.
The missing Musgraves treasure of gold coins is
said to be near Cotulla, La Salle County.5
Stagecoach robbery loot was hidden in
Rattlesnake Cave, a.k.a. Skeleton Cave (for one
of the bandits' remains are supposed to still be
there), near old Fort Concho west of San Angelo,
Tom Green County.
The missing $100,000 on the old Riddles Ranch
near Fort Worth has never turned up.
The Sanderson train robbery loot, near Sue Peak,
Brewster County, remains missing. More loot from
another train holdup is believed to be hidden at the
southwest edge of Stanton, Martin County.
Stories abound of pirate Jean Lafitte's treasures
hidden at various places along the Gulf of Mexico
coast and of gold and other treasures brought to
Texas from Mexico, only to meet various fates.
Similarly, Mexican troops involved in various
battles (the Alamo, for example) are said to have
hidden coins in various places.
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