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Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales (SIGNED)

Wilson, Steve

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ISBN 10: 0806112409 / ISBN 13: 9780806112404
Published by U.S.A.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1976
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A fresh, as-new, hardcover copy with a clean, well-bound interior and a smooth, unmarked exterior. No dust jacket. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED on end paper. 8.75"x11.25", xiii+325 pages. A collection of stories of the quests for Red River's silver mines, the ghosts of Devil's Canyon, the mystery of Cascorillo, and many more tales of lost treasures in Oklahoma. Contains an over-abundance of illustrations including historic photographs, letters, maps, and much more. To access more signed books, or for more books related to Texas and its surrounding regions like Oklahoma and New Mexico, go to and search using our unique keywords SIGNEDBX and/or TXCOHST, or visit our shop in Fort Worth. Bookseller Inventory # TXCOHST 472

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Title: Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales (...

Publisher: U.S.A.: University of Oklahoma Press

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title


Son, there's more treasure buried right here In Oklahoma than in the rest of the whole Southwest.” Those words from an old-timer launched Steve Wilson on a yearslong quest for the stones of Oklahoma’s treasures. This book is the result.

It is a book of stories-some true, some legendary- about fabulous caches of lost treasure: outlaw loot buried in the heat of pursuit, hoards of Spanish gold dud silver secreted for a later day, Frenchmen's gold ingots hidden amid massive cryptic symbols, Indian treasure concealed in caves, and lost mines- gold and silver and platinum.

It tells about the earliest treasure seekers of the region and those who are still hunting today. Along the way it describes shootouts and massacres, trails whose routes are preserved in the countless legends of gold hidden alongside them, Mexicans' smelters, and mines hidden and sought over the centuries.

Among the chapters:

  • 'The Secrets Spanish Fort Tells,"
  • "Quests for Red River's Silver Mines,"
  • "Oklahoma's Forgotten Treasure Trail,'"
  • "Ghosts of Devil's Canyon and Their Gold,"
  • "Jesse James's Two-Million-Dollar Treasure,"
  • "The Last Cave with the Iron Door,"
  • and, perhaps most intriguing of all, "The Mystery of Cascorillo-A Lost" City."

This is a book about quests over trails dim before the turn of the century. It is about early peoples, Mound Builders, Vikings, conquistadors, explorers, outlaw, gold seekers. The author has spent years tracking down the stories and hours listening to the old-timers' tales of their searches.

Wilson has provided maps, both detailed modem ones and photographs of early treasure maps and has richly illustrated the book with pictures of the sites that gave rise to the tales. .

For armchair travelers, never-say-die treasure hunters, historians, and chroniclers and aficionados of western lore, this is an absorbing and delightful book. And who knows? The reader may find gold! 

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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