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Peter Netzel

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It was a strange story how I became interested in researching stories of lost treasures. Folks generally get involved in hobbies their friends are into, fishing, hunting those kind of things. I guess I marched to the beat of a different drummer. I think it started when I came across an old magazine in the attic on the Atochia (think that was the name) and it's salvage. I read it and thought nothing more about it, it should have been forgotten, apparently a seed was planted. After high school and 4 years in the Army, I ended up reading some books by an author named, Thomas P. Terry. These were his "In Search Of Treasure" series. It was as if you were along on his adventures. I was interested in getting a detector. I later realized his name was in the phone book, so I called him. I know it was a bad time, he was busy. But I got in a few questions, "How much should I spend?" His answer was what I wanted to hear, "not much!." "If your going to find something you will." Seeing as how I was broke most of the time, this hobby was perfect! I never got the detector until 2002, and a short time after that the discovery was made. More later.....
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Well 20 years later the machine was bought. It wasn't the one I wanted but a real low end starter model. Funny thing was I didn't even know anyone who metal detected. In less than 2 years I dug a gold coin and made Western and Eastern's Silver and Gold issue, it was either 2003 or 2004. Guess you can look it up if you got the copy. It was pretty productive hunting where I lived, but we moved out west to Montana the Treasure State.
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I ended up getting into researching those old lost treasure stories. There are a bunch of authors out there, but I focus on mostly Penfield and Terry. Now if one has read their stuff you might have realized the stories are short and very brief. I got to wondering what was the source of their info? There must be a whole lot more to these stories. Montana if one counts Terry's listings has roughly 104 stories (leads), Penfield has less. We discovered there are more than they listed and have never before published lost treasure stories. Once Montana is done I believe we will be close to 2,000 pages in 8 volumes, with topo maps for most stories.
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Oddly researching the old stories became a study of their history. Tracking back their appearance in print. We did discover some of the old articles in out of print treasure magazines were actually word for word copies of old newspaper articles! Who ever submitted them made a few easy bucks. I also found errors made by one author mysteriously showed up in the works of later authors. (Good thing we have never before published treasure stories). I guess the greatest honor one can receive is to have someone borrow your stuff and claim it as their own!
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