Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost Treasures By W. C. Jameson
The twenty-four tales in this book are of the most famous lost treasures in America, from a two-foot statue reportedly made entirely of silver (the Madonna ) and a cache of gold, silver, and jewelry that was rumored to also contain the first Bible in America to seventeen tons of gold its value equal to the treasury of a mid-sized nation buried somewhere in northwestern New Mexico. What makes these tales even more compelling is that none of these known-to-be-lost treasures have been discovered, although modern detecting technology has made them eminently discoverable.
Paperback208 pages
Published September 6th 2013 by "Taylor Trade Publishing" (first published January 1st 2013)
1589798392 (ISBN13:9781589798397)
Leona's Review:
The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost Treasures

 by W. C. Jameson.

This is the first book I have read by W. C Jameson and one I really enjoyed.
The first of the book has a map, always appreciated, which identifies the locations of the Treasures in this book. I must say I was excited to find my hometown of Monahans, Texas and the Monahans Sandhills State Park. I have been going to the Sandhills since I was a child.
This is a fast reading book and certainly for the readers who like the treasure magazines and tales. The stories are short and interesting.
Other books by W. C. Jameson are Buried Treasure of The America Series ( 28 books) which include treasures in Texas, California, Missouri, New England and more. Beyond the Grave Series which are about Billy the Kid, John Wilkes Booth and Butch Cassidy.  More series on food, poetry, fiction, books on writing, mysteries, ghosts and monsters.
Contents of The Silver Madonna stories are:
Map (before introduction)
Introduction (page 1)
1. The Silver Madonna (page 3)
2. The Lost Treasure Ship of the California Desert (page 11)
3. The Goat Herder's Lost Treasure (page 23)
4. The Lost Treasure of Shafter Lake (page 31)
5. The Lost Dutchman Mine of the Superstition Mountain (page 37)
6. The Huachuca Canyon Treasure (page 45)
7. Seventeen Tons of Gold at Lost Mesa (page 53)
8. The Lost Treasure of Cancino Arroyo (page 59)
9. The Lost Grierson Fortune (page 67)
10. The Red Bone Cave Treasure (page 73)
11. The Silver Bullets (page 79)
12. The Lost Gold Mine of the Cossatot (page 85)
13. The Lost Treasure Skeleton Canyon (page 91)
14. The Lost Yoachum Dollars: An Ozark Mystery (page 101)
15. The Beale Treasure (page 113)
16. Incan Treasure in Texas and America's First Bible (page 121)
17. Lost Treasure in the Monahans Sandhills (page
18. Chief Victorio's Gold (page 129)
19. The Lost Billy Bowlegs Treasure (page 137)
20. Gasparilla's Lost Treasure (page 147)
21. Colonel Dunham's Lost Payroll (page 153)
22. Cumberland Mountain Silver Mines (page 163)
23. Devil's Canyon Gold (page 171)
24. The Incredible Journey of the Confederate Treasury (page 179)
A Word About Sources (page 187)
About the Author (page 189)
This book is dedicated: For Laurie
The author lives in Llano, Texas. (If you get there, there are great Bar B Q places).
W. C. Jameson may be found at
I won this book from The opinions are my own. I give it a 5 star because of the interest and research.
Leona Olson

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