Lost Treasure is an American magazine, found both online and in print, which describes lost treasures and different methods and items used finding them. Examples are lost mines, and valuables lost through wars, theft, or forgetfulness. The magazine includes tests of various metal detectors.
The articles in Lost Treasure describe these matters in great detail, covering money lost in the US Civil War; stagecoach and train robberies committed by famous and not-so-famous outlaws, such as Jesse James and the Wild Bunch, lost mines such as the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, and treasure ships lost at sea due to pirates and foul weather. The magazine also depicts the locations of various ghost towns, offering an insight into history, especially that of the United States.
The magazine uses a combination of photos and drawings to illustrate the articles, such as pictures of ships, stagecoaches, old guns such as muskets and "six-shooters," gunfights, old buildings, and animals. The animals mainly include snakes and scorpions crawling about in or on boxes and chests. Some chests have been damaged by theft and/or by the elements, exposing their contents, often gold, silver coins and/or jewels, and gold and/or silver ingots. Other pictures include outlaws, pirates, and "lawmen," such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. The illustrations are usually done in pencil or charcoal, and some are copies of oil or watercolor illustrations. Famous people depicted include Pancho Villa and William Quantrill, alleged to have cached various loot and treasures.
In some old houses the windowsills and the walls often conceal treasures, including historical relics, such as period newspapers and comic books, as well as money. It is expected that the treasure hunter, called a TH'er, respect people and property, and this is also strongly stated in the magazine.