Ohio's Lost, Buried, & Hidden Treasure Legends
From tales of pirates, wars, & gangsters, to regular townspeople, there's many reasons why treasures were hidden in Ohio. This is the biggest list online for the subject. Please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any info or updates on the legends & locations or know of a story that we missed.
Ashtabula Co. - Ashtabula, OH : $2 million worth of gold bullion reportedly plunged into the Ashtabula River when a railroad bridge collapsed during the train wreck disaster in 1872. The trestle was about 1,000 feet from the old railroad station. There's an Ohio Historical Marker about the wreck at the intersection of 32nd St. & Lake Ave.
Carroll Co. - Minerva, OH : A legend of lost French gold has been a subject of interest for over 250 years now. In 1758 French soldiers running from the English buried a ton or so of gold near the fork of three springs between Minerva & present day Bolivar, OH in Tuscarawas Co. After the locals found clues to it's location in the 1800's the area has been narrowed down to the southwest side of the intersection at Augusta Rd. & Ridge Rd.
Carroll Co. (2) - Minerva, OH : 25k in gold coins were buried during the Revolutionary War on the north shore of the Sandusky River.
Clermont Co. - Monterey, OH : Washington Good was found dead at the age of 65 behind his residence. He reportedly hid large sums of money around his property that were never found.
Columbiana Co. - East Liverpool, OH : Stolen loot from the early 1900's has been found along the west bank of the Ohio River two miles east of town & there might still more around the area.
Columbiana Co. (2) - Gavers, OH : During the Cival War, Morgan's Raiders probably buried their spoils before surrendering somewhere between Gavers & West Point, OH. The cache (a treasure of unimaginable quality & quantity) most likely exists but has never been found.
Erie Co. - Island Of St. George : A cache buried during the French & Indian war is somewhere on the island.
Erie Co. (2) & Lorain Co. - Vermilion, OH : Gold & silver coins from an 1800's shipwreck in Lake Erie have been found along the banks & beaches. The majority of the treasure may still be out there yet to be discovered.
Gallia Co. - Cheshire, OH : Gold & silver coins from a late 1800's shipwreck have been found on the west bank of the Ohio River near town.
Gallia Co. (2) - Crown City, OH : 24k in gold & silver coins & jewelry was buried by riverboat pirates in 1876 on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River one mile northeast of town.
Greene Co. - Xenia, OH : A cache of plunder was buried by Shawnee natives about 3 miles north of town along a bend in the Little Miami River.
Greene Co. (2) - 1 ton of silver was dumped by natives in an old town close to birthplace of Techumseh. His birthplace marker is on Old Springfield Pike off of US 68 between Xenia and Oldtown.
Hamilton Co. - Cincinnati, OH : Riverboat & Gulf Of Mexico pirate Nicholas D. LePetomaine (Fat Nicholas, Nasty Nick) buried a large treasure that's believed to be in Eden Park in Cincinnati. Metal detecting permits are available through mail at Cincinnati Parks -1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Hamilton Co. (2) - Cincinnati, OH : A prohibition era bootlegger George Remus made around $70 million a year in the illegal alcohol trade for a while & had to hide most of it somewhere. The vault might be in or near Cincinnati or close to the former home of Buck Brady, one of his associates in Newport, KY.
Hancock Co. - Findlay, OH : Edward Bright bought property in the 1820's along US 224 two - three miles east of town. He was known to have large sums of gold, none of it was found after he died.
Henry Co. - Shunk, OH : A legend of lost native american gold is still alive & well. It was buried on the inside bend of Turkeyfoot Creek
near Rt. 109 about 5 miles east of Napoleaon, OH. A ghost on horseback supposedly guards the location.
Jackson Co. - Jackson, OH : The notorious gangster John Dillinger may have hid approximately 825k on a farm owned by a man named "Bailey" about 11 miles north of town.
Lake Co. - Fairport Harbor, OH : About 100k worth of gold bars was stolen from a Canadian bank in 1862. It's believed to be buried on the west bank of the river about 2 miles from the lake. The last know clues to it's exact spot were about 3 feet deep & 30 paces northwest of a large oak tree (probably fell down a long time ago).
Logan Co. - About 2 miles north of Zanesville a treasure of unknown quantity was buried in or near Fort Wapatomica.
Mercer Co. - An army payroll was buried along the riverbank north of Fort Recovery & never found.
Morgan Co. - Joy, OH: On the Lisman Farm (maybe new owners by now) approximately 125k in paper currency was buried from a bank robbery in 1924.
Muskingum Co. - About 2 miles north of Zanesville a treasure of unknown quantity was buried in or near Fort Wapatomica.
Preble Co. - Eaton, OH : Although there isn't much info online about it, there's a widely locally know hidden treasure story near Eaton. The Bridge family hid a pot of gold worth an unknown amount on or near their property. There's also reportedly a massacre that goes along with the legend but we haven't found more info on it yet.
Putnam Co. - Leipsic, OH : Another story of Dillinger's hidden loot sprang up on the Pierpont Farm near town. Harry "Pete" Pierpont was executed for his gangster era crimes & may have taken Dillinger's treasure secrets to his grave. The farm & 7 acre wooded lot where the money is believed to be buried is or was owned by Mr. Walter Shroeder. He's had lots of people show up asking about the treasure & doesn't mind it but has never looked for it himself.
Ross Co. - Baum's Orchard Hill (Tillman Peters Hollow / Kendrick's Hollow) : The savings of a wealthy man that settled in the area early & has since passed away is still believed to be buried on his formerly owned property.
Ottawa Co. - Locust Point : Approximately 250k in current value gold was buried by British Soldiers at Locust Point 15 miles east of Toledo.
Van Wert Co. - In the 1920's a man with the last name Swartz or Schultz sold his farm & moved to a house behind the Van Wert livery. He buried $11,000 on the property & was killed in an accident shortly after that. His sister searched for the money but never found it.
*There's also many old reports of silver mines along the Little Miami River running through 10 counties - Clark, Montgomery, Madison, Greene, Warren, Butler, Clinton, Clermont, Brown, and Highland.*