First, let me apologize for being behind on my posts. My daughter caught the flu that has been raging through the Boise area and so graciously gave it to my wife and me.

As those reading my blog already know, I started a Yahoo group called Idaho Treasure Hunters. I had full intention of uploading many files on several subjects to this group for access by all group members but have discovered the maximum amount of space available is 100 megabytes. I have the complete list of topo maps from Idaho which amounts to more than 3 gigabytes of hard drive space alone, and six times that amount from other states. This list grows by 50 to 100 or more topo maps per week. Therefore, it won’t be possible to list them all in the Yahoo group file folder. I will store as many of the most popular maps, though, as I can.

These topo maps are full size, 7.5 x 7.5 maps written in pdf format. You can print the area of the map that you want to use for your metal detecting and treasure hunting searches. With the free TerraGo Desktop formerly known as GEOpdf toolbar, you can actually get coordinates off these topo maps as well.

Anyone interested in a topo map from anywhere in the United States only needs to email me at steve@treasurevalleyrepairs.com with the map name they are looking for to receive it free. There is a limit, however, of one map per day per request. What would I like in return? Nothing more than a commitment from you to bookmark or add this blog to favorites and check it every day for content. Please ask your metal detecting and treasure hunting friends to visit as well.

I am currently working on a virtual treasure hunting idea involving one of my other websites, Sheilas Info Pages for prizes. More to come……..


Do you remember those old treasure stories where quartz outcroppings, placer gold deposits, lost cabins, etc. were lost, then found, then lost again? It could be expected in the days before modern electronics, but even now, in the 21st century you’ll come across a tale of a recently found quartz outcropping after the spring runoff that was lost again.

Enter the Global Positioning Satellite receiver. I do not go anywhere in the mountains or unfamiliar territory without my GPS whether it be looking for that big buck or treasure hunting.

I will demonstrate how I use the GPS for treasure hunting in the mountains, or an old field where you think there were dwellings in the past with all traces removed by man or the elements.

A lot of times I will use relic or all metal mode when metal detecting with my DFX in a field or in the mountains. Yes, depending on where I am at I may get signals on a lot of junk, but even junk can come in handy while trying to put a puzzle together.

Let’s say for instance while detecting I find several metal cans, or other metal waste in one generalized location. I will mark the spot with a flag or stick, or if I a not in a real hurry I will mark the spot on my GPS and label it “dump site.” If I am in a hurry I will wait until near the end of my search time and mark all spots with my GPS previously marked by flags.

Moving along I find an area with a mixture of horseshoes, horseshoe nails, and square nails along with maybe an old axe head, saddle buckles, etc. That would leave me to believe a barn or stable possibly sat in this location. Again, I would mark the spot with my GPS. As I move along I may find silverware, pots and pans, more square nails, bed springs, etc. This could be where a house or cabin may have stood. I mark this spot as well. Do you see where I a going with this? Once I am back home I upload these coordinates into my map software and get a birds-eye view of the entire area. By doing so I can actually imagine seeing a cabin, barn, corral, etc. If you are looking for a suspected cache this is very important. Most caches are hidden within sight of a cabin or other dwelling so that it can be watched and protected. The majority of caches that I have found have been within 50 yards of a dwelling and some within 25 feet!

Also, if you can’t locate a dwelling that you believe should be there getting a birds-eye view of your coordinates may help you find it. Use your imagination!

If your metal detecting preference is high-traffic areas such as parks or schools you can mark the locations you find coins, rings, etc. as well. Over a period of time as you upload these coordinates into your map software you will start seeing a pattern of where the best places to detect and where to avoid.

If anyone has comments or suggestions on techniques or anything else regarding treasure hunting in idaho be sure to let me know.


As requested, here is a photo of the miner’s pick. I found this pick about two weeks before the antique change purse with my White’s DFX machine using the Big Foot search coil. I still haven’t covered all of the area and will be going back once the snow melts in the mountains. The area we are searching is rugged with lots of vegetation and trees both standing and fallen over making it difficult to do a grid search. The photo of the terrain will give you an idea on what we are up against.

Those of you who are familiar with the Big Foot search coil are probably wondering how I am able to navigate through all the brush. I use the Big Foot for open areas and then go back with the standard issue search coil afterward. The antique change purse mentioned earlier was actually found with the standard coil.


I posted information about the antique change purse found last summer with my White’s DFX metal detector at several metal detecting forums and thought it such a great find I want to post it here as well. I apologize to all my subscribers who have already seen it. I want to share it with newcomers to this blog.

In the area that the purse was found we also found a bent bucket, a miner’s pick (without handle) several horseshoes, an old Levi’s button, and even a rusty mining pan. As soon as the snow melts in the mountains I will be making another trip to the location and will let you know what I find. If anyone would like to see a picture of the miner’s pick let me know and I will post it.


When I first moved to Meridian, Idaho in 1997 I was fascinated by all the treasure stories in and around the Boise, area. The story of David Levy really caught my attention. In case you haven’t heard the story I will share the key points with you.

David Levy was a gold prospector who owned taverns and brothels in Boise in the late 1800’s. He used to take frequent trips into Rocky Canyon outside of Boise with full saddle bags and come back with empty bags or no bags at all. When the townsfolk realized that he wasn’t putting any of his proceeds in the bank they figured he must be taking it into the canyon and burying it. Several times he was followed into the canyon but David always gave them the slip. He was murdered in 1902 and no money was recovered in or around his home.

Last summer I heard that the treasure had been located several years before; back in the 1980’s I believe, by a man who researched the story for quite some time while living in California. He was very proficient at dowsing and was able to locate the area of David Levy’s cache. He gathered up the cache by using a metal detector. Several thousand dollars in gold coins were quietly recovered. My source of this information saw several gold coins in his possession.

I went on my own search with my son the summer of 2008 and believe I found the location where the treasure was once buried. My son was the first to notice three large impressions in the ground that were about eight to ten feet apart from each other and rectangular in shape. I used my metal detector in the area and found a few old rusted saddle buckles convincing us this was most likely the place David Levy buried his cache. I took this information to my source who told me that what I described sounded much like the information the finder had given of the location.

Sadly I have taken this treasure story off my list of possibilities and moved on to the next one. I will let you know my progress once the snow melts in the mountains and the “beeping” can begin again.