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Silver in Them Hills: A Texas Legend of Lost Treasure

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There are legends of lost treasures and mines throughout the world, and Texas has more than its fair share. One particular story, told countless times, persists to this very day. Ever since the 1700s, this legend has fired the imagination of treasure seekers hoping to find riches buried in mother earth. Someplace in the Texas Hill Country there’s a treasure waiting to be found, or so they say.

Silver in Them Hills: A Texas Legend of Lost Treasure

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There’s accepted history and, well, there’s legend. When history, myths, and physical evidence intermingle, it’s difficult to separate truth from fiction. Have you heard the Texas legends of the Old San Saba Mines, the Lost Bowie Mine, the Lost Spanish Silver Mine, or the Los Almagres Mine? All of these refer to the same mine that had been operated by Native Americans before being seized by the Spanish in 1757.

Since the Apaches chased away the Spanish settlers and missionaries ten years later, the location of the mine was lost forever. Over the years, treasure seekers combed Menard, Texas, looking for the silver mine. A few laid claims after finding scant evidence of silver, while others dug shafts until they spent all their money, finding nothing.

Silver in Them Hills: A Texas Legend of Lost Treasure
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Rezin P. Bowie

Tucked away in file draws of the Menard County Historical Museum there are stories about silver mines and buried treasures. One particular account is Doug Lundgren’s family story about the quest of the Bowie brothers. One of Doug’s favorite stories occurred around 1831 at the scene of a battle between Native Americans and Jim Bowie’s brother Rezin Bowie.  According to Lundgren family accounts, at that time it was widely believed the Mexican Government sent mule trains from mines in Sonora eastward across what is now Texas to New Orleans.

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