The Buried Treasures of
.....beckons to the adventurer in each of us. To the
single-minded searcher for coins, minerals, artifacts, gold, pirate treasures,
or bottles; to the wistfully curious person who murmurs: I wonder, is
there something in this for me?
Stevens, who has been called the Pied
Piper of treasure hunters, has brought countless individuals and families to
that moment of glory when the first flake of gold glows in the gold pan, or
that rainbow chip of a mineral quivers between thumb and finger.
This book further develops, instructively
and irresistibly, the gold and gem scenes. It tells of dramatic new mineral
discoveries, and it coaxes from imaginative gold panners their tactics and
And now the canvas has been enlarged to
include a tantalizing array of other pursuits. Tugging at the leash of that
fantastic electronic bloodhound, the metal detector, we find inventive people
with new techniques, tips and visions. A few dive underwater, some stalk their
prey-like Sherlock Holmes- with the powers of perception, and others just
happily follow their hunches.
We delve into the past with passionate
and dedicated people as they gently lift from the ground an Indian arrowhead
untouched by hands for thousands of years. We learn where to search, what to
do, what not to do.
We find snippets of history coming alive
along the Arnold Trail, and we search for those many-colored artistic
frailties that the uninitiated call "old bottles."
The people we meet are also treasures: in
their individualism, inventiveness and generosity as they share their secrets
with us. Yes, there is something in it for you. If you are a novice, your
steps will be guided on each of the many intriguing paths you can choose. For
the fierce veteran of the search there are new and ingenious ideas, hitherto
unthoughtof treasure-hunting combinations -- a wonderfully stretched
See these three wonderful books by C.
J. Stevens as well,
including his latest:
Memoirs Of A Maine Gold
C. J. Stevens and his wife, Stella, began
panning for gold on the Swift River in Oxford County in 1978, and this would
lead to a host of other treasure-related explorations in Maine. They
collected minerals, stalked Revolutionary War artifacts along the Arnold Trail
and metal detected for a variety of caches. Each search was sparked by
the thrill of anticipation.
As they explored a new world they became more
proficient in finding gold and gems. This changed both their
lives. Stella quit her office job, and they used their findings to
launch a profitable craft business called "Maine Gold." C. J. became
intrigued by the diversity and ingenuity of the personalities committed to
treasure hunting. Three of his books, The Next Bend in the River, Maine
Mining Adventures, and The Buried Treasure of Maine, have been acclaimed
classics by gold, mineral, and metal detecting enthusaists. These
memoirs promise a captivating experience.
The Next Bend in the River -
Gold Mining in Maine
Maine seems such an unlikely place for a gold rush,
but in the late eighteen hundreds ledges were blasted and back pastures
excavated. Mining stocks were sold as quickly as they could be printed , and
the hope of` another Sutter's Mill brought speculators rushing into the state
from all over the country.
The Next Bend in the River tells the story of this
mining boom and bust, along with the colorful hoaxes and their flamboyant
creators. The book also has portraits of Maine's leading gold hunters, among
them Perley Whitney, Carl Shilling, and Sidney Harden. A look at the table of
contents and the reader discovers a lode of material that is rich and varied.
For those who enjoy adventure and who want to know
more about prospecting, the author relates some of the remarkable experiences
he and his wife have had on the many Maine rivers where they have found gold.
There are simple and easy to follow instructions on
how to pan and sluice, tips on dredging and dowsing, and a list of the better
streams and locations in Maine where gold can be traced. The material is
illustrated with a selection of old and rare photographs.
Three interviews with experienced prospectors are
included, and the controversy over a mother lode in Maine is approached from
different points of view.
Best are the people one meets in this book; some
are strong-willed eccentrics, others are gentler souls, but all are caught in
the spell-- that enchantment -- the search for gold.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE PERSON WHO
LOVES THE OUTDOORS
"Stevens captures the drama with a polished and perceptive writing
style. The result is a window in the world of mining in Maine." --Douglas
Watts, MAINE TIMES
Maine Mining Adventures
C. J. Stevens, who introduced gold mining to so
many with his book, The Next Bend In The River, now presents an even
wider range of action with a background of rivers, mountains, and beaches of
Maine. It is the world of minerals and metals.
This book brings to the reader a glittering array
of personalities; mineral collectors, eager prospectors, and talented artisans
-- each following a personal vision and quest.
A mother lode of tourmaline on a mountain in Newry,
a billion dollar discovery of copper and zinc in Aroostook County, and mammoth
pockets of amethyst in Stow are only a few of these Maine Mining Adventures.
For the beginner, there are easy to follow instructions in the chapters on how
and where to find minerals and gold. Many locations are listed, and seasoned
miners share their experiences as they generously give advice and
"Seldom can a mineral collector find a book about
the people who make mineral discoveries. Usually all that is available are
fairly dry, reconstructed histories of mineral finds. Here, then is a rare
book... I recommend this book to all collectors of Maine minerals, especially
those who don't live in the state. It presents a wonderful opportunity to get
to know the
-- Mark Jacobson, ROCKS & MINERALS
We cannot know what is under our feet as we skip or
limp our way to a river or quarry.
Not knowing what we
will find gives an edge to life. The privilege of being the first human to
have seen a crystal or piece of gold is a reward far greater than the value of
the find. It doesn't get better than this, and there is something out there
for all of us. Perhaps Maine Mining Adventures
will open a path for you.