Monthly Archives: March 2015

Introducing Harley Bissell

Harley Bissell was hatched in 1952 and released to the wild in 1961.
He graduated early from high school in 1970 and had already enlisted in
the Army under the Delayed Entry Program so he took basic training under
the legendary Colonel Robert K. Brown (founder and editor of Soldier of Fortune)
After service in Vietnam and the Cold War plus a stint in a National Guard TOW platoon
during the Iranian Hostage Crisis he departed after total service of 7 years 7 months
active duty; six months in the reserves and one year in the National Guard for total
service of nine years and one month of Honorable Service.

After publishing letters in a number of magazines his first commissioned article
appeared in Western & Eastern Treasures. A total of three articles were inserted
over a three year period from 1974 to 1977 and during that period there was an article
in Ray Smith’s NTHL magazine plus bits and pieces in Exanimo Express. National
Prospectors Gazette and other titles later such as Lost TreasureUSA for Floyd Mann;
The Express for Paul Tainter and even several in Ernie Webb’s Uncommon Sense which he
didn’t get credited with a byline for some unknown reason. Those same articles were later
rewritten and were published in Lost Treasure recently. His letters and actions have been
reported in both White’s Discover and the Garrett Searcher. The favorable review of his book by Karl von Mueller in Waybills to Eldorado made his century. Written in 1985 an announcement will be made here when that book is available for download or as a print on demand. At this time it does not look like it will be sold here but will be on another site.

His experience in treasure hunting began in 1960 by converting the transistor radio of a friend into a crude BFO  metal detector and he still uses and collects BFO detectors when they can be bought cheaply or bartered for.

As he declined physically he was forced to begin working with others after a lifetime of
working as a lone wolf with occasional one project partnerships with others. His only long term partnership has been with Siegfried Schlagrule. He provides research services, consulting and intellectual grubstakes to selected small teams of treasure hunters throughout the world. His policy of NO PLUNDER NO PAY is unique amongst dowsers but he is very picky who he will work with. Some will be rejected because he has no time to do the work. In all cases prior experience forces him to only offer one year options on treasure sites. Primarily this is because people have been known to ask for help then do nothing towards recovering the treasure. Occasionally he will begin to work with a client and then depart and cut all ties. These actions are NEVER explained on demand so be forewarned.

His word is his bond and he has a documented reputation for never betraying a trust or a confidence. Some wise treasure hunter will someday pay $250,000 for a life interest in his files and library. That will  buy them access to his files during his lifetime with a share due of each recovery made and full possession upon his death with a 5% royalty paid to his estate on any recovery made from his files. Those files began in 1960 and continue to now. His magazine collection includes both treasure and western history and is  complete through 2014 for the major titles and nearly complete for minor lesser known titles. Almost every treasure book and magazine written is owned or has been read, noted and passed on to others. Almost all books on sunken treasure and pirates have been disbursed and no notes were kept on that topic beyond the borders of the United States. He stopped keeping notes on foreign treasures when it became obvious he would not be travelling overseas. Research from before then is available for intellectual grubstakes and grubstakes will be offered not shopped from his files. Lost treasures and lost mines are heavily covered.

Simple questions requiring short answers are welcome. Longer questions involving more complicated answers may require signing a research contract and  paying for them in cash, coins or books and magazines at your choice. Any coins asked for can be found at your local coin shop. Questions like what do you have for …..? can be addressed to the treasure magazines. Questions like where would I find treasure leads for …..? are welcome.


Introducing: Randy Bradford

When I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old, my father was in the hospital for several days.  I don’t recall what for, but my father had a habit of buying me things when he was in the hospital to keep me occupied, thinking of him but not thinking about what he was enduring.  The time I mention here, he brought me several treasure hunting magazines he bought off the rack at the hospital gift shop.  “Treasure Search”, “Treasure Found”…these magazines fueled for the first time my passion in history, the Spanish, Native Americans, outlaws, and the mysteries of a forgotten time.

I would later find myself drawn to occasional television programming that involved lost treasure stories.  “In Search Of” and “Unsolved Mysteries” would introduce me to well known treasures such as the Lost Dutchman, Oak Island, the Beale Codes and Victorio Peak.  My local library would also be the source of study as I read books by Karl Von Mueller, Charles Garret and Robert Marx.

My passion for treasure has taken me in directions I never anticipated.  For the past 15 years I have been the administrator of “The Treasures of Utah” , a message board dedicated to lost mines, lost treasures and the historical context of treasure folklore and history in the state of Utah.  We have, over the years, grown increasingly inclusive, dedicating forum sections to broad topics such as prospecting, rock hounding, fossil hunting, book reviews and presenting the Treasures of Utah as an advertising venue for treasure-themed events, presentations and forum member get-togethers.

Most recently, I have started working on collecting out of print treasure magazines  and tabloids, while pursuing my own research into known legendary treasures such as the LUE map and Montezuma’s Aztec horde.  May 2015 will also represent a personal milestone as my first article will be published in “Lost treasure Magazine,” and hopefully represents the first of many of my own publishing endeavors.

The Treasure Author’s Exchange represents a progression as my own work  moves from myself to those I know, relying on contacts I’ve established in fifteen years of researching, writing and developing relationships with like-minded individuals.  It is my sincere hope that the Treasure Author’s Exchange will provide you, the customer, with new and unique content.  More importantly, I hope that the Treasure Author’s Exchange will be a venue for author’s to provide high quality and affordable content.

Randy Bradford