Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales by Steve Wilson has got to be “THE” book for any treasure hunter that is interested in Spanish or Outlaw treasures or one who lives in Oklahoma. You can’t hunt for lost treasures in Oklahoma without this book. OK, you can, but you shouldn’t!
Steve is very careful not to give away all of his secrets but he does supply the reader with a ton of information that would take you years to find on your own, if you could even find it now. The book doesn’t have every treasure story of Oklahoma in it and it couldn’t but the stories that are in it are pretty informative and give you a good place to start if you are interested in searching for that particular treasure. I can tell you that there have been many times that I have started writing an article about a lost treasure in Oklahoma for this blog only to find that Steve already had the story in his book. The stories in Steve’s book are well researched and he has done a fine job of writing so that he keeps you interested and teaches you at the same time.
Even if you aren’t wanting to find one of the treasures that Steve has written about in the book there are plenty of photos of old outlaw maps, carvings, Spanish and Indian artifacts and historical pieces that you will be interested in.
I have over the years owned seven different copies of this book. Three of those I still have and the others were given to friends who didn’t have a copy. The book comes in two forms. The first edition books were hard copies and are more expensive and sometimes hard to find now. The first one I ever owned was a hard copy and I looked at it so much that it started falling apart. I still have that first copy along with another first edition that I don’t touch at all.
If you aren’t worried about having a first edition then you can buy the soft cover book for about $20-$25 and not have to worry about keeping it in pristine condition. I highly recommend this because you will go back to this book many, many times if you are at all interested in Oklahoma treasures or just treasure hunting in general.
As a side note, it looks like Steve Wilson is going to be at the get together again this year on September 18th at the Jesse James musem in Cement, OK so if you have a copy of his book you might bring it with you. He has been happy to autograph them in the past.
And as long as I’m peddling books, if you are interested in Spanish treasure you should check out Steve’s other book on the Spider Rock treasures in Texas. This will amaze and scare you all at the same time. By saying scare you I am referring to the massive amount of work the Spanish went to in hiding the clues to their treasures. It shows what a daunting task it can be to find a buried treasure.