Around 1862 an army paymaster leaving from Lawrence was robbed of $195,000 in gold and silver coins while he was on his way to Denver. Legend has it that the loot was buried between 2 sycamore trees someplace between Lawrence and the Wakarusa River, just to the south of Lawrence.
Chouteau Island Treasure
Legend has it that in 1828, $24,000 in silver coins was buried on Chouteau's Island, in the Arkansas River, about 5 miles southwest of Lakin. There is no record of this cache ever being found.