The alluring glimmer of gold, silver, and a life free of financial worry have been the driving forces behind treasure seekers for centuries. Following are some of the most exciting—and often dangerous—treasure hunting endeavors from history and modern day.
With the discovery of gold in California also came the birth of the San Francisco Mint and the need for a way to transport freshly minted U.S. coins. Founded in 1848, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company became a key component in the transportation of people and gold from California to Panama and from Panama to the east coast. One of the company's steamships was the ill-fated S.S. Central America.