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The Legend of Jean Lafitte’s Lost Silver

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm


Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? Especially if it involves the infamous Jean Lafitte and wagons of silver lost in an East Texas lake?

Historian and award-winning author Gary L. Pinkerton will regale the audience with stories from his newest book “True Believers – Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake.”  Rather than focusing on the story of the lost treasure, Pinkerton will share colorful stories of the wildly diverse assortment of treasure hunters that have searched beneath the waters of Hendricks Lake for the six wagonloads of silver plundered from the Spanish brig, Santa Rosa. Houston oilmen, a Carthage TV repairman, an MIT-educated electrical engineer, some tough Texas lawmen, and the world’s greatest underwater treasure hunter are just some of the men who believe(d) that there is pirate treasure buried in a Texas lake.

Pinkerton was recognized for his first book Trammel’s Trace by the President of the Texas Historical Foundation for his “thorough research, countless presentations to local historical organizations, and one-on-one education of landowners… His work also appears in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the online Handbook of Texas, Portal to Texas History, and the Journal of Diving History. 

Both books will be available for sale and autograph by the author.