John London is a local treasure hunter recently featured on the History Channel show, "Decoded." He goes across the United State hunting for gold and other precious items, but it didn't begin with a successful hunt.
It all started in 1966 when John lived in El Paso. A group of treasure hunters were in the area looking for the Lost Padre mine. He and a buddy decided to go looking for it. While they didn't find the coveted treasure he did find a love of the hunt.
"All we got was blisters and a sunburn, but the bug bit me down and I'm still looking," said John.
While he says he's not at all like Indiana Jones, there are some similar comparisons to the National Treasure movies starring Nicholas Cage.
"Treasure has been found, this is very definitely for real. But the stuff like the DaVinci codes and the Nicholas Cage movies, they are all based on, loosely on the same things: Masonic and Knights Templar."
John and Bob Brewer have been partners for about 20 years, they've traveled all over the U.S. He's broken codes and sometimes found what they were looking for. He says there's still hidden treasures out there and he's actively looking for the 'x' that marks the spot in more than a half dozen states.
"New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky," said John.
Like most treasure hunters he plays his cards close to the vest about what he knows and what he's found. If he ever finds the big one, don't expect to hear about it.
"If I ever found a million dollars, I'd probably just up and disappear."
Until he uncovers the big one, he says he loves to meet people and talk treasure.
"I'll talk treasure as long as there's coffee in the pot."
To view or read Part 2 of the Treasure Hunter series click here.