Real Life Treasure Hunt! Todd’s Treasure

Family Solves Clues And Are First to Find Todd’s Treasure


Readers of Arkansas author James Babb’s historical fiction trilogy, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, THE DEVIL’S TRAP and THE DEVIL’S DEN, recently had the opportunity to go on a modern-day treasure hunt using clues from the story set near Fort Smith in 1881. The first to find the treasure could keep the items inside and sign the log, leaving the box for others to find. The little boy in THE DEVIL’S TRAP had hidden marbles, a necklace his father had worn, an arrowhead, a quartz crystal and several other items inside.

Bob Walter, from Batesville, and his granddaughter Ashlyn Latus, a first grader at Sequoyah Elementary in Russellville, used the clues from the books to successfully find the hidden treasure. According to Walters, he went through the books and marked everything he thought was a clue to the treasure location. Then he spent about a week researching Fort Smith and looking at old maps and historical accounts, trying to match clues to the ground. He said total research time was about two weeks.

Once in Fort Smith, the four generations of family – Walter’s mom, wife Kathy, daughter Sarah and her husband Robert Latus, and grandchildren Ashlyn and Zoey – spent several hours scouting out possible locations for the treasure. Once they had eliminated all areas but one, they spent about an hour searching for a particular match to an important clue. Walter said his granddaughter Ashlyn figured out the clue, and a short time later began to scream, “We found it! We found it!” In addition to the items from the story, Ashlyn Latus wins free autographed books, a free author visit from James Babb to her school, and a pizza party.

“I will always remember Ashlyn’s expression when she opened the box. It was a mixture of excitement, joy and happiness. She will not forget this experience, ever.”        ___________Bob Walter


Bob’s family will receive the prizes for being the first to find the treasure but the hunt is not over. Take your family on an adventure they will not soon forget. Go look for Todd’s Treasure.




Todd’s Treasure Is Out There!

Get ready. When The Devil’s Den is released, you will have all the clues you need!


Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s there and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! Use clues in this series of books to get you there.

You will have to read carefully to discover everything you’ll need. Just remember that it’s been at least 136 years since the box was hidden. The landscape will have changed greatly in Fort Smith.

Please read how Brody hid the box. It is not buried. You will not need a shovel. Please do not dig any holes. Use a compass and your brain and go for it.

Before you head out, be sure to check James’ blog at If you find Todd’s Treasure, the items inside are yours to keep but leave the box for others to find. Please follow directions on the blog and send a photo of yourself at the site. James will ship an autographed book to the first person to find Todd’s Treasure!

If you check the website and see that the treasure has already been found, feel free to go on the hunt anyway. Leave a note in the box, or anything you wish. Send a photo, proving you found Todd’s Treasure Box and your picture will be placed on James’ website and he will send you an autographed bookmark.

Happy hunting!

Items that are inside the box!



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