Most of us that are Westbound are living in cramped quarters. It takes pickaxes to expand our territory. Kiwi, the original game developer, thoughtfully provides at least four different ways to exhaust our pickaxes to force us to purchase more: the Exploration Mine, the Exploration Boat, and the trains to Snowy Mountain and El Dorado. To preserve these precious resources, many of us are reluctant to explore unless we have a specific reason--a quest. But there are rewards to exploring for exploration's sake. There's treasure to be found. Yeah! ... But what are those chests actually worth? Not much!
Numbers obtained September 2014
Spending 200 pickaxes resulted in finding 40 treasure chests, 20 Spinning Wheels and 20 Scratch Chests. The player found one chest every 6 - 8 spaces of canyon cleared. The winnings from the chests were slim indeed. Don't clear canyon for resources!!!