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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
February 25, 2021

Always Be Aware For Search Possibilities

One morning while on a hike through a wooded area I had never been to, I came upon a beautiful waterfall. The falls was not large as it cascaded down the rocky cliff. It stood about forty feet high and was approximately twenty feet wide at the top and its base. A crystal clear pond of water rested at the bottom of the falls. The pond's water then flowed out as a small stream down the hillside I had hiked.

I stopped to take in the beauty of the waterfalls and the crystal clear pool of water that had acculumalated from the falls over eons of time. And then I noticed the grassy area that was around three sides of the pool. That's when a thought occurred to me. Could this small pond had been a swimming hole either now or during earlier times.

I remembered when my friend and detecting partner John and I had metal detected beneath a waterfall in the middle of a wooded area. Not expecting to find anything but also not wanting to pass up the opportunity, we searched the area around the small waterfall pool at the bottom. Surprisingly, after an hour of metal detecting, we each found a large cent, some wheat pennies, and John found a barber quarter. The dates I don't remember. We surmised that at one time, that small pool of water beneath the falls might have been a swimming hole or just a place where people sat around and picnicked.

Remembering that day, I was now determined to metal detect that area beneath the waterfalls. My metal detector was in the trunk of my car. So I hiked back to get it and returned to search this area. My decision to explore that area turned out to be an awesome detecting day. I found two Mercury dimes, a seated dime, and three silver Roosevelt dimes. I went back to metal detect the falls three more times and found some wheat cents, a buffalo nickel, and a silver broach.

Always keep your eyes open for opportunities to metal detect. You never know what you'll end up finding.

Did I Die And Go To Heaven?

Not far from my home is a large creek that meanders for miles through towns and villages. I fish it for trout, and often metal detected its shorelines. I've hiked along the banks of this creek for miles through the various small towns that it flows through. On one particular morning, as I hiked along the creek bank, I came upon a very old metal picnic table. I had never walked this area of the creek, nor did I ever fish this spot. I was surprised to see the picnic table resting two feet from the water's edge. I immediately thought that perhaps I had wandered on to private property, and that metal picnic table was placed there by its owner. I looked around for any "No Trespassing" signs but saw none. I continued along what I had now realized was an old, well-used path along that side of the creek. In a matter of minutes, I saw another old metal picnic table. Now my curiosity suddenly peaked, and my excitement level went into full high alert mode. Why were the old picnic tables in that area, I thought?

Now wanting to know more about this place, I continued walking along the path and came upon another half dozen or so old picnic tables. I knew now that the picnic tables were not placed there by a private property owner. I wondered if I had stumbled on to an area that town residents once used to picnic.

As I continued walking along the path, I came to an old wooden bridge. The bridge was approximately fifteen feet wide, and it crossed over the creek. As I crossed the bridge, I noticed an old outhouse. Now I was really excited. Digging up and searching old outhouses are one of my favorite pastimes. But not only was I excited to see the outhouse as a potential search site, but the thought that a nearby old picnic grove may be close by, and the outhouse was another indicator of that possibility.

I walked along the path for another few minutes, and then suddenly, a large open field was in front of me. The first object I spotted in the field of tall grass and weeds was an old wooden swing. I walked toward the swing and then noticed an old wooden teeter-totter. There were a dozen or so metal and wooden picnic tables placed in different locations, as well as stone fire pits used for cooking. I now knew that I had stumbled on an old picnic grove. As excited as I was, it was too late in the day to metal detect the area. I had other commitments, but I knew that I would be back there bright and early with my detector the following day.

The next morning I was up at dawn, hurriedly downed a cup of coffee, ate breakfast, and was then on my way to the old grove. After parking my car in an area where fishermen park, I grabbed my detector and excitedly headed toward the path that led to the picnic grove. But along the way, I searched around each of the picnic tables that were placed along the creek. I then quickly walked across the wooden bridge to the old outhouse. I searched that area, inside and out, but found nothing. The best way to search an old outhouse is to remove the seat and get right down into it. Ya, I know. The thought of doing that is disgusting to some. But not to me. I jump right in that stuff and wallow around like a pig in mud.

As I walked into the open field, I decided to start detecting around the old wooden swing. It was early April, so the grass and weeds that had overtaken the age-old grove were not yet high enough to make swinging a detector difficult. Within minutes I began getting multiple targets. My heart raced with excitement and anticipation as I began to dig a small plug. I cannot remember the dates of every coin I pulled from that old picnic grove. But I do remember the first ones that I dug. There were four of them right next to each other. One was a 1895 barber quarter, an 1899 barber dime, and two Indian head cents, 1902 and 1905. I was finding old coins all over that grove. By the end of that day, I had dug 34 coins. The oldest was the 1895 barber quarter.

However, that day was not the last time I searched that old grove. For six months, whenever I had the time, I detected that area. I not only searched the open field of the grove, but I also metal detected every inch of the path from where I parked my car, right into the grove. Along the path, I found 21 old coins. All total, after six months of searching, I found more than two hundred old coins. The oldest was a 1878 seated dime. I also found some modern coins. But those, I believe, were dropped by the fishermen that walked the banks of the creek.

From the old coins' dates, I surmised that the old picnic grove was no longer used after the 1920s. I then began searching for the history of the grove. I looked at old maps of that area, and there were no indications of a picnic grove being there. I've read the history of that town, and there has been no mention of that grove. In the end, that was a good thing for me. Due to the lack of information about the grove, I was lucky enough to be the only person who searched it. If I had not been curious when I first hiked that trail, I would have never found my little honey hole.

A Piece From The Past

“Three Tulsa, Oklahoma, treasure hunters divided 5700 silver dollars which was found cached beneath the roots of an old tree on the outskirts of Tulsa. The area had been hunted with metal detectors several times previously, as rumors of buried money had abounded for several years.”

Western Magazine Almanac, 1972

Fraser Valler Metal Detecting Group Look For Owner Of First World War Medal

“A group of metal detecting enthusiasts were over the moon last spring when they uncovered a nurse’s medal in an old farm field in Chilliwack. Now they are hoping to put that piece of history from almost a century ago back into the hands of a surviving family member who still lives in Chilliwack.” Fraser Valler

SEARCH FOR BURIED TREASURE: ARMENDARIZ TAKES UP METAL DETECTING AROUND HALSTEAD

“HALSTEAD—Mike Armendariz has been on the hunt for buried treasure for the past year, but instead of using a map with X marking the spot, he’s been using a metal detector. ‘It’s a lot of fun. It kind of gets in your blood,” he said. “I’ve kind of always been like that, interested in finding things.’

Armendariz Takes Up Metal Detecting

Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Viking Jewelry

“Last December, retired police officer and metal detecting enthusiast Kath Giles made a stunning discovery while exploring a tract of private land on the Isle of Man: a trove of 1,000-year-old Viking jewelry.” Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Viking Jewelry

Amateur Treasure Hunter Unearths Missing Centerpiece of Henry VIII’s Crown

“When classic car restorer and metal detecting enthusiast Kevin Duckett spotted a glint of gold peeking out beneath the soil of an English field in 2017, he initially thought he’d found a crumpled piece of foil. But as the Northamptonshire native continued digging, he soon realized he’d stumbled onto something far more valuable.” Amateur Treasure Hunter Unearths Missing Centerpiece of Henry VIII’s Crown

The Metal Detectors Who Struck Gold, and Trouble

“In 2015, a metre under English soil, two metal-detecting enthusiasts - or detectorists - literally struck gold. They uncovered an underground Anglo-Saxon treasure trove buried between 850 and 900 AD.

Everything pointed toward their find being a hugely valuable 'hoard': a collection of valuables typically hidden to avoid looting by Viking raiding parties, or buried by Vikings themselves, after a raid.” The Metal Detectors Who Struck Gold, and Trouble

We Want Your Stories and Pictures

One of the excitements we get from metal detecting is seeing what kind of “stuff” others are finding. Not only do we enjoy seeing the items found, but many of us like to hear the stories about how those finds were located. So, let’s see your “stuff.”

Many have posted pictures and brief stories of their finds at my website. It’s easy to do. You basically create your own webpage with a picture or pictures, and a brief story of how you found the items. Once your page is posted, others will be able to view your page, and make comments. You will also have your own url link to the webpage you built. Use that link to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Pintrest and share with others.

So show your “stuff.” We want to see the goodies! Stories About Your Finds

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Frank

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