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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
October 22, 2019

Sorry About Last Months Issue

Unfortunately, computer problems once again became an issue for getting the September 2019 copy of “The digger “ completed and sent to you.

But anyway, here we go for the October 2019 issue.

Examining Teasure Stories

In the business of treasure hunting, it's easy to get caught up in a story. Is it a myth, or is it real? And the more people talk about "a treasure" the more believable the story becomes. The treasure begins to take on a life of its own. What treasure seekers need to do is take a step back and look at the belief in the story itself. A belief is nothing more than a thought we think about all of the time. The belief is neither truth or an untruth. Without examining the belief, we can be led down a path of despair and ruin.

Thousands of years ago the first seafarers believed that the world was flat. They believed if they sailed too far toward the horizon they would fall off the edge of the earth. We all know how that belief as a myth turned out.

A few years ago I was contacted to assist on a treasure hunt. According to the people that contacted me, the treasure was of a major historical significance in America. I was told that if located, the treasure would change the course of American history. I had known a few of the stories regarding this treasure. But, as I always do, I proceeded to do more research before giving my answer to the team that contacted me.

After a few months of 24/7 research regarding this treasure, I told the people that contacted me, from what I had researched I was not confident enough in joining them in this search. They were upset with my answer and continued to remind me that it was their belief, that the treasure existed. To me, the research they had was just as mythical as was my own research. I told them so. In the end, their beliefs were unfounded. Their search for this history-changing treasure ended for them in financial ruin, broken friendships, and marriages.

Beliefs can indeed change from unfounded to found. The point is, never take a belief for its face value, especially if you are about to search for a treasure. Always examine the validity of the belief. Investigate beyond the words that house the belief.

Be aware that the truth is most often in the silence not spoken, or the words not written.

Search These Areas - They Can Become Your Honey Holes

Finding places to metal detect is a constant endeavor for many in the hobby. This could be you. It seems as though the areas you have been to have already been over-searched or have become just plain boring. If that’s the case, read on. Below are a few areas you may not have thought of that can reinvigorate your passion for the hobby.

OLD ONE-ROOM SCHOOLS

If you haven’t tried metal detecting around the old one-room schools from the 1800s and early 1900s, then you are missing out on lots of fun.

Many of the old schools are no longer standing. So you need to search for the clues of where the old schools once stood.

Try using an old topographical map to locate the old schools. Often the old topos will show where the old schools were standing.

Look for old, broken, pieces of pottery lying on the ground, or old bottles, and of course, the old ink wells that were often used. Most of these items were just tossed away and are still lying on the ground

The old schools are difficult to find but that doesn’t mean you can’t locate them.

Old Churches

Old churches were often used as a meeting place for picnics and social gatherings, as well as for church services.

Like the old schools, many of the old churches are gone. However, if you put the effort into researching where they once stood, you’ll be rewarded with many great finds. Again, use an old topo to locate the old churches. Churches listed on topos were referenced with a small cross where the church was located.

Old Swimming Holes & Picnic Groves

Find an old swimming hole and you may end up with a real “honey hole.”

Years ago, families, friends and church groups, got together to picnic and swim.

That’s because where there was a place to swim, there was also the likelihood of an old picnic grove as well. Either one alone could be an adventure in finding old coins and jewelry. But the two places together…OH MY! The memories I have of the “stuff” I have found in those areas still excites me.

At one old swimming hole, it was just a small stream below a waterfall, my detecting partner and I found many old coins, jewelry, and religious medallions from the mid-1800s.

While trout fishing one day I came upon an old steel picnic table resting near the edge of the creek. Upon further review, in the hobby it pays to be a curious type, I saw a dozen more old steel picnic tables, and an old wooden swing set. My heart raced with excitement at what I thought I had just found, an old picnic grove.

I quickly drove home, put away my fishing pole, grabbed my detector, and sped back to that site. Within minutes I was finding old coins, mostly silver.

Needless to say, I went back many times after that day. I know that I was the only one that had ever detected that area. I found more than 100 old coins in that old grove.

Revival Meetings

Many towns held revival meetings. If you can locate where those areas are, you will have a great time finding old coins and jewelry.

One of my friends found over 2000 silver crosses in an old Revival Meeting area.

Like any old area, finding these meeting places will take research. You need to put the time into locating where they once were.

Old Horse Racetracks

I know a few individuals that concentrate their efforts on research in locating the old horse racetracks of 150 years ago.

They put a lot of time and effort into searching for these tracks…and it pays off. They clean up those areas with their finds.

Use Google Earth satellite image to find the old race tracks. They show up as oval images. Usually located in todays farm fields.

Any of the above areas can be located if you look for them. That means reading old history books of the areas where you want to search. It also means talking with people, especially the old-timers. They love talking about the old days and what they did and where they did it.

Visit the Historical Societies of the area. They often have a wealth of information.

I hope this information helps you locate some areas that you may not have been aware of.

Good Luck!

Bismarck Man Finds a Class Ring

“A Bismarck man found a class ring with his metal detector last week.

Jason Barker says he made the discovery on Oct.8. Two days later, he found the owner, Rick Collin, who had been missing the ring for 11 years.

It was Collin’s high school ring from Potomac High School in Maryland.” Bismarck Man Finds Class Ring

Memphis Man Reunited With Wedding Ring - Club Helps

“MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Midtown man is thanking a complete stranger for helping him find a lost piece of himself. His wedding ring was no where to be found, but with the help of a Memphis club it’s back on the man’s finger.” Memphis Man Reunited With Wedding Ring

WV Civil War Buffs Unearth History

“What history buff hasn’t dreamed of digging up a cache of lost Confederate gold? Or stumbling upon old pirate treasure washed up on the beach after a storm?” WV Civil War Buffs

Woman Beat Husband With A Metal Detector

There is a lot I can say about this.

Like...On second thought I better not.

Florida Woman Beats Man With Metal Detector

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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