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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Magazine E-zine
July 10, 2018

Karl von Mueller

The Treasure Hunter Not Many Know About

Karl von Mueller, a treasure hunter not known to many, was a man of mystery. Not much is known about him before his age of 30. But this fact is documented. It was at that age when he became a serious treasure hunter. Karl von Mueller’s real name was Dean Miller. And when writing, he sometimes used the name of Deek Gladson.

Karl von Mueller also known as KvonM was finding treasures and writing about them back in the 1920’s when metal detectors were still in their infancy. He was a skillful finder of buried treasures, and also had an uncanny knack for writing. His style of writing was a unique blend of a down to earth style, kinda like talking to a friend over a beer, or a cup of coffee, and a vocabulary of words that made the editors of his various publications and articles cringe with unease.

Mueller was instrumental in kick starting the writings of treasure hunting stories. His articles appeared in both treasure and historical magazines. KvonM was the experienced and skilled treasure hunter that people of that era turned to for information and advice on locating treasure. He was also the chief organizer of a fraternal organization he named EXANIMO.

At that time the word EXANIMO was not well known. The word is Latin, meaning “from the heart.” KvonM and EXANIMO attracted people from all walks of life that shared the qualities of loyalty, honesty and compassion toward all. Mueller welcomed everyone to the EXANIMO door, and was looked upon as a knowledgeable and inspirational leader.

KvonM was a walking and talking showcase of treasure hunting knowledge. It was said that he knew the information and whereabouts of millions of dollars of buried treasures of every kind. He literally practiced what he preached. Mueller lived treasure hunting. He found millions and he lost millions…mostly by investing in others failed treasure hunting excursions. But KvonM, forever the optimist, learned from his failures as well as his successes.

His most daunting writing task was writing 7 volumes of his “Treasure Hunters Manual“. These works of KvonM knowledge, now out of print, and highly treasured as collectible books, were written in the late 1950’s and 60’s. Reading one of these exciting books is like taking an adventure into a treasure hunt with KvonM. He also wrote the Prospector’s Gazette, which was published for many years. His words of wisdom, and his attitude regarding treasure hunting that Mueller conveyed is unparalleled by other writers of the topic. It is the main reason why those of us “old timers” to the hobby who knew of KvonM, cherish his works. I’ve been asked on many occasions by individuals who have heard me speak or write about Karl von Mueller if they could borrow some of my KvonM’s books. My answer to them usually goes something like this.

“ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND? I’d give up one of my limbs before I let anyone take one or more of my KvonM books, or articles.”

My library of treasure hunting and metal detecting books number in the thousands, but my Karl von Mueller books are my most prized possessions.

Karl von Mueller died in 1990 at the age of 75. But his legend lives on in his writings.

Safety While Detecting

My detecting friend John (RIP my friend) and I were in the woods searching for a cellar hole that was part of an early colonial settlement. The scrub brush was thick, the trees were in full bloom, and the walking over, and through dead fall became slow and cumbersome.

We decided to split up in order to cover more area. About ten minutes later, as I stepped through a patch of foot high ferns my foot got caught in a fallen tree branch that was covered by the plants. I fell forward on my chest and stomach. As I was falling down I dropped my metal detector and covered my face with my hands to protect it. But unfortunately, that protection was not enough. My chest suddenly throbbed with unbearable pain, and every breath I took caused even more pain. I could barely lift myself off the ground, but slowly got up, and painfully, while holding my chest, walked to my car.

John said he heard me scream, as he walked to my car. “I fell“. I told him as I held my chest. Being the comedian that he always was he said. “You fall down and go boom. You screamed like a sissy“. But I argued, “I’m a real man. I never let out a peep when I hit the ground.”

Anyway, there I was, driving home in awful pain, and John’s sitting in the passenger seat laughing and mocking my agony.

“Oh. Oh. My widdle chest hurts. Ouch. Ouch.”

Well long story short…I broke two ribs. And that accident was not the first I had while detecting. There were a few others incidents, but I won’t go into them here. I’ve always believed in being safe when metal detecting in areas that are remote. But safety in metal detecting should be practiced no matter what areas you search in. And even when you are prepared, some things just happen that are completely unplanned for or unsuspected.

Some of the things that can prove to be troublesome or dangerous when your metal detecting is wild animals, especially if they are rabid, or if their young are nearby, as well as ticks that carry lime disease, especially if your in the eastern section of the U.S., mosquitoes that carry diseases such as encephalitis, poisonous snakes, lighting, getting lost, and even some people you come across can be a nuisance and cause a problem with your safety. Yes, there have been a few times when searching in remote areas that we have been confronted by lunatics who believed they controlled anyone who happened their way. Sometimes the human creature in the woods can be more of a problem than the wild animals that roam there. But that’s another story.

The best way to protect you from any or all of the above is to carry the proper items needed in case of an emergency. I carry a pack with everything I need in case something happens, or if something goes wrong when I’m detecting. Ya it’s a burden to carry a somewhat heavy bag along with a metal detector, but better safe than sorry.

The items that are tucked away in my small pack or in my pockets are: a compass, bug repellent, matches and lighters, a plastic rain cover, small flashlights, a first aid kit, aspirin, poison ivy lotion, two knives of different sizes, candy or nutrient bars and extra water. I also carry an extra set of batteries, headphones, maps of the area, and digging tool. In addition, I very rarely metal detect alone anymore. When I first began the hobby in the late 1960’s I was detecting in just parks and schoolyards by myself. Throughout the years as my interests changed I was fortunate to find friends who had the same metal detecting interests to search with. Now, I rarely detect by myself. And everyone I detect with has a pistol carry permit. So when we are in remote areas, a firearm goes with us. Having a pistol on one of our searches did help one time in turning away a couple of whack jobs who became a little too obnoxious for our liking. Again, that’s another story.

The point of this article is simply this. When metal detecting, be prepared for any type of problem that you can think of, based on where you’re searching. As I mentioned earlier, some things happen that we can’t anticipate. But at least you can prepare yourself for those possible incidents that you know could happen. By doing so, you’re lowering the odds of something seriously going wrong.

And what was I carrying in my backpack that day that helped me? Aspirin for the pain.

Metal Detecting Provides Insight Into The Past

"What once was lost is now found thanks to one local man and his metal detecting skills.

Tyler Shorb of Waynesboro has always been called to the outdoors and scouring the ground looking for little treasures from days gone by." Metal Detecting Provides Insite To The Past

I Was Hooked- Treasure Hunters Find Hidden Secrets

"Somewhere in Saluda County, SC (WLTX) - They start early.

South Carolina has an unrelenting summer that begins in spring, so treasure hunting starts practically at the crack of dawn.

Kandi Cochran Ready of Ninety-Six runs the Facebook group SC Diggers, a metal detecting club, which means she is not just well-versed in the hobby, but is instrumental in setting up hunts for the group." I Was Hooked

Detecting, A Hobby That Can Have Value

"Metal detector enthusiast Lee Noga gets excited when a bad coastal storm passes, especially one that produces ocean-churning waves that move sand all over the place.

“The prime season for metal detecting is in the fall after a storm,” said the licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain. “The waves come in and move everything around, in and out of the water.”

That’s when the hidden "objects" of her favorite hobby, “dirt fishing,” are easier to find, she said." Detecting, A Hobby That Can Have Value

The 260 Year Treasure Hunt

"It was shortly after midnight when the Dodington struck a reef off South Africa’s east coast near what’s now the city of Port Elizabeth. “In less than 20 minutes,” Chief Mate Evan Jones wrote later, in a 1757 account, the ship “was entirely wreck’d.” Most of the 270 souls onboard perished, but 23 crew members made it onto “some ragged Rocks,” continued Evans. The furious winter storm and the men’s “melancholy Situation” made them “wish impatiently for the day.” The 200 Year Old Treasure

Oklahoma City Treasure Hunter Glad To See Construction

"He likes the old city parks and green spaces.

"We're looking for that Oklahoma treasure," says hunter Don Stotts.

He prefers closed dumps and piles of dirt freshly turned by construction crews.

"Where you find trash, you find goodies," he continues."Especially with all the construction going on all around downtown right now, all around the city basically." Oklahoma City Treasure Hunter Glad

Have You Been Watching on TV "Cooper's Treasure?"

It Beats The Hell Out of "The Curse of Oak Island"

"No one knows exactly how many shipwrecks lie at the bottom of the oceans of the world. Every year there are multiple headlines about new searches to find these vessels and begin the arduous task of filling in the blanks on their history and ultimate demise. One of the people at the center of the shipwreck world is Darrell Miklos, subject of Discovery Channel’s successful reality series Cooper’s Treasure,"

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