I had to make a quick business trip to Cedar Creek, TX, but rather than making the drive down there and back to Fort Worth in one day, I decided to turn this into a weekend detecting trip. I have a good friend and fellow detectorist who owns property in the ghost town of Muldoon. His place in Muldoon is a weekend get-a-way for him and his wife. It was only about 35 miles from where I needed to be in Cedar Creek so I met him in Muldoon Thursday evening. After my quick trip to Cedar Creek on Friday we spent the rest of the day and weekend detecting around town. Continue readingShare this on:
We came across a construction site in downtown Fort Worth. It was the beginning of a new parking lot. For the past 20 years or so it’s been a half grass and half broken asphalt parking lot. It’s history lies in 1909 when a large fire swept that part of town burning every house on this block and many more. Right off the bat we started finding old coins and one of the guys came up with a watch fob. I wasn’t having much luck in the coin category save for a few wheats. However, my redemption came in the form of a nice Fort Worth saloon token.
The Post Office Saloon was located at 708 Houston St. This particular token has the proprietors initials on it, C.A. W. (Charles A Wood), which allowed us to narrow the time frame to 1899-1902.
Eventually I found a few silvers on this site but the token was the top find!Share this on:
Although the date is correct on this post for the hunt, I’m actually typing this in November. I wanted to wait and post after the James shell was restored. This ended up taking 26 days. 26 loooong days of electrolysis and tedious hand work. I put together a small gallery of images at the end of this post that shows some of the steps to restore the shell. Continue readingShare this on:
Out of all the different types of treasure hunting and metal detecting, hunting ghost towns is my absolute favorite. This particular town was an oil boom town. It sprang up fast but like other boom towns it faded into history almost as quick as it came. Continue readingShare this on:
We did some creek digging today in one of our favorite spots. The bank of the creek is old ash from the town incinerators. Over the years rain and erosion have washed it into the creek and classified it for us. The creek bed is a giant sluice box. The dump was closed in Continue readingShare this on:
I had the chance to do some beach hunting in Corpus Christi,TX this week. It’s the first time I have ever put a coil to the sand there. I hadn’t been detecting an hour when I got the ring pictured above. I was out in the surf about waist deep when I dug it. The surf was pounding so I didn’t spend much time looking at it. I could see the gold toned edges and the tarnished middle so I assumed it was junk. Continue readingShare this on:
I have always hated the cheap naugahyde sheath that came with my short handle digger. It was loose and floppy on the belt. I had seen some internet posts where others had made Kydex sheaths for their diggers. I Thought I would order the supplies and give it a try. Continue readingShare this on:
My “detecting closet” has become so full that getting a machine in or out is a real pain. Lately, I’ve found myself leaning detectors against the laundry room wall when I come in from detecting and now it’s getting cluttered too. The breaking point, though, was when I added an AT Pro to my collection. I put a NEL Snake coil on it and found it will not stand up. It wants to Continue readingShare this on:
I always thought if I got a trifecta it would be with pennies or dimes. Looks like my first will be with nickels. We hit an old park today that has a lot of history. The land that makes up this park had history even before the city officially obtained it and deemed it a park. I did some research and learned that the outer edge of this park contained a large two story manor that’s long gone now. This area is the outer fringe of the park and is now overgrown to the point you can barely swing a detector. Luckily, I was able to dig a 1908 V-nickel before giving up and moving out into the main park area. It was the main park that produced the modern change and Jefferson nickel. After the park we went to one of our favorite dumpsites to dig. As soon as we got there I picked up a10k gold ring and a 1937 buffalo nickel completing my first hunting “trifecta”. Also found some wheats, worn pendants more change and a Santal de Midy bottle.
I almost didn’t bring the bottle home because it didn’t appear to be that old. I decided that since it was embossed I would keep it and google the term. Turns out it’s quite an interesting product that was in the bottle. Tablets made from the sandlewood tree to help with all sorts of stomach ailments. Most likely from the vary late 1800’sShare this on:
The Treasure Chronicle is undergoing a major transformation. From it’s inception I wanted it to be a journal of sorts. Modern blogs seem to suit this theme well so I’ve decided to change the format of this site to a blog.
As I convert old handwritten journal entries into blog posts it may seem like this site is not being updated. Watch the archives for the updates since the entries will be in chronological order.Share this on: