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:
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 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:
Today was a quick hunt on some scrapes we’ve already searched. Wanted to try the new NEL Snake coil on the AT Pro. Managed to find a ring that looked good until I cleaned it and saw that it was gold filled. This makes two in a row. Wheres the real gold?? Also found another dog tag to add to the collection. 1952 Mineral Wells.
I’m really liking this NEL Snake coil. It worked great at picking through the trash on these scrapes. You get the target separation of 3.5″ coil but the depth of 6″ coil. It actually goes a little deeper than 6″ on air tests. In the right soil condition this coil could easily get coins at 7-8″Share this on:
We hunted a new scrape today. This a was a fresh demolition of a historical home. I started with my Tesoro Sidewinder with a 4″ coil to deal with massive amount of metallic debris. After digging a bag full of junk and only a few coins I decided to switch to my AT Pro with a 5×8 coil. I just wanted to see what it would do on a sight with this much trash. it wasn’t too bad. I found a few more coins, the toy trailer and a ring. Too bad it was 10K GF! Towards the end of the hunt I dug up the magnetic base saint. I’ve got a NEL Snake coil on the way for the AT Pro. I think it will be an enormous improvement for trashy areas like scrapesShare this on:
I got permission to hunt a cotton field next to a friends farm where an old house had once been. Didn’t find much on this trip but the cotton is already pretty high so we only hunted in the wide rows. We’ll go back after they harvest. I did, however, turn up an ID bracelet with a mans name engraved on it. Continue readingShare this on:
Me and a friend (Jess) went to the TX coast this week. We spent three nights hunting various Galveston beaches. Nothing spectacular for me but plenty of targets to make it fun. I used my Whites Surfmaster PI on this trip and found the usual handful of clad coins, toys and junk jewelry. Notable finds were the silver frog ring marked .925, India 1 Rupee coin, Fiji 1 cent, rabies tag and one of the pennies was a wheat cent. Jess made the big find with a Continue readingShare this on: