December 96 Bottle Dig

In December of 1996 a construction crew unearthed an old bottle dump in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
The site is now the location of town homes. Until the constuction covered the site with concrete
and buildings, alot of good old bottles and relics from the early days of Fort Worth
and other Texas places were dug here.



Here are the log sheets from the bottle dig in December!

Dec.29, 1996
Dec.28, 1996
Dec.25, 1996
Dec.24, 1996
Dec.22, 1996
Dec.20, 1996
Dec.19, 1996
Dec.18, 1996
Dec.17, 1996
Dec.16, 1996
Dec.15, 1996
Dec.14, 1996
Dec.13, 1996
Dec.12, 1996






December 29th
Date of Last Hunt: Sunday Dec.29,1996
Length of hunt: 1 hour.
Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
Items Found: 1- 1942 wheat cent.
Euipment used: Shovels, rakes, and sifters.
Comments: Used the sifter the entire hour. Not to impressive today! This hunting site may be drawing to a close unless the construction opens up another good hole.
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December 28th
Date of Last Hunt: Saturday Dec.28,1996
Length of hunt: 4.5 Hours.
Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
Items Found: 1- Clay marble, 1- Large brown "Bennington" marble, 1- "shooter" marble, 2-Bottles (1- "Bayer" and 1- plain perfume),
Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, rakes, and sifters.
Comments: Since the bottles are getting hard to find I have been using the sifter more. These past few weeks have got to be the most hunting I've ever done without using a metal detector!!
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December 25th
Date of Last Hunt: Wednesday Dec.25,1996
Length of hunt: 1.5 Hours.
Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
Items Found: 1- "Palmolive" token. (Good for one free cake with purchase of one...)
Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, rakes, and sifters.
Comments: Since the bottles are getting hard to find I have been using the sifter. Couldn't resist going out today even though it was Christmas. Had to try out the new sifter I built!
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December 24th
Date of Last Hunt: Tuesday Dec.24,1996
Length of hunt: 3 Hours.
Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
Items Found: 1- Clay marble, 1- Glass stopper, 3- buttons 3-Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- J.Bourne & Sons Vitreous Stone Bottle London England,
  • 1- Plain medical vial (still contains white powder),
  • 1- Plain medical (1 3/4" square),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, rakes, and sifters.
    Comments: Since the bottles are getting hard to find I have been using the sifter more.
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    December 22th
    Date of Last Hunt: Sunday Dec.22,1996
    Length of hunt: 6 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 2- Glass bottle stoppers 1- Bennington marble (brown) 25-Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- Wine (large, green, with pontil mark),
  • 1- "Texas Brewing Co." Ft. Worth Texas,
  • 1- "Pepto Mangan" "gude" (octagon),
  • 1- "Chamberlain's Medical Co." Des Moines IA (1900s),
  • 1- "Free Sample" (baby food jar, 1900s),
  • 1- Shoe polish,
  • 1- Ink well,
  • 1- Snuff Jar (one dot on bottom),
  • 1- "Moroline" jar,
  • 1- "Bromo Seltzer" Emerson Drug Co. (4 1/2" cobalt blue),
  • 1- Poison (brown, triangle),
  • 1- Peppersauce (plain),
  • 1- "Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup" The Anglo American Drug Co.,
  • 1- "Putnam" Dry Cleaner,
  • 1- Half pint whiskey flask,
  • 1- "Dodson's" Livertone (1900s)
  • 1- "French's" (1900s, mustard jar),
  • 1- "High Trade Cola" Fort Worth Texas,
  • 1- "J.W. Buckman Bottler" Denison, Sherman Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • 6- Medical (various sizes, colors and shapes),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, rakes,
    Comments: Hit another little pocket of bottles...but it didn't last long!
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    Bottles



    December 20th
    Date of Last Hunt: Friday Dec.20,1996
    Length of hunt: 3 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 2- Glass bottle stoppers, (1 brown and 1 clear), and 7- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- "Tioga Mineral Wells Co." Tioga Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • 1- "E.R. Durkee and Co." Ney York (salad dressing 1900s),
  • 1- "Mrs. Stewart's Bluing (1900s),
  • 1- Pepsi Cola (definitely 1900s),
  • 1- Dr. C.H. Tichenor's "Antiseptic Refrigerant",
  • 1- 2 1/2 Fluid oz. plain bottle (1900s),
  • 1- Pilot Point Bottling Wks. Pilot Point Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: Bottles are getting harder to find. The construction crews are hauling them off faster than we are!
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    bottles



    December 19th
    Date of Last Hunt: Thursday Dec.19,1996
    Length of hunt: 2 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 10- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- Texas Bottling Co. Ft. Worth Texas (without logo),
  • 1- "Johnsons American Anodyne Linament",
  • 1- "McCleans Volcanic Oil Linament"
  • 1- "Knoxit",
  • 1- Carters 8 fluid oz. (ink),
  • 1- John R. Dickey's "Old Reliable Eye Water",
  • 3- Plain round medical (1", 3", and 4"),
  • 1- plain 7" household,
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: The bottles are getting harder to find. The construction crew is hauling them off faster than we are!
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    December 18th
    Date of Last Hunt: Wednesday Dec.18,1996
    Length of hunt: 1 Hour.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 4- Glass bottle stoppers, 1- Insulator (brown), and 12- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- Moroline jar,
  • 1- Plain hutchinson soda bottle (faceted bottom),
  • 2- "Tioga Mineral Wells Co." Tioga Texas,
  • 1- Plain whiskey flask (one pint),
  • 1- "Peroxide of Hydrogen" (brown),
  • 1- "Carnier Lamoureux" paris,
  • 1- "Bisurated Magnesia",
  • 1- "The Fair" Toilet Department- Fort Worth,
  • 1- Texas Bottling Co. Ft. Worth Texas (w/ 3 leaf clover logo),
  • 1- Texas Bottling Co. (without logo),
  • 1- "Bromo Seltzer" Emerson Drug Co. (cobalt blue 4 3/4"),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    Hutch bottles



    December 17th
    Date of Last Hunt: Tuesday Dec.17,1996
    Length of hunt: 2 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 21- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- "Uncle Joe Bottling Co." Fort Worth Texas (1900s),
  • 1- "Sanford Inks and Library Pastes" (brown quart 1900S),
  • 1- "Dallas Brewery" Dallas Texas (brown beer),
  • 1- Hick's Capudine " For all headaches colds & cripp, etc." (brown),
  • 1- "Fredrick Stearns and Co." Detroit Mich. (brown triangle),
  • 1- Moroline jar,
  • 1- "30 Phenolax Wafers" Upjohn,
  • 1- Drinking glass,
  • 1- "Dr. Prices Delicious Flavoring Extract",
  • 1- "Fort Worth Bottling Co." Ft Worth Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • 1- "Milks" Emulsion (brown 1900s),
  • 1- Listerine (early 1900s),
  • 1- "Carters" ink well,
  • 1- Olive Jar (1900s),
  • 1- "J.F. Howard" Haverhill Mass.
  • 1- Plain peppersauce bottle,
  • 1- "Castoria" (1900s),
  • 2- Jars (small clear 1800s),
  • 1- Medical (9" clear 1900s),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    December 16th
    Date of Last Hunt: Monday Dec.16,1996
    Length of hunt: 3 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 22- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 6- "Tioga Mineral Wells Co." Tioga Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • 1- Snuff jar (brown),
  • 1-"Alta Vista" Pasturized Milk & Cream (half pint),
  • 1- 7" Plain pickle jar (1900s),
  • 3- "Pilot Point Bottling Wks." Pilot Point Texas,
  • 1- "Pilot Point Bottling Wks." ("this bottle is never sold" on bottom),
  • 1- Plain half gallon jug (clear, 1900s),
  • 2- Extract bottles (plain 1900s 5 1/2"),
  • 1- "vaseline" Chesebrough co. (brown 1900s),
  • 1- 1800s soda bottle (plain aquamarine),
  • 1- Plain flask (pat 1898 on bottom),
  • 1- Medical (4" plain ),
  • 1- "Pompeian Massage Cream" (early 1900s),
  • 1- "Dr. W.B. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin" (Monticello Ill. early 1900s)
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    December 15th
    Date of Last Hunt: Sunday Dec.15,1996
    Length of hunt: 4 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 1- Large round glass stopper and 38- Bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 8- Medical bottles (various shapes and sizes, all plain),
  • 5- Extract bottles (various sizes, plain),
  • 5- General household bottles (various shapes and sizes),
  • 5- "Tioga Mineral Wells Co." Tioga Texas (hutchinson soda bottle),
  • 2- plain hutchinson soda bottles,
  • 3- Snuff jars (brown),
  • 1- "Milks" Emulsion,
  • 1-"Shaw Bros." Pasturized Milk & Cream (one pint),
  • 1- 7" Plain pickle jar (1900s),
  • 1- "Ancier's" emulsion (1900s),
  • 1- "Dodson's" Livertone (1900s),
  • 1- "The Piso Company" (brown, Hazeltine co. 1900s),
  • 1- "Artesia Bottling Co." Fort Worth Texas (clear),
  • 1- "Artesia Bottling Co." (7 oz. blue),
  • 2- Whiskeys (1 large round and 1 smalll flask w/ embosssed eagle),
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    December 14th
    Date of Last Hunt: Saturday Dec.14,1996
    Length of hunt: 5 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: 2-Glass Bottle Stoppers (1 brown & 1 clear), Glass Cap (pat Sept. 20th 1898), and 92 Bottles! Heres the breakdown:
  • 1- 4 1/2 " Plain Medical (1800s),
  • 1- 4 1/2" Plain Medical (1900s),
  • 1- 3 1/2" Plain Medical (round 1800s),
  • 1- 2" Plain Medical (vial 1800s),
  • 1- 5" Plain Flask,
  • 1- "Groves Tasteless Tonic" Prepared by Paris Medicine (St. Louis),
  • 1- "Herbine" Herbine Co. (St. Louis),
  • 1- Lysol (early 1900s),
  • 1- Wine (green with deep pontil),
  • 1- Ball "Perfect Mason #1" Jar (1900-1915),
    The rest of the bottles in the list are all hutchinson soda bottles.
  • 1- Plain,
  • 2- Plain (bottom stamped "The Liquid"),
  • 1- "Texas Bottling and Candy Co." Fort Worth Texas (damaged),
  • 1- "Artesia Bottling Co." Sherman Texas (chipped),
  • 1- A. Craus Bottling Works" Mckinney, Van Alstyne & Plano Texas,
  • 8- "Pilot Point Bottling Wks." Pilot Point Texas,
  • 7- "Pilot Point Bottling Wks." ("this bottle is never sold" on bottom),
  • 61- "Tioga Mineral Wells Co." Tioga Texas
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    Hutch bottle



    December 13th
    Date of Last Hunt: Friday Dec.13,1996
    Length of hunt: 4 Hours.
    Location Description: A construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: Glass Bottle Stopper (brown), and 30 more bottles...Heres the breakdown:
  • 12- General medical bottles (asst. shapes/sizes, Pre 1900's,plain),
  • 3-General medical bottles (asst. shapes/sizes,Early 1900's,plain),
  • 1- Quality Beverage Co. "Property of Coca Cola" (damaged),
  • 1- Plain drink bottle (5/14" early 1900's),
  • 1- Square ink well (cobalt blue),
  • 1- "Lea and Perrin's" Worcestershire Sauce (late 1800's),
  • 1- 2 1/2 fluid oz. shoe polish bottle (plain),
  • 1- 6 oz. flask (plain 1800''s),
  • 1- "Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption" (Bucklen & Co.),
  • 2- "Acrumen's Pergative Peas",
  • 1- "Mrs. Stewart's" Blueing (early 1900,s),
  • 1- Malador Mfg. Co. (Lancaster Ohio),
  • 1- Moroline jar,
  • 1- Vaseline (Chesebrough Mfg. Co Late 1800's-very early 1900's),
  • 1- "Johnson's" American Anodyne Linament,
  • 1- "Circle A Brand" (Waco Tex.- Damaged soda bottle)

  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    Bottles




    December 12th
    Date of Last Hunt: Thursday Dec.12,1996
    Length of hunt: 3 Hours.
    Location Description: Construction site that unearthed an old city dump.
    Items Found: Clay pipe, Pestle, 48 Bottles...heres a breakdown:
  • 35-General medical bottles (asst. shapes/sizes, Pre 1900's,plain),
  • 2- "Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic Refigerant" (New Orleans LA),
  • 1- "N.N. True Druggist" (Fort Worth Tex.),
  • 2- W.M.R. Warner & Co. (Philidelphia-1-round and 1-square),
  • 2- "The Panterapean Company" (New York),
  • 4- "Acruman's pergative Peas",
  • 1- "Brown's Iron Bitters" (damaged),
  • 1- "Capera Mfg. Co." (Fort Worth Tex.-damaged).
  • Euipment used: Petzel headlamps, shovels, and rakes.
    Comments: This constuction site spans about three city blocks. We will be hunting this site until its paved over. We're going to try and hunt this site every day until it's gone. We have been hunting in the evenings after the construction has ended. Sometimes until well after dark! Most of the bottles from this site are pre 1900!...Unless noted otherwise.
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    N.N. True Druggist Bottle



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