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    Hunting a ghost town field

    I have finally finished the 3rd video from a ghost town that Evan (Gonehunting for History) an I have been scouring. This is a town that existed about 30 years, but nothing remains of it today. This is a site that took me 12 years to be able to hunt. It took 10 years to get permission and then another 2 years to hunt it. The current farmer is a no-till guy, so that mean he goes into the field twice; once to plant and once to cut. There is ALWAYS stubble (has been corn for over 2 years) but he finally planted soybeans and the harvest took left the ground clear and open. Evan and I jumped in within a couple days.










    I have left a lot of footage on the proverbial cutting room floor in my attempt to keep video length manageable. I have enough to make another of just relics and tokens, PLUS I still want to make one about the town map and GPS plotting of the finds. I referenced it in the first vid but they were already too long to add it in on the back.

    Some of the scenes were in Evans videos so you may a bit of dejavu.

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    WOW. Nice old coins, the 1901 no mint mark barber dime has a lot of detail. The research really paid off, and enjoyed the videos.

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    never know what might be lost or buried around a place like that,nice digs!
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    cool finds and videos Jason. I wont pry too much but was this an Okie ghost town or North of the state line? just curious, if you gave that much info in one of the vids I missed it. I have a property West of me that is very similar, in Lincoln County and working on permission to hunt it. It is also in farmland at an old ghost town site that isn't in any of the books ive read on ghost towns in Oklahoma.
    The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as a lion

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    Great vids, cool finds, thanks for sharing.

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    Great videos and finds. Thanks for shareing.
    Bullet:Mich.

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    always enjoy both of yours vids, entertaining and great finds. a nd you lived up to your name ....again
    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper733 View Post
    cool finds and videos Jason. I wont pry too much but was this an Okie ghost town or North of the state line? just curious, if you gave that much info in one of the vids I missed it. I have a property West of me that is very similar, in Lincoln County and working on permission to hunt it. It is also in farmland at an old ghost town site that isn't in any of the books ive read on ghost towns in Oklahoma.
    Yes, this is in the state of Oklahoma. I really kills me, because I would LOVE to talk about the town, all the history I have found and what I am still looking for. I can't even say the name or this site will be gone. I know there are people in my area who will go trespass and hunt my spots if they can figure out where they are.

    One thing I have found is that the "books" are often wildly wrong on details!

    Tips-

    On permissions, the land "owner" and the farmer are very often different people. The only reason I finally got access to this place was because a friend of mine lives nearby and knows who the farmer was. I got the run around from the owner for years, always told me that he didn't care, but the person who farms it doesnt want anyone there. Once I FINALLY had the farmers name it was a matter of minutes before I had permission to hunt!

    Don't give up until you have gridded and hunted every square foot! My first attempts at detecting through the stubble only resulted in a couple shotgun caps and bits of copper and aluminum trash. It really seemed like maybe there wasn't anything to find there. If I gave up I would have missed all that.

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    that's allot of cool silver for one site in such a short amount of time
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    that's allot of cool silver for one site in such a short amount of time
    I just wonder how much we could have found if we had been the first ones to hunt it!
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    I see people post that we in the east have the best chance for good finds. Well, I believe they should watch your videos. Jason, I hope to see more videos of your finds. I am sure you are not through with the good finds yet.
    If there is no truth in your words, you may as well be mute.

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    That looks like it was an incredible and fun hunt! There sure were a lot of O mint mark silver, and that 1895 o dime is a fantastic find. Thanks for sharing your joys of the hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    That looks like it was an incredible and fun hunt! There sure were a lot of O mint mark silver, and that 1895 o dime is a fantastic find. Thanks for sharing your joys of the hunt.
    At first I was confused by the large amount of old New Orleans mint silver I found in my area, but the Denver mint didn't begin production until 1906. Before that, N.O. was the closest mint so it makes sense these older coins would have come from there.

    I have toured the NO mint and it's really cool to be in the place where these coins were created.
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    Thanks for the tips Jason, again cool finds and videos!
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    The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as a lion

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    I sure miss the opportunities Oklahoma offers. The diversity of all the abandoned homesteads that would be available. Just think that every quarter section they had to build a home to claim that quarter section. I understand that during and after the Great Dust Bowl of the 30s so many sold their land and moved west to California. As I remember there are quite a few old homesteads that you would never know they were there. Just like your ghost town, Jason.
    Just north of Drummond OK., west of Enid is where I found my first find, an 1882 silver dollar. I heard a lot of accounts of how there was a lot of miss trust in the banks during those times. There has to be more silver treasure out there and sincerely hope you find a lot more Jason.

 

 
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