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  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2012
    Coker, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 350
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    Metal Detecting

    Old Roads

    I was wondering if any of you have ever had any luck searching on old roads. The guy that lives next to me owns about 800 acres behind me that has an old house on it and an old grown over road that went by the house. He said I could hunt there when I get my MD. Just looking for ideas on how to hunt it and if the road is worth it or should I stick to the area around the house? The land is mostly woods and has not really been touched since the late 1800. Would it be worth searching in the woods? How far from the old house should I go. I am new to this and any ideas would be helpful...

  2. #2

    Nov 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Whites Silver Eagle, DFX, Shadow X-2
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    In some areas it can be the best place to dig.
    I know one former member of Eureka! detecting club found a five dollar gold coin in the ruts of an old wagon train road out here in Colorado. The coin was curved, from all the wagon wheels running over it.
    Plus, you have to realize how many people walked up and down those old roads.
    But in the end, hit everywhere!
    Go around the house first to gain experience, remembering to try and not destroy the yards, fill your holes properly, then maybe hit the woods.
    Look for any cellar holes in the woods, or any deep depressions, and dig around them.
    Good luck!
    Carl

  3. #3
    us
    Jun 2012
    Coker, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 350
    39
    1 times
    Metal Detecting
    Just talked to another guy about 5 miles from my house who had an old house on his land that was torn down about 10 years ago, he said he finds stuff on the ground around where the old house was all the time. He said I could come hunt anytime and keep whatever I find. He also said there was another house on his brothers land next door that was built in the Early1800 that I could hunt around. Now I just need to get my metal detector..

    Just yesterday I was wondering where I was going to hunt now I have some good places so I will have to get my MD ordered.

  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2012
    Western NC
    Garrett's
    535
    171 times
    Metal Detecting
    Get that detector and start huntin'! Sounds like you've got some nice areas lined up.
    The second house would be a good area to start. A good way to learn the sounds of nails, scrap, etc.
    Never buy anything you have to feed or paint. ---Old Hobo Wisdom---

  5. #5
    us
    Mar 2003
    NW Montana
    62
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I hunted an old two track road at one time and was surprised by the number of coins I found along that road that really appeared to go nowhere. I mentioned it to a man who owned property near the road and he said that there was a horse boarding stable for years right by that road and people rode their horses up and down it for years. Apparently bouncing up and down that road on horses people lost a lot of change out of their pockets. I haven't had that kind of luck on every road but that one certainly did produce a lot of coins.

  6. #6
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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    Look at it this way, you won't find a lot or a lot of junk targets, but you will probably find some very interesting finds. I searched a short driveway into an old church site and found an indian head penny and that was only 50'. Do the road in the fall or early winter when the vegetation is down. Do around the houses when you get your detector. WATCH OUT for old wells. Some were just covered with boards that are now rotted.Name:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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  7. #7
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    Reptoid

    Mar 2012
    Divide, Colorado
    Tesoro Vaquero, Garrett Pro Pointer
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Why would an old road be a good place to hunt? I can't see it. People don't throw good stuff out of their car window. Don't waste your time.

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2012
    Coker, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 350
    39
    1 times
    Metal Detecting
    Its an old wagon road and horse trail that used to be used to go to Tuscaloosa. It was never paved it is a grown over dirt wagon road.

  9. #9
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
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    Badger, A lot of people walked those roads. 1800's cars?Name:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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  10. #10
    us
    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000
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    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by badger View Post
    Why would an old road be a good place to hunt? I can't see it. People don't throw good stuff out of their car window. Don't waste your time.
    Prior to the 1900s there were hardly any cars so everyone rode in wagons or on horseback and most walked. That is the reason these old roads to homesteads from the 1800s and earlier are great places to hunt. While bouncing down these unpaved roads there were alot of stuff bounced out of pockets.

    Good luck

    NJ

    P.S. I would also hunt the house site first, the road second then the woods beyond the original homestead last.

  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2011
    North Las Vegas
    Teknetics T2 SE
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    I would love to have an opportunity like you have.
    Get the metal detector and hunt everywhere.
    Keep good notes and use a grid system.
    How deep was the find-age-condition?
    Luck dog-all I have to hunt is a hot boring desert.
    S&M Prospecting
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  12. #12
    us
    Jun 2012
    Coker, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 350
    39
    1 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by ahaulil View Post
    I would love to have an opportunity like you have.
    Get the metal detector and hunt everywhere.
    Keep good notes and use a grid system.
    How deep was the find-age-condition?
    Luck dog-all I have to hunt is a hot boring desert.
    He has found old axe blades old metal tools and silverware laying on the ground or when he was planting his garden about 25 yards from where the old house was. HE found what he thinks is an old tin plate. I hope to get out there sometime next week.

  13. #13
    us
    May 2012
    Northern Indiana
    Bounty Hunter
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good luck on the hunt, and keep us posted! Sounds like some great sites.

  14. #14
    us
    Jun 2012
    Coker, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 350
    39
    1 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by DeerStalker View Post
    Good luck on the hunt, and keep us posted! Sounds like some great sites.
    I will post photos if I find anything, waiting for my Ace 350 and will get started.....

  15. #15
    us
    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
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    I used to hunt old roads around cellar hole area - as mentioned above - people road horses
    stuff came out their pockets - and pockets werent as good back then
    I have found large cents and small silver - indianheads galore
    so give it a shot - you never know till you try
    goodluck
    "Casper" - coincidence -check it out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casper_(name) -
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

 

 
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