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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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    Detecting disappointments

    Recently I've just had a huge disappointment with a site.

    I discovered a ghost town, did some research, found the history of the area went as far back as the mid 1700's.

    There were businesses, houses, a railroad, indian villages...you name it...it was a totally awesome site.

    I scouted it...took pictures, even weedwacked some brush down to hunt it. Remnants of an old brick road/path, copper grounding rods...all kinds of markers where houses once stood. WOO-HOO...!!!

    You know what I found??..........SLAG!!! You want to talk about something to ruin a good place.
    Seems the area had been bulldozed by the current railroad and was also used as a slag and mine tailings dump. I'm talking acres here, not just a few square feet.

    Places where the houses should have been were piled high with rotted railroad ties.

    We found an area that seemed a bit more promising...the soil was mostly sand and couldn't figure out why. (I think now because of flooding as it was a lower elevation and closer to the river)...but under the sand...more slag. This was evidenced by a fallen tree whose roots had lifted from the ground. The slag was probably a foot deep.

    I found a couple bullet casings, shotgun shells and a couple chunks of metal that rang up as a nickle...but nothing that would show all the history of the area.

    What a shame that such a historic place would be burried under slag.

    And a second disappointment was a couple weeks ago. We finally had some rain and the local park was installing a new playground. OPEN, FRESHLY TURNED DIRT...WOOHOO!!!

    You know...those idiots worked in the pouring down rain to rush that job. They had it done in less than a week. Never had a chance to detect it. Someone warned me to hit it fast...stupid me!

    So what are your biggest disappointments?

    Al

    I think...therefore I am.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Sometimes these areas just are there to keep us on our toes to enjoy the hunt even more.

    One of my disappointments, besides my brother in law as a hunting partner, was one fresh water beach that drove all detectors crazy where you could hardly tell if you had a coin down there or what. The detectors would be unstable no matter what you did. Almost as bad as slag.
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  3. #3
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    pezhead and md'er

    Apr 2008
    rhode island
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    i guess my biggest disappointment was missed opportunities from construction sites...
    my name is aimee and i'm from rhode island.  woonsocket area.
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  4. #4
    us
    Aug 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Here's todays disappointment.....

    Another park renovation. The backhoes are sitting where the basketball court was and the pic of the lumps of grass is where the playground equipment was.

    I stopped by this morning to detect it and found no way in. It's all fenced with the orange fence and the gate is sealed with caution tape.
    In the first pic, if you look about the center of it, is a small vial. Maybe an old perfume bottle or something.

    Gonna try swinging by after work one day to find out if there's a way to get in that area.

    Al
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    I think...therefore I am.

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2008
    Magnolia, TEXAS
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Got permission to hunt an old Honky Tonk north of Houston. The place was Known as Henry's Hideout or the hornest bar in Texas because of all the deer heads inside. It dates from the 1930's. The palce had been closed for about 5 years when I finall tracked down who owned it. Gave me permission to hunt it and only got out to it one time. The trash was terrible, the entire parking are was literally paved with bottle tabs and pull tabs. I made plans to go back and when I did the place was posted NO TRESPESSING. I talked to the care taker and he told me that the place hade been leased by the Mickey Gilley family and was going to reopen as the new Gilley's with the mechanical bull and all. Man I wished I found this place sooner.
    Metal detecting is like marrage...The better you listen the better the rewards.

  6. #6
    us
    May 2007
    Southeast Missouri
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    My hunting buddy and I went to an old neighborhood here in town and got permission to hunt a site that was built late 1890s. We thought we would find at least a few wheat pennies and maybe and IH or silver. But NO way.

    We started detecting and two hours later we had like 75 screw off caps to beer containers. Turned out it had been a crack house the last few years before being condemned by the city.

    If you see our posts almost every hunt we have is a disappointment.
    "It isn't the age, it's the mileage" IJ

  7. #7
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    pezhead and md'er

    Apr 2008
    rhode island
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Quote Originally Posted by deepskyal

    And a second disappointment was a couple weeks ago. We finally had some rain and the local park was installing a new playground. OPEN, FRESHLY TURNED DIRT...WOOHOO!!!

    You know...those idiots worked in the pouring down rain to rush that job. They had it done in less than a week. Never had a chance to detect it. Someone warned me to hit it fast...stupid me!

    So what are your biggest disappointments?

    Al

    i didnt even know they were doing that in my town at a elementary school. they had it all done within a couple days. i found out about it when a local free newspaper had pics of it on the front page. grrrrr.
    my name is aimee and i'm from rhode island.  woonsocket area.
    GOT PEZ??
    OLDEST COINS
    1914 wheatie penny!!!
    1899 V nickel
    1917 merc!
    1965 washington quarter
    Half-?
    Dollar-n/a

  8. #8
    us
    Mar 2007
    sw Pa.
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    I missed out on an area of land near the Monongahela River right in the area where Gen. Braddock &
    Washington crossed before they were ambushed & defeated enroute to Ft. Duquesne in 1755. They
    were also said to have retreated in 'great dis-array' following the battle. Anyhow, a piece of ground
    approx. 300 yds. by 100 yds. was cleared & graded & I hoped to get in there when they finished. But
    then they surrounded it with portable cyclone fence panels approx. 8 to 10 ft. high. Very probable
    some parts of the battle were fought here too, but the main ambush point isn't much more than 1/4
    to 1/2 mile away. Still may try to see if I can get in there. I pass 20 ft. from it 5 days a week & always
    think of getting in there.
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  9. #9

    May 2007
    New England
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    I've found two different old fair grounds (in different towns) by researching old maps, that are now woods or farmers fields and I thought for sure that they would have produced some great old coins. The first one I found an Indian Head penny within minutes of getting there only to find nothing after several days or continued hunting. The second one produced nothing but one old horse tack buckle. How can these sites give up nothing considering the amount of use they got at one time? It still mystifies me. I realize that maybe they have been hunted before but not that thoroughly!

  10. #10
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    MUD(S.W.A.T)

    Apr 2005
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Every darn 50c - $1 signal for the last 4 years is a piece of steel.

    Keep @ it and HH!!
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  11. #11

    May 2008
    Wilton, Maine
    White's M6
    86

    Re: Detecting disappointments

    Quote Originally Posted by incajoe
    I've found two different old fair grounds (in different towns) by researching old maps, that are now woods or farmers fields and I thought for sure that they would have produced some great old coins. The first one I found an Indian Head penny within minutes of getting there only to find nothing after several days or continued hunting. The second one produced nothing but one old horse tack buckle. How can these sites give up nothing considering the amount of use they got at one time? It still mystifies me. I realize that maybe they have been hunted before but not that thoroughly!
    I have also hunted a fairgrounds this summer, twice in fact, that has been in use for over 50 yrs. I think I got about a buck and a quarter total and only one wheat penny. I developed a theory besides it having been hunted in the past. I am thinking that the ground has been trod on, packed down and compressed so much that dropped coins sit on top for eyeball finds and are seldom given the chance or time to work themselves into the ground. Does that sound reasonable? T.

  12. #12
    AUCTIONEER

    Jul 2006
    Charlotte
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    I got a phone call a little over a month ago that they'd torn up Tryon St. in Charlotte, N.C. all the way down to below the trolley tracks that had been covered up since I guess maybe the late 40's. This was maybe a half mile from the square and history up a storm. I went the weekend after I got the call, and the trolley tracks had been dug up and hauled off. The old dirt had been hauled off to who knows where and new dirt brought in and compacted down. Nothing there to detect or find. I was bummed out pretty bad

    HH,
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  13. #13
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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

    Dec 2004
    Brentwood, NH
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    A friend of mine has property where the NH militia had an encampment while preparing to join in the Civil War (with documented proof). When he bought it a few years back I told him I'd love to detect the field that fall, when the grass and such died off. I even told him he could keep my finds, as they were part of his property's history. But then over that summer he sold about a foot of topsoil from the field. (and he didn't specifically know where it was sent). I detected the property anyway, which was now easier to do with all growth now out of the way, but the finds were very meager... some horse related items, but not a single piece of militaria in the lot.
    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

  14. #14
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    Jul 2008
    East Jordan, Michigan
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    The main road through town was torn up and re-paved. It was torn up all last summer.
    I planned ahead to take lots of time to hunt it. I live half a block from it.
    It was the first complete tear up - sidewalks and all- in 90 years.

    I only got a couple of times to go down and work it. It was full of junk, and had been filled with slag.
    Anyone ever heard of East Jordan Iron Works? I live in East Jordan.

    I still plan to hunt much of the earth that was removed. It was used to fill lots around town. I even got permission, but so far all I have found was clad and slag.


  15. #15
    us
    May 2007
    Southeast Missouri
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    Re: Detecting disappointments

    They are tearing up the street that runs through the OLDEST part of town and one with lots of CW history.

    On the way back from Caldwell Ks this Sunday I got a call from a guy I know who was hunting the place and found 2 buttons, 3 or 4 bullets and some other stuff. So I went last night hoping to find something and all I dug was square nails and aluminum cans.....
    "It isn't the age, it's the mileage" IJ

 

 
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