May 29, 2012, 11:17 PM
Live in small town of Runnells and was looking for any new places or ideas of good places to find old coins?
Jun 09, 2012, 06:49 AM
You and me both, I just North of Des Moines.
Jun 09, 2012, 06:32 PM
Do you have any places where a carnival sets up once a year? If there was a place like that from many years ago (or even recent) it would likely have coins from under any ride that moved fast or spun the occupants upside down. There used to a lot of amusement parks in Iowa that have shut down over the years (I had family in Spencer Iowa and we used to visit in the 1960's). Do some research.
Also look for places (get an old railway map from the 1920's thru 1940's) that were used as watering sites for steam trains - these sites are no longer in operation (as railway stops), but often have interesting finds. This type of railway stop is all over the country. Do some research in your area.
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Jun 10, 2012, 05:07 PM
Great idea on the carnival!
I did a few overlays from the 30's today, found 7 spots I doubt anyone has been, I'll post when I get a chance to check them out.
Jan 08, 2017, 06:27 AM
Anyone out there still active?
Jan 08, 2017, 08:08 AM
I'm very active in Des Moines (and surrounding). I can put you on a few spots where you will have a great chance to recover old coins, jewelry, and relics.
Jan 08, 2017, 08:43 AM
Many moons ago I did a book report at Ankeny high school and the subject had to be something on state of lowa. I chose a book title I believe, The Geology of Iowa? One of the chapters covered in the book was on the coal mining industry of Iowa and in particular a town called Buxton, Iowa was covered in the chapter. Buxton was a boom town of mostly Black coal miners that operated at it's hight from 1895 to 1927. To this day, I've always thought the location of the ghost town of Buxton, Iowa would be an excellent place to investigate with a detector. I got an A and a high 5 from the teacher on that book report. I recall she found my research the most interesting of all the reports handed in.
Jan 08, 2017, 08:59 AM
Ha, I've thought the same thing about Buxton. Lots of important black history on that site. Another spot for military history detecting (including black officer training) is the park adjoining Ft. Des Moines that used to be part of the Ft.
Originally Posted by tamrock
Jan 08, 2017, 09:25 AM
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Jan 08, 2017, 10:41 AM
Van Cleve and Ormanville are two of several abandoned town cites that should be worth checking out.
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Jan 08, 2017, 06:34 PM
Great to see the local activity
Jan 08, 2017, 08:01 PM
watch out for that deft-tones fellow though. He's having psychotic delusions of having found old coins in that area. He's harmless as long as he takes his meds
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Jan 09, 2017, 07:54 AM
Ha, I swear I'm not baiting someone to search deep in the woods for the crusty zinc pennies I seeded. Those coins were all pre-82....
Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA
Jan 09, 2017, 10:47 AM
I have always thought that Buxton or Enterprise would make for a great hunt. Enterprise is mostly corn field now.
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