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  1. #1

    May 2012
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    Iowa detecting

    Live in small town of Runnells and was looking for any new places or ideas of good places to find old coins?

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    You and me both, I just North of Des Moines.

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    us
    Jan 2010
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    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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    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.

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    us
    Jan 2017
    Des Moines, IA
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    Anyone out there still active?
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    us
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    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.
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    Grant Brandenburg

    Jan 2013
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    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.
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    us
    Mar 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamrock View Post
    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.
    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.
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    us
    Mar 2014
    New Glarus,WI
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    A couple of resources,if you don't have them...NETR Online ? Historic Aerials and Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy ?

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    us
    Mar 2016
    Hawkeye State - Area 515
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    us
    Mar 2013
    Kansas
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    Van Cleve and Ormanville are two of several abandoned town cites that should be worth checking out.
    A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

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    Jan 2017
    Des Moines, IA
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    Great to see the local activity

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    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    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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    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    us
    Mar 2016
    Hawkeye State - Area 515
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    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
    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....

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    us
    Nov 2012
    Ankeny Iowa
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    I have always thought that Buxton or Enterprise would make for a great hunt. Enterprise is mostly corn field now.
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