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    Quote Originally Posted by gentleone444 View Post
    Kinda creepy dude ......
    Yes, that Mackaydon is kind of creepy, eh ?

    Just kidding. He's one of the most skilled researchers (object ID's, etc... ) of any forum participant I've ever seen.
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    I had a Great Aunt and Uncle that lived near RR. You could throw a baseball from their back door and hit the tracks. It split their farm in two. A half mile down the tracks was a creek where the steam cars took on water. While taking on water they swept the train cars out, right onto the tracks. My Uncle would find coins several times a year. Hope you can find where they swept out the cars. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Yes, that Mackaydon is kind of creepy, eh ?

    Just kidding. He's one of the most skilled researchers (object ID's, etc... ) of any forum participant I've ever seen.
    Oh good to hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    See if you can find the modern coordinates of the spot on this map:

    http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/

    Then click a random spot on "Depot St." where you suspect a station / platform might have been. This will bring up a list of map dates at the bottom (might have to use the scroll bar to drag left or right). Click on the oldest one. That will bring up whatever topo map location is the oldest for your area. If it was a full blown structure, then there should be a black dot. But if it was just a platform, maybe not ?
    That website is amazing thanks so much for sharing! Im sure I will use it again and again in years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gentleone444 View Post
    Hmm howd ya know?

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    Weldon, NC. There is a depot there. It is now a historical site, no poking around. Before and during the CW, it was a busy place. At Weldon, the RR tracks going north changed gauge so all the cars (wheels) had to be changed. In the '90s, (I forget which year) 3 CW rifles were found up in the woodwork under the platform. I hunted the grounds, before prohibited, and found an 1882 silver dollar. VERY good condition .... except I put a very bad gouge on the obverse digging it up. Common date. Old depots are ALWAYS good places to hunt! ╦╦
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    Ok so i swung the area where i decided it most likely would have been for a couple of hours yesterday...tons of metal and really rocky ground with all the rr stone. Further out from the tracks there is a gravel mound parallel to the tracks and then some hard pack gravel parking lot. There are some wasteland type areas slightly east of where I believe the depot was that is easier to dig and I will probably hit again but I doubt I can really get down to the historical layer where the depot was with all the rr rock on top. Tons of rr metal also.

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