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    us
    Sep 2018
    Nazareth, PA
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    Detecting Amusement Park

    So I use to work at this amusement park that started in 1902. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushkill_Park

    I'm doing some volunteer work there and got permission to detect pretty much everywhere on the park property. It has been detected before. So far found a bunch of nails, bolts and pull tabs. Coolest thing so far was a newer sledge hammer and an old railroad spike for the train ride. Will be back. It's a good place for me to familiarize myself with my detector as I'm new to this.

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell, AZ
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    Amusement parks are good. Carnival sites better. I hunted the SW corner of a site in Milwaukee (see post of several years ago) that held a carnival on many occasions. I found 28 wheaties, 4 silver dimes, a silver quarter and a 1922 buff nickel. Only one Zincoln! The topsoil was pushed to the rear per EPA regs for an upcoming project. TTC

    EDIT: see posts starting July 9, 2008 and up to and beyond July 29, 2008
    Last edited by TerryC; Jun 14, 2019 at 03:30 PM.
    I love the smell of HOPPE'S no.9 in the morning!

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    Hawks88

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    Good places to hunt. People go there to spend money. Keep at it you are bound to find something interesting. Good luck.
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    I’d jump at the chance to detect amusement park grounds. As Hawk said “you’re bound to find something interesting”.
    Good luck!
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    us
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    Never had an opportunity,, to hunt an amusement park but it would be so cool, first place I'd hunt is under the roller coaster hahaha
    Ain't here for a long time, but I'm here for a good time

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    Deep1

    Dec 2018
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    I would start by identifying coin spots. Where people paid for tickets and concession stands. Is there any old pictures?
    Start with high discrimination. Take out pennies,nickels,nails pull tabs, bottle caps and everything up to silver on your detector.
    Use good headphones, listen for weak signals and dig them.
    Cherry pick for silver, in an amusement park, I wouldn't think there is much gold. I wouldn't bother with penny targets and below.
    The park has been there for 117 years, there're coins there.
    Go slow, swing slow.
    Look for a silver hit. When you dig one, there will be more near.
    If it's old, I'll dig it, dive on it, detect it or sometimes when I get lucky just bend over and pick it up.

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    DETECTING TIP: Go to the amusement park or carnival. Map out where the concession stands are or where money exchanges hands. Another spot to check is the grass parking lots. These are a few of the best places to go coin hunting on the grounds. TTC
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    I love the smell of HOPPE'S no.9 in the morning!

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    us
    May 2009
    Mercer county, Pa
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    Another is the old picnic areas. A lot of companys used to have their annual get togethers at these places.
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    Coin Rescue Tech

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    Congrats on that sweet permission. I'd go look at historic aerials for a reference of what it looked like in the past. Good Luck
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    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

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    CASPER

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    when i was younger i did good at a few old amusement parks that closed - one area i was getting lots of IH pennies - guessing something was there that cost 1c
    then another spot near an old dance hall i was getting lot of barber dimes
    Ive been trying to search on line for where there was an old carnival over 100 yrs old that i hit with some older hunters when i was like 16 (round 1979)
    an old timer told us of this spot where they held carnivals for over 100 yrs up to when he was a teenager and it was now an over grown field
    others had expensive machine of that time - G.E.Bs by whites etc and for some reason theirs were acting up - my $99 Compass
    was getting some interference but I was still finding all kinds of Barbers - v nickles - buffalos and IHs
    other guys drove and even though they saw i was killing it they werent gonna stay and watch me - so we left
    i bet there is a neighborhood there now but wish i could find the area to see if there is anything left to possibly hunt
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    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

  11. #11
    us
    Sep 2018
    Nazareth, PA
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    Found more nails, bolts and the like. Found some old square nails. Also found some old rings from the carousel and .22 shells from the old shooting game. So far up to 38 cents clad.... All the relics and things I don't want are being donated back to them to create a collage of things found. So pretty cool none the less.
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    Dennis

    Sep 2018
    Conshohocken PA
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    Good luck dude I am familiar with that place love Bushkill Falls but haven’t been there for years
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