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  1. #1

    Nov 2013
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    Found A Buried Wagon In Missouri On A River Bend Need Help!

    This is crazy, SO the other day I was kayaking the Missouri river and headed down a little side creek. When out of the corner of my eye i saw what looked to be a old wagon wheel with wood spokes. I decided to go closer and to my supersize it was! So with my wife and I both being on our day of we decided to go dig it up and metal detect around the area. Well after getting the wheel fully exposed we realized it was still attached to a axial so we freaked out. We decided to spend the next 4 hours digging 8 feet down and found the other wheel at the end of the axial which seems to be broken. The spokes are on it still but not the metal rim or the wooden rim.

    Trying to dig further we found that its attached to what looks like where it would be drawn by horses. Here is the catch its upside down, we found some bits of old china and some glass bottles. After looking up the makers marks of the bottles and plates we come to the fact that they are from 1880-1930. Three of the glass items including the china are from WV but two are from local glass makers no longer around. Those two are St. Louis Glass Works 1821-1877 and Obear-Nestor Glass Company 1894-1978 From East Saint Louis.

    Here is where we need help. We have no idea what to do at this point, we want this dug up and not to be taken hold of by the state and to be told to leave it alone. Ive Thought maybe call a local college to see if they will but I dont think they will care. This wagon has wooden axles and the wheels are roughly 54in with wooden spokes. I will attach photos, im sorry but at the point at which we dug down to the other wheel we were so covered in mud that we couldn't very well handle our phones for pictures.

    Is there anyone from missouri willing to help us dig this up? After looking at wagons and types i think the one posted below is what we found.
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  2. #2
    May 2015
    North Georgia
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    Damn, Brother that is outstanding!!
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  3. #3
    Jan 2010
    DFW Texas
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    Awesome find, you definitely have your work cut out for you unearthing that thing, but there could be some goodies around and underneath it. Kind of reminds me of playing Oregon Trail on the old Apple II, I was always breaking axles.
    Last edited by AlienLifeForm; Apr 23, 2017 at 10:23 PM.

  4. #4

    Feb 2016
    West Ky
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    Most unusual find for sure, congratulations! My advice, get a shovel!
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  5. #5
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    You might consider posting a request in the Sub-Forums: Missouri as well...
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  6. #6
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    After your recovery, your next step should be to do a real good search up stream. If it was loaded and rolled over in the water and got swept down stream, it more than likely dumped everything upstream from where it rolled. Then start working down stream for any smalls. You've got a britches wetting find! And a lot of fun searching to go! Keep us updated!
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  7. #7
    Apr 2017
    Bay Area, CA
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    What a great find! Congrats. I definitely admire your determination in unearthing that beast.

    Just so happens I grew up in Missouri and worked on the river for a bit.

  8. #8
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  9. #9
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
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    might have flipped off a river raft long ago

  10. #10
    Mar 2015
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    That is an amazing find!! 54" wheels? That's a really big wheel for a standard wagon or buggy.
    Should be interesting to see what it is. Who knows, maybe you found a cannon.
    PLEASE keep us updated.

  11. #11

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County
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    Awesome Find ! & I agree Don't Trust Authorities.
    there are at least 4 Types that will Get ya !

    1. the Greedy one who Insists it must stay there for all to enjoy.
    2. the other Greedy Type who insists an Archie must be involved to decide does it Stay. or Go in a Museum.
    3. the Enviro Psychotic who decided the Magical river Frog only ever heard of when someone other then themselves
    want something done, may have Babies in the Mud your digging.
    and 4. the speculator who insists all must be studied and all permits must be paid in full along with
    all dots and dashes filed in.
    like a million dollar insurance policy on hand etc.

    not knowing the exact area or odds. these are just for fun and speculation.

    Chariton courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.), 24 March 1911.
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    Chariton courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.) 1878-current, March 24, 1911, Image 7 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

    The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), 19 Nov. 1905.
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    The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), 14 Feb. 1902.
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    The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, February 14, 1902, Page 12, Image 12 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

    Kansas City journal. (Kansas City, Mo.), 18 March 1898.
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    Kansas City journal. (Kansas City, Mo.) 1897-1928, March 18, 1898, Page 6, Image 6 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress
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  12. #12
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    Maybe they tried to cross the river in a rainy season and got washed downstream....I wouldn't get local authorities or state involved. Try it on your own and involve friends. Heck make a field day out of it for the family. Is it on public land or private? This is cool
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  13. #13

    Dec 2015
    Maryland's eastern shore
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    Heck of a find congrats
    Growing old is not for sissies I thought it would take longer to get old.

  14. #14
    That's a really neat find. Due to the iron wheels, it's probably 1880-1920 period. The glass also looks beginning of the 20th century. Of course, you could have Barbers, Seateds, etc. just waiting for you.

  15. #15
    kcm is offline
    Feb 2016
    NW Minnesota
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    What a FABULOUS piece of history!!

    I agree with the DIY approach. If you had another 4 to 6 healthy people, do you think it could be dug out by hand? If not, is there any way to get a small track hoe there without trespassing? Who owns the adjacent land?
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