Over the last couple days I have managed a couple of hunts.
Friday over lunch I met up with PulltabMiner and we hunted in an area of Wichita that most detectorists are probably not willing to go. The location was several empty lots where the homes had been demolished for new highways. The result was a 1928 wheat penny and a neat little makeup compact that dates between 1906 and 1921. I was hoping that it had been resurrected as a coin tin but it wasn’t to be.
On Thursday morning I was approached by a gentleman who knew I was a detectorist. He said that I should hit his place. I was quite intrigued once I learned a little more. The home that currently stands on the land was built in 1935. I figured worst case scenario would be roosevelts, mercs, and wheats. After a little more research on the Kansas Memories website I realized that it was homesteaded previous to 1885. To further sweeten the deal he mentioned that the previous landowner held horse shows on this property that would draw 100′s of people in from around the midwest. Anyways Friday morning I started making plans for a few fellow mders to hunt it on Saturday morning. There were 4 of us that were able to make it. 1 silver coin, 3 wheat pennies, a very cool silver ring, and a silver button later we called it a day. I wish I could claim some decent finds from todays hunt but I can’t! All I dug was clad, bottlecaps, a hose nozzle, and other assorted rubbish. We all had a great time and the weather was good for swinging our things!
As a side note, one of the guys I hunted with on Saturday may have a way to get permission to hunt a site that I have wanted to hunt for a very long time. I am hoping that this works out because it is the kind of place that could produce seated coins… In the 1870′s and 1880′s many folks would travel to this destination resort for the “healing spring waters” that were in the area. I’m certain that these healing waters were not free to the public, meaning money switched hands!
Happy Hunting & Thanks for reading *\_