Sunday, May 24, 2015

Holiday Hunting

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

I am out on a holiday hunting adventure, but will be back in a few days.

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day.

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May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Dime

I found a dime and I am still a lot puzzled. When I started examining it I saw that it was a 1965 Roosevelt, but it seemed to be inside of a wedding band or small ring. After a little cleaning it really started to not look right. I went to the change and found a 1965 dime and got into a box of old coins to retrieve a 1964. It was obvious when compared,  my dime is smaller. A regular 1965 clad dime weighs 2.27 grams and my find weighs 2.0 grams. A Roosevelt dime is 17.9 millimeters and my find is between 16 and 17 millimeters.

So far I have not investigated by contacting an expert. I have to test the center as it seems that the ring is clad and the dime inside the ring is silver and missing a lot of detail. Here are some pictures.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting


 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

THE MECHANIC – Treasure Steamboat

May 9th, 1825

The Steamboat "Mechanic" Snagged and Lost to the Ohio River.

On Friday morning, May 6, 1825, the steamboat Mechanic departed Nashville, Tennessee. She had been chartered to deliver the American and French hero General Marquis de Lafayette (6 Sept. 1757—20 May 1834) and his traveling party to Marietta, Ohio. General Lafayette was on a grand tour of the United States and had just visited General Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage. Other notables on board other than Captain Hall and crew were Georges Lafayette, son of General Lafayette, the Governor of Tennessee, General William Carroll and staff, Governor Edward Coles of Illinois, General O'Fallon and Major Nash of Missouri and Isaac Shelby and Henry Clay of Kentucky.

There was a large round rock in the river just past the upper end of the Cannellton lock. It was called Elephant Rock from its shape and it was used as a navigational mark by steamboats going upstream. Before reaching it boats moved to the Kentucky side where the current was easier on the inside of a curve.This was the situation when the steamer was ascending the Ohio River on that rainy Sunday night. The boat, the Mechanic , moved to the Kentucky side and soon hit a submerged tree, called a snag, and sank around midnight.  The river was rough and in the darkness Lafayette lost his footing and tumbled headlong, into the river. Had it not been for the quick action of two sailors, he might have drowned in the Ohio River. However, the great man was no worse off than wet, so when the small boat reached the shore, fires were built and the 65-year-old Lafayette and his party spent the rest of the night on the Kentucky shore with a fire burning. At daybreak a rowboat was found and he was brought to a cabin near Elephant Rock on the Indiana side. He stayed here out of the rain until around noon when a downstream steamer, the Paragon, turned around and took him to Louisville. Bert Fenn found three eye-witness accounts which agreed with one another. So Lafayette was not wrecked on Rock Island nor did he spend the night at Lafayette Spring around 3/4 mile upstream from Elephant Rock, near the mouth of the Deer River, as some stories suggest.

There was no loss of life, but the Mechanic went down quick causing General Lafayette to lose $8000.00, his carriage, clothing and other personals. Captain Hall lost his desk which contained the ships purse and his personal money. Much more treasure went down, being there were so many notables aboard.

During low water these river banks could be very profitable, as the Mechanic and her treasures are still waiting to be salvaged.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Katy Train Robberies

After the Civil War the railroad industry expanded west at a feverish pace. As the railroads grew so did the numbers of gangs that had nothing to do but rob banks and trains. Robbing trains in the east was difficult due to the larger populous, but not impossible. The ease at which gangs pulled off robberies glorified the act to a new generation of young, nameless outlaws eager to try their hand at easy money with the chance of getting named the star of a dime novel.

The Missouri-Kansas and Texas Railroad (the Katy), because of its route through Indian Territory, was one of the most targeted rail lines in the country. It passed through large stretches of sparsely inhabited land which made it easy to rob. Gangs were targeting the Katy shortly after it laid the first tracks into the Cherokee Nation.

In response to this constant threat, the railroad hired lawmen to ride the rail line, particularly if a large shipment of money or goods was being transported. In 1894, Bud Ledbetter was hired by an express company to police the railroad. He was on the Katy in mid-November of that year when one of the more famous train robberies occurred.

The year 1894 had seen a great deal of outlaw activity. It was during this time that the U.S. government made a large payment to Cherokee citizens for the purchase of the Cherokee Strip — a northern section of land along the Kansas border. With so much money being transported and changing hands, bandits saw an opportunity for easy spoils.


John Moore, a railroad agent under Bud Ledbetter, told the story of two robberies that took place near the Katy Station, Parsons, Kansas in 1894. His account seems to suggest that he was seeking a reward and fame as an investigator, or that he was no better than the robbers who did the job. A couple of bandits robbed the Katy of $35,000 in gold coin and buried it along the tracks in a leather sack. A month later, the same bandits robbed another Katy train at the same place, this time acquiring $50,000 in gold coin. They put the coins in a small leather trunk and buried it beside the tracks. The outlaws were tracked to Wichita and killed resisting arrest, never revealing where the loot was buried. John Moore searched many years for the caches without ever recovering the gold, before ever revealing that he knew that the money was buried along the tracks. 

What are the odds that two train robbers would be lucky enough to rob two different trains, one month apart, with this much money? Most gangs never saw that amount of money if you added all the banks and trains they robbed together. Mr. Moore surely tipped his two partners of the trains to rob, not counting on their untimely demise. The revelation of the caches coincidently, if you believe in coincidences, surfaced at the same time the Katy Station in Parsons, (accidently) burned, destroying all records, making research into any investigation into the robbery and John Moore's involvement tough.

One thing is sure, John Moore did not spend all those years hunting nothing up and down those railroad tracks, keeping it secret what his search was about. What's $85,000 in gold coins from the 1890's worth today? ANSWER:  It's worth a look or two up and down those old tracks!

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting


Katy Depot fire, March 18, 1912, Parsons, Kansas
 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WHAT A TREASURE

HAPPY MOTHERS
DAY!

You can hunt for treasure of all kinds all over the world, but you will never find any treasure as valuable or that means more than MOM.

Hugs, Sunshine, Flowers and Love to all MOMS!  May your dreams be real.

HAVE A GREAT DAY *** YOU DESERVE IT

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

14 Double Eagles and 10 Silver Dollars

August 1862
The border war was hot like the weather and most of Quantrill's men were still looting Independence when The Battle of Lone Jack Missouri took place on the 15th and 16th. A few of the raiders had made their way to Lone Jack including Cole Younger and a young man named Carter. For a short time Carter was captured with a few others and told before his death how scared he along with the other men were that they were going to be executed. He told how Cole Younger helped them escape and that Younger helped him steal horses so they could get away. During his escape Carter took a ball to the leg, but kept riding.

All young Carter wanted was to go home to Kentucky, he almost made it. He made it almost to Norfolk Landing, but the fever, infection and heat had all but done the young man in. He had lost his horse and walking was very slow and limited.

A farmer found Carter wandering along a wagon road and took the young man to Norfolk where the women tried to nurse him back to health. On the second day he told his story and said that the night before he was found by them that he had spent the night near a pond, at an Indian mound, where he had buried his belongings. He said his poke included 14 Double Eagles and 10 Silver Dollars he had stolen in Independence. He told the ladies caring for him that the cache was under three round Indian stones on the South East side of the mound. He died that night in sight of Kentucky.

The farmer hunted Carter's cache but never found it, passing this story down, and as far as anyone knows it has never been found.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting
                      

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shotgun Shell Brass

Shotgun shell brass can be almost as aggravating as flip tabs with the fact they are not a coin. I have hunted sites that produce quite a few and have found that these little brass slugs can be of some assistance when trying to date a site. Some sites are mysterious as to the W's, who ,what, when and without finding a coin with a date or any other information, narrowing down 100 years to 20 years is difficult. You can use the brass of these old shotgun shells to narrow the date down. The best place I have found to help with dating brass shell stamps is www.cartridge-corner.com.

In the early 1800's a man named John Duff was a superior counterfeiter for his time. He operated out of Hardin County, Illinois, and Union and Crittenden Counties in Kentucky. He hid many caches of counterfeit coins along Treadwater River near Sturgis, Kentucky.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ohio Treasure


Zane's Trace was an early road in the Northwest Territory that connected Wheeling, Virginia, to Limestone, Kentucky (present-day Maysville) from 1796 until well after the War of 1812. Many businesses were built along the road. Taverns and inns catered to travelers and ferries transported people and goods across the rivers. Farmers used Zane's Trace to get their crops to market. Stores were opened in nearby communities to sell a variety of items brought from the East to Ohio settlers. The road had a major influence on development in the southern half of Ohio. Many caches remain hidden along Zane's Trace waiting to be found.

On August 3, 1795, leaders of the Wyandot Indians, the Delaware Indians, the Shawnee Indians, the Ottawa Indians, the Miami Indians, the Eel River Indians, the Wea Indians, the Chippewa Indians, the Potawatomi Indians, the Kickapoo Indians, the Piankashaw Indians, and the Kaskaskia Indians formally signed The Treaty of Greenville. All the chiefs were given medals by the government. They have a picture of George Washington on one side and an Eagle on the other. These medals are very rare and if you find one with your metal detector, you have hit the jackpot. If you see one for sale beware of reproductions.

In 1863, Tom Felton buried the family valuables and $200.00 in gold coins to keep John Hunt Morgan's Raiders from taking it. As fate sometimes is cruel, Mr. Felton met with an early demise never revealing where he cached the valuables. It is located on a farm owned by John Ireland, in Vinton County, Ohio near McArthur.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting

Zane's Trace

Greenville Treaty Medal 1795(reproduction)
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Lost Union Payroll


On Dec 30, 1862 during the Civil War, Union Colonel C L Dunham of the 39th Iowa Regiment was ordered to seek out and destroy the CSA 7th Tennessee Calvary Brigade of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was known to never give or expect quarter, so before the engagement, Dunham had two Lieutenants and a Sargent (possibly Quartermaster Adams) bury the payroll strongbox of $15,000 gold US coins 200 feet due east of one of the five springs located at Dollar Hill, where the Union had pitched camp.

The next morning, Dec 31, 1862, Dunham's regiment met Forrest's at Parker Crossroads, and heavy casualties were inflicted on the Union. As Dunham ordered retreat, a rain storm flooded the area.

Dunham and his remaining men returned to Dollar Hill to retrieve the strongbox, only to find the area was "a sea of mud and standing water", and quickly departed to avoid CSA patrols.

This is one of the few lost gold stories of the Civil War to be real. Allen Chambliss, a teenager from Huntington,Tn, who Dunham hired as a scout, witnessed the burying of the stongbox and the battle, and lived to tell this tale. It was also confirmed in Colonel Dunham's report of this encounter with CSA General Forrest.

Here are some interesting facts:

Colonel Dunham reported 23 killed, 139 wounded, and 58 missing. One Lieutenant acting as his aide and Quartermaster Adams were captured leaving only two possibly three who knew where the strongbox was buried. They arrived at Clarksburg after dark on the 30th, taking breakfast and departing for Parker Crossroads at daybreak.

Poplar Springs located along Dollar Hill Road would be a good place to begin.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many. 
Best Wishes and Good Hunting