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KEEPER: This is a sample of some of the vintage silverware a buddy and I found in a creek. Some were plated, but others were real silver. We found at least 12 pieces strewn across the shallow rocky creek bottom during a one and a half hour hunt.
SITE: Creek on a Battlefield
SITE EVALUATION: 3 of 10 Forks, spoons and knives
PERMISSION: Public access
Anything Can Happen: We had scouted the creek a month before the hunt and found a silver spoon just laying in the middle of the creek, so I was hoping it would be full of Civil War relics. During the hunt we found piece after piece of silver, silver-plated, and gold-plated flatware. Everytime we drive by or reference the area, we now refer to this waterway as “flatware creek”. I even half-ass wrote a bluegrass song about it – but trust me you don’t want to hear it. OK you win. The chorus goes something like:
“Down on flatware creek where the cats meow and the fork ran away with the spoon. On flatware creek you might catch fish but you’ll snag utensils to eat them just as soon….silver shining in the moon…..you’ll have service for twelve by noon…..”
Notify Authorities: Always notify the authorities if you find anything that is suspect. Some pieces of flatware were still in the original plastic bag, leading us to believe the items may have been tossed off a bridge maybe after a botched burglary. We reported these finds to the authorities but nothing happened.
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