If you follow my blog, or my articles here on detecting365 you know that I always try to provide you with research techniques or links that can help you become a better researcher. I’ve said it many times, “To be a successful detectorist, you have to be a good researcher.”
Recently, my research paid off big, for me, at least. I have been researching a particular spot in a town near me and in photos I had seen what appeared to be a store or snack shoppe at this location. For several years I have been trying to pin down where this place was exactly.
One of the research tools that I like to use sometimes is genealogy websites. I especially like to read first person accounts of the old timer residents that lived in my county. I enjoy reading their stories, learning about the locations of their favorite spots, their accounts of other residents that pioneered my area, and other great information about my town or county.
These first person accounts are chocked full of informational tidbits if a person is willing to read and search those gems out. As stated, I found one of those gems of information recently in an interview with a lady who lived in my town long ago. It was just a few words said while describing an area where they liked to visit and have some fun. Imagine my surprise when she pinned down the exact spot of an area that I have been trying to find, for years! Lucky for me, I already have permission to detect this spot!
I got a chance to go over there this past weekend and could hardly contain my excitement. I always knew that this spot held silver coins and couldn’t wait to get a chance to swing my coil there.
When I got there I decided to concentrate on the side where I thought the snack bar was. The first couple of targets were clad dimes and that was a good sign to me that it “probably” hadn’t ever been cherry picked.
Read more to see what I found….