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The Five Points you listed are all equally important.

September 29, 2020 07:48AM avatar
You could put the ideas in a hat and pull them out in any order, and they would all carry about equal weight of importance.

And then there are certain types of sites, such as older and out of use Fairgrounds, that can often be quite productive. You are correct that in many cases the older coins are often thinned out, but from time to time we might luck upon one while busy recovering modern coins. And your mention of Fairgrounds jogged my memory bank because I not only had success hunting them back in the mid-70s, but even working some of the small town / remote location Fairgrounds in 2004 was still a delight.

For some reason it seems like many of the out-of-the-way fairgrounds in more of a country setting saw less detecting in the earlier days than I imagined. These are Fairgrounds that are still in use, but it was obvious they had not been hunted much because a friend and I were pulling out Silver Mercury Dimes in the animal stalls.

It was fun working Fairgrounds and other seasonal activity sites. Both in the Ogden Utah and Portland Oregon areas where I lived, we used to have some of the Evangelistic Revivalists who set up tents. I remember most of that activity during the '60s or into the mid-to-late '70s, and that activity was not normal or common in those parts of the country. I hunted those sites when they left and I did well partly because I found out they had been using the same tent locations for a number of years. It was much like a fairgrounds in that it was once a year and often lasted 5 days to a week, and obviously attracted a lot of folks who lost money.

Back to Fairground sites. If it was a once used but long inactive site that was now just bare ground, I enjoyed hunting them during favorable weather. But I liked finding some of the fairgrounds that might still be in use, or maybe out of use but still had structures over dirt. When the late fall and winter season came, they provided some places to go detecting where I could be inside the building and out of wind or rain, and on a couple of occasions not getting snowed on.

Horse arenas and the buildings where they showed their other farm animals seemed to have areas where I would find more change and other pocket-loss. The stalls or parts of stalls where the animal owners slept and ate their meals while caring for their critters would often keep me busy with coin and other small-target recoveries for quite a while in a small area.

If we just do a little research, and expand our thoughts on potential places to go, we will find many places to still go enjoy detecting, and just maybe some of them have been overlooked by others..

Thank you for your post, and reminding folks about those five important points you made.


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That's been hunted out!!!!!!

Senior Deacon 960 September 28, 2020 09:02PM

Re: That's been hunted out!!!!!!

Mon Valley Searcher 744 October 07, 2020 06:39AM

Re: That's been hunted out!!!!!!

Timbertodd 704 October 07, 2020 07:17AM

Re: That's been hunted out!!!!!!

NWCindy 717 September 29, 2020 01:18PM

Re: Question NWCindy

Senior Deacon 771 September 29, 2020 07:24PM

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NWCindy 756 September 30, 2020 10:25AM

Re: Thank you for your answer

Senior Deacon 746 September 30, 2020 04:47PM

Senior Deacon, those are very good things for all to consider.

Monte 815 October 02, 2020 05:10AM

Re: Senior Deacon, those are very good things for all to consider.

Senior Deacon 756 October 04, 2020 05:37AM

Re: Thank you for your answer

NWCindy 734 September 30, 2020 10:02PM

The Five Points you listed are all equally important.

Monte 757 September 29, 2020 07:48AM

Re: That's been hunted out!!!!!!

Timbertodd 708 September 28, 2020 09:12PM

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