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December 28, 2017 07:03AM avatar
Ghost Town Hunting. Trust me on this, I have searched a wide variety of ghost towns (with some standing structures still there) and ghost town sites (where you can see very little, if anything, other than some old rubble, stone foundations, etc.) since May of 1969 in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. They can be a little different, between an old railroad town or a mining era town site, or perhaps some that were more ranching or farming based towns. But they will usually have one thing in common .... IRON.

It will be there, and in some cases the amount of ferrous debris can really be a challenge unless you are patient and use some of the better detectors and coils to deal with it. There might just be scattered nails of various sizes, but sometimes it can be a very closely-spaced dense array of nails, or other iron-based trash. Oh, and let's not forget all those tin cans that have been discarded, too. Rusty tin, sheet iron, will plague some sites a lot.


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Sodbuster
Thanks Rich,

I am going to try to make at least one of the Nevada outings this year, if I my schedule will work out.
It's sure nice being retired and not having a work schedule get in the way of my 'fun planning.' cool smiley I do hope you can figure out a way to make at least one WTHO this coming year. Not only are they entertaining experiences when it comes to metal detecting and learning new search techniques to handle the challenges of each different hunt site environment, but they are wonderful events where you'll meet up with a lot of really great participants.


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Sodbuster
It will be my first time at ghost town hunting, with lots to see and learn. Hope to see you there!
Speaking for me and everyone else, we hope to see you there as well. A lot of us are Avid Detectorists who have enjoyed a Relic Hunting atmosphere for a long time, while there is also a growing number among the group who only have a half-dozen years in this great sport but have been fast learners and now they very seldom do any Hobbyist-level in-town Coin Hunting.

Spend some time away from a city and enjoy the beauty of some 'western wasteland' while hunting up all kinds of interesting targets and be braced for the moment you get a big surprise with a new-to-you find! Just on this last WTHO here in Oregon, working a ghost town I've named 'Lone Tree' we had a couple of surprises in the US Coin category of finds. Roger P. gets out quite a bit, but if I remember, he had not found a silver coin, or maybe he just hadn't found one from the 1800's period. Well, he got his Outing surprise when he recovered an 1863 Seated Liberty Dime. smiling bouncing smiley

Now, 'Lone Tree' a rather vast and open area so you just search around until you get you coil over a target, but he had a little help that day. Up hill a bit, Darby H. had just made a coin recovery and he hollered for Roger to come and take a look, then encouraged him to hunt around that general area since an old coin was found. Finding silver coins was not new to Darby, but I can guarantee you the amazement he had to enjoy when he made a '1st-of-a-kind' find that day ... a beautiful condition 1836 Capped Bust Dime! smiling bouncing smileysmiling bouncing smiley

There's never a guarantee you'll make some choice finds, but there's always the opportunity and potential for anyone to. The three ghost town sites in Oregon's WTHO event were all gold mining era towns with sporadic activity in two of them and a longer life of most bustling commercial activity at the third. The two Outings in Nevada offer different opportunities and challenges.

The 8th WTHO, based out of Wells, affords us short drives out to several townsites that were lively railroad towns, or some that were more 'settlement' type places not directly associated with the railroad, although a terminus reached them later. The 9th WTHO, also in Nevada, will be at Tonopah where the primary search area is the old Tonopah dumps. They have been worked for a long, long time, but they continue to produce for folks who dig, or dig and screen, or metal detecting their diggings, or just wander around the vast area, detector in-hand, hoping to chance across some small-size 'keepers' such as an old coin or trade-token.

All three outings have potential, but I will day my personal favorite sites are here in Oregon's gold-finding era or those from Northern Nevada's railroading days. Please, try your best to make an Outing along with a lot of great people. Just bring along some patience, a good detector for working iron littered sites, a smaller size coil to handle the challenges, and recovery tools because they will be out to good use.

You'll find results posted by participants from each of the WTHO's here on our Relic / Old Site Forum, but here's one post made by Ryan K. who did a nice video, the link is here [www.ahrps.org] which will let you see some of the beauty of the countryside we searched at two of the three town sites on our last Outing this past June.

Monte

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From 2017 ... New Annual Coin Count Goal ... Participate for a FREE Multi-Prize Drawing

Monte 2829 December 20, 2016 06:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan Coin count Goal 2017

Sodbuster 910 May 02, 2017 05:04PM

Frozen out: Mike (Michigan) Coin count for December 2017

Sodbuster 543 December 13, 2017 09:08AM

Thanks for the kind words, Mike, and

Monte 564 December 13, 2017 11:27PM

Mike from Michigan Coin count November 2107 Attachments

Sodbuster 687 December 04, 2017 01:44PM

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Remfire 468 December 04, 2017 01:51PM

Mike from Michigan - Coin Count for October 2017 Attachments

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Mike from Michigan Coin count for September 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 519 October 01, 2017 12:54PM

Mike from Michigan, Coin count for August 2017 Attachments

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Mike from Michigan, Coin count for July 2017 Attachments

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Mike from Michigan Coin count for June 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 871 July 04, 2017 07:20AM

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Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

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Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Sodbuster 1067 June 05, 2017 11:27AM

Mike, 'Welcome' to our AHRPS Forums!

Monte 785 May 02, 2017 06:33PM

Re: Mike, 'Welcome' to our AHRPS Forums!

Sodbuster 803 May 03, 2017 07:09PM

Sodbuster ... Time for work, for play, and gear.

Monte 1029 May 04, 2017 02:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) April 2017 Coin count

Sodbuster 856 May 02, 2017 06:11PM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan - March 2017 Count

Sodbuster 751 May 02, 2017 05:46PM

Mike(Sodbuster) February Coin Count

Sodbuster 847 May 02, 2017 05:17PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

UtahRich 879 March 09, 2017 11:24PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find Attachments

UtahRich 456 January 10, 2018 10:56PM

Re: Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

Sodbuster 522 January 11, 2018 07:38PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

UtahRich 503 January 11, 2018 09:56PM

Thanks for reporting a nice find ...

Monte 495 January 11, 2018 10:20AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

UtahRich 465 December 26, 2017 12:32AM

Rich, knowing you that was a pretty meager year.

Monte 577 December 27, 2017 09:44AM

Re: Rich, knowing you that was a pretty meager year.

OregonGregg 453 December 27, 2017 10:05AM

Well, Gregg, when it comes to other detectors to

Monte 536 December 27, 2017 10:46AM

WTHO's

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Re: WTHO's

OregonGregg 528 December 27, 2017 07:10PM

Gregg or me, or anyone at any of those sites, only needs to

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Sodbuster 537 December 26, 2017 09:24AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

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Sodbuster, I know you will have an 'educational experience' when it comes to

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Rich (Utah) November 2017 Coin Count

UtahRich 501 December 03, 2017 02:30AM

Rich (Utah) October 2017 Coin Count

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Rich (Utah) September 2017 Coin Count

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Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

UtahRich 667 September 08, 2017 06:31AM

Rich, at least you were able to get out a bit.

Monte 978 September 11, 2017 08:34AM

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OregonGregg 555 September 08, 2017 07:31AM

Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

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NWCindy 600 September 08, 2017 09:44PM

Coinshooting -

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Lawn recovery reminders

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UtahRich 733 September 11, 2017 03:09PM

"... up in the hills." confused smiley

Monte 646 September 11, 2017 07:51AM

Rich (Utah) July 2017 Coin Count

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Rich (Utah) June 2017 Coin Count

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Rich (Utah) May 2017 Coin Count

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Rich (Utah) April 2017 Coin Count YTD

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Rich(Utah) March 2017 Coin Count

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Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Monte 1125 March 02, 2017 01:17AM

Re: Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Remfire 736 March 02, 2017 08:40AM

** Two types of 'finds' that DO NOT count: **

Monte 914 February 02, 2017 07:28PM

* Jimbola - Jan. 2017 Coin Total

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January weather might have cut in on our fun.

Monte 935 February 02, 2017 02:28AM

Brian - 2017 Annual Coin Total

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Brian - 2017 December Total Final

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Brian - 2017 November Total

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Congrats on the successful year, Brian!

Monte 505 November 30, 2017 11:12PM

Re: Congrats on the successful year, Brian!

zincoln 538 December 02, 2017 03:26PM

Thanks, Brian, and I believe that 6½" Concentric coil

Monte 534 December 04, 2017 07:16AM

Brian - 2017 October Total

zincoln 647 November 01, 2017 09:24AM

Brian - 2017 September Total

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Brian - 2017 August Total

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Brian - 2017 January Total

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Roger-2017 Annual coin count goal

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Roger-2017 November coin count tally

Remfire 475 December 02, 2017 10:22AM

Well, you almost made that 100 monthly coin goal. N/T

Monte 465 December 04, 2017 07:17AM

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Roger-2017 October coin count tally

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Roger-2017 September coin count tally

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Roger-2017 August Coin Count Tally

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Roger-2017 July coin count goal

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Roger-2017 May coin count goal

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Roger-2017 January Coin Count Tally

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Re: A New Year ... New Annual Coin Count Goal ... Participate for a Free Multi-Prize Drawing

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Monte -- 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

Monte 938 December 20, 2016 06:42AM

Monte's 'found/recovered' coins to end 2017.

Monte 444 December 28, 2017 09:31AM

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Sodbuster 531 December 31, 2017 02:39PM

Thanks, Mike, and yes I was pleased to find

Monte 447 December 31, 2017 08:54PM

Monte's -- 2017 October Coin's were recycled.

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Monte's -- 2017 September Coin Count Tally

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Monte's -- 2017 August Coin Count Tally

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Monte's -- 2017 July Coin Count Tally

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Monte's -- 2017 June Coin Count Tally

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Monte's -- 2017 May Coin Count Tally

Monte 606 June 02, 2017 08:24AM

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Monte -- 2017 March Coin Count Tally

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Monte -- 2017 February Coin Count Tally

Monte 727 March 09, 2017 11:24AM

ut oh !!

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Re: ut oh !!

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Monte -- 2017 January Coin Count Tally

Monte 979 January 31, 2017 11:59PM

Oregongregg Finds YTD as of 2-2-17

OregonGregg 863 February 02, 2017 06:54PM

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zincoln 753 May 03, 2017 08:20PM

Geez Louise

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