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December 28, 2017 08:03AM 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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Pinpointers: Using Nokta / Makro and Uniprobe Pointers.
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/28/2017 08:24AM by Monte.
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From 2017 ... New Annual Coin Count Goal ... Participate for a FREE Multi-Prize Drawing

Monte 1775 December 20, 2016 07:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan Coin count Goal 2017

Sodbuster 639 May 02, 2017 06:04PM

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

Sodbuster 249 December 13, 2017 10:08AM

Thanks for the kind words, Mike, and

Monte 216 December 14, 2017 12:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count November 2107 Attachments

Sodbuster 320 December 04, 2017 02:44PM

Re: Mike from Michigan Coin count November 2107

Remfire 213 December 04, 2017 02:51PM

Mike from Michigan - Coin Count for October 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 338 November 03, 2017 08:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count for September 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 280 October 01, 2017 01:54PM

Mike from Michigan, Coin count for August 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 342 September 05, 2017 08:58AM

Mike from Michigan, Coin count for July 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 384 August 03, 2017 12:27PM

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zincoln 341 September 01, 2017 09:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count for June 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 525 July 04, 2017 08:20AM

Re: Mike from Michigan Coin count for June 2017

Remfire 367 July 04, 2017 10:18AM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Sodbuster 448 June 02, 2017 08:33PM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Remfire 403 June 02, 2017 10:13PM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Sodbuster 672 June 05, 2017 12:27PM

Mike, 'Welcome' to our AHRPS Forums!

Monte 539 May 02, 2017 07:33PM

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

Sodbuster 501 May 03, 2017 08:09PM

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

Monte 672 May 04, 2017 03:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) April 2017 Coin count

Sodbuster 542 May 02, 2017 07:11PM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan - March 2017 Count

Sodbuster 504 May 02, 2017 06:46PM

Mike(Sodbuster) February Coin Count

Sodbuster 548 May 02, 2017 06:17PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

Rich (Utah) 570 March 10, 2017 12:24AM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find Attachments

Rich (Utah) 188 January 10, 2018 11:56PM

Re: Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

Sodbuster 210 January 11, 2018 08:38PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

Rich (Utah) 210 January 11, 2018 10:56PM

Thanks for reporting a nice find ...

Monte 208 January 11, 2018 11:20AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 194 December 26, 2017 01:32AM

Rich, knowing you that was a pretty meager year.

Monte 203 December 27, 2017 10:44AM

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

OregonGregg 209 December 27, 2017 11:05AM

Well, Gregg, when it comes to other detectors to

Monte 221 December 27, 2017 11:46AM

WTHO's

Rich (Utah) 186 December 27, 2017 05:29PM

Re: WTHO's

OregonGregg 222 December 27, 2017 08:10PM

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

Monte 220 December 27, 2017 07:08PM

Re: Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Sodbuster 216 December 26, 2017 10:24AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 228 December 26, 2017 03:26PM

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Sodbuster 235 December 27, 2017 10:02PM

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

Monte 217 December 28, 2017 08:03AM

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Remfire 200 December 27, 2017 10:34PM

Rich (Utah) November 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 218 December 03, 2017 03:30AM

Rich (Utah) October 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 202 November 20, 2017 01:31PM

Rich (Utah) September 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 261 October 27, 2017 08:51PM

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OregonGregg 252 November 01, 2017 11:27AM

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Rich (Utah) 228 November 05, 2017 12:48AM

Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 357 September 08, 2017 07:31AM

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

Monte 559 September 11, 2017 09:34AM

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OregonGregg 269 September 08, 2017 08:31AM

Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 278 September 08, 2017 08:43PM

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NWCindy 332 September 08, 2017 10:44PM

Coinshooting -

Rich (Utah) 326 September 10, 2017 12:43PM

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Remfire 328 September 10, 2017 03:04PM

Lawn recovery reminders

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NWCindy 349 September 10, 2017 03:20PM

Re: Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

NWCindy 294 September 08, 2017 10:43PM

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Rich (Utah) 402 September 11, 2017 04:09PM

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

Monte 318 September 11, 2017 08:51AM

Rich (Utah) July 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 387 August 30, 2017 01:07AM

Rich (Utah) June 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 314 August 30, 2017 01:00AM

Rich (Utah) May 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 545 May 30, 2017 11:28PM

Rich (Utah) April 2017 Coin Count YTD

Rich (Utah) 594 April 29, 2017 09:37PM

Rich(Utah) March 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 525 March 31, 2017 03:13PM

Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Monte 737 March 02, 2017 02:17AM

Re: Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Remfire 457 March 02, 2017 09:40AM

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

Monte 649 February 02, 2017 08:28PM

* Jimbola - Jan. 2017 Coin Total

Jimbola 561 February 02, 2017 03:10AM

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Jimbola 600 May 02, 2017 02:47PM

Jimbola -March 2017 Coin Total

Jimbola 560 March 31, 2017 09:33PM

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Jimbola 522 February 28, 2017 10:22PM

January weather might have cut in on our fun.

Monte 621 February 02, 2017 03:28AM

Brian - 2017 Annual Coin Total

zincoln 580 January 31, 2017 07:56PM

Brian - 2017 December Total Final

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Sodbuster 204 December 23, 2017 10:40AM

Brian - 2017 November Total

zincoln 254 November 29, 2017 02:44PM

Congrats on the successful year, Brian!

Monte 245 December 01, 2017 12:12AM

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zincoln 230 December 02, 2017 04:26PM

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

Monte 235 December 04, 2017 08:16AM

Brian - 2017 October Total

zincoln 273 November 01, 2017 10:24AM

Brian - 2017 September Total

zincoln 214 October 03, 2017 07:22PM

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Sodbuster 261 October 07, 2017 08:18PM

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zincoln 240 October 08, 2017 08:43AM

Brian - 2017 August Total

zincoln 316 August 31, 2017 11:42AM

Brian - 2017 July Total

zincoln 437 July 31, 2017 11:58AM

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Sodbuster 293 August 08, 2017 07:05AM

Brian - 2017 June Total

zincoln 309 July 04, 2017 07:23AM

Brian - 2017 May Total

zincoln 419 June 02, 2017 04:17PM

Brian - 2017 April Total

zincoln 495 April 30, 2017 08:05PM

Brian - 2017 March Total

zincoln 570 March 31, 2017 03:37PM

Brian - 2017 FebruaryTotal

zincoln 501 February 26, 2017 08:35PM

Brian - 2017 January Total

zincoln 679 January 31, 2017 07:59PM

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Roger-2017 Annual coin count goal

Remfire 690 December 21, 2016 01:00AM

Roger-2017 December coin count tally

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Remfire 199 December 27, 2017 11:25PM

Roger-2017 November coin count tally

Remfire 210 December 02, 2017 11:22AM

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

Monte 206 December 04, 2017 08:17AM

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Remfire 211 December 04, 2017 07:42PM

Roger-2017 October coin count tally

Remfire 241 October 31, 2017 10:15PM

Roger-2017 September coin count tally

Remfire 234 October 06, 2017 10:39PM

Roger-2017 August Coin Count Tally

Remfire 258 September 03, 2017 07:17PM

Roger-2017 July coin count goal

Remfire 401 August 02, 2017 06:25PM

Roger-2017 June coin count tally

Remfire 320 July 03, 2017 10:30PM

Roger-2017 May coin count goal

Remfire 429 May 31, 2017 09:58PM

Roger-2017 April coin count tally

Remfire 535 April 30, 2017 07:10PM

Roger-2017 March coin count

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Roger-2017 February coin count tally

Remfire 459 February 28, 2017 11:51PM

Roger-2017 January Coin Count Tally

Remfire 676 January 31, 2017 03:24PM

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

RickUK 719 December 20, 2016 08:09AM

Monte -- 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

Monte 648 December 20, 2016 07:42AM

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

Monte 185 December 28, 2017 10:31AM

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

Sodbuster 239 December 31, 2017 03:39PM

Thanks, Mike, and yes I was pleased to find

Monte 192 December 31, 2017 09:54PM

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

Monte 235 November 08, 2017 10:35AM

Monte's -- 2017 September Coin Count Tally

Monte 319 October 07, 2017 01:45AM

Monte's -- 2017 August Coin Count Tally

Monte 247 September 04, 2017 09:47PM

Monte's -- 2017 July Coin Count Tally

Monte 288 August 19, 2017 01:12AM

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Sodbuster 284 August 19, 2017 09:50AM

Monte's -- 2017 June Coin Count Tally

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Monte's -- 2017 May Coin Count Tally

Monte 365 June 02, 2017 09:24AM

Monte's -- 2017 April Coin Count Tally:

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Monte -- 2017 March Coin Count Tally

Monte 535 March 31, 2017 04:21PM

Monte -- 2017 February Coin Count Tally

Monte 473 March 09, 2017 12:24PM

ut oh !!

OregonGregg 493 March 10, 2017 04:58PM

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Rich (Utah) 510 March 20, 2017 11:12PM

Re: ut oh !!

OregonGregg 497 March 21, 2017 12:00AM

Monte -- 2017 January Coin Count Tally

Monte 648 February 01, 2017 12:59AM

Oregongregg Finds YTD as of 2-2-17

OregonGregg 578 February 02, 2017 07:54PM

Re: Oregongregg Finds YTD as of 2-2-17

zincoln 475 May 03, 2017 09:20PM

Geez Louise

OregonGregg 592 February 02, 2017 08:49PM



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