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

Monte 1906 December 20, 2016 07:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan Coin count Goal 2017

Sodbuster 693 May 02, 2017 06:04PM

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

Sodbuster 304 December 13, 2017 10:08AM

Thanks for the kind words, Mike, and

Monte 268 December 14, 2017 12:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count November 2107 Attachments

Sodbuster 406 December 04, 2017 02:44PM

Re: Mike from Michigan Coin count November 2107

Remfire 263 December 04, 2017 02:51PM

Mike from Michigan - Coin Count for October 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 411 November 03, 2017 08:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count for September 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 325 October 01, 2017 01:54PM

Mike from Michigan, Coin count for August 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 390 September 05, 2017 08:58AM

Mike from Michigan, Coin count for July 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 439 August 03, 2017 12:27PM

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zincoln 390 September 01, 2017 09:27AM

Mike from Michigan Coin count for June 2017 Attachments

Sodbuster 588 July 04, 2017 08:20AM

Re: Mike from Michigan Coin count for June 2017

Remfire 423 July 04, 2017 10:18AM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Sodbuster 505 June 02, 2017 08:33PM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Remfire 451 June 02, 2017 10:13PM

Re: Mike (Michigan) Coin count May 2017

Sodbuster 739 June 05, 2017 12:27PM

Mike, 'Welcome' to our AHRPS Forums!

Monte 589 May 02, 2017 07:33PM

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

Sodbuster 554 May 03, 2017 08:09PM

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

Monte 732 May 04, 2017 03:34AM

Mike (Sodbuster) April 2017 Coin count

Sodbuster 595 May 02, 2017 07:11PM

Mike (Sodbuster) from Michigan - March 2017 Count

Sodbuster 548 May 02, 2017 06:46PM

Mike(Sodbuster) February Coin Count

Sodbuster 599 May 02, 2017 06:17PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

Rich (Utah) 637 March 10, 2017 12:24AM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find Attachments

Rich (Utah) 232 January 10, 2018 11:56PM

Re: Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

Sodbuster 257 January 11, 2018 08:38PM

Rich (Utah) 2017 Favorite Find

Rich (Utah) 259 January 11, 2018 10:56PM

Thanks for reporting a nice find ...

Monte 251 January 11, 2018 11:20AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 234 December 26, 2017 01:32AM

Rich, knowing you that was a pretty meager year.

Monte 246 December 27, 2017 10:44AM

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

OregonGregg 251 December 27, 2017 11:05AM

Well, Gregg, when it comes to other detectors to

Monte 266 December 27, 2017 11:46AM

WTHO's

Rich (Utah) 230 December 27, 2017 05:29PM

Re: WTHO's

OregonGregg 276 December 27, 2017 08:10PM

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

Monte 266 December 27, 2017 07:08PM

Re: Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Sodbuster 261 December 26, 2017 10:24AM

Rich (Utah) December 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 279 December 26, 2017 03:26PM

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Sodbuster 301 December 27, 2017 10:02PM

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

Monte 266 December 28, 2017 08:03AM

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Remfire 247 December 27, 2017 10:34PM

Rich (Utah) November 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 267 December 03, 2017 03:30AM

Rich (Utah) October 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 249 November 20, 2017 01:31PM

Rich (Utah) September 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 301 October 27, 2017 08:51PM

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OregonGregg 298 November 01, 2017 11:27AM

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Rich (Utah) 275 November 05, 2017 12:48AM

Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 406 September 08, 2017 07:31AM

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

Monte 609 September 11, 2017 09:34AM

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OregonGregg 309 September 08, 2017 08:31AM

Rich (Utah) August 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 321 September 08, 2017 08:43PM

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NWCindy 374 September 08, 2017 10:44PM

Coinshooting -

Rich (Utah) 388 September 10, 2017 12:43PM

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Remfire 374 September 10, 2017 03:04PM

Lawn recovery reminders

Rich (Utah) 551 September 11, 2017 12:55AM

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NWCindy 398 September 10, 2017 03:20PM

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NWCindy 331 September 08, 2017 10:43PM

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Rich (Utah) 457 September 11, 2017 04:09PM

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

Monte 368 September 11, 2017 08:51AM

Rich (Utah) July 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 432 August 30, 2017 01:07AM

Rich (Utah) June 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 363 August 30, 2017 01:00AM

Rich (Utah) May 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 602 May 30, 2017 11:28PM

Rich (Utah) April 2017 Coin Count YTD

Rich (Utah) 644 April 29, 2017 09:37PM

Rich(Utah) March 2017 Coin Count

Rich (Utah) 571 March 31, 2017 03:13PM

Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Monte 818 March 02, 2017 02:17AM

Re: Coin Count Question for all participants. thinking

Remfire 501 March 02, 2017 09:40AM

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

Monte 701 February 02, 2017 08:28PM

* Jimbola - Jan. 2017 Coin Total

Jimbola 605 February 02, 2017 03:10AM

Jimbola - April 2017 Coin Total

Jimbola 656 May 02, 2017 02:47PM

Jimbola -March 2017 Coin Total

Jimbola 607 March 31, 2017 09:33PM

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Jimbola 578 February 28, 2017 10:22PM

January weather might have cut in on our fun.

Monte 664 February 02, 2017 03:28AM

Brian - 2017 Annual Coin Total

zincoln 623 January 31, 2017 07:56PM

Brian - 2017 December Total Final

zincoln 250 December 21, 2017 07:03PM

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Sodbuster 252 December 23, 2017 10:40AM

Brian - 2017 November Total

zincoln 307 November 29, 2017 02:44PM

Congrats on the successful year, Brian!

Monte 288 December 01, 2017 12:12AM

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zincoln 280 December 02, 2017 04:26PM

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

Monte 298 December 04, 2017 08:16AM

Brian - 2017 October Total

zincoln 334 November 01, 2017 10:24AM

Brian - 2017 September Total

zincoln 251 October 03, 2017 07:22PM

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Sodbuster 307 October 07, 2017 08:18PM

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zincoln 278 October 08, 2017 08:43AM

Brian - 2017 August Total

zincoln 356 August 31, 2017 11:42AM

Brian - 2017 July Total

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Sodbuster 327 August 08, 2017 07:05AM

Brian - 2017 June Total

zincoln 350 July 04, 2017 07:23AM

Brian - 2017 May Total

zincoln 469 June 02, 2017 04:17PM

Brian - 2017 April Total

zincoln 538 April 30, 2017 08:05PM

Brian - 2017 March Total

zincoln 611 March 31, 2017 03:37PM

Brian - 2017 FebruaryTotal

zincoln 542 February 26, 2017 08:35PM

Brian - 2017 January Total

zincoln 724 January 31, 2017 07:59PM

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OregonGregg 501 February 01, 2017 09:58PM

Roger-2017 Annual coin count goal

Remfire 742 December 21, 2016 01:00AM

Roger-2017 December coin count tally

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OregonGregg 210 December 28, 2017 05:52AM

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NWCindy 255 December 22, 2017 06:53PM

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Remfire 242 December 27, 2017 11:25PM

Roger-2017 November coin count tally

Remfire 251 December 02, 2017 11:22AM

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

Monte 248 December 04, 2017 08:17AM

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Remfire 255 December 04, 2017 07:42PM

Roger-2017 October coin count tally

Remfire 276 October 31, 2017 10:15PM

Roger-2017 September coin count tally

Remfire 270 October 06, 2017 10:39PM

Roger-2017 August Coin Count Tally

Remfire 290 September 03, 2017 07:17PM

Roger-2017 July coin count goal

Remfire 454 August 02, 2017 06:25PM

Roger-2017 June coin count tally

Remfire 355 July 03, 2017 10:30PM

Roger-2017 May coin count goal

Remfire 478 May 31, 2017 09:58PM

Roger-2017 April coin count tally

Remfire 575 April 30, 2017 07:10PM

Roger-2017 March coin count

Remfire 457 April 02, 2017 07:04PM

Roger-2017 February coin count tally

Remfire 497 February 28, 2017 11:51PM

Roger-2017 January Coin Count Tally

Remfire 720 January 31, 2017 03:24PM

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

RickUK 764 December 20, 2016 08:09AM

Monte -- 2017 Annual Coin Count Goal

Monte 693 December 20, 2016 07:42AM

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

Monte 227 December 28, 2017 10:31AM

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

Sodbuster 287 December 31, 2017 03:39PM

Thanks, Mike, and yes I was pleased to find

Monte 233 December 31, 2017 09:54PM

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

Monte 278 November 08, 2017 10:35AM

Monte's -- 2017 September Coin Count Tally

Monte 369 October 07, 2017 01:45AM

Monte's -- 2017 August Coin Count Tally

Monte 285 September 04, 2017 09:47PM

Monte's -- 2017 July Coin Count Tally

Monte 328 August 19, 2017 01:12AM

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Sodbuster 321 August 19, 2017 09:50AM

Monte's -- 2017 June Coin Count Tally

Monte 410 July 10, 2017 05:56PM

Monte's -- 2017 May Coin Count Tally

Monte 408 June 02, 2017 09:24AM

Monte's -- 2017 April Coin Count Tally:

Monte 706 May 02, 2017 05:01PM

Monte -- 2017 March Coin Count Tally

Monte 580 March 31, 2017 04:21PM

Monte -- 2017 February Coin Count Tally

Monte 516 March 09, 2017 12:24PM

ut oh !!

OregonGregg 539 March 10, 2017 04:58PM

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Rich (Utah) 560 March 20, 2017 11:12PM

Re: ut oh !!

OregonGregg 535 March 21, 2017 12:00AM

Monte -- 2017 January Coin Count Tally

Monte 694 February 01, 2017 12:59AM

Oregongregg Finds YTD as of 2-2-17

OregonGregg 628 February 02, 2017 07:54PM

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

zincoln 518 May 03, 2017 09:20PM

Geez Louise

OregonGregg 633 February 02, 2017 08:49PM



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