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Item Found: Coin

Location: Minnesota

Metal Detector Used: Other (621-0345)


November 20th, 2009

To all White's readers,

Many people have the misconception that because their town isn't very old, a metal detector isn't really worth owning. This story should give some insight as to how wrong they really are!

I am from the small midwest town of Cass Lake, Minnesota. Cass Lake being barely over 100 years old still has some history behind it. It started out as a logging and railroad town, and had its own railroad round house. At one time, it was considered a railroad "hub" because of its round house, as it directed various trains to different locations in North America. Like many other small towns of the day, it had it's share of old hotels, saloons and even brothels. The beautiful lakes in the area also spawned dozens of local resorts that have been around for many decades. Many options for treasure hunting here!

I have been treasure hunting Cass Lake for nearly 10 years with my trusty White's 6000/Di Pro SL, and it continues to find me valuable treasure that I can be proud of. This past summer's hunting (2008) was no different, and proved to be even better than I expected! Over the past summer, Cass Lake needed to replace aging septic and water lines in the old downtown area and decided to do a "face lift" while they were at it. Their improvements were to include decorative sidewalks and street lights. Many of the old original downtown building structures still existed. Knowing that cement sidewalks were just an upgrades from wooden planks that towns used to use so people wouldn't have to walk in the mud, I grabbed my 6000/Di Pro and took full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity - and did it ever pay off!

Preserved under those old cement sidewalks was a nice handful of very old money! (See attached photo) The best of the finds was an 1867 Indian penny worth $50 and a 1908 Barber half dollar that sold for $80!

Just because your town may only be about 100 years old, don't sell it short for having good treasure to be found!

Don

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