Treasure Finds and Stories
Transportation History Restored
As I move towards my third year of E-TRAC owner ship, it continues to amaze me what it recovers in worked out areas.
Recently I have been hunting a vacant lot that use to house a railroad yard that connected to the harbor steam ships back in the 1800's. The trains would go right out on the water on bridges and stop and meet the steam boats.
Both freight and passengers were on the trains and boats. Each would be transferred to the boat or train depending on if they were coming or going. When the passengers handed over or picked up their luggage, steamer trunks etc., like today, they had tags on them so you could recover the correct pieces. However, unlike paper ones used today, they used brass tags attached with leather.
I have found many of the train passenger tags from the 1800's but the steamer boat passenger tags are quite rare, hard to come by and very coveted. This past hunt I dug a tag using the E-TRAC but it was all covered in caked on hardened dirt that would have to be soaked off. After a thorough cleaning, to my surprise I found that I had recovered a very collectible River steam boat brass luggage tag Circa 1890's.
As always, thanks Minelab for the continued advancement in Detector technology.