Treasure Finds and Stories
I have been metal detecting with my MXT for around three years. I also have been reading your stories on the Internet for about the same length of time. I've picked up several good tips from the stories and enjoy them very much. When Katrina hit in 2005 it blew down a large number of oak trees on the creek bank which runs through our local park. As part of the cleanup the creek was dredged and widened around 10 feet. I began scanning some of the dirt piles and found a 1943 Mercury dime pretty quick. In about thirty minutes I had found several wheat pennies and a buffalo nickel. I got down in the ditch and scanned the freshly cut bank. I hit a spot which gave off multiple metal signals. I began to dig and found old horseshoes, rusty barbed wire, tin cans mixed with cork top bottles. After examining one or two of the bottles I realized I had found an early 1900's trash pile.
Most of the bottles were broken but some were undamaged. I unearthed twenty-five unbroken bottles on the first day and twenty-seven the next day. On the third day I scanned a little further down the bank and found another trash pile which held several unbroken bottles. Out of these two spots I recovered over sixty unbroken antique bottles ranging from the late 1800’s through 1929. Here are a few I have identified
5 - “H.B. Renfroe” bottles (Mr. Renfroe was a pharmacist in our town opening in 1908 until his death in 1925.)
1 - “C.J. Woodruff” bottle (from his pharmacy 1908-1916.)
1 - "G.C. Kendall" bottle (1908-1922)
6 - straight sided Coca Cola bottles (manufactured 1902-1910)
1 - "Oscar Lillybeck" bottle (1888)
Some of the bottles I have not identified yet. The banks were covered with large rocks shortly after my third day’s hunt, burying any remaining bottles probably forever. I was very lucky in finding these in time. When you're metal detecting you never know what you may find.