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 I had the chance to get out a few times over the past week, hunting here & there. The weather has been nice and the bugs aren't bad yet. The first site is an old swim park/picnic ground that had an early Tourist Court in it's latter days. It has been a very good site, almost virgin from the finds. I had not detected the tourist cabin area nearly as hard because there is considerably more trash & the good finds are from the 1920's thru mid 1940's. The site is now being developed for resale as commercial property so the window is closing fast. The better finds for that hunt were a 1920D Mercury dime, 1943S & 1945D War nickels.  I also dug 7 Wheat Cents that were in fair condition for the normally wet ground.

 The second hunt was on one of my favorite relic sites, but in an area away from any of the old building spots. It is actually where two old roads made a "T". The intersection was curved and moved over in the late 1950's. I have found more modern items here as opposed to 1850’s items. Many of these items indicate people used to gather at this intersection. Forks, spoons, a complete wine bottle and a salt shaker are past finds. The best item from this day is due to the proximity of the road, and probably an auto accident. It is a Chevrolet bowtie emblem that would have been on the radiator cowl of a car. my references show 1918-1928. The special thing about this find is that my Great Grandfather was the first Chevrolet dealer here, beginning in 1922. There is a very good probability that the emblem is from a car that he sold, or at least was in his shop at one time or another.  This is actually the 3rd such find I have made detecting. The first was a hub cap, also for a mid 1920's Chevrolet. The second was also a hub cap, but from a pre 1920 Ford.   The same Great Grandfather started in the automobile business as the first Ford dealer here in 1914.  He dropped Ford because he did not want to handle Fordson tractors, and moved to Chevrolet. So, three items found that have a special connection for me.   Providence or Serendipity?  What a great hobby.

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That's a very nice find with a great story too JCR.Good photos and most of all the collection of family memorabilia.Thanks for sharing.

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Excellent story to accompany your nice finds.  Coincidentally I've visited your grandfather's hometown 2 or 3 times for meetings and tests at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility.  I recall it can get quite uncomfortable (as in hot+humid) in the summer months.  I see why you want to get out now before that starts!

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2 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

Excellent story to accompany your nice finds.  Coincidentally I've visited your grandfather's hometown 2 or 3 times for meetings and tests at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility.  I recall it can get quite uncomfortable (as in hot+humid) in the summer months.  I see why you want to get out now before that starts!

It’s a small world sometimes when you start scratching around.  I have had many friends & customers at the dealership who worked at the Ballon Base. We were in business for 83 years, sold in 1997. I spent 25 + years there working.  As a kid it was always a big deal to see the balloons going up.

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Enjoyed the read and pictures and that is the way to put together a hunt.

Good luck on your next outing!

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Terrific tale and finds, JCR. That's a rare feat to get something with that much family juju. 🙂 

Oh, to pay $680 for a new vehicle, especially a Superior Utility Coupe... 🤔

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4 hours ago, Glenn in CO said:


Thanks for sharing your story and photos.

Here’s a Chevrolet bowtie mounted on the radiator on my 1928 Chevrolet.

 

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That is it exactly, missing the back plate.(and the rest of the car) Maybe I should go back and dig some of those big iron signals.🙂

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4 hours ago, F350Platinum said:

Terrific tale and finds, JCR. That's a rare feat to get something with that much family juju. 🙂 

Oh, to pay $680 for a new vehicle, especially a Superior Utility Coupe... 🤔

It's all relative. $680 would have been close to a good job's annual wage.

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