The Clue in the Old Book

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Sounds like a Nancy Drew mystery, doesn't it?

But old books can be great sources for treasure leads.

Do you have a story about finding a great hunting spot thanks to something you read from long ago? Post it here!

Just this week, this notice appeared in my local paper:


Area history

In 1909, during the hot summer months, camping on the Sangamon River in Mahomet seems to be all the rage. Last summer, nearly 300 families camped around here, and from present indications there will be twice as many this year.


Mahomet is a small town ten miles west of me, and there is still a county park along the Sangamon River. I've detected that park several times, but only in the play areas, never by the river. You can bet where I'll be hunting next time I'm there!

My lastest podcast is about using old books and other publications to find clues to long-forgotten treasure areas, just waiting for you to come along with your metal detector.

Listen to it by clicking the pink button at this site:

---Dan Hughes

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  • 6 months later...

Yeah old books are good and old timers are good too. I have spent the last few weeks talking to people who know the history of our area pretty well and have learned lots about where old buildings used to be. I have also read lots of history and the old timers often mentioned things which are not found in the history books. I recently spent a whole day with a guy 90 years old who was treasure hunting and gold prospecting since the 1940s. Wow talk about lots of interesting stories. I take maps with me and try to get them to detail to me where there stories and memories took place. I now have a map book full of spots to check out when the snow finally decides to leave. One guy told me about an old hotel that they burnt down by accident when they were playing cards in it one night. I have driven by that spot hundreds of times and wouldn't have ever guessed there was anything there. He has also volunteered to show me where some of these places are. I will let you know how this all turns out.

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