Sunday, September 24, 2017

• Metal Detector Brigade at Old Brown House Site

If you were driving down Grand Avenue, where the old Brown House once sat, you saw a lot of people with metal detectors.
An easterly view from standing on the spot where the old house once sat.
A facebook friend had alerted me to the mid morning dig, so I went over to see what was what.
I arrived as the dig was just coming to an end.
As it was, it had already been somewhat of a topic on local facebook pages by that time. 
The de facto leader of the group was an amiable gentleman named Larry Englehart out of Menifee. He was telling me that he was given the a-ok to be out there by an RSO deputy, as long as they filled in their holes. 

They'd heard that tract houses are slated to be there and wanted to dig up whatever was there before it was too late. They were out there for about 3 hours and found many old coins and other bits of metal. 
One person's finds.
Though they aren't a particularly organized group, mostly just metal detecting enthusiasts, I asked if they had a facebook page if others in the area were interested in knowing more, but they don't. 

I was told that if a person left a comment on his youtube channel, that would be the best way to get in touch. 

I chatted with a couple of local Wildomartinis that had found several old coins, and some toy cars. They let me take some pics of their finds. 
An array of old pennies on the hood of their car.
What's better than an old Hot Wheels car?
Believed to be an old Montgomery Ward button for pants.
An old half dollar was found. In the image, you see the actual coin (L), and one I found at a collector's website (R). If it had been in mint condition, it could've fetched over $400. This one is probably not worth much more than face value due to the dents on it.
Another great find was an 1865 Indian head penny.
The coin from the site appears to have been used as a charm for a necklace at one point.
It was a great morning to be out and about. Who doesn't love Summer... especially when it's in the rear view mirror and 270 days away from returning? ☺
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There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
– Walt Disney

There is more treasure in Wildomar Rap than all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island too... since it's not a real place and all.

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