Saturday, October 31, 2020

GRRiddler 2021

 The riddle for GRRiddler 2021 will be released on 11/03/2020!



Keeping in the tradition of the Wyoming Riddler, I've  hidden a metal medallion somewhere in the greater Grand Rapids area. The medallion is marked with R.S.T.H (which means Read and Seek Treasure Hunt).  The puzzle can be solved by using a greater Grand Rapids area map to decipher the clues. The medallion is accessible 24 hours a day by the public. Additional clues will be released the first Tuesday of each month until February. The hunt will end on the last day of February. If the medallion is not returned to me by that time, the hunt will be over and the prize will roll over to the next year.
You're looking for this.
It's been modified a bit for 2021
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On November 3, 2020, at precisely 12:15pm Eastern time, the riddle will be released on YouTube (the video is embedded above). 

I've also created a theme for this year's hunt. I'm calling it "History Recycled." The first "recycled" bit is the medallion. I've re-used last year's medallion with some slight alterations. I'm leaving the rest of the recycled bits for you to find.




The Treasure

Similar to The Wyoming Riddler’s prizes, the treasure will include a coveted winner’s mug and "a treasure of silver and other items beyond description." The treasure will also include a carbon monoxide detector as a means to continue Joe's desire to educate people about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The highly coveted Winner's Mug!



The Silver

The original Wyoming Riddler, Joe Cramer, gave prizes of silver. In my first hunt, I continued that tradition and will continue to do so. This year's silver is a U.S. Mint 2020 Silver Proof Coin Set.


The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® contains 10 proof coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The set is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set features 10 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package you’ll be proud to display. The quarters, dime, and half dollar are struck in 99.9 percent silver. The 2020 Silver Proof Set is a great addition to any collection.

The 2020 edition of the United States Mint Silver Proof Set includes the following coins:

The 11th annual release of five silver quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring:

  • National Park of American Samoa (AS)
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (VI)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)

One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design (tails) honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” "$1," and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

One silver Kennedy half dollar
One silver Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny






Items Beyond Description


At the beginning of August, I revealed a new prize: a $25 gift card to Freddy's Frozen Custard and SteakburgersCo-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy's is one my favorite restaurants these days. You'll find my family there pretty much every Sunday after church. Thanks to Freddy's on Plainfield in Grand Rapids for supporting the local community and donating a $25 gift card to GRRiddler 2021!

Give Freddy's a follow on social media:



September's prize reveal featured Baker Book House - another new sponsor! They've generously donated two books and a $10 gift card. 

The first book is the Complete Illustrated Children's Bible (retail value $24.99). With nearly 300 beautiful two-page illustrations to capture even the youngest child's imagination and heart, this vast collection of the Bible's most-loved stories is just right for sharing together or reading alone throughout the day. The Complete Illustrated Children's Bible is the perfect picture and storybook for young ones and an ideal first reader your children will treasure.

The second book is Acres of Diamonds by Jentezen Franklin (retail value $22.99). Are you in a season of life when every search for direction, encouragement or fulfillment seems to come up empty? Jentezen Franklin helps you discover the unfathomable riches God has already surrounding you. You will learn to cherish where He has placed you as you uncover the hidden potential within your family, job and community . . . right where you are.

Give Baker Book House a follow on social media:



The Rules
(Borrowed extensively from The Wyoming Riddler)

You must find the medallion and personally bring it to me. Once you find it, email me with details about where you found it and we will arrange a time and place to meet. At that time, you may redeem the medallion for the prize. The medallion and prize exchange must be done in person. I will not accept photographs, mailed or anonymous claims. 

Some of The Wyoming Riddler's
medallions. Mine will be similar.
The medallion is accessible 24 hours a day without trespassing. It is not on private property. It is not completely buried. You may have to move grass, snow or leaves to see it. It is no higher than three feet above ground. It is not located within 100 feet of a school, public building, mall or post office. 

The riddle tells you the location. It can be found by using a map of the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. You must figure out how. I will not deceive you.

Additional clues will be issued on the first Tuesday of every month until solved or until midnight on the last day of February. If the riddle is not solved by midnight on the last day of February, the game will end and the treasure will be added to the following year. You may email to ask questions. However, I will not answer questions that result in an advantage to you. By emailing questions, you are giving me authorization to post them publicly (without your name included) if I choose to do so.

My home or place of employment have no bearing on the medallion’s location. I have told no one of its location. Everyone is eligible to participate including past winners and their relatives.

You are looking for an oval metal medallion about the size of a large index card. It has identifiable markings beyond those pictured, so attempting to counterfeit a medallion will be of no use. I may have used zip ties to secure it to a location. I'd recommend taking along scissors, a jackknife, box cutter or some other tool that would be able to cut through zip ties. 

There is no cost to you. It is free for the enjoyment. This is a game and it’s just for fun. In the spirit of Joe Cramer (The Wyoming Riddler) I do ask you to remember the dangers related to chronic carbon monoxide poisoning.


Additional Stuff
In consideration of participating in this treasure hunt or any Read and Seek treasure hunt, and for other good and valuable consideration, you agree to release and discharge from liability Martin Smith and all other persons or entities acting for him (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Releasees") as follows:
1. You acknowledge that treasure hunting involves known and unanticipated risks which could result in physical or emotional injury and property damage. 
2. You expressly accept and assume all of the risks inherent in this activity. Your participation in this activity is purely voluntary and you elect to participate despite the risks. In addition, if at any time you believe that search conditions are unsafe or that you are unable to participate due to physical or medical conditions, then you will immediately discontinue participation.  
3. You hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Releasees from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action which are in any way connected with your participation in this treasure hunt. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

GRRiddler 2021 Prizes - October Update

 The Grand Rapids Riddler's second annual FREE treasure hunt, GRRiddler 2021, begins on 11/03/2020! Here's a summary of all the prizes.





Previous Updates:

September's prize reveal featured Baker Book House - another new sponsor! They've generously donated two books and a $10 gift card. 

The first book is the Complete Illustrated Children's Bible (retail value $24.99). With nearly 300 beautiful two-page illustrations to capture even the youngest child's imagination and heart, this vast collection of the Bible's most-loved stories is just right for sharing together or reading alone throughout the day. The Complete Illustrated Children's Bible is the perfect picture and storybook for young ones and an ideal first reader your children will treasure.

The second book is Acres of Diamonds by Jentezen Franklin (retail value $22.99). Are you in a season of life when every search for direction, encouragement or fulfillment seems to come up empty? Jentezen Franklin helps you discover the unfathomable riches God has already surrounding you. You will learn to cherish where He has placed you as you uncover the hidden potential within your family, job and community . . . right where you are.

Give Baker Book House a follow on social media:


The original Wyoming Riddler, Joe Cramer, gave prizes of silver. In my first hunt, I continued that tradition and will continue to do so. This year's silver is a U.S. Mint 2020 Silver Proof Coin Set.


The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® contains 10 proof coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The set is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set features 10 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package you’ll be proud to display. The quarters, dime, and half dollar are struck in 99.9 percent silver. The 2020 Silver Proof Set is a great addition to any collection.

The 2020 edition of the United States Mint Silver Proof Set includes the following coins:

The 11th annual release of five silver quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring:

  • National Park of American Samoa (AS)
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (VI)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)

One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design (tails) honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” "$1," and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

One silver Kennedy half dollar
One silver Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny




This time around, there'll be a couple of new prizes in addition to the "silver" and carbon monoxide detector I include (in memory of Joe Cramer - the original Wyoming Riddler).


At the beginning of August, I revealed a new prize: a $25 gift card to Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy's is one my favorite restaurants these days. You'll find my family there pretty much every Sunday after church. Thanks to Freddy's on Plainfield in Grand Rapids for supporting the local community and donating a $25 gift card to GRRiddler 2021!

Give Freddy's a follow on social media:

In July, I revealed the highly coveted winner's mug! Thousands will vie for this mug, but only one will win it. Unless there's a duo like Josh and Tim last year. Then they'll have to take turns proudly displaying it. Or drinking from it.


Make sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date on prizes, clues and announcements.


     
Instagram      
   

Saturday, September 5, 2020

GRRiddler 2021 Prizes - September Update

The Grand Rapids Riddler's second annual FREE treasure hunt, GRRiddler 2021, begins on 11/03/2020! 

September's prize reveal features Baker Book House - another new sponsor! They've generously donated two books and a $10 gift card. 

The first book is the Complete Illustrated Children's Bible (retail value $24.99). With nearly 300 beautiful two-page illustrations to capture even the youngest child's imagination and heart, this vast collection of the Bible's most-loved stories is just right for sharing together or reading alone throughout the day. The Complete Illustrated Children's Bible is the perfect picture and storybook for young ones and an ideal first reader your children will treasure.

The second book is Acres of Diamonds by Jentezen Franklin (retail value $22.99). Are you in a season of life when every search for direction, encouragement or fulfillment seems to come up empty? Jentezen Franklin helps you discover the unfathomable riches God has already surrounding you. You will learn to cherish where He has placed you as you uncover the hidden potential within your family, job and community . . . right where you are.

Give Baker Book House a follow on social media:


Previous Updates:

The original Wyoming Riddler, Joe Cramer, gave prizes of silver. In my first hunt, I continued that tradition and will continue to do so. This year's silver is a U.S. Mint 2020 Silver Proof Coin Set.


The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® contains 10 proof coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The set is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set features 10 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package you’ll be proud to display. The quarters, dime, and half dollar are struck in 99.9 percent silver. The 2020 Silver Proof Set is a great addition to any collection.

The 2020 edition of the United States Mint Silver Proof Set includes the following coins:

The 11th annual release of five silver quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring:

  • National Park of American Samoa (AS)
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (VI)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)

One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design (tails) honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” "$1," and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

One silver Kennedy half dollar
One silver Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny




This time around, there'll be a couple of new prizes in addition to the "silver" and carbon monoxide detector I include (in memory of Joe Cramer - the original Wyoming Riddler).


At the beginning of August, I revealed a new prize: a $25 gift card to Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy's is one my favorite restaurants these days. You'll find my family there pretty much every Sunday after church. Thanks to Freddy's on Plainfield in Grand Rapids for supporting the local community and donating a $25 gift card to GRRiddler 2021!

Give Freddy's a follow on social media:

In July, I revealed the highly coveted winner's mug! Thousands will vie for this mug, but only one will win it. Unless there's a duo like Josh and Tim last year. Then they'll have to take turns proudly displaying it. Or drinking from it.


Make sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date on prizes, clues and announcements.


     
Instagram      
   

Monday, August 24, 2020

GRRiddler 2021 Prizes - August Update (2)

 The Grand Rapids Riddler's second annual FREE treasure hunt, GRRiddler 2021, begins on 11/03/2020! 

The original Wyoming Riddler, Joe Cramer, gave prizes of silver. In my first hunt, I continued that tradition and will continue to do so. This year's silver is a U.S. Mint 2020 Silver Proof Coin Set.

The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® contains 10 proof coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The set is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set features 10 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package you’ll be proud to display. The quarters, dime, and half dollar are struck in 99.9 percent silver. The 2020 Silver Proof Set is a great addition to any collection.

The 2020 edition of the United States Mint Silver Proof Set includes the following coins:

The 11th annual release of five silver quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring:

  • National Park of American Samoa (AS)
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (VI)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)

One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design (tails) honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law by the Alaskan territorial government. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” "$1," and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

One silver Kennedy half dollar
One silver Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny




This time around, there'll be a couple of new prizes in addition to the "silver" and carbon monoxide detector I include (in memory of Joe Cramer - the original Wyoming Riddler).


At the beginning of August, I revealed a new prize: a $25 gift card to Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy's is one my favorite restaurants these days. You'll find my family there pretty much every Sunday after church. Thanks to Freddy's on Plainfield in Grand Rapids for supporting the local community and donating a $25 gift card to GRRiddler 2021!

Give Freddy's a follow on social media:

In July, I revealed the highly coveted winner's mug! Thousands will vie for this mug, but only one will win it. Unless there's a duo like Josh and Tim last year. Then they'll have to take turns proudly displaying it. Or drinking from it.


Make sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date on prizes, clues and announcements.


     
Instagram      
   

Sunday, August 2, 2020

GRRiddler 2021 Prizes - August Update (1)

The Grand Rapids Riddler's second annual FREE treasure hunt, GRRiddler 2021, begins on 11/03/2020! 

The original Wyoming Riddler, Joe Cramer, gave prizes of silver. In my first hunt, I continued that tradition. This time around, there'll be a couple of new prizes in addition to the "silver" and carbon monoxide detector I include (in memory of Joe Cramer - the original Wyoming Riddler).

One of the new prizes is a $25 gift card to Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler, the three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran. Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast-to-coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family. Freddy's is one my favorite restaurants these days. You'll find my family there pretty much every Sunday after church. Thanks to Freddy's on Plainfield in Grand Rapids for supporting the local community and donating a $25 gift card to GRRiddler 2021!

Give Freddy's a follow on social media:

Last month I revealed the highly coveted winner's mug! Thousands will vie for this mug, but only one will win it. Unless there's a duo like Josh and Tim last year. Then they'll have to take turns proudly displaying it. Or drinking from it.


Make sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date on prizes, clues and announcements.


     
Instagram      
   

Friday, July 31, 2020

Forrest Fenn - The Scribbler


Back in 2015, Forrest sent out arrowheads and portions of a mammoth's tusk to treasure searchers who would send him a self address, stamped, padded envelope. I was lucky enough to get both. I even made a nice display for the mammoth tusk based on the scrapbook post I saw on Dal's site. It's still hanging in my living room. 

Like many others, I also received a short handwritten note from Forrest. On each note I noticed a little scribble under the first letter of my name. At first I thought it was just one of those scribbles we all do to get the ink flowing from the pen. But then I noticed the scribbles were strikingly similar. They seemed to have structure or purpose. Of course, after a solid two years of being on the Chase, everything was a clue. I take that back. Everything was a hint. There were only nine clues. That's something else I had learned after two years of following the discussions.

Anyway, gold fever had led me to develop SchizoFennia (skit-suh-fe-nee-uh:  a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally as a result of searching for Forrest Fenn's treasure. SchizoFennia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that causes one to interpret anything Forrest Fenn says, writes or does as potential hints or clues that point to the location of his treasure).

And so, I thought Forrest was trying to tell me something. The scribbles must have been some sort of code, some sort of direction, some sort of HINT. I did all sorts of research. I even looked for Native American symbols that might have a similar look. Sure enough, I found one (kind of): water. Well, that would be related to my solve so I made it fit. Needless to say I was pretty excited to have such an inside track to the treasure. 

In early 2017, Dal posted Forrest Gets Mail 15. I've shared the image here for reference. "Obviously," this mail was a creation of Forrest. The "email" was in composition mode. Forrest was trying to send a message, I thought. It was often debated in the blogosphere whether Forrest was trying to send messages to those who knew what to look for. Well, in my SchizoFennia, I received this one. As I looked at this image on Dal's site, I saw the scribble again. But this time, it was in the form of a creek. And in the creek was a rock. And on the rock was an X. It just doesn't get much more exciting than this! I mean just look at the shape of the scribbles again. And then look at that creek. They have the same number of bendy points. It must be intentional, right?  

Anyway, time went by. I went out West and did a couple more searches.
We had a great time exploring and seeing the sights. I would do my searches every morning from 4am to about 7am. Because I had to. But that's another story. I came home empty-handed, but full-hearted. Such grand adventures and great memories for the whole family. I settled into a bit of complacency. Gold fever was gone. It only took about 5 years for my perspective to shift. There were times, though, when the Scribbler would reappear. Someone posted this photo of Forrest signing a copy of his book. I found the X interesting because the whole arrangement was similar to the "Forrest Gets Mail" post. So it got me thinking. 

On my last trip searching for the treasure in 2019, before it was found, I tried to get a new perspective of my search area. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my search area from above and saw this: a little bendy creek with a rock that had an X on the top.

Now that the veil has lowered a bit, searchers have begun to share their stories and their coincidences a bit more openly. Some of us have even started coming to terms with our SchizoFennia. So I was wondering, who else has that mysterious little scribble in a note from Forrest? What do you think it means? Why does he do it? I think maybe that might be the question I'd submit if there's ever another six questions or featured question. 😉












Sunday, July 26, 2020

One Man's Privy is Another Man's Treasure

If you've read my mini-memoir/treasure hunt book, Seek and Ye Shall Find (the hunt is over but the book is still available for sale), you may recall that I'm the fourth generation of my family to live in my house (my children are the fifth!). Those are my great-grandparents and original owners of the house, Beryl and Floyd. 

Back when the house was built in 1923, they didn't have many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. One such convenience we take for granted is plumbing, specifically toilets. Many years ago, my great uncle (son of Beryl) came back for a visit. He was born in the house (I mean physically born in the house) back in 1925. As we walked through the house he shared stories about how it was when he was growing up. Then, as we surveyed the backyard, he pointed out where they would put the outhouse. There were three large trees in the backyard and they provided ample concealment, so the outhouse remained generally out of sight. From time to time, they would relocate the outhouse to stand behind one of those trees. 


Fun fact:  When you think of old outhouses, you might imagine a crescent moon or a circle or a star on the door. The crescent moon, symbol for the Roman moon goddess, Luna, indicated a ladies’ outhouse. The circle or star was symbolic of the sun and the Greek male sun god, Apollo so that would be the mens' outhouse.

Another modern "convenience" we have is regular trash pick up and recycling. Back in the day, that wasn't always the case. So the pits below the outhouses were also used as garbage disposal. Archaeologists and treasure hunters enjoy finding old outhouse locations (or garbage dumps) because you can often learn a lot about a culture by examining what they threw away. You can also find some interesting treasures.

Those three trees in my backyard are now gone. Old age and insects got the best of them. However, I still know the general areas. So, the other day I took my metal detector and began a quest to find an outhouse location. After a number of false hits, I finally struck gold (or maybe brown; sorry for the potty humor). Figuratively, of course. If you're a follower of the Forrest Fenn treasure, you've heard the jokes about putting in below the home of Brown in order to find the treasure. Well, the joke is more true than you might think! You won't find Fenn's treasure there, but if you can find an old outhouse location, you'll likely journey through time. And if you're lucky enough, like me, to know whose outhouse it was, you can imagine that way back in a simpler time, your ancestors were in that very same spot...but doing something very different.


Anyway, I wish they would have been more gentle with their glass disposal! The photos to the right are most of my finds so far. I found lots of broken glass. And lots of rusty metal (not shown). But there are some pretty neat treasures. 

Some of my favorites are (click the images to see larger photos and better detail):
  • fully intact glass bottles and a glass tea cup
  • an air pressure gauge from the 1910s or 1920s 
  • a spoon
  • some old toy cars
  • a watch band or bracelet
  • a Chevrolet emblem
  • an MSAS (Michigan State Auto School) medal or maybe keychain (?). My great grandfather Floyd was an auto mechanic, tire repairman, battery repairmen (had his own business for a while), so it's pretty neat to find some items that might tie directly to him. 

I'm still excavating, but the hits are drying up so I'm not expecting any more super exciting discoveries. Once I'm convinced I've reached the end, I'll fill it back up and look for the other two sites. 

If you live in an old neighborhood and have a backyard, maybe take a metal detector out back and see what you can dig up. You might have treasures just waiting to be found.


MSAS ad from 1916