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Old 04-04-2008, 04:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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When I was a teen back in the 60's, I came across an old ghost town near Alamo Downs and saw the old horse race track which was abandoned in the 30's....the old bleacher had pretty much rotted away....but there has GOT to be tons of old coins under where the bleacher was and noone else around here seems to know about it. I'm now retired and thinking about getting back into detecting and that would be a good place to start!!
Let me know.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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When I was a teen back in the 60's, I came across an old ghost town near Alamo Downs and saw the old horse race track which was abandoned in the 30's....the old bleacher had pretty much rotted away....but there has GOT to be tons of old coins under where the bleacher was and noone else around here seems to know about it. I'm now retired and thinking about getting back into detecting and that would be a good place to start!!
Let me know.
Care to share WHERE in the Alamo Downs area to start looking???
My detector should be in today and I am hoping to get to do a little this weekend! Thanks!!
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Alamo Downs has been converted into an industrial park. Many years ago they stripped all of the land added fill dirt, poured foundations and brought in top soil for any place that there wasn't a building. I'm sure it would have been a great place to detect but any thing that is still left would probably be buried very deep or covered up by asphalt or concrete. Much like the Alamo site itself downtown.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Found another, even better detecting site. They have lots of instructional video's a great forum. They even have video on how to make your own metal detector out of a small portable AM radio, a pocket calculator and scotch tape. Pretty cool. Check it out.

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Old 04-04-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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When I was a teen back in the 60's, I came across an old ghost town near Alamo Downs and saw the old horse race track which was abandoned in the 30's....the old bleacher had pretty much rotted away....but there has GOT to be tons of old coins under where the bleacher was and noone else around here seems to know about it. I'm now retired and thinking about getting back into detecting and that would be a good place to start!!
Let me know.
That would be great if this was 1985 and the bleachers were still there. The area was turned upside down when they put in the industrial park. (Don't even think about the Alamo-you'll be arrested on the spot).
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Mine got here yesterday...DH and son took it out and immediately began to play with it....I hope to be able to get all my chores done and get to play with it some today to get familiar with it!
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I took mine out in the alley behind my house Saturday and dug up an old rusted pipe coupling and a piece of twisted wire. Sunday was the real test. I went south of town to a residence that has been occupied for at least 75 years, probably more. It is sand so the digging is very easy. The problem was too many targets. Walking around the yard it sounded like a strole through a Las Vegas casino. We dug up several targets but nothing but pull tabs, rusty wire and junk. We DID manage to locate the Horse Shoe Stake that has been missing for about 3 years. I guess the biggest thing that I got out of that was that I got up a little bit on the learning curve. I tried to go and get a permit on Friday when I was downtown for another appointment but with the Final Four mayhem I had to give it up for another day.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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If you want to cut to the chase locate the San Antonio Area Metal Detecting Club.
I was a member ten years ago. Some of the older members might take you under their wing and help you learn, explain things not to do, and they also hold organized hunts for coins and tokens. I think they hold monthly meetings at the Lions Park on Broadway and Mulberry on the second Thursday of each month. The older members can cut a year off the learning curve. I think I still know a member and will have him post any information about the club.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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Probably the same club I belonged to many moons ago.
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Old 04-26-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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Default metal detecting

metal detecting can be a challenge especially in city parks. a permit is required but is very very easy to get.its good for three months.now it does not pertain to other places.there are alot of places on the s.e. side, w. side and close to downtown.not mention the small towns within 1604 and outside 1604.there are alot of old homesteads, schools and churches to hunt.most of the time permission can be obtained very easiely.local school yards are fiar game as well.i look for open gates that are not closed that lead to the play ground.they can yield decent pocket change at times. I also go Geocaching alot and its just as fun.it takes you alot of places you normally would not go.i offen combine both hobbies. one will lead me to another.thats how i find places to metal detect.im always looking for people to go Geocaching and metal detecting.alone is ok with other people its safer and more fun.if anyone is interested let me know.
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