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    I am driving to las vegas this November and would like to take my metal detector. Can someone help me with places that I can detect gost towns on my way out? I am coming from Georgia on I-40 most of the way. Thanks

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    I'd keep off of GT's on Private land if you're going to be Metal Detecting would be my only advice. Linky
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    If It were me making the trip I would probably go to the home page of this site and click the places on the map where you may want to detect, then plot your course. I will also say that detecting in GTs can be very frustrating due to the huge amounts of discarded metal.


    Good Luck.
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    You shouldn't metal detect on public land either! The artifacts from ghost towns on public land belong to the public. They belong in the ground where archeologists of the future can find them, or in a museum.

    A door knob in a ghost town is "a door knob from X ghost town" however, an old door knob in your garage, is "a junky old doorknob."

    Leave the artifacts there, so they can remain in-context.

    If you want an old coin, an old key, an old doorknob, go buy one at an antique store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsarevna View Post
    You shouldn't metal detect on public land either! The artifacts from ghost towns on public land belong to the public. They belong in the ground where archeologists of the future can find them, or in a museum.

    A door knob in a ghost town is "a door knob from X ghost town" however, an old door knob in your garage, is "a junky old doorknob."

    Leave the artifacts there, so they can remain in-context.

    If you want an old coin, an old key, an old doorknob, go buy one at an antique store.
    I agree, take nothing, leave it as it was. The only thing I take is pictures, pictures are cooler anyway than something that will sit in a drawer.

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    I'm a bit torn on the subject, I'm very into ghost towns and a co-founder of the Utah Ghost Town Project. On the flip side I'm a newbie metal detector and a member of the Utah Treasure Hunting Club, a group that metal detects all over the state.

    Often private collections do end up in museums, and 'official' collections are lost or worse yet sites are reclaimed without any site surveying or searching done.... conundrums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbodine View Post
    If It were me making the trip I would probably go to the home page of this site and click the places on the map where you may want to detect,
    I just went to the home page but did not see a map, where is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo2 View Post
    I just went to the home page but did not see a map, where is it?
    Here's the home page. Go to the top of the page and scroll down to the state you want. (enjoy the music) Ghost Towns and History of the American West

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    I lived in a small town in Japan that was an important castle town and important regional military and political center from the late 1540s until the early 1590s.

    The former castle site had been demolished around 1630 to prevent potential rebels from using it, so there are few signs left of what it used to look like. Even the few stone wall foundations were destroyed.

    The curator at the local museum said one local historian had taken a number of items for his collection, even though the site was a nationally protected one. So others wouldn't follow his example, I got a compass and topo map of the site, bought plastic bags and rubber bands, and climbed the castle hill a few times a month looking for artifacts. When I found something I tagged it, marked its location on my map, and took it to the local museum.

    In exchange for the artifacts (mostly 15th and 16th century porcelain shards and roof tile pieces), the curator gave me lessons in identifying Ming Dynasty and other kinds of porcelain. I later found out that some of my finds went on national exhibit and were published in a book about the warlord who owned the castle.

    While I was tempted to keep a piece or two for myself, my conscience as a historian made me turn everything over. A shard of Ming Dynasty porcelain means little by itself, but it can mean a lot when properly cataloged and identified. I found that local lore about the castle's use were probably wrong, as I found pieces of rice bowls in an area traditionally thought of as the area where the stables were.

    While I'd love to metal detect in old town sites to find buttons and coins before they corrode into oblivion, I'd only do so if I recorded where I found the pieces and turned them over to the local museum near the site. I hate to see history sold away as trinkets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subguy View Post
    I am driving to las vegas this November and would like to take my metal detector. Can someone help me with places that I can detect gost towns on my way out? I am coming from Georgia on I-40 most of the way. Thanks




    I think we covered this once already recently. MD'ing in most ghost towns is strictly forbidden. They're usually protected historic sites.

    Others are privately owned and written permission is recommended to be obtained prior.

    Strongly suggest contact land overseer or agent in charge before MD'ing ANY area. The ones which are off limits have heavy fines attached to them, and they care not one bit if you knew beforehand.

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