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Old Maps – A Detectorist Best Friend

A couple more samples of old map research. You will need to scroll way down. The first excerpt is from a 1860’s vintage map showing a military camp on a wagon road next to a creek:

The second map is from an 1870’s vintage map showing roughly the same area. It shows the wagon road joining with the “Texas Road” at a point just below the camp area:

Next is a more current USGS Topo map with the camp area marked:

This is a 1935 aerial of Section 2 with the camp area marked. You can see the cuts where the roads crossed the creek and the trace of the joined “Texas Road” & wagon road going off in the Northwest direction:

The last is the Google Earth image of Section 2 with the camp area marked. And you can still faintly see the trace of the roads going off in the Northwest direction:

Second example is from a 1870’s vintage map showing a stage station along a wagon road:

Next is a more current USGS Topo map with the stage station area marked:

The last is the Google Earth image with an excerpt of the earlier surveyor’s notes about the location of the stage station inserted and the measurements marked:

As we keep saying, the key to finding old coins & artifacts is “Location, Location, Location.”

Again there is a lot of good research material out there on the internet for all us metal detectorist, use it. And a good starting point are the “Related Links” on the ITTHC website.

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