Recently I discovered a television show called diggers on Netflix. This show appealed to me because I have always enjoyed history. This show focuses on a lot of local history things like parks for gathering. In the past. The entire premise of the show is to focus on metal detector and finding hidden treasures. This is a very interesting show to me as I have a minor in history and have always deeply enjoyed local history near me.
The show opened up many ideas about my hometown that I have recently discovered. And maybe ask a lot of questions that have been fun to discover with my children. I have owned my metal detector for about 5 years and have never used it. After watching the show diggers my children and I have become very inspired to find local honey holes or as they call them on television connector holes to find treasure. It’s amazing to me how many places people lose coins. My daughter and I found an old Indian Head Penny dating back to 1904.
After much research and watching this show I found out that sidewalks are an absolute hotbed of change. As over the years sidewalks change they get dug up and replaced. But people over the years had walked down continuously the same path. With that as you know people have stuck their hands in and out of pockets and things fall out.
In Dixon Illinois which is also the hometown of Ronald Reagan there is a city street named Chamberlain. From the history that we were able to uncover Chamberlain was a director of a local military school just a few blocks away from the road that is named after him. We found out later that the particular road that we found this penny on was a road that was used twice a week in displays used for marching. We learned that the military school would walk into town or I should say march into town twice a week. Apparently this became somewhat of a local display. So it should come as no surprise that you’re finding some change that is in an area or time period in which that particular school existed. What is been really fun has been discovering all of the different techniques for finding small treasures like this penny. Although finding small coins could be worth some money the real treasure is in the history itself.
I can see the enjoyment of being able to find small coins like this and the stories that you have related to them. Finding the small point with my daughter was a lot of fun. She will surely remember this experience and the history in which we uncovered. I can see myself getting more and more into metal detecting because it’s the perfect combination of a couple of things that I enjoy. Being able to take my kids out, spend time with them, and have fun, while having the opportunity to learn something at the same time is something great for me. At the very least take the time to watch the show diggers on Netflix. And I would highly encourage you if you’re looking for a healthy fun activity with kids to get out and learn some history.