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Garrett Ace 250
« on: August 02, 2009, 04:37:39 pm »
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The Willamette River runs north through the valley where I live.  It has a lot of history dating from the gold rush days.  Wheat was raised here and shipped by steamboat north to Oregon City, Portland and on out the Columbia River and then south to San Francisco.  I have tried to locate old ferrys and loading docks along the river as good places to hunt.  But the river changes course so often that large gravel bars are exposed that were underwater for years.

Today I made a random search along the gravelbars, hoping to find relics of the past with my Ace 250.  I can't say I got a lot of signals, even though I turned discrimination off and sensitivity up.  Most were trash, bottlecaps and fish hooks and so forth.  But I figure that a lot of discarded or lost items could be lurking in the rubble of gravel.

I did find some railroad spikes and a piece of a rail next to an old train trestle that was built in 1905.  I can't find any history on the train trestle as of yet, but I'm working on it.

Does anyone out there have any experience detecting on riverbeds?  Any tips for a newbie on digging river rock and gravel beds? Detecting


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