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Time for a new park?

31 Oct

I have the feeling that I may have gotten all the silver I am going to get with the AT Pro from McAdams park. I know that if I can get one or two more inches of depth I will strike a new layer of silver coins. I have found relics from the 30’s at nine inches deep. Today at lunch I extracted a pin for a flour mill that operated in Wichita until the late 30’s. It was about eight and a half inches deep (see picture below). I think that the White’s V3i will help me get the coins at that level.

lapel pin for Expansion Flour

Kansas Expansion Flour from the 30's or before

Meanwhile, I have another park with a similar story to McAdams’ story. Although this other park is not as old as McAdams, it too has been neglected by the metal detecting community. The last time I hunted there, I found wheats on the surface or very near it. The only drawback is that it will take me an additional five to ten minutes to get there at lunch time thus making my lunch time hunts even shorter. Another thing about this park that is different is that it is surrounded by an active neighborhood so it gets used a lot more. That means more curious children following you around and less available ground to hunt. I still think it will be worth the effort though.

McAdams Park

19 Oct

I’ve been hunting McAdams park for a little over a month now and I have found silver there almost every time I’ve gone. I wanted to know more about this park and I wanted to know why it hasn’t been hunted dry. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

McAdams park was opened in 1901 and was originally named McKinley park in honor of President McKinley.  In 1920, the African-American community that surrounded the park, petitioned the city council to designate the park as an official Colored park and they asked to manage it. I can’t find verification of this but I believe this was the first park and perhaps the only park designated as such in Wichita.

Improvements were made to the park throughout the 30’s and at one time, it held the only monument in the city to African-American soldiers. In particular, the monument was to honor the black soldiers returning from the Korean War. Eventually the neighborhood adjacent to the park fell into urban decay and when all the houses were demolished, the land was incorporated into the park. There is still a neighborhood surrounding the park but not adjacent to it.

In 1966, the park was renamed after its director of 27 years, Emerson McAdams.

The park is still a large (more than ten acres) and beautiful park with mature trees and contours and pathways. The pavilion that was built in the 30’s still stands but sits unused. There is a recreational center where I see many senior citizens and city employees although I haven’t had a chance to go in to see  its interior. In the 30’s, a swimming pool was constructed which saw upwards of 15,000 people per Summer in its heyday and it still operates today. Modern additions to the park are a huge baseball diamond with big fancy stands and a very nice football field named after the great Barry Sanders –a native of Wichita. An elementary school sits on the West side and the original baseball diamond from the 40’s still sees plenty of action on the North side of the park.

All in all, this park is sort of a secret garden for me. It appears that the park never became popular with metal detectorists due to its reputation. When I first began hunting, I assumed the park would be as trashy and empty of silver coins as the rest of the city parks. When I asked other hunters about it I got many negative stories about hunting at McAdams. I decided to give the park a try one weekend early in the morning and I was shocked to find it relatively clean. Even cooler was the fact that I have more than doubled my silver count since I began hunting it.

It is my park.