1962 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by Mr. and Mrs. John Michaud near the construction site of the future Interstate 35E freeway, near the intersection of Mississippi St. and Lawson Avenue.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 28, 1962
Found on:Saturday, February 3, 1962
Finders:
NameHometown
Mr. and Mrs. John MichaudWhite Bear Lake
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2500
Awarded Prize:$2500
Location:
General Location:Mississippi Street Freeway
Exact Location:Near a survey marker for the soon-to-be Interstate 35E, near the intersection of Mississippi St. and Lawson Avenue
Concealer:Hard-packed snow
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 28, 1962
Our Carnival theme is buttons and bows.
The medallion is hidden as everyone knows
Come search for King Boreas' annual treasure
Our city's boundaries should be your measure.
Explanation: "Medallion" referred to the simple fact that the treasure was a medallion. "City's boundaries" indicated the medallion was hidden within the St. Paul city limits.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1962
Join Carnival hi-jinks, come on the run;
The treasure hunt is part of the fun.
A distant landmark in the sky
Blinks its message from on high.
Explanation: Hi-jinks meant Jenks Street was nearby. The distant blinking landmark was the illuminated sign atop the First National Bank.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1962
On private property do not go
If you hope for this year's dough.
Close by, two structures both with green
Appear on the landscape near the scene.
Explanation: The medallion is on public property. The two structures with green meant a house on the east side of Mississippi St. with green trim and the St. Paul Structural Steel Co.'s green-trimmed building.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1962
Search for the treasure is no dangerous quest;
Get an early start and do your best.
Solve "The Case of the Double Arrow"
And your treasure pursuit will surely narrow.
Explanation: The site of the medallion was not a dangerous location. "The Case of the Double Arrow" refers to Case Street nearby and the several double arrow direction signs at the junctions of streets running into Mississippi Street.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1962
To be destructive there is no need
Respect for property is our creed
If facing west or east we stand
A bridge appears on either hand.
Explanation: If you face either east or west there is a bridge at either hand - the Mississippi and Maryland St. bridges, south and north.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1962
Numbers two, nine, seven and letters four
Are clues to help and not much more
A tower standing straight and tall
Is on the horizon familiar to all
Explanation: The numbers "297" indicated the address of the end house on the north side of Jenks St. as it intersects Mississippi St. The four letters and the tall tower are KSTP's signal tower, visible from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1962
By foot by car, we're treasure bound
Now and then a horn will sound
And from a school quite old in age
Take a cue for our mystery stage.
Explanation: The horn is a klaxon horn on diesel railroad locomotives which sound at intervals as the diesels pass through the railroad yard west of the site. The old school is Rice School southwest of the location.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1962
Find a few more than a couple of trees
The direction being in a good hard freeze
Yard long clues to sort and choose
Should suggest another you can't refuse.
Explanation: Five trees are located about 80 yards northwest ("the direction of a good hard freeze") of the hidden medallion. "Yard" and "sort" mean the Soo Line railroad freight sorting yard alongside the treasure site.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1962
Nearby a building large and grey
Or a type that's hard to find today
And one that's made of paper and tar
Won't let your thoughts go wandering far.
Explanation: A gray railroad ice house, of the variety little used these days, sits alongside the tracks. A building covered with tar paper is on the east side of Mississippi St.
 
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Published on Friday, February 2, 1962
A patriotic symbol find
Another of a spiritual kind
Close at hand, a building of steel
At this time, that's all we'll reveal.
Explanation: The patriotic symbol is the American flag on a pole in front of the St. Paul Structural Steel Co. yard. To the southwest of the hidden treasure, the cross of a church steeple is visible in the distance. The steel building referred to the structural steel building, clearly marked.
 
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Published on Friday, February 2, 1962
Eight tall poles against the skies
Guard the spot where the treasure lies.
Think of a river when a street you see,
A three-sided figure will yield a key.
Explanation: Eight new utility poles stand on the east side of Mississippi St., a street named after a river. Three-sided figures are the triangular "yield right of way" highway signs at the intersection of Lawson Ave. and Mississippi St.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 3, 1962
Names of blossoms help when you look
Girls' names like Edna, surnames like Cook
Stand on a spot, see an old fashioned railing
Smoke from a shanty will set your hopes sailing.
Explanation: Magnolia and Geranium Aves. - the "blossoms" are nearby. A tavern, Edna's place, is at the end of the Mississippi St. bridge and Cook St. is nearby. The old-fashioned railing on the Mississippi St. bridge and an old-style smokestack sits on top of a railroad switchman's shanty in the area.
 
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A rectangular shape is the treasured ground.
A highway some day on this spot will be found
In a line with Lawson and two bay-windows stand
To loosen trampled snow have a tool in hand.
Forty yards from the road is a pipe in the snow
About forty-five feet from the pipe is the prize - Bravo!
Explanation: "Rectangular shape" meant that the treasure was hidden on a rectangular piece of ground built up by the highway department to give a solid base to a stretch of proposed Hwy. 35. The side of the house at 293 Lawson St. has two bay windows. The treasure was hidden under the trampled snow and could only be located with a tool. The pipe 40 yards from the road (Mississippi St.) is one of several highway department iron marking stakes. And 45 feet southwest of the stake was (Bravo!) the prize.
 
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