1952 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

 
Found in Highland Park by Arthur M. Jensen, 41, of 206 Thomas (the age and address of a profiled person were once routinely given freely in the Press/Dispatch). It was located "on a knoll" at Leland and W. 7th about 30 feet from a tree in a clump of weeds, and the lucky Mr. Jensen found it after eleven clues. A story in the next day's paper read: "Jensens Tap Boreas' Jackpot -- $1,000 Treasure Finder's Wife Buys Hat."
Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Friday, January 25, 1952
Found on:Wednesday, January 30, 1952
Finders:
NameHometown
Arthur JensenSaint Paul
Henning JensenSaint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$1100
Awarded Prize:$1100
Location:
General Location:Highland Park
Exact Location:Leland & W. 7th Street
Concealer:Treasure Chest in a clump of weeds
Clues
Published on Friday, January 25, 1952
Hidden in Boreas' rollicking realm
Lies his treasure chest --
Not in a lake and not in a river;
These clues will solve your quest.
Explanation:
States that the treasure chest has been hidden.
Our Thoughts:
The first clue rules out the need for ice fishing or kayaking, but doesn't pinpoint Ramsey County as modern first clues do. "Boreas' rollicking realm" can be assumed as such, but I bet a phrase of this nature wouldn't deter a foray into the Mill City by newbies, ya hey?
 
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Published on Saturday, January 26, 1952
Don't trespass on your neighbor's lawn
For it's public property the treasure's on.
But you can see a river or a lake,
And that, my friends, is the route to take.
Our Thoughts:
The Mississippi River is visible from the hiding place.
 
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Published on Saturday, January 26, 1952
Eighty yards or so from nearest road
Will lead you to the treasure load.
Add up these clues day by day,
For a thousand dollars you may take away.
Our Thoughts:
This clue tells you that the hidden chest is not near a road, so hunters should be looking somewhere in the middle of a park.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 27, 1952
Boreas' treasure's in Ramsey County.
Will you be the one to find his bounty?
Thirty feet from the nearest tree --
That's where the Carnival Chest will be.
Our Thoughts:
The chest was found about 30 feet from a tree, but why did they wait so long to tell diggers it was in Ramsey County? Working out the kinks, I guess. This clue summed up really reads: "Okay, it's in the second largest county in the state...now go look near a tree, but not too near!"
 
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Published on Sunday, January 27, 1952
Boreas' loot is hid near trees
To guard it against Vulcan's thieves.
Underbrush lies here and there;
We hope you find the treasure's lair.
Our Thoughts:
Underbrush, weeds, tall grass, bushes, trees. It's all the same, really, when you're hoping for something more to go on.
 
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Published on Monday, January 28, 1952
Above the ground but under the snow
The thousand bucks will almost glow.
If, however, the snow should go,
Underbrush or leaves will cover the dough.
Our Thoughts:
An early necessity clue: Don't dig into the earth! Remember, there was no precedent for the hunt at this point. Even today folks seem to need to be told not to dig below the snow. Have you seen some modern day dig sites? Somebody needs to tell these people the medallion's not going to be hidden in an ancient Sioux buffaloskin pouch.
 
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Published on Monday, January 28, 1952
At least three miles and perhaps more for measure
From the Dispatch lies the Carnival Treasure.
And we hope both young and old
Will follow these clues as they unfold.
Our Thoughts:
The finder openly wondered afterward why so many folks stuck to Cherokee Park, when this clue clearly delivers the message that the chest is hidden 3 miles from the downtown headquarters of the Dispatch-Pioneer Press.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 1952
From the treasure's site you can see
The Father of Waters -- the Mississippi.
Join in the spirit of Carnival fun;
Seek your fortune that's under the sun.
Our Thoughts:
This makes Clue 2 more clear.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 1952
A structure of gray is across the street
From the treasure's site about four hundred feet.
Don't weep and wail if you don't succeed,
Tomorrow might bring the clue you need.
Our Thoughts:
This clue points to a gray house across the street from the hiding place.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 1952
Also one can see in the sky
Seven large smokestacks standing up high.
Get out your map of this domain,
You can find the spot if you use your brain.
Our Thoughts:
Once you found the spot in Highland Park where you could see seven smokestacks, it is assumed that finding a view of the river and a gray house would become easy. Mark off thirty paces from a few trees, make sure you're not exactly near a road, and a grand could be yours.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 1952
An area has been cleared by a city snowplow
Within fifty yards from the chest by now.
Now that you've practically found the chest
You'll see two tree stumps to the west.
Our Thoughts:
With these fine hints, Arthur Jensen was able to find the treasure chest and buy his wife a nice hat.
 
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Remember, do not dig under the land,
If you wish the chest to be in your hand;
Instead it is just under the snow,
High on a point for all to know.
Our Thoughts:
A repeat. Even the clue writers seemed to know it would be found by now.
 
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And here it is, the final clue,
Telling you exactly what to do:
Hurry out West Seventh as fast as a sparrow;
The point's southeast from an archer's arrow.
We've had fun, we must confess.
Good hunting from the Dispatch-Pioneer Press.
Our Thoughts:
It doesn't exactly pinpoint the site, but it would seem enough to help today's throng of diggers find a big ol' treasure chest (actually, it was small enough to cup in both hands). It was more than enough for the instantly successful 1950s community hunt as well.
 
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