1953 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Cherokee Park by Mrs. Catherine Harmon who needed only seven published clues to find the treasure chest. The hunt was so short that a second "Vulcan Treasure" chest was priced at $500 and given nine clues of its own.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, January 31, 1953
Found on:Wednesday, February 4, 1953
Finders:
NameHometown
Catherine HarmonSaint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$1100
Awarded Prize:$1100
Location:
General Location:Cherokee Park
Exact Location:Near the tennis courts at Delaware St. and Cherokee Ave.
Concealer:Snow and dried leaves
Clues
Published on Sunday, February 1, 1953
The chest is hid, the search is on,
Let hunters take this heed:
Don't look on sand, or roads, or ice,
Hard ground's the clue you need.
Our Thoughts:
Also, this indirectly rules out parks with beaches, while letting hunters know the treasure is on the ground.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1953
Don't trespass on your neighbor's lawn,
But search on public property;
And from the spot the treasure's on,
Some water you can see.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1953
A road's nearby the treasure site
Some sixty yards or so,
So get your shovel, Saintpaulite,
And find yourself some dough.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1953
Under the snow and above the ground,
Five yards from the nearest tree,
The Carnival chest is still unfound,
Ramsey's the county to be.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1953
There are trees nearby the hidden pot,
But two will give the clue;
For when you stand upon the spot,
They're between the water and you.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1953
The water you see, my Carnival friends,
Is surely a river or lake.
Underbrush lies 'round the treasure ground,
So that's the route to take.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1953
A structure of red is in your sight,
And also a St. Paul home.
Add up these clues each morn' and night,
They'll tell you the place to roam.
 
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Lake Como is blue and Phalen too,
But that's not the water you see.
So take this hint you find in print,
Make sure it's the Mississippi.
 
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Not in a gulley, nor side of hill
But level ground's for you.
Look all around you, if you will,
You should see a bridge or two.
 
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Seven large smokestacks will appear
From the spot the treasure lies on.
And if the day is bright and clear,
One more against the horizon.
 
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And from the spot there is a view,
A dwelling for the ill,
And railroad tracks should give a clue,
So find it if you will.
 
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One bridge you see is for a train,
Another very high;
And this one clue should make it plain,
Just where the dollars lie.
 
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Listen, my hunters, and you shall know,
Of the final clues to the hidden dough;
One is a park and two is a key;
And you on the opposite shore should be.
Look for a court southeast of the chest
Good hunting from the Dispatch-Pioneer Press!
 
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