1959 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

The 1959 medallion was found by the Longtin family of Saint Paul, in their first of two finds, after twelve clues along Warner Road near the Milwaukee Road railroad yards. It was hidden in a tree stuffed between some leaves.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, January 31, 1959
Found on:Saturday, February 7, 1959
Finders:
NameHometown
Eugene LongtinSaint Paul
Lucille LongtinSaint Paul
Joe LongtinSaint Paul
Dan LongtinSaint Paul
Eddie LongtinSaint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2500
Awarded Prize:$2000
Location:
General Location:Warner Road
Exact Location:Near the railroad signal structures
Concealer:Between leaves in a tree
Clues
Published on Sunday, February 1, 1959
We're here again with the treasure hunt
With all this money it's no stunt.
A carnival button will help your tally.
Search on seven hills and in a valley.
Explanation:
"Seven Hills" meant the city of St. Paul, and "Valley" referred to the Mississippi River Valley.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1959
Land of Hiawatha and Boreas too
Pioneers charted the way for you.
Trees of every shape and size
Mark the way to this prize.
Explanation:
"Hiawatha" and "Pioneer" are two of the daily trains which whiz by the site. "Trees": Many on Warner Road.
Our Thoughts:
We like the railroad aspect, and the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha and the Pioneer were indeed speedy trains, though as they slowed down on approach to the St. Paul Union Depot a mile or so up the tracks from the hiding spot, they wouldn't likely be whizzing by. Fortunately whizzing was only part of the explanation and not the clue.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1959
The land is now for public use,
Our telling you this is no ruse.
Respect your neighbor's private rights
No danger lurks on treasure sites.
Explanation:
"Land now for public use": the site was once railroad property, transferred to the city, maintained by the city parks and playground department.
Our Thoughts:
With the proximity to the railroad tracks "no danger lurks on treasure sites" is a nice reminder to hunters to stay away from potentially dangerous places.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1959
There are some structures not of wood
We'd tell you more if we could.
But hunting treasure is so gay
We'd hate to have it end today.
Explanation:
"Structures not of wood" referred to the railroad concrete signal house and the steel structure carrying signals across the tracks.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1959
Your "Cool Capers" can bring a shiver
If you explore near lake or river.
But a little chill is worth it all
You'll be the envy of St. Paul.
Explanation:
"River" is the key word, meaning the Mississippi nearby.
Our Thoughts:
Cool Capers was the theme of this year's Winter Carnival.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1959
In Mother Nature's fond embrace
You'll find the treasure's hiding place.
We don't mean to fence with you
With words that seem to bear no clue.
Explanation:
"In Mother Nature's fond embrace" indicated the prize medallion had been dropped in the low branches of a poplar tree. "Fence" indicated the ground rail along Warner Road.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1959
If you need more help today
To buoy your hopes along the way
Divide the number of this rhyme
And you will not be wasting time.
Explanation:
"Buoy" indicated the buoy in the river which could be seen nearby, "Divide the number of this rhyme" and "wasting" indicated the treasure was hidden between two city waste boxes, numbered plainly 3 and 4.
Our Thoughts:
Now that's a clue that we could appreciate in the 21st century! An excellent puzzle to solve.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 5, 1959
In the distance can be seen
The Irishman's favorite color, green.
Do not pigeonhole this clue
As green is also money's hue.
Explanation:
"Green" referred to the Shiely sign which could be seen in the distance. "Pigeonhole" was a clue to the fact that large numbers of pigeons nested directly above the hiding place.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 5, 1959
If you keep track of every hint
And solve the riddles that we print
You must be smart and lucky too
So the sum of thirteen won't bother you.
Explanation:
"Track" referred to the rails nearby. A post near the tree site had a large number, 409, which adds up to the clue hint that "the sum of 13 won't bother you".
Our Thoughts:
The 409 post is actually the Milwaukee Road's mile post on their mainline from Chicago to the Twin Cities.
 
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Published on Friday, February 6, 1959
Boreas' winds won't strike this site
Even though a zephyr might.
Travel here from east or west
If you hope to end your quest.
Explanation:
"Boreas' winds won't strike this site": the bluff protects from north wind. "Zephyr" meant that it would feel the wind from the west.
Our Thoughts:
While Boreas and Zephyrus certainly tie the hunt into the Carnival legend, the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad ran a train known as the Twin Cities Zephyr along these same tracks from Chicago. We can see as the hunt has started to mature that the clues are potentially carrying more meaning than is given away in the official explanations
 
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Published on Friday, February 6, 1959
Follow a blue and white road sign,
If you exceed forty, you'll pay a fine.
Within ten feet of a busy road,
Start your search for the treasure lode.
Explanation:
"Blue and white road sign" was the civil defense evacuation route sign: "exceed forty," the Warner road speed limit: "within 10 feet of a busy road," the tree was that close to Warner Road.
Our Thoughts:
Wow, that's a lot of information packed into a single clue.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 7, 1959
If our signals have not been clear,
Do not switch, but lend an ear.
Leaves will help you in your quest,
Search low in a tree, now do your best.
Explanation:
"Signals" and "switch" tied down the location near the railroad. "Leaves" formed a nest in the low branches of the tree where the medallion was originally hidden.
Our Thoughts:
This is becoming quite the railroad themed hunt, isn't it?
 
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Two famous names help mark the spot
Find them and you're really hot
One's tale is told in lasting song,
The other's fame in sports was long.
Explanation:
"One's tale is told in lasting song" referred to "Tales of Hoffman" and was a hint to search at Hoffman's tower. The sports figure was famous Pop Warner, football coach.
Our Thoughts:
Even though we see the hunt maturing with non-published meanings, they still haven't started to publish clues exactly pinpointing the treasure location.
 
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