1960 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Roger Tollefson found this year's medallion in the west end of Harriet Island after the 6th clue. This four-day hunt was the shortest hunt to date, having been found after only six clues.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, January 30, 1960
Found on:Wednesday, February 3, 1960
Finders:
NameHometown
Roger TollefsonSaint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2500
Awarded Prize:$2500
Location:
General Location:Harriet Island Park
Exact Location:In the woods in the west end of the park
Concealer:In the heel of a rubber boot
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 31, 1960
It's time for the annual hunt to begin.
Twenty-five hundred you can win.
Boreas' treasure hides near a bend.
Locate it and your search will end.
Explanation:
Gave two key words - "hides" meaning the medallion was not in the open and "bend" referring to a bend in the Harriet Island road.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1960
Confine your search to public land.
No danger is present where you'll stand.
The spot you seek is in the city.
You can find it if you're witty.
Explanation:
"Public land", "no danger", and "city" all pointed to a piece of public property - Harriet Island.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1960
Trees are scattered here and there,
Picnics too, when skies are fair.
We know you're thankful for this clue,
Spotting the treasure is up to you.
Explanation:
"Trees" and "picnics" also pointed to a piece of public property - Harriet Island.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1960
Alphabetize your way to fame.
If you want to win the game.
Eighteen in order solves this clue.
That's really being good to you.
Explanation:
"Alphabetize" and "18 in order" referred to the letter "R", the eighteenth letter of the alphabet. This was a double hint because the medallion was hidden in a rubber under a tree branch shaped like the letter "R".
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1960
Water or ice is always near.
South of it you must veer
Within 100 yards from the nearest road,
Waiting for you is the treasure lode.
Explanation:
"Water or ice" meant the Mississippi River, "south of it" placed Harriet Island south of the river and "within 100 years from the nearest road" revealed that the medallion was hidden just that far from the road on the island.
Our Thoughts:
Kind of vague, but it makes sense if you study the meandering river and think about where parks are located along it. Also could have been a reference to Water St.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1960
Smokey plumes may fill the air.
Easily seen from the treasure's lair
Finding the treasure is quite a trick
But keep on searching until you click.
Explanation:
Contained two key phrases - "smokey plumes" and "easily seen". They refer to the smoke from the Northern States Power Co. High Bridge plant, easily visible from the treasure site.
Our Thoughts:
Ahh, our old, oft-mentioned friend, the NSP smokestack.
 
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A road and a bridge play their usual role,
Doubled they'll help you achieve your goal.
Number 10 marks the spot.
When you see it you are hot.
Explanation:
Added four words to the puzzle - "road", "bridge", and doubled" mean the Wabasha Street bridge and High Bridge, and the two Harriet Island roads leading to the treasure; "number 10" is the size marking on the heel of the rubber.
 
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First look at the number of this clue,
A building has that many towers in view.
It's useful still but not the same,
As when it bore a different name.
Explanation:
Places the treasure within view of the Federal Courts Building, formerly the post office, which has eight towers.
 
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Deserted sport fields lie nearby,
It's a different story in July.
When skis are for water and not of snow,
You could be spending the treasure dough.
Explanation:
"Deserted sport fields" are the Harriet Island softball and baseball fields.
 
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All modes of travel pass this way,
But one is seldom used today.
This need not stop you in your search,
If you look afar you'll see a church.
Explanation:
"All modes of travel" meant the river, highway, railroad, and plane routes that run near the island. "Church" tells you the St. Paul Cathedral is visible from the island.
Our Thoughts:
On an interesting side note, a professor at the University of Minnesota named John Adams has taught a wonderful class called "Geography of the Twin Cities" for years, and in his assigned tour of St. Paul, he points out the abundance of transportation modes in this area. But he has you looking at it from Indian Mounds, a much more obvious view. We wouldn't be surprised if there were a few diggers up yonder hill.
 
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Approach from the east and you will see,
A lazy R formed by a tree.
Within its shadow, lying low,
A brass medallion hides its glow.
Explanation:
Again refers to the R-shaped tree branch, and it's called "lazy" because the "R" is on its side. "Hides" repeats the hint that the medallion was not lying in the open.
Our Thoughts:
Had the hunt lasted this long, assuming you were in the right park, this should have been a gimme.
 
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Be sure you're looking near a ramp,
Through brush and weeds you'll be damp,
On two sides are water but don't be misled,
This doesn't mean what it seems to have said.
Explanation:
"Ramp" is the Harriet Island boat ramp, and the water "on two sides"suggests the Mississippi River and Water Street.
Our Thoughts:
Kind of a neat little word play early in the history of the hunt.
 
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A feminine name will bring you near
The treasure's hiding place this year.
Protective covering from rain and snow,
Conceals the medallion worth all that dough.
Explanation:
Gives you "feminine name" - Harriet - and "protective covering" - the rubber again.
 
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Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a book,
Its title tells you where to look
Today the treasure we'll reveal,
Is hidden in a rubber's heel.
Explanation:
Referring to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" brings out island to add to Harriet.
Our Thoughts:
So they gave us the exact location early on in the hunt, with the lazy R shaped tree branch. These last two clues just serve to confirm the park.
 
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