1963 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by 9-year-old Debby Ott near the intersection of Louis St. and Carroll Ave.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, January 26, 1963
Found on:Friday, February 1, 1963
Finders:
NameHometown
Debby OttSouth Saint Paul
Keith OttSouth Saint Paul
Marion OttSouth Saint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2500
Awarded Prize:$1000
Location:
General Location:Bounded by Farrington and Louis Sts. and Rondo and Carroll Aves.
Exact Location:On the ground near a hollow stump
Concealer:Loosely tossed in the snow
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 27, 1963
Treasure hunters will have a ball
Within the limits of old St. Paul
All private property you must avoid
And nothing at all should be destroyed.
Explanation:
"Limits of old St. Paul" indicated the medallion was hidden within the St. Paul city limits. The medallion was on public property.
 
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Published on Monday, January 28, 1963
The treasure is on open ground
Look for the medallion that is round
Don't invite danger, but obey safety rules
This hunt is for family fun, not for fools.
Explanation:
"Open ground" indicated the medallion was placed on the ground.
 
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Published on Monday, January 28, 1963
Flags are flying this is great!
Antenna rising tall and straight
Seizing a prize, an event centennial
Satisfaction like a bloom perennial.
Explanation:
"Flags are flying" meant the flags which are displayed on the roof of the Capitol and in front of the Veterans' building. "Antenna rising" referred to the antenna on the roof of the state highway building. "An event centennial" indicated the Centennial building, which is visible from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 1963
Derricks and smokestacks are on the scene
Unused driveways are almost unseen
The curtain is up, come see the sights
Steve Allen's show will hit the heights.
Explanation:
"Derricks and smokestacks" indicated derricks on the east side of the Western Ave. bridge that crosses Rondo Ave., one working on the new Sears, Roebuck and Co. store, and one on Rice St. and Rondo Ave. Smokestacks on the Cathedral and Bethesda hospital are visible from the site, and also chimneys of the Plaza apartments. "Unused driveways" indicated several old driveways off the north side of Carroll Ave. which are partially covered by snow.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 1963
At Carnival time, "Winter's a Winner"
So get out the woolies, both outer and inner
Houses trimmed in varied hues
Apartment and highway signs are clues.
Explanation:
"Houses trimmed in varied hues" indicated homes on the south side of Carroll Ave., which are trimmed in white, dark red, salmon, brown and yellow. "Apartment and highway signs" indicated the sign of the Plaza apartments nearby and the detailed sign of Hwy. 94, visible on Ravoux St. and Rondo Ave.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 1963
The value's increased by the button you buy
Start early if you the treasure could spy
Telephone, power poles old and new
Stately buildings are in view.
Explanation:
"Telephone, power poles, old and new" indicated new style light poles on Ravoux St. and the old style ones on Carroll Ave. "Stately buildings" referred to the many State of Minnesota buildings visible from the site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 1963
With biting winds, icicles and frost
Set a pace or the prize is lost
Trees, some fallen and fir trees few
From an old stone-wall take a cue.
Explanation:
"Trees, some fallen and fir trees few" meant many trees were in the area both growing and fallen, as well as fir trees in front of 300 Carroll Ave. "From an old stone wall" referred to a stone wall west of the treasure location.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 31, 1963
There are three devices for man's protection
But a tree with a forked trunk is a closer selection
Boreas' treasure gives you plenty of reason
To continue to search though your toes be freezin'.
Explanation:
"Three devices for man's protection" were fire hydrants on three corners of the treasure location (none on the northeast corner). "A forked tree" was a tree with double and triple trunks a short distance west of the medallion.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 31, 1963
A door hung horizontal is another sure sign
A smokestack to the south and a tree north in line
A bridge and a zone sign their help will lend
Find the treasure and the search will end.
Explanation:
"A door hung horizontal" referred to an old door, part of a former tree house in a tree southwest of the treasure site. The door was pulled down and destroyed by treasure hunters Thursday. "A smokestack in the south" was the stack on the Cathedral. "A tree north in line" referred to a tree north of the treasure location near the Plaza Apartments, in line with the smokestack. "A bridge and zone sign" was the new bridge on Western Ave. crossing Rondo Ave. and an "Enter Construction Zone" sign on the north side of Rondo.
 
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Published on Friday, February 1, 1963
Come honor this festival and a carol sing
With instruments gay, let a rondo ring
Parking lots and buildings in brick
A highway project is part of the trick.
Explanation:
"Carol" and "rondo" are musical terms which referred to Carroll and Rondo Avenues. "Parking lots and buildings in brick" referred to the parking lots and buildings of the Plaza apartments. "Highway project" was the U.S. Hwy. 94 project nearby.
 
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Published on Friday, February 1, 1963
R.C. and L.F. are first letters of streets
Finding the treasure site each name completes
On the east street are four trees in line
Search to the west and you're doing just fine.
Explanation:
"R.C and L.F." indicated the treasure site was bounded by Rondo and Carroll Aves. and Louis and Farrington Sts. "On the east street are four trees in a line" referred to four shade trees on the west side of Louis between Carroll and Rondo. "Search to the west" indicated the medallion was to the west of the trees.
 
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Second tree from the south in that line of four
Walk toward a hollow stump half way or more
There on the ground neath the snow it lies,
The frost covered medallion King Boreas' prize.
Explanation:
Starting from the second tree from the south in the line of four trees on Louis St., then walking west over a little hill over halfway to the hollow stump was the original location of the medallion. (It had been kicked and raked almost 50 feet from its original spot before it was found.)
 
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From the stump about 70 feet to the east
From the westward 100 ft at least.
The trees are on Louis. There's a pipe near the stump.
Find the medallion and with joy you will jump
Explanation:
The medallion originally was hidden about 70 feet east of the hollow stump in a line with the second tree from the south in the row of four trees. Or, from the tree, it was approximately 100 feet away in a line with the hollow stump. Beside the hollow stump, an iron pipe was protruding from the ground.
 
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