1964 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Lincoln Park near Beaver Lake on the Eastern boundary between Saint Paul and Maplewood by Mrs. Sidney Hansen and Mary Jane Cepress. It took the pair 11 clues to find the medallion.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, January 25, 1964
Found on:Friday, January 31, 1964
Finders:
NameHometown
Mrs. Sidney Hansen
Mary Jane Cepress
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2500
Awarded Prize:$2500
Location:
General Location:Beaver Lake Park
Exact Location:Near the intersection of Edgewater Blvd. and Geranium Avenue
Concealer:A gold colored brick
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 26, 1964
The treasure is on open ground
Within city limits to be found
Only on public property stay
From private ownership keep away
Explanation:
"Open ground," "city limits" and "public property" placed the medallion within those bounds.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1964
The sun rises over our Carnival scene
With safety a part of the festive theme.
Hunting a treasure again is the score
In this new year of sixty four.
Explanation:
"Sun rises," and "safety a part," pointed to the east side and meant that no danger was involved in the search.
Our Thoughts:
The sun may rise over the East Side, but does it really set on the West Side?
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1964
Families in homes share this winter's delight
In the distance surrounding the treasure site.
Have heavy boots and wraps quite handy.
A pocket of treats might just be dandy.
Explanation:
"Families in homes" and "in the distance" indicated that homes were clearly visible on Edgewater Blvd., Maryland and McKnight Rd. "Heavy boots" pointed to rough ground where boots should be worn.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1964
Don't be a square or Don't be a hood,
Use common sense and Just be good.
To dig a little be prepared
From all exertion don't be spared.
Explanation:
"To dig" revealed that the treasure was buried beneath the snow.
Our Thoughts:
If we received a clue like this today we'd focus on "hood" as in staying out of the hood.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1964
All beauties of season seem here to assemble,
Combined like a travel ad to resemble.
Snow with a sparkle, air with a sting.
A gold brick discovered, treasure will bring.
Explanation:
"Snow with a sparkle" meant the treasure was hidden under the snow. "A gold brick" indicated the medallion was fastened to a light-tan colored brick.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 29, 1964
On waters' edge is a place for skating,
And a good carnival spirit creating.
But a picnic lunch from a bench in the park,
On a night below zero is more than a lark.
Explanation:
"Water's edge," "place for skating," "picnic lunch," and "bench in the park" keyed the medallion to Edgewater boulevard as the street adjacent to the site, and hinted that children have small skating rinks on Beaver Lake. The Ramsey County picnic grounds is nearby.
Our Thoughts:
Nowadays we'd get this clue and stay as far away from Edgewater as we could.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 29, 1964
Balls and parks and lakes play a part;
With a famous name an addition will start.
From the treasure site by over a mile
Are high red lights that shine in style.
Explanation:
"Balls and parks," indicated the ball park west of the site; "lakes" again pointed to Beaver Lake; "over a mile" and "high red lights" meant six red airplane beacons on top of the 3M building, visible at night; and "famous name an addition" meant the Lincoln Park addition.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 30, 1964
Clues in pairs are found in three places.
Two posts of iron a double lane faces.
Two round towers, northwest and southeast,
Seen in the distance helps most, not least.
Explanation:
"Two posts of iron" and "double lane faces" referred to two iron stakes (former sign posts) on the east side of Edgewater Boulevard, which is a double lane road. "Two round towers" meant the water towers in view to the southeast and northwest.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 30, 1964
Far south and east from the treasure is seen
A roof that slants with a particular lean.
To entertain and amuse by this structure of red,
For summer diversion here are we led.
Explanation:
"Roof that slants", "entertain" and "structure of red" all indicated the frame of the screen of the Minnehaha drive-in theater, visible from the site.
 
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Published on Friday, January 31, 1964
"Let George do it" we often hear,
But "leave it to Beaver" is a good steer.
Ho, ho, ho, get out on the run,
This jolly hunt has just begun.
Explanation:
"Leave it to Beaver" pinpointed Beaver Lake.
 
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Published on Friday, January 31, 1964
Still by hook, or by air, or by water
This case may be solved by son or by daughter.
With one, one, six, five, it'll mark off the course.
Search to the northeast start from the south.
Explanation:
"Still and water," "one, one, six five" and northeast narrowed it down to northeast of 1165 Edgewater Blvd. near Stillwater Ave.
 
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Between flower-named streets on a boulevard's edge,
A passage is found that drains this ledge.
Northeast from this point walk 170 paces,
On count of 50 oak clumps one faces.
Explanation:
Pointed out "flower-named streets" such as Geranium and Rose nearby. "Boulevard's ledge," "passage," "that drains this ledge," "northeast from this point," "walk 170 paces" and "on count of 50 oak clumps one faces" meant to start the search on the east side of Edgewater Blvd., from a culvert that drains higher area to the west. The treasure was placed 170 paces to the northeast. From there pace off 50 steps and a clump of small oak trees was visible.
 
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On Edgewater Boulevard between Geranium and Rose
A culvert appears, from this take your pose.
Walk 170 paces in an easterly direction.
Pass oak stump and to guide your selection
A brick in the snow, this is fun!
Lock, stock and barrel the treasure is won!
Explanation:
This would have been a dead giveaway placing searchers at the exact site of the treasure.
 
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