1965 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by Mrs. Gene Swenson, Mrs. Jack Martinson, and Mrs. John Thurber in Como Park, after 12 clues.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 24, 1965
Found on:Saturday, January 30, 1965
Finders:
NameHometown
Mrs. Gene Swensen
Mrs. Jack Martinson
Mrs. John Thurber
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,000
Awarded Prize:$1,000
Location:
General Location:Como Park
Exact Location:100 paces east of the Larry Ho plaque
Concealer:A block of printer's lead
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 24, 1965
Come join a winter jubilee,
All who seek treasure admitted free.
The medallion is hidden, of this news be glad.
In St. Paul our city a prize to be had.
Explanation:
Indicates the medallion was hidden within the city limits.
 
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Published on Monday, January 25, 1965
"Fun & Frolics" is our Carnival theme
Your job is to search and not to dream.
There are circling roads that bend and wind,
A clue to bring action, the prize to find.
Explanation:
Described the parkway roads in Como park at the treasure location.
 
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Published on Monday, January 25, 1965
The Vulcan and his men utter many whoops and yips,
As they smooch the lovely girls and smudge them with their lips.
Some distance from the hiding place and high up in the air,
Are stacks, that pour forth sooty smoke by more than just a pair.
Explanation:
Described the smoke stacks of the Northern Pacific Railway and Koppers Coke Co. south of the treasure site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 26, 1965
Signal lights may be seen from the treasure site,
Giving flashing directions by day and by night.
Should this hunt seem too tricky don't loudly complain,
But just use your head and your temper restrain.
Explanation:
Described the traffic signals on the corner of Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue, which were visible from the hiding place.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 26, 1965
In an area made for activities of play,
Away from private property we direct all to stay.
Of scenic beauty we surely can boast,
Slopes with tall trees are seen most.
Explanation:
Described the ball field at Como, the treasure was not on private property, and the tall trees and scenic beauty of the treasure site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 27, 1965
For good habits, traffic and direction there are signs,
Aids to safety and cleanliness each one reminds.
Follow the commands of Great Boreas our king,
Family fun and reward he has promised to bring.
Explanation:
Referred to a number of signs in the treasure area - "Do not litter," "Yield," and "Como Park Swimming Pool".
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 27, 1965
Suppose old man winter continued to blow.
Covering letters and numerals with snow;
Leotards, snuggles or red flannels or wool,
May ease the effort for that long last pull.
Explanation:
Referred to the Larry Hodgson plaque containing letters and numerals.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 28, 1965
In days of old when pirates roamed the shore,
Searching for chests for loot galore,
Many clues were used to mark the spot,
But never a place where police work a lot.
Explanation:
Describes Park Police Headquarters building at Horton Avenue and Lexington Parkway which are visible from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 28, 1965
Music and lakes, golf courses and pools,
Give pleasure to students on vacation from schools.
Buttons, balloons and gay Ice Capades,
Lend laughter and fun to winter parades.
Explanation:
Indicated Como Park, the band pavilion, the only city park that has the combination of a golf course, lake, and swimming pool.
 
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Published on Friday, January 29, 1965
North from the place where the secret is buried,
Many pictures are taken of couples just married.
A bridge can be seen in an easterly direction.
There for your safety, convenience and protection.
Explanation:
Referred to the Como Park Conservatory where many wedding parties are photographed and the Lexington Parkway bridge going over the old street car track bed.
 
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Published on Friday, January 29, 1965
Surrounding the goal in wide spaces around
Recreational facilities in number abound.
There is a structure for refreshment and rest,
Where players and spectators can feel at their best.
Explanation:
Referred to the two ball fields, tennis courts, the blue canopy-type structure used for picnics, and the stands for baseball spectators.
 
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Published on Saturday, January 30, 1965
Find the name of a poet, a statesman and friend,
Come locate a plaque and the quest will end.
One hundred paces due east from the mark,
Mary will rhyme with the name in the park.
Explanation:
Described the plaque in memory of Lawrence Hodgson (Larry Ho), former mayor of St. Paul, and indicated that the medallion was 100 paces east of the plaque.
 
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The medallion is fastened secure in a base
That's heavy as lead and will help solve this case.
At Como walk east from the Larry Ho plaque,
One hundred paces, the booty to track.
Explanation:
Explained the medallion was embedded in a heavy lead base used in printing and specifically pointed out that the treasure was in Como Park, 100 paces east of the Lawrence Hodgson plaque.
 
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