1992 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

 
Found by Kirk Condie in a white mitten at Cherokee Park. It was Kirk's second time finding the medallion after having found it in 1984 at Newell Park. He attributed his feat to "plain dumb luck." At least he wasn't cocky about it.
Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Wednesday, January 22, 1992
Found on:Thursday, January 30, 1992
Finders:
NameHometown
Kirk CondieMinneapolis
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$4,000
Awarded Prize:$4,000
Location:
General Location:Cherokee Park
Exact Location:Near the bend in Cherokee Ave. as it makes its way towards Smith Ave.
Concealer:Hidden in a White Mitten
Clues
Published on Wednesday, January 22, 1992
The first treasure clue
Is for one and for all.
You've got to believe
It's here in St. Paul.
Explanation:
There are two tips here. "First" refers to the First National Bank Building, in plain sight of Cherokee Park. The other hints make it clear that the treasure is within St. Paul's city limits.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 23, 1992
The object that holds the treasure you seek
Once gave a nice warm feeling.
And there are some trees; that's all we can say.
We can't be too revealing.
Explanation:
The "object" described here is the mitten in which the medallion was hidden. Trees were abundant near the treasure site.
 
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Published on Friday, January 24, 1992
Not all landmarks
Are old and stately.
These few words
Can help you greatly.
Explanation:
The "old and not stately" landmark referred to is the new Landmark beer now being brewed at the old Schmidt brewery, which is clearly visible from Cherokee Park.
 
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Published on Saturday, January 25, 1992
If you're to be led to the treasure scene,
Think of something ever green.
There are objects round and objects square,
Finding them can lead you there.
Explanation:
The "something ever green" is the St. Paul Cathedral dome. The "objects round and square" are the storage tanks and buildings visible from Cherokee Park.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 26, 1992
A water source in front of you,
A couple more in back.
Ponder this as you look around
It'll keep you right on track.
Explanation:
The "water source in front of you" at the treasure site is the Mississippi River. "A couple more in back" refers to the two fire hydrants at curbside - just feet away from where the medallion was hidden.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1992
If you're to find
The right St. Paul park,
Look for something
That's large and dark.
Explanation:
The "something large and dark" is NSP's mountain of coal, in plain view from the park.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1992
You'll see things that reach for the sky,
And others that reach for the land.
This can help you in your search,
So keep this clue on hand.
Explanation:
The "things that reach for the sky" are NSP stacks. The "others that reach for the land" are the bridges crossing the Mississippi River.
Our Thoughts:
This is an obscure clue for the late stage in the game. Clues such as this are often thrown in so as not to give away too much too fast.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 29, 1992
What's more precious
Than the treasure of a king?
You'll be a rich hunter
When you find the real thing.
Explanation:
The key word here is "king". The street bearing that name is very close to the treasure's hiding place.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 30, 1992
Just beyond the treasure site,
There's a slope that's very steep.
All you have to think of now,
Is a certain kind of Jeep.
Explanation:
The "certain kind of Jeep" is, of course, a Cherokee
 
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With instincts of a hunter
And care near a gorge
You'll use all your skills
To find it, by George!
Explanation:
The "gorge" is the incline behind the site, and "by George" gives the name of a second key street very near the site.
 
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We won't keep you
In the dark.
The treasure is hidden
In Cherokee Park.

Between two streets
Named George and King,
You're sure to find
That elusive thing.
Explanation:
This pinpoints the exact location of the treasure in Cherokee Park.
 
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