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Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by Conehead » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:02 pm

Last year I was making plans on attending the Tahoe show and do a bit of digging with the guys. I have to plan my vacation way out and was fortunate to get the week off before the show. When Ed had to change the date at the last minute I was stuck with no way to get off. So what do you do? You make lemonade with the lemons you have. I still had the original week off, so I would just plan a trip on my own and get out for a few days. My wife wanted to tag along so it wouldn't be a complete beer can digging trip. I strategically picked a camp ground from my 1941 central Idaho map that looked like it had some potential for cans. When we got there, it looked perfect. We stayed there for 3 days and I dug every day. It wasn't the mother load but it did produce some pretty nice cans. Most of the cans came from the one big pit, but I did dig prewar in three separate spots.

Here's what it looks like where cans have been buried for almost 80 years. I don't usually take pics of the spot before I dig but I just had a feeling good stuff lay below.
Undug Pit.JPG


The very first shovel and I saw this!
Can In Ground_1.JPG


It wasn't long until I started getting some real good color.
Can In Ground_3.JPG


This is the last pile of 4 bags I hauled out of there.
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Finally got it all.
Dug Pit.JPG


Did all the pre cleaning in the creek. The Brown Derby's are dated Dec. 22nd, 1940. Some of these are going to soak out really nice. I believe the mystery LP's are Schlitz Lager, and the other 2 flats are a Hop Gold OI and a silver Brown Derby OI. I actually need the Schlitz bulb top cones. Just a variation that has eluded me until now. Nothing steller, but what a blast to dig prewar cans.
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Life is good!
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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by DanielinAk » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:13 pm

Dude what a fantastic hunt. Congrats on that variety,so cool


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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by Conehead » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:34 pm

DanielinAk wrote:
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Dude what a fantastic hunt. Congrats on that variety,so cool
Thanks Daniel. Wish I could get out more like you do, but you do what you can.

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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by DanielinAk » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:49 pm

Conehead wrote:
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Dude what a fantastic hunt. Congrats on that variety,so cool
Thanks Daniel. Wish I could get out more like you do, but you do what you can.

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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by mountainrust » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:52 pm

Nice digging, Jim! Almost looks like you were in California. And that's super cool your wife came with. The food is always better!
And a new cone for the shelf!!!!

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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by kb » Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:26 pm

If I could say it as nicely as you say things .. very nice work Jim


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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by Scott Rollert » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:38 pm

Good dig Jim! That Golden Eagle oil is awesome.
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Post by Conehead » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:46 pm

Thanks guys! I appreciate it.
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Post by DaveNH » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:54 pm

Love the scenery and the in ground shots. I bet your Gold Bug went berserk with that pit. Manhattan Beers very cool!! 4 panel?
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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by Ed Johnson » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Nice finds - the oil can with the airplane on it looks very nice as well. Always liked to looks of that Golden Glow can too.....

Some of these are sure to look great after the acid bath.

Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Conehead » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:26 pm

DaveNH wrote:
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Manhattan Beers very cool!! 4 panel?
No, they are not. The Brown Derbys ware dated Dec 22, 1940, so I assume the pit was used in the spring of 1941. The pit had lots of Brown Derby and Golden Glow but only 1 Miller, 1 Hop Gold (I think this may have been a clean up can) and 1 Bohemian Club LP. Definitely used by more than one group of campers. Condition was amazing, there was only 6 beer cans in the pit that weren't keepers.
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Post by Leon » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:31 pm

If the Spring of 1941 you should have found some Manhattan BOCKS :shock:
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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by CMD » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:47 pm

Looks like fun...I could use those oil cans!!

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Post by canaddict » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:14 am

Great job Jim!!!

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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by Conehead » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:34 pm

Finally got these cans cleaned up. I'm really pleased with how they came out.

Everyone like before and after pics, so here are the best four.

Turns out the Golden Glow I thought would be best before cleaning has arguably the 3rd best face, but I used the same can for the before and after pics.

Front:
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Best Four After_front.JPG


Left Side:
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Right Side:
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Back:
Best Four Before_back.JPG
Best Four After_back.JPG


Here's the big picture of most everything I kept. I thought the Schlitz bulbs were a variation that I needed. It wasn't so the search continues. The Oil cans are pretty cool as the Vico is from Utah and the Golden Eagle is from Idaho.
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Post by canaddict » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:42 pm

Home Run Conehead! Condition is amazing!

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Post by Conehead » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:45 pm

canaddict wrote:
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Home Run Conehead! Condition is amazing!
Thanks Scott! Hope you are feeling better.
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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by DanielinAk » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:59 pm

Fantastic clean up job. Man the cans are sweet. Even the Oil cans. Congrats on the cans


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DanielinAk wrote:
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Fantastic clean up job. Man the cans are sweet. Even the Oil cans. Congrats on the cans
Thanks Daniel!
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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by canaddict » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:15 am

Lyme Disease all gone (after 30 days of antibiotics). Getting ready for next trip in a few weeks. Vegas here we come! Let me know if you have an extra Manhattans and Golden Glows. Condition look much better than what I have found.

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Post by Bob L » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:02 pm

Good stuff!


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Re: Just got back from 3 days in Central Idaho

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Post by StL ABC » Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:04 pm

WHOA! Nice digs!
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