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Galveston Dig

nhpharm

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Been a while since I posted a dig here so figured I'd get one up. Went digging last Sunday and ended up digging 5 holes. First was a trash pit-found one local pharmacy bottle. Second through fourth holes were duds...stuff was too new (1930's). Fifth hole was a nice 4' x 4' x 6' privy loaded with glass from 1900-1915 or so. Mostly broken, but I did rustle up 4 more local pharmacy bottles, a couple local hutch sodas, a very hard to find large Galveston brewing bottle (these commonly come in a smaller size but this larger (quart?) size is the first intact one I have dug in 7 years), and a super hard to find Galveston flask...also the first of this variation I have dug in 7 years. A super hole and I'm aching to get back out and do some more digging this coming weekend!
 

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yacorie

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Great job on recovering those bottles.

After reading through all of these digging posts, I feel like finding and securing permission to dig a privy is definitely a goal for me this winter to line up for spring.
 

nhpharm

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Privies can be hit or miss...and there is a lot of variation from lot to lot and from city to city on how productive they are. Typically the bigger the city, the better your odds of finding trash in the privy. The privies in some places can be super deep as well and require more than one person to dig them; Galveston they don't get any deeper than about 8' due to the water table. Of course you see the good stories here on the forum...but a lot of privies turn up nothing at all.
 

yacorie

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Privies can be hit or miss...and there is a lot of variation from lot to lot and from city to city on how productive they are. Typically the bigger the city, the better your odds of finding trash in the privy. The privies in some places can be super deep as well and require more than one person to dig them; Galveston they don't get any deeper than about 8' due to the water table. Of course you see the good stories here on the forum...but a lot of privies turn up nothing at all.
That makes sense. I was thinking of privies that might have been associated with mid 1700s houses here in town. Perhaps thats not something that would work out but having been on some of the properties with a metal detector - there are no obvious signs of a dump.
 

nhpharm

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Any house built before 1900 (or even a touch later) likely had a privy so don't restrict yourself to super old places.
 

sandchip

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I'd be thrilled with any of those finds. The flask is killer. Love the deep blue aqua on the Hutch. I could go on and on. Great job!
 

nhpharm

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Went out again on Sunday with my son (he's 7). Found an area just loaded with little tiny trash pits...and many of them had hutch sodas in them. Pulled out 10 total Galveston hutch sodas...some had damage but still a pretty incredible haul for me...usually lucky to find one or two in a day. Also found a few Galveston crown tops including one that is very tough to find...a fat Lone Star Bottling Works with F.C.M. Greb embossed. Never dug one before...they are a bit strange dimensionally. Also found a North Western Brewery bottle from Chicago...not sure how it traveled all the way to Galveston. I'll try to take some photos this evening.
 
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