1954 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Hidden Falls Park by Audrey Seidl and her brother-in-law, Larry Graber.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 31, 1954
Found on:Thursday, February 4, 1954
Finders:
NameHometown
Larry GraberWest Saint Paul
Audrey SeidlWest Saint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$1500
Awarded Prize:$1500
Location:
General Location:Hidden Falls Park
Exact Location:Inside the park entrance by the Ford Plant
Concealer:Inside the base of a dead, hollow tree
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 31, 1954
Hidden in Boreas' Rollicking Realm,
Lies his treasure chest.
A road's nearby and if you're sly,
These clues will solve your quest.
Our Thoughts: Once again we're in Boreas' Rollicking Realm. We can assume that this is a reference to St. Paul. We're also given that there's a nearby road.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1954
Boreas' treasure's in Ramsey County.
Will you be the one to find his bounty?
And if you really want it all,
Confine your search just to St. Paul.
Our Thoughts: In the 21st century a pair of clues like this would have hunters very irritated; we don't need two clues to tell us we're looking in Ramsey County. Indeed, Boreas' rollicking realm is, always has, and always will be St. Paul. This probably wasn't as big of a deal in the 1950's, since in those days there were two editions of the newspaper each day. The Pioneer Press came out in the morning, and the Dispatch came out in the afternoon. If the morning clue wasn't helpful, you'd get clue 3 later on that day when you could put it to good use after work.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1954
Safety first has been our rule
Ever since we went to school;
Don't risk your neck in dangerous pursuit,
For even a child could find this loot.
Our Thoughts: Lets hunters know that safety is a foremost concern while hunting; by saying that a child could find the treasure, the Press is letting hunters know that it's close to the ground.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1954
Don't trespass on your neighbor's lawn,
It's not private property the treasure's on.
But you can see a river or a lake,
And that, my friends, is the route to take.
Our Thoughts: The Ridder brothers must not have been very creative poets; This is the second clue in this hunt that recycles a line from a previous hunt's clues. With the benefit of 21st technology, we can far more easily figure this sort of thing out than hunters could back in the infancy of the hunt. On the clue's technical aspects, we are given that the medallion is somewhere on public property, near some body of water; in this case, the Mississippi River.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1954
Less than fifty yards from the nearest road,
Will lead you to the treasure load.
Add up these clues, day by day,
For a thousand dollars you may take away.
Our Thoughts: In contrast to previous hunts' clues, this one lets hunters know that the treasure is hidden close to a road, rather than far away from one. An important hint, since much of Hidden Falls Park is quite distant from nearby roads.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1954
Boreas' loot is hid near trees.
To guard it 'gainst Vulcan's thieves;
Underbrush lies here and there,
We hope you find the treasure's lair.
Our Thoughts: This clue gives us an indication that the treasure is hidden in a somewhat wooded area with plenty of underbrush around.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1954
From the treasure's site you can see,
The father of Waters—the Mississippi.
Join in the spirit of Carnival fun,
Seek your fortune that's under the sun.
Our Thoughts: Restricts hunters to parks near the Mississippi; or at least parks from which the river is visible.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1954
From the spot, there's in your view,
An elongated object for a clue;
And if it's clear, there can be seen,
What one could call a structure of green.
Our Thoughts: Visible from the site of the treasure are the smokestack from the Veterans' Hospital power plant across the River and a green house on Mississippi River Blvd. above the site of the treasure.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1954
The spirit of Florence, not too far away,
Was born in conflict, another day;
And if you need another clue,
Part of a tower's in your view
Our Thoughts: Florence Nightingale, conflict, and a visible water again indicate the Veterans' Hospital across the river from the treasure site.
 
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At least three miles and perhaps more for measure,
From the Pioneer Press lies the Carnival treasure.
And if you really want a clue,
The river's between a smokestack and you.
Our Thoughts: This marks the third and fourth lines in this year's hunt that have been recycled from the past. But like we said earlier, unless you were the Jake Ingebrigtson of the 1950's, you wouldn't be likely to catch on to it. Like the 1952 hunt at Highland Park, this clue indicates to hunters to stay away from the downtown area, and reiterates the park is near the River and the smokestack opposite the site.
 
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Though signs say "No Dumping" without a fine,
Tin cans lie nearby to reflect the sunshine.
And if you manage to find this spot,
Take care, my friend, you're really hot.
Our Thoughts: This one is rather obvious, but honestly guys, this clue is almost foreshadowing the 2004 hunt in Phalen, making reference to objects that are quite movable. At least put the litter in its proper place.
 
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In the base of a tree, among the root,
Is where we've hid King Boreas' loot.
The opening is covered with dirt and moss;
Throw it away with a mighty toss.
Our Thoughts: Gives away exactly how the treasure was hidden. There must not have been a lot of snow in 1954.
 
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And here is the final clue,
Telling you exactly what to do;
Go south on Mississippi Boulevard, beyond Ford's plant,
Turn right down a road that has a slant;
Again to the right at the first ingress,
Then follow the road to the treasure chest.
We've had fun, we must confess,
Good hunting from the Dispatch-Pioneer Press.
Our Thoughts: Pinpoints the location of the treasure chest.
 
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