This forum is dedicated to the discussion of current Detecting and Archeology News as well as potential hidden treasures, puzzles, tree marks, rock carvings and other known treasure signs and symbols.
I have been doing some reserch on a little place called Herrold. It is a old town located on Camp Dodge, a Military instalation located near Des Moines. Off limits to the general public, I am lucky to have access because I work on the camp. there are several buildings including the old schoolhouse still standing. also several old farm houses. Below is a article that was in our local paper with a little bit of the towns history. WISH ME LUCK!
Karen Hanley wrote:
> This is from an article in the Des Moines Register last year:
> Camp Dodge captured Herrold
> SARA SLEYSTER REGISTER STAFF WRITER
> June 21, 2006
> Once a town bustling with people, industry and schools, Herrold is now an
> abandoned and restricted plot of land with only the memories of former
> residents keeping it alive.
> The triangle-shaped town of Herrold was founded about 1915 in Jefferson
> Township. The community was named for farmer Joseph Herrold and his family,
> who had moved to the area a decade before. Their legacy ended in 1990 when
> the town was purchased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and enveloped by
> the Iowa National Guard's Camp Dodge.
> Michael Vogt, curator of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge,
> said the camp surrounded the town when it expanded for World War I. Soldiers
> used the drugstores, theater, post office and other shops in the town. The
> interurban railroad also ran through Herrold during that time, to and from
> Perry and Des Moines.
> "It was a real economic boom to the economy," Vogt said. "They had lots of
> business there."
> An advertisement in the July 31, 1911, edition of the Des Moines Evening
> Tribune boasted that the Herrold Spring Water Company had the most sanitary
> water in the state. There even was talk of a health resort planned near the
> mineral water springs north of Herrold.
> But by 1954 there were articles citing the death of the Herrold School by
> consolidation, and in 1986 a story spoke of only seven families left in
> town. When Camp Dodge expanded its rifle range, the remaining townsfolk were
> relocated and Herrold melted away.
> Few buildings remain in what once was Herrold. They now are used by guard
> members training in urban-warfare techniques.